An offshoot of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ – the world’s most prestigious business award – the EY NextGen Club Award is a platform for EY NextGen Club members to showcase their entrepreneurial endeavors. Candidates for the award are assessed by an international panel of judges, and the winner gets the invaluable opportunity to participate in the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Forum and the Global Family Business Summit in Monte Carlo.
Winner 2016: Daniela Pillhofer and Peter Honegger, Newcomer Wines, UK
When people in London think about wine-producing countries beginning with A, there is usually only one that comes to mind: Australia. But two young entrepreneurs are trying to change that by introducing a wider audience to the great wines from another country beginning with A: Austria. And they are having considerable success doing so. “The idea to start our own company emerged during our first year at university,” Peter says. As part of their wine revolution, the Austrian pair opened their first store in the Shoreditch area of London early 2014. Known as the city’s center of hipster culture, the area is full of young, affluent consumers – the perfect demographic for Newcomer Wines. Daniela and Peter are clearly outstanding examples of young entrepreneurs following their dreams. With plans to open further stores and grow the e-commerce side of the business, who knows, maybe Austrian wines will soon be as well known in the UK as their Australian counterparts.