Ernst & Young (EY) has announced the finalists in the southern African chapter of the World Entrepreneur Awards for 2013.
The awards programme is marking its 16th year anniversary of recognising entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence in areas of:
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Financial performance
- Strategic direction
- Community or global impact
- Personal integrity.
The finalists will be competing in the following categories:
- Master – honours individuals whose achievements have made them world-class entrepreneurs
- Exceptional – recognises individuals who have shown exceptional tenacity and determination in building a successful and established enterprise
- Emerging – credits those individuals building young businesses with high potential.
The 2013 finalists
- Asher Bohbot – EOH Holdings Limited
- Colin Lazarus – Lazarus Motor Company
- Stephen Koseff – Investec
- Asgar Mahomed and Mahomed Cassim – Esquire System Technology
- Dr Chris van der Merwe – Curro Holdings
- Dr Lelau Mohuba – Sephaku Holdings
- Hassen Adams – Grand Parade Investments
- Andrew Smith, Paul Galatis and Shane Dryden – Yuppiechef
- Jason Xenopoulos – Native
- Rob Stokes – Quirk
- Vejandran Pillay – Misty Blue Investments
SA’s entrepreneurial wealth
Cheryl-Jane Kujenga, EY Africa Strategic Growth Markets Leader, comments, “All these finalists are a great illustration of the entrepreneurial wealth in South Africa. Their strength, vision and determination to re-shape the business environment in achieving economic growth should be applauded. We need to celebrate these individuals’ achievements and share the stories of their journeys to success in order to inspire other entrepreneurs.”
The World Entrepreneur Awards culminate in an annual gala banquet in Monte Carlo in June each year, where winning entrepreneurs in the Master category from over 50 countries around the world compete for one of the most coveted global business awards.
This year’s winners will be announced on 6 November 2013.