Rimac Automobili CEO Mate Rimac is in the running for the prestigious prize.
Croatian entrepreneur is one of over 50 of the most successful business leaders in the world vying for the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year award which will be named at a ceremony in Monaco on Saturday night.
Rimac founded his company, which manufactures electric cars, batteries, parts and technological solutions for global carmakers, just outside of Zagreb in Sveta Nedelja in 2009 and it has grown to employ over 350 people today.
Rimac recently unveiled his company’s latest hypercar, the Rimac C_Two, and also announced plans for an investment in a new factory to be built in China with their partners. He named Croatia’s entrepreneur of the year earlier this year.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is now in its 18th year. It honours the world’s leading entreprenuers in more than 145 cities in over 50 countries.
The overall winner is chosen by an independent judging panel, with the award given on the basis of a number of factors including entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance and innovation.
Last year’s winner was Canadian Murad Al-Katib, chief executive of AGT Food and Ingredients, a company that supplies around a quarter of the world’s lentils.