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2007 Entrepreneur in the Slovak Republic


Bratislava, 28 February 2008 – Miroslav Trnovský director of the SkyBau company, was granted the 2007 Entrepreneur in Slovak Republic award. He received the prestigious award from the hands of the president of Slovak Republic, Ivan Gašparovič, and Stano Jakubek, senior partner in Ernst & Young, the organizer of the competition, at a grand ceremony held at Reduta, Bratislava. Vladimír Lukáč, chairman of the Board of Directors of the EZOP-TRADING company was granted the 2007 Entrepreneur award for innovations and Martin Starzyk, the founder and partner of the PolyStar company, was granted the 2007 Starting Entrepreneur award in the Slovak Republic.

I am truly honoured to receive the award Entrepreneur of the Year. But this award does not belong to me only. The happiness of the people around me but also trust and pride as concerns the results of our joint work helped get us here. It will be both a stimulation and commitment for all of us to keep on improving“, said Miroslav Trnovský, the winner of the 2007 Entrepreneur award of the Slovak Republic.

Miroslav Trnka, chairman of the jury and winner of the first year of the Entrepreneur of 2006 competition, commented about the jury's decision with the following words: „The Entrepreneur of the Year competition is not about numbers. We emphasized the ability to find and implement a successful business model and the entrepreneurial spirit and personality of each candidate. The business story of Miroslav Trnovský and the company that he has successfully built represents admirable attributes especially because he started his entrepreneurial activities at the age when many start thinking about their pension.

Miroslav Trnovský (74), graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, majoring in water management structures, at the University in Žilina. With a partner founded the SkyBau spol. s r.o. company in Germany where they employed almost 100 people as of the end of 1992. In 1996 they started their activities in the Czech Republic. The SkyBau company entered Slovakia in August 2002 through the delivery of the skeleton of the Millenium Tower II., an office building situated within the POLUS Bratislava shopping centre. Currently, in addition to the construction of office and residential buildings the company also carries out demanding projects involving ferroconcrete base plate, and lower and upper parts of the largest complex in Bratislava - EUROVEA situated on the bank of the Danube River. “After years of working for Váhostav I decided to leave and as a 57 years old man I went to work in Passau where I performed ancillary works within the reconstruction of a several hundred year old buildings situated within the pedestrian zone. The idea to become a producer and supplier of ferroconcrete structures for civil engineering projects was born there and it was this idea that has helped us get here,” added Miroslav Trnovský.

The following entrepreneurs got to the 2007 Entrepreneur competition finals along with the winner:

Vladimír Lukáč, ETOP-TRADING, a.s.

Miroslav Kunsch, IPESOFT spol. s r.o.

Anton Barboráš, INVESTEX GROUP, s.r.o.

Peter Šiovič, REGADA, s.r.o.

The winner of the innovation category of the 2007 Entrepreneur award, which was announced for the first time, was Vladimír Lukáč, chairman of the Board of Directors of the ETOP-TRADING company. He started his business in a garage in the nineties where he and his wife produced anti-slip soles. Nowadays, he has become, the owner of a successful company with more than 200 employees, head of research teams, and the author of a successful design solution for special warehousing systems. He is the holder of industrial property rights and owner of over 70 patents, industrial designs, and utility models. In this year the Etop Group will open a unique museum of wheels that will present over 700 different types of wheels used throughout the centuries, the wheels of the third millennium, and a scientific toy.

The winner in the category of starting entrepreneurs of the year, which is intended for entrepreneurs whose businesses are younger than five years, was Martin Starzyk, the managing director of the PolyStar company. „I greatly appreciate this award and see that the efforts targeted at the disposal of hazardous wastes from health facilities with a minimum impact on the environment has not been left unnoticed,“ says Martin Starzyk.

The jury decided to grant also a Special Award to Mrs. Miriam Poništová from the DeutschMann Internationale Spedition company.

You will find more information about the competition, jury, procedures and assessment criteria at www.podnikatelroka.sk.

The Trend weekly magazine is a co-organizer of the 2007 Entrepreneur in the Slovak Republic competition organized by Ernst & Young. A partner of the competition is ABRA Software, s.r.o. company, a producer of business information systems, media partners are SME, Profit, Rádio Slovensko, and etrend.sk.

About the Entrepreneur of the Year competition

The Entrepreneur Of The Year® competition was announced for the first time by the Ernst & Young company in the United States in 1986. In 2007 national rounds took place in more than 40 countries around the world including also the countries neighbouring Slovakia – Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Austria, and the Ukraine. All national winners compete to win the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The next world final will take place in Monte Carlo in May 2008 where Slovakia will be represented by the winner of the 2007 Entrepreneur competition organized by Ernst & Young .

