Mark Roden of telephone company Ding was named as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year at a gala awards ceremony in Citywest Hotel in Co Dublin last night.
The businessman, who sells instant credit top-ups to mobile phones anywhere in the world, beat 23 other finalists. His company will now go on to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Monte Carlo in June.
The firm recently became on the of world’s largest mobile phone top up providers after a major deal in Cuba.
Ding*, acquired www.RecargasaCuba.com, a website specialising in mobile top-up exclusively to Cuba.
Headquartered in Dublin, with regional offices in Miami, Dubai, San Salvador, Bucharest and Dhaka, ding* employs 200 people.
While 50 of these are overseas, 150 of them are based in Dublin.
To date, ding* has sent over 80 million top-ups all from advanced technology built in Dublin.
“I am truly commitment to our vision of connecting billions of people through the power of mobile top-up. It is extremely rewarding to receive this sort of acknowledgment from such an incredible group of people.” says Mr Roden.
Peter Sutherland won a special prize for his contribution to Irish and global businesses over four decades. John Purdy won the award for industry, and Terry Fox of Cup Print was named as winners of the emerging category. Mark Roden was also named winner of the international category.
The winners were selected by Dairymaster chief executive Edmond Harty; Taxback.com founder Terry Clune; CPL chief executive Anne Heraty; and PCH founder Liam Casey.