The CEO of Ding payment services Mark Roden has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year.
Roden founded the company in 2006 - and it now transfers over 1 million dollars daily to mobile phones in emerging markets.
He was also named the winner of the International category - and will go on to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Geneva.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ding enables migrant workers to support loved ones back home by facilitating the instant transfer of credit top-up to any mobile phone anywhere in the world.
Ding has delivered USD$0.6bn to over 58 million phones since its inception and is currently transferring almost $1m on a daily basis directly to mobile phones across all emerging markets. With offices in Miami, Dubai, San Salvador, Bucharest and Dhaka; Ding currently employs 200 people and has users in over 130 countries.
“I am so proud of everyone in our company – this is truly a fantastic night for all of us at Ding” said Mark Roden of his unexpected win. “I am absolutely humbled to be in the company of such incredible winners and want to thank EY for putting us on the global map along with all the other finalists. I’d also like to thank Enterprise Ireland, sponsors of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, for their support of both me and the business from the very start.”
Roden spoke with Newstalk's Bobby Kerr after his win last night:
Roden will now go forward to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Monte Carlo in June 2015 where he will compete with over 60 leading entrepreneurs from across the globe.