Sweden’s finalist in EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year is the founder of Stronghold Invest AB

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The 19th EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award and event is currently taking place in Monaco. This year 57 entrepreneurs representing 47 countries and territories will compete for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019, to be announced during a gala awards ceremony on Saturday, 8 June. Sweden is represented by Urban Edenström, the founder of Stronghold Invest AB.

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, the world’s largest programme of its kind, is taking place from June 5-9 in Monaco. It is the culmination of this year’s regional events in 150 cities and national finals in 50 countries – ultimately one winner will become EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019.

Urban Edenström is a serial entrepreneur who has created several companies that have all grown vigorously and established market-leading positions. Stronghold Invest AB, founded in 1994, is the leading property advisory, asset management, fund management and proptech company in Northern Europe. Currently, the portfolio consists of seven holdings, with approximately 2,000 employees across 40 offices and operates in nine countries.

Over 20 years ago Urban took digitalisation into the real estate industry and to the customers in northern Europe through his own drive and curiosity. Through the ability to see opportunities, assess risk and lie ahead of the market, Urban has pushed forward companies like Newsec, Niam and Datcha.

“Stronghold Invest, through the operational brands Newsec, Niam and Datscha, has shown fantastic growth since the start, just over 20 years ago. A growth that mainly have been organic and driven by the fact that we have always dared to challenge ourselves with the purpose of future proof our operations. We are proud of our journey and are now looking forward to representing Sweden and challenging the world elite of entrepreneurs, ”says Urban Edenström, founder of Stronghold Invest AB.

Urban Edenström, founder of Stronghold Invest AB and winner of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 in Sweden.

The award is given on the basis of six criteria, giving all country winners an equal opportunity to compete: entrepreneurial spirit, value creation, strategic direction, national and global impact, innovation, and personal integrity/purpose-driven leadership.

“We want to celebrate the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and their impact on the economy, on job creation, on innovation and on their communities. Ultimately there is just one EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year but all country winners are there because of their success and ability to inspire others, “says Carlos Esterling partner in EY and director for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in Sweden.

The overall winner is chosen by an independent judging panel of distinguished former EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ winners.

The independent judging panel members this year are:

  • Rosaleen Blair CBE of Alexander Mann Solutions (United Kingdom)

  • Bernadette Ruth Irawati Setiady of Kalbe Farma (Indonesia)

  • Frank M. Jaehnert of Brady Corporation (US)

  • Jim Nixon of Nixon Energy Investments (US)

  • Manny Stul of Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities (Australia)

Previous winners of the prestigious EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award include: Rubens Menin, Chairman, MRV Engenharia (Brazil), 2018; Murad Al-Katib, President and CEO, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (Canada), 2017; Manny Stul, Chairman and co-CEO of Moose Enterprise Holdings & Controlled Entities (Australia), 2016; Mohed Altrad, CEO of Altrad (France), 2015; Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (India), 2014; Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, Inc. (US), 2013; Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and Managing Director of Equity Bank Limited (Kenya), 2012; Olivia Lum, Group Chairman and Group CEO, Hyflux Limited (Singapore), 2011; Cho Tak Wong, Chairman, Fuyao Glass Industry Group (China), 2009; Guy Laliberté, Founder and CEO, Cirque du Soleil (Canada), 2007; and Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited (India), 2003.

The event also includes a series of keynote interviews, industry and topical discussions and events of special interest to entrepreneurs in attendance, including EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni. Sessions under the theme, How do mold-breakers fuel the engine for growth? will give attendees the opportunity to share disruptive ideas, challenge conventional ways of thinking and discover new opportunities to channel disruption and drive growth together.

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