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 600 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 in family businesses, this program will help the next generation of entrepreneurs discover their business potential.

EY NextGen Academy Advanced Program — seize the opportunity!
Personality: This program will see the leaders of tomorrow build on their entrepreneurial talents.

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

During the last year EY NextGen Academy programs have been held around the world at prestigious business schools including Ashridge Hult Business School, UK, Melbourne Business School, Kellogg School of Management, Chicago, INSEAD Abu Dhabi and HK UST Business School, Hong Kong.

Look out for our calendar of new programs for 2018. Visit or request the program brochure by sending an email to

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