The award is reserved for Italian entrepreneurs at the helm of companies with a turnover of at least 25 million euros, who have been able to create value by contributing to the growth of the economy. Betty Blue’s sole administrator is the second woman to win the title of Ey
Elisabetta Franchi won Ernest Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Betty Blue’s sole administrator is the second woman to win the Ey award. The award is reserved for Italian entrepreneurs at the helm of companies with a turnover of at least 25 million euros, who have been able to create value, with an innovative spirit and strategic vision, contributing to the growth of the economy. The jury of the 24th edition, which returns after a year of stoppage imposed by the pandemic, chose the Bolognese designer “for giving life to a brand dedicated to the quality, craftsmanship and tailoring of Made in Italy fashion and for bringing it to the international fame, facing the path of growth with courage, tenacity and a constant commitment to innovation in an ethical and sustainable key “.
The reasons for the award
“In a moment of great transformation like the one we are experiencing, we are proud to reward and support Italian entrepreneurs who, with courage, resilience and innovation, have managed to anticipate great changes, influence the speed of transformation processes by placing new values ”, said the CEO of Ey in Italy, Massimo Antonelli, during the award ceremony at Palazzo Mezzanotte. “I am honored by this important recognition that rewards the path of growth, commitment and courage that our brand has faced”, commented Elisabetta Franchi, who in 1998 founded the homonymous brand of pret–a-porter for women all Made in Italy. For the entrepreneur, “this milestone confirms how Made in Italy fashion, combined with an international vision from an ethical and sustainable point of view, represent the key values of our brand”.
The other awards
Among the awards, there is the Sustainability award, dedicated to sustainability, which this year goes to Roberto Panfili, co-founder of Portobello, “for the intuition of an innovative and circular business model, which integrates media advertising and retail, which allowed the company to establish itself, after only 18 months from its foundation in 2016, as the youngest listed on the Italian Stock Exchange “. The Startup award goes to Giovanni Fiengo, CEO of Kineton, who “in just four years has managed to emerge and compete with established international companies in software development and engineering”. On the other hand, Giorgio Marsiaj, president and CEO of Sabelt, receives the Special Ey award “for the resilience he has been able to put at the service of the community in guiding the Turin Industrial Union, promoting the development of sustainable, digital and innovative supply chains”. Then there is Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale, who receives the ‘Innovative project for the promotion of Made in Italy’, while the Special Ey Startup award goes to Fabio Porcellini, CEO of Natlive. Among other awards, the Family Business award goes to Nicola Drago, CEO of De Agostini Publishing, the Food & Beverage award to Salvatore Casillo, owner of Pastificio Liguori; the Manufacturing & Automotive award to Massimo Galassini, founder and CEO of Usco; the Health & Pharma award to Francesco Pizzocaro, president and founder of P&R Group; the Consumer & Retail award to Lorenzo Delladio, ceo and president of La Sportiva.