Hello Group emerged victorious at the EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Awards 2015 last night in Sandton in the Exceptional Category, having competed with the likes of Angela Dick – Transman, Gil Oved & Ran Neu-Ner – The Creative Council, John Nicolakakis – Roman’s Pizza and Dr Tim Tebeila – Sekoko Group.

EY World Entrepreneur Awards celebrates its 18th anniversary this year and continues to pay recognition to the outstanding entrepreneurial spirit cast on organisations and individuals. The Exceptional Category acknowledges individuals and organisations displaying remarkable tenacity and determination in building a successful and established enterprise, that exhibit characteristics of a market leader in its sector.

Nadir Khamissa, CEO and co-founder of Hello Group says, “We are honoured to receive this award. This is proof that it is possible to build a very powerful business that exists not only to make money, but also to positively impact the lives of the people at the base of the pyramid.” In addition to this prestigious award, Hello Group was recently named “game changers” when they won two accolades at the Sanlam/Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards – Innovator of the Year and the Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year.

EY Awards play a tremendous role in providing a platform for not only identifying talent but creating a space to share innovative ideas and networking opportunities. It is instrumental to driving awareness around up and coming organisations and individuals wanting to find inspiration in developing entrepreneurial skills.

“We are extremely proud of this achievement. As a business, Hello Group continues to strive for growth, expansion and introducing global technology trends to people in the informal markets across Africa. And so through our various accolades, it is testament to our success in the past 10 years,” said Khamissa.

Hello Group, a pioneer in the fintech space with product and service offerings aimed specifically at the informal and migrant sectors, has recognised the need to help stimulate the local economy in various South African communities and will be soon expanding internationally. The organisation continues to redefine themselves by delivering innovative solutions to connect families and friends internationally.

Issued by Ogilvy PR on behalf of Hello Group: Media Queries :
Kerry Hodgkinson, Account Director: Ogilvy PR
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Nadir Khamissa, Chief Executive Officer: Hello Group
Office: +27 12 643 0281
Mobile: +27 82 777 7875
E-mail: nadir@hellogroup.co.za