Mentoring Entrepreneurs in Monaco -- See you there!

When it comes to helping young businesses, no one can tell me that mentoring isn’t just as important as money. I’ve seen promising business ideas bloom with encouragement and wisdom given by a strong, supportive network in an environment conducive to growing enterprises.

And as the clock ticks down to the 2014 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ event in Monte Carlo, some of the world’s most talented young business owners will benefit from such attention. Their companies are at the stage where they need just a little more guidance to really take off. And this is exactly the type of support we give them through our Ready, Set, Grow (RSG) program.

Each of the six selected entrepreneurs – winnowed out from close to 160 applicants through a rigorous process – will have the chance to present their business plans to an outstanding panel of mentors who will provide feedback and guidance. They will also meet and network with arguably the most inspirational business people on the planet — the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners gathered in Monte Carlo.

I am delighted to share with you the full list of this year’s RSG participants.

  • Hendy Setiono, PT Baba Rafi, Indonesia - Starting out pushing a cart through the streets of Surabaya, Indonesia in 2003, Hendy Setiono now has more than one thousand Kebab Turki Baba Rafi outlets, making his business the world’s largest kebab chain.
  • Hugo Ladislao Moreno, Opticas ver de Verdad, Mexico - Recognizing that low-income people in Mexico lacked an outlet for purchasing affordable eye glasses, Hugo Ladislao Moreno founded Opticas Ver de Verdad. Today it operates a chain of eye-care shops across Mexico.
  • Kailash Katkar, Quick Heal Technologies Pvt. Ltd, India - Two decades ago, Kailash Katkar founded a computer service center, operating from a single room. Today, the enterprise is one of the world's leading IT security companies.
  • Michael Sikorsky, Robots & Pencils Inc., Canada - The same year the first iPhone arrived in Canada, Michael and Camille Sikorsky sold their first app. Within a short time, their company’s products became bestsellers and in 2012 their game Spy vs. Spy shot to No.1 in 11 countries.
  • Michel Cohen and Silvina Leibenberg, Lolita S.A., Uruguay - Growing up in a family steeped in the retail fashion business, Michel Cohen and Silvina Leibenberg turned the tiny boutique owned by his mother and aunt into a global apparel powerhouse. Today, Lolita is an international apparel brand in 17 countries.
  • Denise Wilson, Desert Jet, US - With a strong background in the aviation industry, Denise Wilson founded Desert Jet in 2007 with the intent of bringing corporate flights together as a cooperative to streamline operating expenses. Desert Jet, which has grown more than 600%, is a full-service aircraft management, charter and maintenance company.

See you in Monte Carlo!