Ernst and Young (EY) announced the 12 winners of its 2013 class of Entrepreneurial Winning Women, a competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs from the United States and Canada whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.
This year’s group of Entrepreneurial Winning Women includes companies with services that range from personalized medicine to jet aircraft charters to cyber security. From the Jersey Shore to California and up to British Columbia, this year’s diverse class represents some of the most innovative women entrepreneurs in business today. Cumulatively, the 12 Winning Women employ almost 400 people, and have annual sales totaling nearly $150 million.
“Women entrepreneurs have the potential to ignite our economy and become powerful engines of economic growth,” says Kerrie MacPherson, Principal, Financial Services Office, and North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor at Ernst & Young LLP. “Our Entrepreneurial Winning Women program helps bridge the gap for a group we call ‘the missing middle’ — those second-stage women business owners whose companies have emerged from the start-up phase but face a crucial inflection point in their growth journey. By providing the right information, networks and guidance, we’re able to help these talented women access capital, identify strong business advisors and put the processes in place to radically expand their companies.” According to an independent assessment by Babson College, participant companies have an average growth of nearly 50% per year and a corresponding 26% average growth in the number of jobs they provide.
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15 Singaporean Companies Win Asia Pacific’s Most Prestigious Awards for Entrepreneurs
Enterprise Asia, the region’s leading non-governmental organisation for entrepreneurship has once again honored business leaders and entrepreneurs at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2013 in Singapore. Marking its fifth year in awarding outstanding entrepreneurs in Singapore, Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards continues its mission in recognizing exceptional entrepreneurs across Asia.
Fifteen entrepreneurs are named winners this year, including Hotel 81′s founder Choo Chong Ngen and Purple Click’s Leonard Tan, who won the Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Entreprenur of the Year respectively.
Tan Sri Dr. Fong Chan Onn, chairman of Enterprise Asia commented, “The awards are an important agenda in our goal to promote sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship across Asia and the Pacific. By recognizing and advocating these successful entrepreneurs, we hope to send a message to the general public that entrepreneurship is an important element to ensuring economic sustainability”.