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EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 - Class 2020

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Meet the Class of 2020's
unstoppable entrepreneurs

Argentina - Alejandro Larosa
Argentina
Argentina - Alejandro Larosa
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Argentina Award winner:
Alejandro LarosaCo-Founder, CEO and Member of the Board fyo

In 1999, he cofounded fyo, the first Latin American company to provide online business and information services to the agriculture industry.

Austria - Christoph Steindl
Austria
Austria - Christoph Steindl
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Austria Award winner:
Christoph SteindlFounder and CEO Catalysts GmbH

In 2007, Christoph left a job in IT and cofounded software developer Catalysts with his friend, Christian Federspiel.

Azerbaijan - Rashkhan Garashli
Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan - Rashkhan Garashli
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Azerbaijan Award winner:
Rashkhan GarashliCo-Owner HORECA

Rashkhan’s persistence paid off: HORECA is now the local market leader for professional cleaning products.

Belgium - Eddy Duquenne
Belgium
Belgium - Eddy Duquenne
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Belgium Award winner:
Eddy DuquenneCEO Kinepolis Group

Kinepolis sells about 20% fewer tickets than it did 11 years ago, but the company makes 25% more revenue.

Brazil - César Gon
Brazil
Brazil - César Gon
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Brazil Award winner:
César GonCEO CI&T

CI&T has grown for 24 consecutive years and since 2004 has doubled in size every 3 years.

Canada - Geoff Chutter
Canada
Canada - Geoff Chutter
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada Award winner:
Geoff ChutterPresident and CEO WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.

WhiteWater is a global industry leader in designing and manufacturing slides, wave machines and water rides.

Chile - Juan Manuel Casanueva
Chile
Chile - Juan Manuel Casanueva
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Chile Award winner:
Juan Manuel CasanuevaFounder and Chairman Grupo Gtd

Juan Manuel believes the reason for the company’s strong growth is that it has kept to its motto: “never stop innovating and taking risks while pursuing business expansion.”

Mainland China - Ruan Jixiang
Mainland China
Mainland China - Ruan Jixiang
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Mainland China Award winner:
Ruan JixiangFounder JACK Sewing Machine Co., Ltd.

By single-mindedly perfecting the sewing machine over 25 years, Jixiang has transformed a traditional craft into a state-of-the-art smart manufacturing industry.

Czech Republic - Oliver Dlouhý
Czech Republic
Czech Republic - Oliver Dlouhý
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Czech Republic Award winner:
Oliver DlouhýCo-Founder and CEO Kiwi.com s.r.o.

Oliver’s ambition is to aggregate the entire world of transportation so a customer can easily make the best journey anywhere in the world by any means of transportation. 

Denmark - Anders Byriel, CEO
Denmark
Denmark - Anders Byriel, CEO
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Denmark Award winners:
Anders Byriel, CEOMette Bendix, Product Designer Kvadrat A/S

The company’s textiles furnish iconic architectural spaces from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Guangzhou Opera House in China.

Estonia - Kaarel Kotkas
Estonia
Estonia - Kaarel Kotkas
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Estonia Award winner:
Kaarel KotkasFounder and CEO Veriff OÜ

Veriff’s software can identify thousands of different government-issued IDs from over 190 countries around the world.

Finland - Timur Kärki
Finland
Finland - Timur Kärki
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Finland Award winner:
Timur KärkiChairman of the Board Gofore Plc

During his nine years as CEO, the company has been on an enviable growth curve.

France - Christian Roulleau
France
France - Christian Roulleau
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year France Award winner:
Christian RoulleauFounding Partner Samsic

Christian’s entrepreneurial journey started when, after 15 years of working in an industrial cleaning services company, he decided to embark on his own venture.

Germany - Dr. Simon Haddadin, CEO
Germany
Germany - Dr. Simon Haddadin, CEO
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Germany Award winners:
Dr. Simon Haddadin, CEOPhilipp Zimmermann, Managing Director Dirk Engelmann, Managing DirectorFranka Emika GmbH

Franka Emika set out to disrupt the industry by building robots that are user-friendly and cost-efficient.

