Akorbi Ranked #27 in Dallas Business Journal’s Middle Market 50: Based on revenue nearly tripling in 3 years

PLANO, Texas – June 22, 2017 – Akorbi was ranked as the 27th fastest-growing Middle Market Company in North Texas based on their revenue nearly tripling from 2014 to 2016. The award’s ceremony was hosted by the Dallas Business Journal on June 15th at The Ritz-Carlton in Dallas.  The award ranks public and private companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with annual revenue of $25 to $750 million.

This award is a welcome acknowledgment of the company’s commitment to aggressive growth (1,267% from 2012 to 2016) fueled by innovation and technology.  It comes on the heels of recognition by the Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express, which ranked Akorbi as the 8th fastest-growing woman-owned/led company globally in its 2017 list (up from 12th place in 2016). The company is also leading its sector as a language service provider. In 2016, Common Sense Advisory ranked Akorbi as the 3rd fastest-growing language services provider in the world.

“It is an honor to be included in this prestigious list with so many respected DFW-based companies,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi. “I credit our entire forward-thinking executive leadership team for helping us stay on track with our vision of exponential growth.”

“We appreciate the Dallas Business Journal for encouraging and recognizing outstanding growth in our local community,” said Azam Mirza, President and co-founder of Akorbi. “Although we have a presence around the world and serve a global customer base, we are proud to call North Texas our home.”

About Akorbi

Akorbi is a U.S.-based company that provides enterprise solutions that empower companies to achieve success in the global economy. We help companies connect with employees, vendors and customers in over 170 languages 24×7, in any modality, from any location. Our customizable, enterprise solutions include: technical and multilingual staffing, learning services, multilingual contact centers, video remote solutions, translation/localization and in-person interpretation services. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

 About the Dallas Business Journal

Founded in 1977, Dallas Business Journal is the leading source for local business news, research, and events in the DFW area. The publication offers print and digital editions and hosts awards events including Best Places to Work, 40 Under Forty, Women in Business, and the Middle Market 50. For more information, visit http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas.

A Case for Offering Training in Learners’ Native Languages

A CASE FOR OFFERING TRAINING IN LEARNERS’ NATIVE LANGUAGES

 

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The Women Presidents’ Organization and American Express Recognize Akorbi as the 12th Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Company Globally

Akorbi’s fast and impressive growth was celebrated during the Women Presidents’ Organization’s (WPO) 2016 Annual Conference, in partnership with American Express. On April 8th, hundreds of business owners and executives from around the world gathered at the dinner and awards ceremony held at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, Maryland, to celebrate the impressive growth and success of the world’s 50 fastest-growing, women-owned/led companies. The awards ceremony was part of the WPO’s 3-day conference, which took place April 7 – 9.

Claudia Mirza, CEO of Akorbi, Named One of North America’s Top Women Entrepreneurs by EY

Claudia Mirza, CEO of Akorbi, Named One of North America’s Top Women Entrepreneurs by EY

Plano, Texas – November 16, 2015 – EY announced that Claudia Mirza, CEO of Akorbi, was chosen as one of the 12 entrepreneurs selected for the 2015 North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program. She was the only entrepreneur in North Texas selected for the prestigious program this year.  EY helps the winners accelerate the growth of their companies through training, advice and access to the resources and networks necessary to grow their companies into formidable forces in their respective industries.

 

This year’s diverse class of winners is comprised of some of the most promising women in business today. As a group, they average $11.3 million in revenue with a combined $136 million in revenue. Their three-year growth rate is 164%, and their companies average 116 employees.  This year’s winners faced more competition than ever. EY received record numbers of qualified applications and nominations, and saw a sharp rise in applicants in STEM-related fields. Twenty-eight percent of this year’s applicants were in the technology sector, compared to 9% in 2014.

Akorbi, the fastest-growing language services provider in the world, offers multilingual business solutions in more than 170 languages to some of the largest companies and government agencies in the world. Akorbi offers a wide range of services, including professional staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, sign language interpretation, e-Learning and eDiscovery services.

“Being part of the 2015 Class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women was an amazing experience,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO of Akorbi.  “I have no doubt the experience, knowledge and relationships I’ve developed as a result of going through the program will be invaluable as I continue to build an industry-leading company.  I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity and would highly encourage other CEOs of fast-growth companies to apply for this phenomenal program.”

 

Launched in North America in 2008, Entrepreneurial Winning Women is a national competition and executive education program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs from the United States and Canada.

 

The entrepreneurs are selected by a panel of independent judges and participate in a customized program designed by EY to catalyze their companies’ growth by accessing seasoned business advisors, improving business know-how, expanding external investment options and providing increased visibility. The program continues to help the entrepreneurs in the years that follow their initial selection. Many past winners stay engaged in this community where they find like-minded peers with common values, purpose and entrepreneurial ambition.  

 

“The women in this year’s class have achieved remarkable things in their careers and for their companies.

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Through our experience as business advisors and the rich entrepreneurial ecosystem we convene, we

can help these entrepreneurs overcome obstacles to achieve their full ambitions,” says Kerrie MacPherson, Principal, Financial Services Office, Ernst & Young LLP, and EY North American Entrepreneurial Winning Women Executive Sponsor.

