Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund: Meet our international judges


The applying interval for the Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund will likely be wrapping up a number of quick weeks! To assist us choose the winners of the 2023 Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund, we’ve lined up a stellar record of regional and international judges. 

The judges symbolize small companies, accountants and bookkeepers and Xero’s international companions. They are going to play a key position in evaluating the entries to assist our small enterprise winners obtain their ambitions. 

Our regional judging panels will every establish 4 regional winners (one winner in every class), who will every obtain NZ$20,000*. There will likely be a complete of 28 regional winners who will then be put ahead to our international judging panel. The worldwide judges will choose our 4 international winners who will obtain an extra NZ$50,000*. 

We spoke to the worldwide judges to share extra about why they have been impressed to grow to be a choose and to study extra about what they’re most trying ahead to seeing as a part of this yr’s entries.

Jeanne Grosser, World Head of Partnerships, Stripe

Jeanne oversees Stripe’s relationships with monetary companions akin to main banks and card networks, main expertise partnerships and general enterprise growth. 

Jeanne shares, “Xero and Stripe have lengthy been companions, serving to small companies energy and scale their companies. I’m excited to be part of this initiative to champion small companies and empower their success, which each Xero and Stripe have been aligned on.  I can’t wait to see the successful entries from the seven international locations and play my half in deciding on the worldwide winners. That is such a tremendous alternative that might actually make a major distinction within the lifetime of a small enterprise and assist them speed up their progress plans.”

Laurie McCabe, Co-Founder and Companion, SMB Group

Laurie brings greater than 25 years of expertise within the IT trade to her present position as co-founder and companion at SMB Group. 

She shares, “Being a choose in a contest like that is genuinely inspiring. It’s at all times superb to see how inventive small companies are – whether or not innovating to make their firms extra eco-friendly, utilizing expertise to streamline operations and innovate of their markets, upskilling to develop the talents they want for the long run, or making a optimistic influence of their communities.”

“I’m actually trying ahead to seeing the revolutionary approaches small companies are taking to sort out these challenges. It’s an incredible alternative to find the fervour, creativity, and real-world influence these small companies deliver to the desk of their respective classes,” Laurie added.  

John Hummelstad, Locatrix CEO

John is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of enterprise expertise. He has a background in enterprise capital, non-public fairness, and mergers and acquisitions, constructing plus expertise rising software program firms and extremely motivated groups.

John mentioned, “I’m delighted to deliver my experience as each an entrepreneur and investor to the Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund international judging panel. I’ve seen first-hand the challenges that many entrepreneurs face and know that the sort of funding can go a great distance and even change the course for a enterprise. I applaud the Xero group for launching this initiative and sit up for seeing many companies make an influence of their communities by way of the onerous work and concepts they’re placing ahead.”

Becca McClure, Director of Transformation, BDO World

Becca is accountable for bringing collectively and aligning the enterprise providers choices throughout BDO’s 164 member corporations round a standard function to drive worth to their shoppers and their very own enterprise. 

I leapt on the alternative [to become a judge] as it’s a probability to straight assist companies who’re making an influence on their folks, communities and the world round them.  It’s the ripple impact – I hope we are able to make a distinction to a enterprise that may make a a lot greater distinction on the earth,” Becca defined.

She additionally added, “The Fund is a tangible option to assist small companies’ experiments and see their concepts come to life. That freedom to experiment (and doubtlessly even fail) with out repercussions is massively necessary if we need to make progress within the areas we’re judging throughout.”

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Xero CEO

As CEO, Sukhinder leads the expansion and efficiency of Xero globally. With greater than 25 years in Silicon Valley as a CEO, digital chief and board member, she has expertise constructing and scaling international firms together with Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Joyus and StubHub. 

She explains, “Supporting and celebrating small companies and their house owners is on the core of Xero’s mission, and we’re energised by the chance to empower these firms and trailblazers with funding that may assist them obtain the subsequent stage of success. We already know that so lots of our prospects embody Xero’s values, and we’re happy to be awarding funds to assist our prospects in an space like sustainability or upskilling, the place they could not have had the money to take action.”

Nigel Piper, Xero Government Basic Supervisor, Buyer Expertise

Nigel leads the award-winning international buyer expertise group at Xero. His groups current information, allow group collaboration, and supply digital assist to the exponentially rising buyer base, which at the moment sits over 3.7m subscribers. 

Nigel mentioned, “I’m proud to symbolize our prospects day-after-day in my position at Xero and now I can take this one step additional, serving to small companies obtain their targets by way of the Xero Lovely Enterprise Fund. For a lot of enterprise house owners, the trail of entrepreneurship comes by way of a few years of onerous work, typically with out recognition or having an opportunity to mirror on their accomplishments as they proceed to push for the subsequent alternative. The funding that 28 small companies will stroll away with is sport altering and I can’t wait to see all the fervour and concepts that our small enterprise group places ahead!”

Keep in mind, small companies have till Friday, 6 October 2023 at 5.00pm native time of their nation to submit an entry. Head to xerobeautifulbusinessfund.com at the moment to get began!


* Prize quantities differ per area. See right here for particulars.


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