Hong Kong/Macau - Loretta Lee
Hong Kong/Macau
Hong Kong/Macau - Loretta Lee
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Hong Kong/Macau Award winner:
Loretta LeeExecutive Director and Chairlady Canvest Environmental Protection Group Company Limited

Loretta Lee has taken her passion for the environment and turned it into a company worth HK$8b.

Hungary - Gyula Horváth
Hungary
Hungary - Gyula Horváth
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Hungary Award winner:
Gyula HorváthCEO C3S Electronics Development LLC.

Gyula has been a pioneer of the Hungarian space technology sector — boosting cooperation, resources and R&D and helping the country become a full member of the European Space Agency.

India - Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
India
India - Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year India Award winner:
Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-ShawExecutive Chairperson Biocon Limited

Kiran has been a trailblazer for businesswomen in India and around the world. Biocon, the company she founded in 1978 with just US$500, is now one of Asia’s leading biotech companies.

Indonesia - William Tanuwijaya
Indonesia
Indonesia - William Tanuwijaya
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Indonesia Award winner:
William TanuwijayaFounder and CEO PT Tokopedia

William uses technology to make commerce available to everyone, regardless of their location, connecting the 17,000 islands of Indonesia.

Ireland - Richard Kennedy
Ireland
Ireland - Richard Kennedy
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland Award winner:
Richard KennedyCEO Devenish

Richard wants to keep expanding internationally and has recently secured funding worth US$135m to enable further growth.

Italy - Massimo Perotti
Italy
Italy - Massimo Perotti
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Italy Award winner:
Massimo PerottiChairman and CEO Sanlorenzo S.p.A

In Massimo’s first five years at the company, Sanlorenzo’s turnover grew fivefold.

Japan - Dr. Hiroaki Suga, Founder
Japan
Japan - Dr. Hiroaki Suga, Founder
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Japan Award winners:
Dr. Hiroaki Suga, FounderKiichi Kubota, Executive Chairman PeptiDream Inc

PeptiDream has grown from a lab startup into a company with the highest profit margins in the Japanese pharmaceutical industry.

Liechtenstein - Alexander Ospelt
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein - Alexander Ospelt
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Liechtenstein Award winner:
Alexander OspeltManaging Director and Chairman of the Board The Ospelt Group

Ospelt Group has five production sites and is a leading European supplier of high-quality food and pet food.

Malaysia - Dang Tai Luk
Malaysia
Malaysia - Dang Tai Luk
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Malaysia Award winner:
Dang Tai Luk Group CEO Mynews Holdings Berhad

The journey has involved long days and sleepless nights, but Tai Luk believes the sacrifices have been worth it — he has fulfilled his ambitions to bring his family out of hardship and to give Malaysians a world-class retail experience.

New Zealand - Mohammed Hikmet
New Zealand
New Zealand - Mohammed Hikmet
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year New Zealand Award winner:
Mohammed HikmetExecutive Chairman HMI Technologies Ltd.

HMI Technologies achieved the first commercial delivery of a New Zealand autonomous vehicle in 2019.

Norway - Jan Christian Vestre
Norway
Norway - Jan Christian Vestre
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Norway Award winner:
Jan Christian VestreCEO Vestre AS

Vestre’s manufacturing facilities operate on 100% renewable energy, and the business is close to producing zero emissions throughout its entire manufacturing process.

Peru - Herbert Vilcapoma
Peru
Peru - Herbert Vilcapoma
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Peru Award winner:
Herbert VilcapomaExecutive President Rock Drill Group

After working in the mining sector, he saw an opportunity to create a Peruvian-owned rigs company. Investing all the family’s savings, he founded Rock Drill in 2000.

Philippines - Benjamin O. Yao
Philippines
Philippines - Benjamin O. Yao
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines Award winner:
Benjamin O. YaoChairman, President and CEO Steel Asia Manufacturing Corporation

Benjamin’s goal when he took over was to modernize the company and update inefficient machinery.

