The final five were selected based upon their potential for growth; entrepreneurial spirit and leadership qualities; financial performance; strategic direction; innovative thinking and originality; and, people philosophy.

The selected participants who will be receiving EY support and will attend EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 are:

  • Erki Lipre – Ridango – Tallinn, Estonia – a transit solutions and services company
  • Chris Sheldrick – what3words – London, United Kingdom – a universal digital addressing system
  • Robert Lyngman – Sqore – Stockholm, Sweden – an online recruitment platform
  • Bastian Knutzen and Chris Maslowski – Movinga – Berlin, Germany – a global removal company
  • Barbaros Özbugutu – iyzico – Istanbul, Turkey – a digital payment management system

Demet Ozdemir, EY EMEIA Strategic Growth Markets Leader, says:

“The power of entrepreneurs and their ability to create jobs, innovate and change the way we live and work has always been at the heart of EY’s commitment to entrepreneurship and is why we actively support and encourage early stage businesses to scale their growth. 

“In today’s disruptive digital economy, the opportunity to start and grow a business is unprecedented, but so are the potential pitfalls and challenges that businesses face. That’s why we’re offering these high-potential start-ups help at this crucial stage in their development. Attending EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year will give them access to an unrivalled network of peer entrepreneurs and big businesses attending the event, to help them meet challenges, navigate risks and capitalize on opportunities to grow now and in the future.”

The group of selected entrepreneurs will receive the following comprehensive program of one-to-one guidance, networking and insight-sharing:

  • Attend the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year event in Monaco, 7-12 June 2016
  • A 90-minute “growth session,” during which participants present their business plans to a group of experienced Growth Coaches who will provide advice, feedback and direction
  • The opportunity to form ongoing mentoring relationships with the Growth Coaches and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® country winners
  • The opportunity to meet and network with leading entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries who have gathered in Monaco
  • The opportunity to apply for the EY Vantage Program

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