Information about Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young ranks among the most important world companies providing professional advisory services in the area of audit, tax, transaction and other issues. 130 000 professionals all around the world are united by one goal – to provide services of the highest quality. For more information visit www.ey.com.

The name Ernst & Young covers a global organisation uniting companies of the Ernst & Young Global Limited group but each company is an independent legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited does not provide services to clients. This press release was published by the EYGM Limited company, a member of the Ernst & Young global organisation, which also does not provide any services to clients.


Annex no. 1

Members of the jury of the 2007 Entrepreneur competition organized by Ernst & Young:

  • Miroslav Trnka - chairman of the jury, 2006 Entrepreneur in the Slovak Republic, director general of the ESET, spol. s r.o. company
  • Oliver Brunovský – director of TREND Holding, spol. s.r.o., a publishing house
  • Rudolf Sivák – rector, University of Economics in Bratislava
  • Ján Košturiak – director, Fraunhofer IPA Slovakia
  • Miroslav Řihák – 2004 Entrepreneur in Czech Republic, director general of the ANECT company
  • Robert Šimončič – director general, Microsoft Slovakia s.r.o.

Annex no. 2

  • Profile of the 2007 Starting Entrepreneur

Martin Starzyk, PolyStar, s.r.o.

At the time when Slovakia was about to join the European Union Martin Starzyk started thinking that it might be necessary for Slovakia to take a more thorough care of waste and environment. Martin Starzyk and his father founded the PolyStar, s.r.o. company. The company deals with engineering and consultancy services in the area of environmental protection and, specifically, waste management. It provides a comprehensive service for producers or holders of hazardous wastes. The company provides consultancy, handling, transport, and disposal of hazardous wastes and files notifications of waste creation and its handling with the relevant District Environmental Agencies. The company primarily focuses on the disposal of hazardous wastes that are created within health and veterinary facilities, whilst paying special attention to ensuring a minimal impact on the environment.

  • Profile of the Entrepreneur of 2007 in the area of innovations

Vladimír Lukáč, ETOP-TRADING, a.s.

Vladimír Lukáč is an experienced top manager who has worked for several successful manufacturing and business companies, has been the head of research teams and author of the design solution of a special warehousing system using pallets and lamella wheels. He is the holder of industrial property rights for over 70 patents, industrial designs, and utility models. He started his business with his wife in a garage in the nineties and produced anti-slip sleevings. Later started to produce components for the automotive industry and electronics industry. In 1990 he founded the ETOP company, which currently employs 370 people. The next plans of Mr. Lukáč include a branch of the Museum of Wheels with a scientific toy and marketing point in Trenčín.

  • Profiles of finalists of the 2007 Entrepreneur competition

Miroslav Kunsch, IPESOFT spol. s r.o.

Miroslav Kunsch (45) graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. He started his professional career in the Research Institute of Computer Technology in Žilina. Later he participated in the creation of several entrepreneurial entities dealing with IT applications within industrial practice. In 1993 he and a few of his close co-workers founded the IPESOFT company with the objective to work intensively on the development and application of software technologies intended for real time information systems. The long-term research has brought D2000®, a unique software technology, which serves as the basis for comprehensive solutions targeted at the support for management of critical processes within energy and industrial sectors. Today, the IPESOFT company is a renowned supplier of vital solutions for companies such as Slovenské elektrárne, SPP, SLOVNAFT, and U. S. Steel Košice.

Anton Barboráš, INVESTEX GROUP, s.r.o.

The business activities of Anton Barboráš date back to 1991 when he obtained a trade licence as a natural person and started business in the area of energy technologies and metallurgical materials. When he won, in 1992, the contract for the reconstruction of a boiler plant amounting to approx. 10 mil SKK, he founded, with two other partners, the Investex company.

In 1999 he left the company and his son founded INVESTEX GROUP, s.r.o., a family owned company.

Their common objective was to build a well organized and flexible company that would be able to establish itself on the market in the area of transport and logistics, and the supply of technologies for the energy sector.

The company has recorded the greatest development in the area of transport and logistics. During four years it has proceeded from 240th position to be among the first ten forwarding agencies in the Slovak Republic. Today, it ranks among the largest railway forwarders in Slovakia.

Peter Šiovič, REGADA, s.r.o.

Despite being so young, the REGADA company manufactures a range of products that have almost a 40 years long tradition in the Prešov region. Peter Šiovič focuses on the area and commodities that he feels confident about: in 1998 Regada was a business company selling electrical-magnetic valves, actuating mechanisms, and pneumatic elements. In 2000 the company bought a relevant technology and started to manufacture the above products. This business project is unique thanks to the fact that this company is the only Slovak manufacturer of electrical actuating mechanisms and electrical-magnetic valves and develops it own technologies that contribute to the company's development. The secret of this success is hidden in employees willing to work for the benefit of the team and the company.

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