The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。

How do you grow a healthy obsession into contagious passion?

Here's to the unstoppables transforming our world.

There are a lot of successful people in the world. But to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way. And only a few leaders are part of this special group: the ones who never give up. Driven by their desire to better the world around them, they stop at nothing to achieve their greatest ambitions. They cut through the noise of this transformative age by breaking away from the pack — and then end up leading it.

If you are an unstoppable entrepreneur or have been inspired by an innovative leader, we invite you to submit a nomination to the Southern Africa chapter of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards 2019 programme, now in its 22nd year.

Programme details

The programme was launched in Africa in 1998. Globally, the programme operates in more than 150 cities in over 60 countries worldwide, honouring men and women who build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses. Through our Global Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme, EY is recognised as a world leader in advising, guiding and recognising the best high-growth entrepreneurs and their companies.

The Awards are adjudicated by an independent judging panel, who bring their passion and energy to the process and are made up of Awards alumni, entrepreneurs and key influencers.

The Southern Africa Awards covers the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The benefits of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards programme include the opening up of new markets through access to business leaders locally and globally; joining a community of peers with shared experiences and common entrepreneurial goals. Moreover, it is an opportunity to compete on the global stage with other successful entrepreneurs, where the ultimate winner will be announced in June 2020.

Eligibility

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Eligibility

The entrant should have a personal financial stake in the business, either directly or via share options; have built or helped build the business and have been primarily responsible for the company’s success; and has been in the post for a minimum of three years as at 1 January 2019.

This includes company founders; Leaders of multi-generation family businesses; transformational public and private company CEOs who have an equity stake in the current business; and previous nominees and finalists.

How to nominate

Recommendations can be made year-round by submitting a brief “Recommend an Entrepreneur”. Alternatively, you can submit a “Full Nomination” form during the designated nomination period.

Recommend:

Simply complete the Recommend an Entrepreneur form. Once you have submitted your recommendation, the nominee will be sent an email informing them they have been nominated. They will be given instructions on how to complete and submit their nomination for consideration.

Submit a nomination:

For yourself or on behalf of an entrepreneur. Register on our site and complete a nomination form.

The categories

The entrant should have a profitable turnover of US$5m or more and on review will compete in one of the following three categories:

  1. Master – Turnover US$100m
  2. Exceptional – Turnover US$15m
  3. Emerging – Turnover US$5

Judging

Judging criteria

World Entrepreneur Awards is judged by an independent judging panel made up of World Entrepreneur Awards alumni, entrepreneurs, and key influences from the business community.

What the judges look for:

Hats off to the Winners and Finalists in the 2018 Awards

Master Category - Winner and Finalists

EY - Ridhwan Khan
Ridhwan Khan
Mobicel Communications

Winner

EY - Dirk and Faan van der Walt EY - Faan van der Walt
Dirk and Faan van der Walt
We Buy Cars (Pty) Ltd
EY - Norbert Sasse
Norbert Sasse
Growthpoint Properties Ltd

Exceptional Category - Winner and Finalists

EY - Davison Norupiri
Davison Norupiri
Davipel Trading (Pvt) Limited

Winner

EY - Saurabh Kumar
Saurabh Kumar
In2IT Technologies
(Pty) (Ltd)
EY - Patrick Thonissen
Patrick Thonissen
Tiletoria (Pty) Ltd
EY - Zibusisozethu Mkhwanazi
Zibusiso Mkhwanazi
M&N Brands

Emerging Category - Winner and Finalists

EY - Deborah Merdjan
Deborah Merdjan
Camelot Group

Winner

EY - Xan Myburgh
Xan Myburgh
Cash Flow Capital
EY - Damien Westerman
Damien Westerman
Valemount Trading
(Pty) Ltd

