Endeavor Entrepreneur Lateefa Alwaalan, founder of Yatooq, was named the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Saudi Arabia, recognizing her potential to build a high-impact business and inspire others. Yatooq’s Arabic coffee blends and products are now sold at over a 100 locations around the world.
Lateefa will join the Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners from over 50 countries at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year event in Monte Carlo in June 2015. She was chosen from a group of 11 finalists from 10 companies by an independent panel of judges at the EOY event, which was held under the patronage of HE Dr. Tawfiq Al Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry. The event was sponsored in part by Endeavor KSA.
The judging process was based on numerous criteria that included entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, social impact and influence. The program celebrates the success of entrepreneurs who build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses. EOY has been running for 28 years by EY in 145 cities across 60 countries. The Awards recognize outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage, and leadership in building and growing successful businesses.
Selected into the network in 2014, Lateefa founded Yatooq in 2011 with the vision of bringing curated Arabic coffee to the world. Since her selection, she has participated in key network events including the 2015 Endeavor Entrepreneur Retreat. She has also made a number of connections with industry experts and potential investors since joining the network.
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