 

The 12 members of the Entrepreneurial Winning Women class of 2015 received an all-expenses paid trip to the EY Strategic Growth Forum® 2015, a CEO invitation-only gathering of more than 2,000 high-growth business leaders held this week in Palm Springs, CA. The conference presents a one-of-a-kind platform for Entrepreneurial Winning Women to introduce their companies and integrate into a community of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® winners, top executives, prospective investors and business advisors. The 2015 class members were introduced and honored today at a celebratory luncheon hosted by Steve Howe, Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP and EY Americas Managing Partner, at the EY Strategic Growth Forum.

 

The entrepreneurs were selected for the 2015 program by a panel of independent judges:

  • Mike Cohen, Managing General Partner, VG Partners
  • Sarah Kauss, Founder and CEO, S’well (and a member of the 2014 Class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women)
  • Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Cadenza Innovation, LLC (formerly Founder and CEO, Boston-Power)
  • Steve Streit, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Green Dot Corporation

 

An investment in the advancement of women that now spans more than 30 countries worldwide, the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program is part of EY Women. Fast forward, a global platform designed to accelerate the achievement of global gender parity.

 

“Women’s advancement and leadership are central to business performance and economic prosperity,” says Lisa Schiffman, EY Director and Global Co-lead, Women. Fast forward.  “Through this accelerator and programs such as Entrepreneurial Winning Women, we are using our influence and resources to catalyse opportunities for women in the workforce and advance their interests around the world.”

 

Entrepreneurial Winning Women is conducted in collaboration with several organizations that encourage the development of women-owned businesses, including the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), The Committee of 200 (C200), Golden Seeds, the Kauffman Foundation and Babson College’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership. For more information on the program, visit ey.com/winningwomen.

 

About Akorbi

Akorbi offers multilingual business solutions in more than 170 languages to some of the largest companies in the world. The company offers a full range of language, localization and global marketing solutions, including: professional staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, e-Learning and eDiscovery. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

 

About EY

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

 

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. For more information about our organization, please visit ey.com. 

 

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Azam Mirza Presents Akorbi Case Study “Our Journey to Becoming One of the Fastest-Growing Language Services Providers” at the Global Conference LocWorld29 Silicon Valley

Azam Mirza Presents Akorbi Case Study

 “Our Journey to Becoming One of the Fastest-Growing Language Services Providers” at the Global Conference LocWorld29 Silicon Valley

Plano, TX – October 15, 2015 – Azam Mirza, President of Akorbi, the fastest-growing language services provider in the world, is speaking about growth strategies at the LocWorld29 Silicon Valley Conference, taking place October 14-16. The presentation titled, “Our Journey to Becoming One of the Fastest-Growing LSPs,” will take place on Friday, October 16th from 2:15 to 3 p.m. at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Azam’s leadership and vision have turned Akorbi into a multi-million dollar global business solutions company with more than 600 employees around the world and 75% growth from 2014 to 2015.

LocWorld brings together delegates who are engaged in the business of adapting products, services, and communications to an international language or culture so they appear native to that particular region. Speakers at the conference include representatives from Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Box, eBay, Google, Hewlett-Packard, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Netflix, Salesforce, and other notable companies. More than 600 global business executives from 45 countries are expected to attend the event.

Scott Amyx, CEO of Amyx+McKinsey, an expert on wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT), will deliver the keynote. Amyx is the coauthor of The Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems Handbook, an academic publication by John Wiley and Sons, scheduled for late 2015. He also writes for a number of publications, including Wired, InformationWeek, IEEE and Wearable Technologies. Amyx was recently voted into the Top25 speakers on Speaking.com.

The pre-conference day will include round tables on sales and marketing, life sciences business and game localization. There will also be a forum on localization processes, sessions on quality management and more.

  • Attendees may choose from seven tracks during the main conference program: Global Business, Global Web, Content Strategy, Advanced Localization Management, Inside Track, TAUS, and Unconference.

“LocWorld is a key conference for companies that are doing business globally or that are addressing multiple language markets,” said Mirza.  “Our presentation will illustrate our journey from stagnant growth to fast growth and will hopefully inspire attendees to reach their business potential.”

About Akorbi:

Akorbi, the fastest-growing language services provider in the world, offers multilingual business solutions in more than 170 languages to some of the largest companies in the world, including Google, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tyco and many others. The company offers a full range of language, localization and global marketing solutions, including:  professional staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, e-Learning and eDiscovery. The company holds several certifications including ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE Certification.  For more information, visit www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

 

Veronica Thomison

MPR Source, Inc. for Akorbi

vthomison@mprsource.com

214.893.3740

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Benefits of Translating Elearning Courses

Companies are becoming more global having personnel, clients, and service providers in multiple distant locations. Mobile learning content can be key in reaching these audiences quickly and easily, reducing time to competency while increasing understanding. What things should be considered when deciding if the content should be translated and localized in multiple languages? What key course elements should be considered for translation? When should translation not be performed?