Lifetime Achievement

EY - Gloria Serobe
Gloria Serobe
WIPHOLD

Hats off to the Winners and Finalists in the 2017 Awards

Master Category - Winner and Finalists

EY - Andries van Heerden – Afrimat Limited
Andries van Heerden
Afrimat Limited

Winner

EY - Shiraz Gany – Petrocam Trading (Pty) Ltd
Shiraz Gany
Petrocam Trading (Pty) Ltd
EY - Karsten Wellner – Ascendis Health
Karsten Wellner
Ascendis Health

Exceptional Category - Winner and Finalists

EY - Simphiwe Mehlomakulu – Reatile Group (Pty) Ltd
Simphiwe Mehlomakulu
Reatile Group (Pty) Ltd

Winner

EY - Lindani Mthwa – Siyanda Resources
Lindani Mthwa
Siyanda Resources
EY - David Ryan and Guido Dunckel – Rhino Africa Safaris (Pty) Ltd
David Ryan and
Guido Dunckel

Rhino Africa Safaris (Pty) Ltd

Emerging Category - Winner and Finalists

EY - Christi Maherry – LAWtrust
Christi Maherry
LAWtrust

Winner

EY - Kirsty Chadwick – The Training Room Online (Pty) Ltd
Kirsty Chadwick
The Training Room Online (Pty) Ltd
EY - Candice Roberts – CallForce
Candice Roberts
CallForce
EY - Charlie Liasides and Jerome Kourie – Andiccio24 Group of Companies
Jerome Kourie and
Charlie Liasides

Andiccio24 Group of Companies

Alumni

Alumni network

Past winners

Master winners

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Adrian

Gore

Discovery

1998

Ivan

Epstein

Softline Ltd (SAGE)

1999

KK

Combi

Master Currency

2000

Mark

Lamberti

Massmart

2001

Patrice

Motsepe

African Rainbow Minerals

2002

Brian

Joffe

The Bidvest Group

2003

Stephen

Saad

Aspen Pharmacare

2004

Bill

Lynch

Imperial Holdings

2005

Koos

Bekker

Naspers

2006

Ndaba

Ntsele

Pamodzi Investment Holdings

2007

James

Blakemore

Zest Electric Group

2008

Howard

Aron

OUTsurance

2009

Willem

Roos

OUTsurance

2009

John

Copelyn

HCI

2010

Marcel

Golding

HCI

2010

Braam

van Huyssteen

Tekkie Town

2011

Sipho

Nkosi

Exxaro

2012

Stephen

Koseff

Investec

2013

Asher

Bohbot

EOH

2014

Johann

Vorster

Clover

2015

Peter

Mountford

Super Group

2016

Andries van

Heerden

Afrimat

2017

Ridhwan

Khan

Mobicel Communications

2018

 

Emerging Winners

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Fulton

Ramaphakela

Moloko Holdings

2006

Patrick

Dickens

Centurion Systems

2007

David

Letschert

Union-Swiss (Bio Oil)

2008

Willy

Govender

Spatial Data Holdings

2009

Deborah

Fry

Fry Group Foods

2010

Walter

Fry

Fry Group Foods

2010

Elmien

Scholtz

Bio Sculpture SA

2011

Johanna

Mukoki

Travel with Flair

2012

Rob

Stokes

Quirk

2013

Justin

Clarke

One Africa Media

2014

Khudusela

Pitje

New GX Capital

2015

Fatima

Vawda

27four Investment Managers

2016

Christi

Maherry

LAWtrust

2017

Deborah

Merdjan

Camelot Group

2018

 

Exceptional Winners

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Hassen

Adams

Grand Parade Investments LTd

2013

Divine

Ndhlukula

Securico

2014

Nadir

Khamissa

Hello Group

2015

Shaazim

Khamissa

Hello Group

2015

Ran

Neu-Ner

The Creative Counsel

2016

Gil

Oved

The Creative Counsel

2016

Simphiwe

Mehlomakulu

Reatile Group

2017

Davison

Norupiri

Davipel Trading (Pvt) Limited

2018

 

