A significant number of jobs are created by small and medium enterprises started
by entrepreneurs, many of whom go on to create firms that have a considerable economic
impact. History confirms this fact. Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter,
Intel are all success stories which have revolutionized our world. In the wake follows
Mauritius plans to achieve a high-income status by the year 2020. As the country
embarks on the journey of creating new opportunities, it will undoubtedly need to
foster a robust entrepreneurial culture aimed at maximizing both individual and
collective economic and social success on a local, national and global scale. An
important component of the strategy remains the enlargement of the economic space
of the country.
This new section of our newsletter on Mauritian Entrepreneurship aims at promoting
and portraying some of the success stories of entrepreneurs from Mauritius.
Here is the story of GlobalSign.in, a company crafted by two Mauritians in Singapore.
Two close friends had studied together at the Collège du Saint Esprit in
Mauritius. When the time came to pursue their studies at university level, one decided
to go to Australia, while the other decided to go to Singapore.
Though more than 2,400 miles apart, the two friends stayed in touch with each other. Five years later, they met again in Singapore to eventually found GlobalSign.in Pte Ltd (www.globalsignin.com).
Veemal Gungadin and Jonathan Easton are the two entrepreneurs. Starting their first
venture together in Singapore was a long and tough journey. From zero business contacts
in Singapore, they relied on their guts, sweat and tears to get their first clients,
doing design and web projects. Over time as they built up their credibility and
crafted their brand, they started to focus on event registration and software projects,
and managed to secure bigger projects.
Today, big names like SingTel, the Prime Minister’s Office (Singapore), MediaCorp,
Earth Hour and Forbes are some of the brands that count on the services of GlobalSign.in.
With 18 staff in Singapore and another 22 in their subsidiary office in Myanmar,
things are looking better for them.
“The fact that the Singapore public sector is open to award projects to Small
and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) helped us a lot in the start-up years. Even today,
Government still rank as one of the key sectors that we support. It actually helps
us to springboard to support international brands like Earth Hour and Forbes, and
form meaningful partnership with clients and technology partners alike.”
After experiencing some success in Singapore and Asia, and having supported projects
in Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Myanmar, the two friends are now looking
at the global stage as the next phase of growth.
“We have actually received proposals from companies operating in the USA to
acquire our company. But we have turned them down, as we have faith in
our product offering. We are now building our Software as a Service (SaaS) platform
called GEVME (www.gevme.com), which stands for Great Events Made Easy. Having worked
with event organizers for over 6 years on thousands of events and powering more
than 10,000 email campaigns, we have better understood the pain points of event
organizers, especially in dealing with their events data. Helping the event organizers
to piece the whole organization into an automated process from pre-event invites,
on-site experience to post-event communication and centralizing the data collection
onto one single platform will help not just the event organizers in Asia, but the
world, as the same pain points will resonate with event organizers in the global
“This is an exciting time for us, our family and our business, and we are
both confident and optimistic about the future.”
Globalsign.in is an official event partner for the forthcoming Mauritius Africa
Partnership Conference, scheduled in Mauritius on the 25th to 26th June this year.