Akorbi President and Co-Founder Joins Elite Circle of High Growth Business Owners

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Azam Mirza selected as one of QuantumShift’s Top Entrepreneurs of America for 2017 and invited to join exclusive development program

Azam joined fellow entrepreneurs for a rigorous learning, networking and collaboration program featuring peer-to-peer interaction, as well as instruction from academic experts and leading industry professionals. Those candidates who complete the program will become part of the Fellows Network and have ongoing access to a circle of peers offering support, insight, mentorship and development.

Being accepted into the program is both a significant business achievement and an opportunity to accelerate Akorbi’s growth plans. According to Azam, “This opportunity could not have come at a better time. We have aggressive plans to increase the value of our company and continue creating more jobs in underserved regions of the world. It’s very exciting to connect with other business owners and learn from their experiences. I also plan to share my many entrepreneurial lessons learned in growing a global company, which now employs almost 1,000 people in 17 cities around the world.”

As President and co-founder of the world’s 3rd fastest growing Language Services Provider, with 1,267% growth in the last five years, the Admissions Committee found Azam to be a strong candidate for the program.

“We were impressed by Akorbi’s fast growth in recent years under Azam Mirza’s strong leadership, and we believe it is vital to acknowledge and foster it,” said Brian Hughes, National Leader, KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group. “Azam’s vision and impressive leadership skills, as head of a fast-growing, global company, are what we seek to cultivate in our QuantumShift program.”

Azam credits all members of the company’s leadership for helping him earn this opportunity.

According to Azam, “What makes our company and management team successful is that we all share the same values and vision, and we are also committed to achieving the same business goals. We are fortunate to have some of the brightest minds leading our company and taking it to the next level.”

This strong collaborative focus has yielded impressive and measurable results. In the last five years, Akorbi has grown rapidly through the addition of complementary services including learning services, multilingual contact centers, staffing and interpretation.

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Akorbi Introduces Unified Multilingual Communications’ Platform at TAUS

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Akorbi, a leading provider of global and multilingual business solutions, is introducing its Unified Multilingual Communications’ Platform (UMCP) at the TAUS Game Changer Innovation Contest in Portland, Oregon. Akorbi will be competing for the Insider Innovation Award, October 24-25.

Akorbi’s UMCP is a patent-pending and proprietary mobile and web-based platform. The innovative platform will transform language services by offering access to interpretation and translation services, from any service provider, in every mode of communication (translation, voice, video and in-person) through a single, secure platform.

Akorbi’s UMCP’s unique features include:

  • Its secure and data-enabled video and telephonic interpretation services, which are delivered via ALL mobile devices on the market and the Internet.
  • The platform’s workflows, which deliver professional human and machine translations with HIPAA-compliant document management and delivery.
  • An interpretation scheduling interface, which empowers mobile users to schedule and track interpretation appointments from start to finish, unlike traditional browser-based scheduling systems.

“Akorbi’s UMCP demonstrates our commitment to providing our clients with innovative technologies that give them access to language services in the most convenient, secure and cost-effective way,” said Azam Mirza, President and co-founder of Akorbi. “We’re excited to be a part of the evolution of language services.”

Akorbi UMCP will help support Akorbi’s explosive growth and competitive edge. The company has experienced 758% growth in recent years, landing it the #501 spot in the 2016 Inc. 5000 and the #12 spot in the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 2016 list of 50 fastest-growing women-owned/led companies in the world.

“The TAUS Annual Conference is the perfect place to introduce Akorbi’s UMCP because it drives innovation, automation and collaboration,” said David Rhodes, Vice President of video mobility for Akorbi. “We’re excited to get valuable insight from representatives of some of the most prestigious companies in the world.”

Akorbi employs more than 600 people around the world. The company serves an impressive client base that includes MoneyGram, Health Services Corporation, Fossil and many Fortune 500 companies.

About Akorbi

Akorbi offers global and 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, video remote technologies, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, eLearning 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 http://www.akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About TAUS

TAUS is a resource center for the global language and translation industries. Our mission is to increase the size and significance of the translation industry to help the world communicate better.

We envision translation as a standard feature, a utility, similar to the internet, electricity, and water. Translation available in all languages to all people in the world will push the evolution of human civilization to a much higher level of understanding, education, and discovery.

We support buyers and providers of language services and technologies with a comprehensive suite of online services, software, and knowledge that help them to grow and innovate their business. We extend the reach and growth of the translation industry through our vision of the Human Language Project and our execution with sharing translation memory data and quality evaluation metrics.

For more information about TAUS, please visit: https://www.taus.net

 

Contact: Veronica Thomison
MPR Source, Inc. for Akorbi
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The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Names Akorbi CEO Claudia Mirza 2016 Businesswoman of the Year

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Plano, TX – Oct. 12, 2016 – Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi, received the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s (USHCC) 2016 Businesswoman of the Year Award. Hundreds of Hispanic business, corporate and community leaders from across the U.S. attended the awards’ luncheon, which took place at the USHCC’s National Convention in Miami.

Every year, the USHCC recognizes a female entrepreneur who exemplifies the best of America’s business community through her outstanding leadership, pioneering spirit and social and economic contributions.

“Claudia is a steadfast businesswoman whose enterprise continues to reach new heights, and she inspires business leaders everywhere,” said Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO.  “We are proud to recognize her as the 2016 Businesswoman of the Year.”

Claudia founded Akorbi in 2003 as a home-based translation business.  Today, the company is a global provider of multilingual business solutions with locations around the world and more than 600 employees.  The company serves some of the largest companies and organizations in the world including MoneyGram, Aetna, Health Services Corp. and Fossil, as well as leading technology companies.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from the USHCC – an organization that does so much to support Hispanic entrepreneurs across our country,” said Claudia Mirza, CEO and co-founder of Akorbi.  “As an immigrant from Colombia, this is proof that the U.S. is truly the land of opportunity, where we can live the American Dream through hard work, a clear vision and the support of amazing organizations like the USHCC.”

Akorbi’s vision and leadership has led Akorbi to experience explosive growth in recent years.  This year, Akorbi landed the #501 spot in the 2016 Inc. 5000 with 758% growth, and the #12 spot in the Women Presidents’ Organization’s 2016 list of fastest-growing woman-owned/led companies in the world.  The company has also been recognized as the fastest-growing language service provider in the world.

Claudia also does much to give back and help her community and other entrepreneurs.  She’s served two terms on the Board of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and has joined the Board of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

About Akorbi

Akorbi offers global 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:  multilingual staffing, translation, interpretation, multilingual call centers, business process outsourcing, video remote technologies, sign language interpretation, alternate formats, transcription, eLearning and eDiscovery.  The company holds numerous certifications including ISO 9001:2008; ISO 13485:2003, EN 15038:2006 and M/WBE certification.  For more information, visit akorbi.com or call 1.877.4.AKORBI.

About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year.  It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.  For more information, visit ushcc.com.  Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.

CONTACT:       Veronica Thomison
MPR Source, Inc.
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214.893.3740

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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