Breaking the mold

Breaking the mold

William Wolfram, Finland

William Wolfram, Finland

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Breaking the mold

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I’m incredibly lucky that there are people in my family that I can relate to in the entrepreneurial sense.

William Wolfram

William Wolfram

Finland

Not every entrepreneurial family is in business together, and that can be a good thing. “We probably wouldn’t get along if we were all in the same business and everyone wanted to lead,” says William Wolfram. His father and sister each run their own business, and the family members often give each other advice.

“I’m incredibly lucky that there are people in my family that I can relate to in the entrepreneurial sense and that we support each other, both through success and setbacks,” he says. William is a serial entrepreneur who is the Chairman and CEO of Galton Voysey, a leading developer of direct-to-consumer brands. He previously founded DealDash and Total Trivia, and in 2013 he became the youngest person to win the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Finland Award.

William went on to compete at EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monaco, where he met winners from more than 50 countries. “Meeting other entrepreneurs who are doing totally different things was extremely helpful,” he says. “I was able to pick everybody else’s brain and learn so much from everybody else.”

Networking at that level is instrumental to building a business, and it is a major component of every EY NextGen Network activity. “Seeing people connect with other people’s challenges and learn from each other is really valuable,” William says.

He also has some advice for next generation business leaders who are looking to transform the world: there’s more to business than mobile apps and cloud-based technology. “Look around in more traditional industries and ask, ‘How can we combine different disciplines to drive efficiency or drive customer experience?’”

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