Converge ICT Solutions Co-Founder and CEO Dennis Anthony Uy will represent the Philippines at the World Entrepreneur Awards to be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2023.
The Converge leader was named the country’s official representative to the world edition of the annual awards after winning the Entrepreneur of the Year and being hailed Master Entrepreneur at the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines (EOYP) 2022 Awards.
Uy was chosen as the Philippines’ winner for his pivotal role in bringing digital connectivity to more Filipinos across the country. The EOYP Awards is organized by EY Philippines through the SGV Foundation at the Grand Hyatt Manila.
“It is my distinct honor to receive this top entrepreneur award. We believe, at Converge, that digital access is not a privilege of a few but a right of everyone. Thank you for recognizing our mission and what we’ve been doing to make this a reality for Filipinos,” said Converge CEO Dennis Anthony Uy during the awards banquet at the Grand Hyatt Manila held in November 2022.
“We operate in an industry where access to technology means more opportunities for growth and wealth. We strive to broaden this access and achieve inclusive digitalization because we believe that businesses should serve a higher purpose, not just to expand their bottom line,” Uy added.
SGV Chairman and Country Managing Partner and SGV Foundation President Wilson P. Tan emphasized the importance of resilience in the face of constant change, saying, “The current business environment is filled with immense challenges and opportunities, allowing us to see our country’s entrepreneurs transform with unprecedented speed and scale despite the global COVID-19 pandemic. Our finalists are examples of the undaunted and unstoppable individuals who thrive in this age of disruption. Mr. Uy innovated to stay ahead of the competition, putting his company in a perfect position to continue growing while many others struggled to survive during lockdown.”
Uy together with his wife, Grace – the first Filipina to win the Woman in Telecoms Award – founded Converge in 2007 in his hometown of Angeles, Pampanga with a vision to provide world-class ICT services to Filipinos. Using the latest fiber optic technology, Converge started providing internet services in 2012 and eventually expanded from Central Luzon to Metro Manila.
In 2021, in the middle of the pandemic, the Pampanga start-up built its own national domestic fiber broadband network that linked Luzon to the major islands of the Visayas and Mindanao. Today, Converge has the biggest fiber-to-the-home network in the Philippines with 6.7 million fiber ports deployed, serving 1.85 million customers.
The last and only time that a Filipino won the global edition of the award was in 2004 when Jollibee Foods Corporation President Tony Tan Caktiong was named World Entrepreneur of the Year.
The Entrepreneur of the Year was founded in the United States by professional services firm Ernst & Young in 1986 to recognize the achievements of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs worldwide. In 2001, Ernst & Young expanded the program and launched the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards. In the Philippines, the SGV Foundation, Inc. established the Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2003.
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