Poland - Artur Rytel
Poland
Poland - Artur Rytel
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Poland Award winner:
Artur RytelPresident Green Holding sp. z o.o.

Over the past 20 years, Artur has helped Green Holding thrive while growing, storing and delivering fresh produce through a modern, integrated supply chain.

Russia - Ilya Chekh
Russia
Russia - Ilya Chekh
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Russia Award winner:
Ilya ChekhCo-Owner and General Director Motorica

In just four years, the company has designed cutting-edge, multifunctional upper-limb prostheses for over 1,000 users.

Serbia - Zoran Anđelković, Founder and Owner
Serbia
Serbia - Zoran Anđelković, Founder and Owner
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Serbia Award winners:
Zoran Anđelković, Founder and OwnerNikola Anđelković, Director Andjelković-al

Anđelković-al is a leader in the manufacturing and trade of materials for the production of aluminum and PVC joinery.

Singapore - David (Hyonmoo) Lee
Singapore
Singapore - David (Hyonmoo) Lee
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Singapore Award winner:
David (Hyonmoo) LeeExecutive Chairman Iyuno Media Group

David developed his own proprietary technology, MediaTrans, which quickly became the subtitling software of choice, owning 90% of the output for the Korean language market.

Slovak Republic - Juraj Habovštiak
Slovak Republic
Slovak Republic - Juraj Habovštiak
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Slovak Republic Award winner:
Juraj HabovštiakFounder MTS, spol. s r. o.

Juraj and his colleagues help to build modern and efficient factories in industries ranging from automaking to food production. 

South Korea - Junhyuk Bang
South Korea
South Korea - Junhyuk Bang
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year South Korea Award winner:
Junhyuk BangFounder and Chairman Netmarble

In 2017, Junhyuk was ready to take Netmarble public, raising US$2.4b in what became South Korea’s largest listing in seven years.

Southern Africa - Craig Irvine
Southern Africa
Southern Africa - Craig Irvine
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Southern Africa Award winner:
Craig IrvineCEO Irvine’s Group

Irvine’s Group provides sustainable business opportunities to over 60,000 small-scale farmers, most of whom are women.

Sweden - Pär Svärdson
Sweden
Sweden - Pär Svärdson
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Sweden Award winner:
Pär SvärdsonCEO Apotea AB

Pär used his expertise in e-commerce to expand a small online pharmacy with limited online stock, which he took over and renamed Apotea in 2012.

Switzerland - Fabio Ronga
Switzerland
Switzerland - Fabio Ronga
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Switzerland Award winner:
Fabio RongaCEO beqom

For Fabio, a core purpose of beqom is to provide companies with a fair system of pay that avoids gender or race discrimination.

Taiwan - Peter Chen
Taiwan
Taiwan - Peter Chen
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Taiwan Award winner:
Peter ChenChairman and CEO Qisda Corporation

The group is currently the world’s largest exporter of digital light processing (DLP) projectors and No. 2 for exports of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs).

Turkey - Enver Yücel
Turkey
Turkey - Enver Yücel
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Turkey Award winner:
Enver YücelChair BAU Global

Enver has dedicated his life to tackling what he believes to be one of the world’s most pressing challenges: affordable access to education for all.

United Kingdom - Steven Jackson OBE DL
United Kingdom
United Kingdom - Steven Jackson OBE DL
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year United Kingdom Award winner:
Steven Jackson OBE DLFounder Recycling Lives

Recycling Lives runs programs for offenders in 12 prisons across the United Kingdom, supporting 250 men and women at a time.

United States - Dr. Joseph DeSimone
United States
United States - Dr. Joseph DeSimone
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year United States Award winner:
Dr. Joseph DeSimoneCo-Founder and Executive Chairman Carbon, Inc.

Innovation has driven Carbon’s growth, and the business has achieved unicorn status.

West Africa - Dr. Cosmas Maduka
West Africa
West Africa - Dr. Cosmas Maduka
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year West Africa Award winner:
Dr. Cosmas MadukaPresident and CEO COSCHARIS GROUP

Cosmas is widely acknowledged as one of Nigeria’s leading CEOs.

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