At the age of 28, Cecilia Robinson is already a serial entrepreneur, having founded two successful businesses in New Zealand, Au Pair Link (Australasia's largest Au Pair company) and My Food Bag, a recent venture that has proven to be a success amongst busy foodies.
She now has a new accolade to add to her CV, as she takes home the 2013 EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Launched in March, My Food Bag was born out of her own passion for food and cooking, which inspired the concept of home delivered recipes and ingredients. The business started in Auckland but has since expanded to Hamilton and will open in Wellington next week.
In 2012, Swedish-born Cecilia won ‘Her Business Woman of the Year’ with Au Pair Link also taking out the award for the best SME. She and the company also won the Best New Business category in the 2009 Her Business Awards.
She says she entered the 2013 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards because of the spotlight it throws on the “huge value of entrepreneurship”.
“New Zealand needs a million entrepreneurs and more. Only by acknowledging and celebrating those who take calculated risks to pursue their dreams and create jobs and value for the nation will New Zealand further grow to provide for the needs of its peoples. I thank Ernst & Young for their diligence in maintaining the award over so many years. I attribute much of my success to the wonderful people who support me at both our businesses as well as my family who stand strong beside me,” says the entrepreneur.
She shared the spotlight with the other category winners for this year's awards. John Penno won the Products category with Synlait Milk, while Murray Holdaway took home the Services award for Vista Entertainment Studios. In the Technology and emerging industries, the award was given to Xero's Rod Drury and the Master category was won by Ian Kuperus of Tax Management New Zealand.
The overall winner of the 2013 EY Entrepreneur of the Year is announced on October 17.