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EY, EOY, Entrepreneur Of The Year

Enthusiastic entrepreneurship, innovative technologies and strong growth are just some of the attributes of the finalists for one of the most highly acclaimed business prizes in the whole of Germany. In recognition of his excellent work for the company, Dr. Paul Wimmer was presented with the coveted “Finalist Entrepreneur Of The Year” award for the AGROLAB GROUP.

On 18 November 2016 at the Museum of German History in Berlin, the 35 finalists of the “Entrepreneur Of The Year” were honoured. This year marked the 20th time that the EOY award was presented in Germany by Ernst & Young (EY) to companies which demonstrate quantifiable top performances, achieve regular innovations and treat their employees fairly.

EY secured the former Federal Minister of Finance, Peer Steinbrück, as the keynote speaker. In his speech, Mr Steinbrück discussed the fundamental importance of a successful cooperation between the worlds of politics and business. He highlighted the ethical responsibility held by every entrepreneur as well as the necessity to recognise business achievements and successes in society.

During the celebrations, news presenter Judith Rakers from TV channel ARD hosted the schedule with elegance and charm. In the “Service / IT” category Dr. Paul Wimmer, CEO of the AGROLAB GROUP, took to the stage as a finalist and accepted the award on location in Berlin.

He was very pleased to be among the finalists for the EOY: “I value my nomination for the Entrepreneur Of The Year award very highly because it is recognition of my decades-long dedication to the world of business. The prize also recognizes the hard work put in by all of the AGROLAB employees: Their innovative technological ideas and their daily efforts to ensure that we have a strong customer loyalty,” explained Wimmer.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year award and what it stands for

The “EY Entrepreneur Of The Year” award is a business prize initiated by Ernst & Young which acknowledges innovation and personal dedication.

The 35 companies which made it to the final stand out with their courage, their innovative technologies and their strong levels of customer loyalty.

The finalists were chosen in a multi-stage process by an independent jury of leading business experts. In this respect, the companies were assessed on the basis of the following five criteria:

  • Growth
  • Future potential
  • Innovation
  • Employee management
  • Social responsibility


The laboratories of the AGROLAB GROUP offer reliable and high quality services in the area of analytics. With approximately 1,400 employees at 21 different locations, AGROLAB is one of the European leaders in terms of price and performance in the fields of agricultural, environmental, water, food and feed analysis.

From the beginning, we have built upon the three pillars of processes based on the division of labour, consistent IT support and a strong service orientation. This has enabled us to combine quality and reliable analytics with excellent, rapid service.

The company’s key goals have largely stayed the same over the last 30 years. Dr. Paul Wimmer continues to look to the future, and attributes importance to ensuring the maintaining of flat hierarchies and a fair approach throughout the company. “I am driven by my enthusiasm and commitment to taking the AGROLAB GROUP forwards on the basis of innovations in the IT and Analytics segment, and want to make it into a large and very successful European company. I am also committed to maintaining the structures and values which are typical of a medium sized business.”