Life time achiever

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Raymond

Ackerman

Pick n Pay

2007

Richard

Maponya

Maponya Group

2008

Andrew

Golding

Pam Golding Properties

2009

Betram

Lubner

MaAfrika Tikkun

2010

Frans

Indongo

Frans Indongo Group

2011

Herman

Mashaba

Lephatsi Investments

2012

Johann

Rupert

Chairman & CEO Richemont

2013

Sol

Kerzner

Former Chairman & CEO Kerzner Leisure

2014

Jannie

Mouton

PSG Group

2015

Jabulane

Mabuza

Telkom SA Limited

2016

Adrian

Gore

Discover CEO & Founder

2017

Gloria

Serobe

WIPHOLD

2018

 

Social Winner

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Patrick

Schofield

Streetwires Artist Collective cc

2008

Shona

McDonald

ShonaQuip

2009

Olivia

van Rooyen

Kuyasa Fund

2010

Andrew

Muir

The Wilderness Foundation

2011

 

 

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year previous winners from Africa

EY - James Mwangi
James Mwangi
CEO and Managing Director of Kenya's Equity Bank Limited

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Kenya,
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012

EY - Bill Lynch
Bill Lynch
CEO of Imperial Holdings

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 South Africa,
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006

You're in great company!

Benefits of the programme

A lifetime network of the world’s most influential and innovative high-growth entrepreneurs

  1. Connections: Access to the best business minds in the world.
  2. Kinship: A community of peers with shared experiences and common, entrepreneurial perspectives.
  3. Knowledge: The most relevant content and information, from EY professionals and other organisations focused on high-growth entrepreneurial companies.
  4. Influence: Opportunities to impact public policy and tackle complex problems as part of the most prestigious organization of entrepreneurs in the world.
  5. Recognition: Highlighting the contributions you make locally, globally and nationally.
  6. Opportunity: Participate as a regional or national Entrepreneur Of The Year judge, attend and/or speak at events such as the Strategic Growth Forum, regional galas and Alumni experiences, and nominate your peers for the programme.

Videos & Interviews

2018 Awards Video and Interviews

2018 Lifetime Achievement, Gloria Serobe, WIPHOLD

 

2018 Master Category Winner, Ridhwan Khan, Mobicel Communications

 

2018 Exceptional Category Winner, Davison Norupiri, Davipel Trading (Pvt) Limited

 

2018 Emerging Category Winner, Deborah Merdjan, Camelot Group

2018 Emerging Category Finalist, Xan Myburgh, Cash Flow Capital

 

2018 Master Category Finalist, Norbert Sasse, Growthpoint Properties Ltd

 

2018 Exceptional Category Finalist, Saurabh Kumar, In2IT Technologies (Pty) (Ltd)

 

2018 Exceptional Category Finalist, Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, M&N Brands

2018 Exceptional Category Finalist, Patrick Thonissen, Tiletoria (Pty) Ltd

 

2018 Emerging Category Finalist, Damien Westerman, Valemount Trading (Pty) Ltd

 

2018 Master Category Finalists, Dirk and Faan van der Walt, We Buy Cars (Pty) Ltd

2017 Awards Video and Interviews

World Entrepreneur Awards 2017

2017 World Entrepreneur Award, Lifetime Achievement, Adrian Gore

2017 Master Category Winner, Andries van Heerden, Afrimat Limited

2017 Exceptional Category Winner, Simphiwe Mehlomakulu, Reatile Group

2017 Emerging Category Winner, Christi Maherry, Lawtrust

Contact us

Azim Omar
Growth Markets Leader
cell: +27(0) 83 236 9257
EY - Twitter @AzimOmar_EY

Sarah Custers
Go to Markets Programmes
cell: +27(0) 83 601 1399
EY - Twitter @SarahCusters

 

Connect with us at: world.entreprenuer.award@za.ey.com