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Sage Honours 50 Military Veteran Business Leaders from across Australia, US, UK and Canada

Monday, October 22, 2018
Sage, a global technology business and Premier Partner of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, today announces the launch of the Sage Power 50 – a unique showcase of 50 leading veteran run or owned businesses from across Australia, UK, US, and Canada.

Nominated for their leadership and determination to succeed, the Sage Power 50 is a unique collection of testimony from veteran entrepreneurs on how they built their business against the odds. Launched in the run up to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, Sage believe that these compelling stories will educate the business community and inspire the next generation of veteran business leaders.

Over the next five years, one million service members will transition out of just the U.S military alone; with one in four wanting to start their own business. The Sage Power 50 reveals the challenges, sacrifices and tough decisions that will underpin the transition into business for many veterans; as well as the advice and insight that helps to reshape service honed skills into the world of entrepreneurship.

Debbie Wall, VP Sage Foundation, said:


“Every single story in the Power 50 is undeniable proof that when barriers are removed that prevent millions of veterans from living their fullest life after service—it isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s sound business. 

“We believe that with tailored support, mentoring and early intervention, a new generation of veteran led businesses could unleash a wave of talent and innovation across the global entrepreneurial community.

“Together with our nonprofit partners, we are committed to helping more veterans secure a brighter future.”

Innovative business leaders just like Power 50 member, Steve Day, Founder of Reticle, based in Canada, believes in life after service to your country:

"At Reticle we are proud of our nomination and affiliation with Sage's Power 50, The Invictus Games, and The Prince's Trust Canada. My journey from serving our country to serving our clients has been a seamless transition and exciting adventure. I believed that the vast majority of veteran leadership, teamwork, critical thinking and organizational skills would directly translate across to the business world and I’ve been proven right with Reticle's success. Reticle encourages every Canadian and allied veteran to look for programs similar to what The Invictus Games and Prince's Trust Canada affords them. There is no reason that life after your service to your country cannot be just as exhilarating and meaningful if you find the right new team to fit into. In the business world you are just serving in a different foxhole as you help your country prosper."

Sage Power 50 members were nominated by leading military nonprofits in countries who have hosted the Invictus Games; the UK, USA and Canada, alongside this year’s host – Australia.

In Canada, Sage Foundation non-profit partner Princes Trust Canada supported the Power 50. Sharon Broughton, CEO of Prince’s Trust Canada said: “We are thrilled to have graduates from our Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur program showcased in Sage Power 50. It is a perfect opportunity to highlight their resilience, determination and achievements as they leave the military and become successful entrepreneurs.”

2018 will mark the third year of Sage’s partnership with the Invictus Games. A signatory of the UK’s Armed Forces Covenant and recognised as one of just 50 organisations in 2018 to be given the ‘Gold Award’ for their outstanding support of the Armed Forces; Sage is already delivering the Sage Military Mentoring Programme in the UK.  

Sage will now build a legacy for after the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, by working with nonprofit, Soldier On. Sage Foundation funding and workshops in HR and entrepreneurialism will result in more veterans, service personnel and their families getting the support they need to start their own business or develop entrepreneurial skills. 

Sage Foundation will also work with Prince’s Trust Australia’s Enterprise for Veteran’s Program, including a roll out of donated Sage software and Cloud Accounting workshops to participants.

From Monday 15 October:

Download the Sage Power 50 here: featuring exclusive film content from UK Power 50 members.

Read more Power 50 stories by following #SageServingHeroes on all Sage social channels – including our #HumansOfBusiness takeover on @Sageofficial Instagram

About the Sage Power 50

The Sage Power 50 was commissioned by Sage and supports our ongoing commitment to build sustainable social, economic and entrepreneurial opportunities in Sage’s local communities around the world through Sage Foundation. For Sage this is the right way to do business. 

The Sage Power 50 was curated with support from:

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur, a program of Prince’s Trust Canada: www.princesoperationentrepreneur.ca  
X-Forces: www.x-forces.com
Prince’s Trust Australia: www.princes-trust.org.au 

Additional curation was led by Power 50 members, Brandon Shelton at TFX Capital Management and Cherisa ‘CJ’ Bellis at Major Freedom.

About Sage

Sage (FTSE: SGE) is the global market leader for technology that helps businesses of all sizes manage everything from money to people – whether they’re a start-up, scale-up, or enterprise. We do this through Sage Business Cloud – the one and only platform that customers will ever need, comprising Accounting, Financials, Sage Intacct, Enterprise Management, People & Payroll, and Payments & Banking.

Our mission is to free business builders from the burden of admin, so they can spend more time doing what they love – and we do that every day for three million customers across 23 countries, through our 13,000 colleagues and a network of accountants and partners. We are committed to doing business the right way and giving back to our communities through Sage Foundation. Find out more at http://www.sage.com/ca/.