Thirty-three accomplished entrepreneurs spanning six continents have been shortlisted as Accelerating Entrepreneurs finalists. The programme, run by Ernst and Young, gives six high-potential entrepreneurs from around the world support to scale up their business by receiving expert one-to-one guidance, networking and insight-sharing opportunities at EY’s Global World Entrepreneur Of The Year event in Monte Carlo, between 3-7 June 2015.
The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year event brings together some of the world’s finest and most accomplished entrepreneurs, many of whom have grown to become global market leaders. Accelerating Entrepreneurs is a chance for tomorrow’s market leaders to learn from these people, with hands-on advice at the event and year-long mentorship to help them on the next stage of their growth journey. As enterprises scale up, they have a huge impact on their communities and the wider world through the jobs they create and the innovative products and services they offer. That’s why it’s so important we support them at this critical stage of their journey by opening up our network to them. - Bryan Pearce, Global Leader, EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year and Venture Capital
Five of the shortlisted finalists are from Africa - Two from South Africa and Three from Nigeria - highlighting the level of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit present in our continent, and country. The Nigerians are:
Gossy Ukanwoke of BAU Research and Development
Audrey Joe-Ezigbo & Joseph Ezigbo of Falcon Corporation
Prof. Joseph Ezigbo & Mrs. Audrey Joe-Ezigbo emerged as the Winners of the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa 2014 Award”
Olufemi Akintunde of Alpha Mead Facilities & Managment Services Ltd.
The shortlisted finalists will undergo the final stage of judging by an independent panel of “Growth Coaches” – assessed through criteria such as their entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. The final six entrepreneurs will be announced in early April.
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You can find the full list of the shortlisted entrepreneurs here.