Transferring entrepreneurship

Get in gear for entrepreneurial success. The EY NextGen Academy is our unique and exclusive one-week training event designed for young successors in family businesses.

To succeed for generations, family businesses need an entrepreneurial spirit that not only ensures that the pioneering mind-set and values that established the business continue to flourish, but also creates future opportunities to deliver innovation and financial and social value. However, when planning for business succession, potential business leaders may benefit from a little encouragement. The next generation is sometimes unsure that following their parents’ path is right for them.  In a world full of opportunities, they have to find a balance between their own interests and dreams, and the expectations of the family.

Now in its ninth year and counting over 530 alumni from 58 different countries, the NextGen Academy was created to offer young people from family businesses the chance to explore how exciting, interesting and varied the entrepreneurial course can be.

Regardless of whether they are planning concrete projects for their entrepreneurial future or want to widen their personal network of international young family business successors and young entrepreneurs, we will help them explore their interests, accelerate their potential and encourage them to make a difference as a visionary leader.

Taking the various interests and development needs of different age groups into account, the program runs a three-tier approach.

2017 EY NextGen Academy

EY NextGen Academy First Program — push your limits!
Orientation: aimed at young people aged 16 to 20 in family businesses, this program will help the next generation of entrepreneurs discover their business potential.

  • 23-29 Jul 2017, Ashridge Business School, Hertfordshire/London, UK
  • 20-26 Aug 2017, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

EY NextGen Academy Advanced Program — seize the opportunity!
Personality: this program will see the leaders of tomorrow build on their entrepreneurial talents. Aimed at 21 to 25 year olds in family businesses.

  • 9-15 Jul 2017, MBS Melbourne Business School, Australia
  • 30 Jul-5 Aug 2017, Kellogg School of Management, Evanston/Chicago, US

EY NextGen Academy Excellence Program — make a difference!
Visionary leadership: aimed at family business professionals aged 26 to 30+, this program encourages young global leaders to act as agents of change and learn how to turn innovation into value.

  • 2-7 Jul 2017, HKUST Business School, Hong Kong, China
  • 30 Sep-5 Oct 2017, INSEAD Business School, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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