Peter Samuelsen, Thomas Köhler and Stefan Grieben can hardly believe it - the novomind management team will from now on be allowed to bear the title “Entrepreneur of the Year 2013”. Every year, renowned auditing and consulting firm Ernst & Young (EY) awards the title to honour outstanding entrepreneurial achievements in the SME sector.
Entrepreneur of the Year is a title bestowed only upon very few mid-market entrepreneurs. The software experts from novomind, Hamburg, are now among the chosen few. In this year’s edition of the prestigious awards, the jurors ranked them at the very top of the IT/Media category.
The prize is awarded to entrepreneurs displaying initiative, vision and the ability to innovate. The award-winning entrepreneurs also stand for sustainable growth, the creation of jobs as well as for personal commitment and the readiness to take risks – all of which makes them role models for Germany’s corporate sector.
The awards ceremony was held last night at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt in the presence of high-calibre guests.Peter Samuelsen, Thomas Köhler and Stefan Grieben were happy to accept the prize. “This award makes us extremely proud,” said a happy Peter Samuelsen, founder and CEO of novomind. “We see it as a confirmation that we have adopted the right strategy. The jurors’ verdict is also a motivation for us to continue growing and developing novomind.” His special thanks go not only to the panel of jurors but also to his employees. “We have a top team and the best software developers. They all master the constantly growing challenges imposed on us by the market and our customers with a keen sense for innovation but also with great passion. This deserves our utmost respect.”
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is awarded in several categories and in over 50 countries across the globe, with 2013 marking the 17th edition of the German awards. Organised by EY, the awards are sponsored by renowned German enterprises and media, including DZ BANK, Jaguar, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Manager Magazin. Apart from awarding successful entrepreneurs, EY also operates the “Entrepreneur of the Year Junior Academy” programme to promote up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
novomind AG: dynamic rise to technological leadership in Europe
Since 1999 Hamburg-based novomind has been developing innovative eBusiness software solutions for the modern Internet world in four e-business segments: eCommerce (eShops and zoom server), PIM (Product Information Management), eMarketplace (marketplace integration) and eCommunication (solutions for contact and service centres). In each of these performance segments, novomind ranks among the technology leaders in Europe. The company covers the entire digital value chain of trade and electronic customer communications.
novomind currently serves more than 80 companies, including Targobank, Der Club Bertelsmann, C&A, Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund, Ernsting’s family, EnBW, OTTO, QVC and Sixt.