Glen Ansell, CEO of Microsoft solutions provider, has joined the influential Endeavor entrepreneurial network following its 4th Endeavor South Africa International Selection Panel.
Endeavor is a non-profit organisation that identifies and supports innovative, high-growth entrepreneurs in emerging markets around the world. The organisation providers a network which provides assistance and guidance to visionary entrepreneurs, with daring ideas, who are transforming their communities, their industries, and even their countries.
As a result of its initiatives, Endeavor believes it helps create employment opportunities, propel economies, and cultivate rising leaders and role models.
At the recent event, Ansell, together with a further 19 candidates, underwent an extensive interview and evaluation process to determine their suitability for membership of the organisation.
Only those entrepreneurs recognised as high-impact by Endeavor’s international panel of some 18 leading minds are invited to join the organisation.
Panelists include Adrian Gore, Discovery Holdings CEO and chairman of the Endeavor South Africa Board of Directors, Brian Swette, Burger King chairman and former COO of eBay, Hlumelo Biko Member, founder of Circle Capital and Martin Hall, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town.
Endeavor South Africa measures itself based on the impact it has on its selected entrepreneurs. The organisation notes that high-impact entrepreneurs produce significantly more jobs than the average SME; 75% of new ventures in developing and emerging economies employ an average of just two people (GEM 2004), while the average number of citizens employed by Endeavor Entrepreneurs is 214.
High-impact entrepreneurs create high-value jobs that are well paid, with benefits; Endeavor Entrepreneurs on average pay 10 times the minimum wage in their countries. 91% of jobs provide more benefits than those required by law and 86% of Endeavor-aligned companies provide in-house training.
As the founder and CEO of i5, Ansell impressed the panelists with his ambition, passion for creating employment for South Africans and commitment to growing the country’s information technology sector both domestically and internationally.
A Microsoft-gold certified partner responsible for the CRM deployments of First National Bank, Hollard Insurance and Sasfin, among other large South African organisations, i5 today offers a wide range of business solutions and services.
Says Ansell: “The company has evolved from a Microsoft-based developer, to a solutions company. We have consistently doubled revenues every year, while our headcount continues to grow rapidly, providing excellent opportunities for South Africans seeking exciting careers in the technology environment.”