Oliver Dlouhý, founder of global start-up Kiwi.com s.r.o., is EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Czech Republic

The global entrepreneur competition as held in the Czech Republic for the twentieth time.

Prague, 3 March 2020 – Oliver Dlouhý, founder and owner of Kiwi.com s.r.o., is the winner of the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Czech Republic competition. The trophy for the nationwide winner of best entrepreneur was presented on Tuesday, March 3rd in Prague’s Žofín Palace. Michael Tresner of ThreatMark s.r.o. was named EY Technology Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019. The Czech Television Prize for Entrepreneurial Contribution to Culture and the Arts went to Ondřej Kobza, owner of Zahrada na střeše s.r.o. and the Social Entrepreneur trophy went to Antonín Nekvinda and Josef Suchár of civic association Sdružení Neratov, z.s. Twenty-two-year-old Václav Staněk, founder of Vasky trade s.r.o, was named EY Start-up Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019, and also won the competition for the best entrepreneurial story 2019 in a vote of MF DNES and iDNES.cz readers.

“I really appreciate this success and award. I would like to thank my whole team, family and friends. I wouldn't be here without them. I see a wave of Internet global entrepreneurs in the Czech Republic, but there are still few of them. Even if this success were to inspire just one entrepreneur, I would be very happy,” recounted Oliver Dlouhý of Kiwi.com s.r.o., winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 Czech Republic title, of his immediate impressions.

“The 20th anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year competition in the Czech Republic was packed with great entrepreneurial personalities, as evidenced by the ten regional awards. Thirty-two-year-old Oliver Dlouhý, who won this year's national contest based on the judging panel’s decision, is the youngest representative of the Czech Republic ever to go to Monte Carlo in June for the World Finals,” said Magdalena Souček, managing partner of EY in the Czech Republic and part of the Central and Southeast Europe Region, adding: “I believe Oliver will be a very valuable source of inspiration for all those who are hesitant to start a business. I’m convinced his story will also impress the jury of the Monte Carlo World Finals. We’re still waiting for the winners from the CEE region. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Oliver to place first, though the competition in Monaco will be intense.”

Oliver Dlouhý will represent the Czech Republic at the competition’s world finals to take place 4 - 7 June 2020 in Monte Carlo. National winners from some 60 countries will vie for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Since 2001, no entrepreneur from Central and Eastern Europe has ever been named the international winner. The winners of the last four years are from the USA (2019), Brazil (2018), Canada (2017) and Australia (2016). For a full overview of world winners, see https://podnikatelroku.cz/monte-carlo