Congratulations to our very own Mark Bauer – EY Entrepreneur of the Year


Our Co-Owner Mark Bauer has been awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the Innovation & High Tech ‘Champion’ category at the 16th EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards ceremony. The event took place in Vienna on October 15th 2021.

NBG Under Mark Bauer’s Leadership 

Our company began life in 1996 on the core principles of innovation and entrepreneurship, and when Mark joined NBG as Co-Owner in 2014, he fully embraced these principles. One of his most outstanding achievements is the production of our state-of-the-art preform manufacturing facility. 

The Gmünd facility is Europe’s only independent preform factory and a significant entrepreneurial milestone in Mark’s leadership. Taking optical fiber production into our own hands was game-changing. Moreover, the project was hugely beneficial to the area, creating many highly skilled jobs in the Waldviertel region. 

One of our core principles is people. First and foremost, Mark values and respects people, empowering every employee with the best working conditions for them to succeed. Although technical innovation is central to everything we do, people are always the focus. People are the true center of the company. We promote entrepreneurship in the Waldviertel region and never forget that people are the driving force behind every technological breakthrough. 

In addition to Mark’s pursuit of excellence and innovation, sustainability is central to his mission. There are plenty of examples of NBG embracing green issues and self-sufficiency; a notable one is our in-house electric vehicle fleet. Over the years, we’ve spearheaded various environmental campaigns and projects, becoming an ecological influencer in the fiber optics industry and Austria. 

About the “EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award” 

EY is a global business consulting company that strengthens trust in the capital markets and economies worldwide. Its mission is “building a better working world,” supporting companies and people with their most pressing challenges. It’s a company that invests in innovation and believes in progress, which explains the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. 

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year is considered an extremely prestigious event, recognized as one of the world’s most important award ceremonies for entrepreneurs. For 30 years, EY has been acknowledging and rewarding selected entrepreneurs across 60 countries for their achievements. The jury’s assessment criteria include growth, future potential, innovation, leadership, and social responsibility. 

Erich Lehner, a Program Partner at EY, said, “Entrepreneurs are role models in getting up. There are many facets to getting up: Getting up for a new start after the crisis. Stand up and take responsibility for society and the environment. Getting up for safe workplaces for your own employees. Or standing up for a solidary, diverse and tolerant society. Especially in stormy and economically challenging times, the stories of founders and entrepreneurs are important sources of inspiration and beacons of optimism. With the EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award, we are honoring Austria’s entrepreneurial personalities for the 16th time and focusing on their unique achievements.” 

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