Over the course of the year, EY firms can provide the selected start-ups with strategic support through leading guidance and planning and help the entrepreneurs identify and develop opportunities to scale and grow their businesses globally.
The Accelerating Entrepreneurs program will draw upon the knowledge of an extensive EY network of global entrepreneurs to help the start-ups bolster their business plans in response to increasing economic uncertainty across global markets. The access provided will help prepare the entrepreneurs to face risks posed by the current geopolitical environment and changing regulatory standards so that they can continue to pursue and realize growth objectives.
The year 2017 marks the third year the EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program has been conducted in EMEIA and the second year in Asia-Pacific.
Demet Ozdemir, EY EMEIA Growth Markets Leader, says:
"We are living in a period of uncertainty and transition. Today's global business economy requires new innovation and ideas to keep pace with the rapid changes of disruption. The EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program identifies leading start-ups who show an ability to apply new business models and discover new entry points into markets. We can provide support and guidance to these entrepreneurs as they continue to develop their businesses so that over time we can help grow their businesses."
The program commenced this month at the EY Strategic Growth Forum Mediterranean in Rome where start-ups were chosen based upon their potential to grow across borders, their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership qualities, financial performance, strategic direction and innovative thinking.
The event provided opportunities for start-ups to access some of the world's preeminent business minds and take part in networking opportunities and interactive discussions with other entrepreneurs.
Over the course of 2017, the 47 selected start-ups will receive a broad program of one-to-one guidance and insight-sharing including:
- The opportunity to network and form ongoing relationships with EY Growth Coaches, global entrepreneurs, industry leaders and EY professionals.
- Access to dedicated EY service professionals to focus on the business issues most critical to the growth support of participants, together with an EY Growth Navigator™ session to help assess capabilities and growth plans.
- Access to the unparalleled EY global entrepreneurial ecosystem.