Bratislava, 10 March 2016 “ The winner of the Slovak EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 is Patrick Hessel, founder and CEO of c2i s.r.o. He was awarded this prestigious title at a gala ceremony, held in the historic building of the National Council of the Slovak Republic, by Matej Bosnak, who is the Country Managing Partner of EY, the contest organizer. The EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 title was won by Branislav MiÄieta, co-founder and Chair of the Supervisory Board of CEIT, a.s., and the EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 title was awarded to Ä½uboÅ¡ BednÃ¡r, Director of Frutia, s. r. o. The special award of the jury for entrepreneurial spirit went to Jan Lunter from ALFA BIO s.r.o. The special prize, awarded by the fortnightly magazine Profit, for the most inspiring story, this year went to Martina KaÅ¡iarova from TONFLY, s. r. o. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 contest has the patronage of the President of the Slovak Republic.
I feel extremely honored to receive the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 award, thereby joining the elite of Slovak entrepreneurs who have won this award before me. It is recognition of our hard work and strong incentive to work further and develop Slovak c2i, so that it becomes a global, respected technology brand, says Patrick Hessel, founder and CEO of c2i s.r.o., conveying his feelings immediately after receiving the award.
During the 10 years of the contest’s existence in Slovakia we have met almost 300 individual entrepreneurs and learned about their stories. Entrepreneurs are people with a strong awareness of what is possible, and of the potential behind an idea, product, service or a solution. They represent people with a particularly strong work ethic, enthusiasm and infectious drive, says Matej Bosnak, Country Managing Partner of EY in the Slovak Republic, adding: The winners, holders of the Slovak EY Entrepreneur Of The Year title, have represented our country at the world finals in Monte Carlo since 2007. I believe that the entrepreneurial story of Patrick Hessel, the current holder of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 title, will be as appealing to the jury, as it was to us.
This year, from more than 100 received nominations, 30 individual entrepreneurs qualified for the contest. The jury had 10 members and evaluated the candidates on the basis of the following international criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity/influence, financial performance, strategic orientation and community/global impact.
There were 30 entrepreneurs nominated for this year’s contest. Each of them is an exceptional personality and may be filled with pride when looking back at their life so far. However, there may only be one winner. This time, from the many strong entrepreneurial stories, the jury chose one which shows that the future of Slovakia lies in well-educated and motivated young people, says Eva Stejskalova, Chairman of the jury and the holder of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 title. She comments on the decision of the jury as follows: Patrick Hessel is the founder of c2i, a company which has been under his successful leadership for 10 years. Freshly-graduated from university, he started to do business in the challenging area of developing and producing parts from carbon fiber, designed for the automobile and aviation industries. Thanks to the innovative production process and leading-edge quality, he is nowadays a direct supplier to automobile giants such as Porsche, Jaguar Land Rover and Bentley. Patrick Hessel is a visionary and innovator, about whom we will hear a lot more.
About the Entrepreneur Of The Year contest
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. Its aim is to present to the general public exceptional business figures, whose success stories may inspire young, budding entrepreneurs. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year contest was conceived as an international competition, so the judging criteria used to evaluate individual contestants are comparable in each participating country. At present, it is the only truly global business recognition contest held on six continents in 60 countries. For more information, please visit www.podnikatelroka.sk.
C2i engineers and manufactures carbon-fibre components for automotive and aerospace industry. Today, c2i belongs to the top global carbon-fibre components producers, with references from Porsche, Jaguar, Bentley, BMW, Koenigsegg, Boeing and Airbus. C2i employs around 400 people and supplies components to projects like Bentley GT3R, Koenigsegg Regera, Airbus A330, A350 and A380 or Boeing 777, 787, 747. Vision of c2i is to play a major part in disruptive change with intelligently engineered carbon-fibre structures for next-generation cars and aircrafts. For more information please visit www.c2i.com
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