Calling all entrepreneurs: think you have what it takes to represent Australia?

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Tuesday 12 February 2013 - The search for the best entrepreneurial talent in the country is on again, with nominations now open for the 2013 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

The only truly global program of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is considered the world’s most prestigious business award, with entrepreneurs participating from more than 140 cities in over 50 countries. Each year the overall Australian winner continues on in the global program, travelling to Monte Carlo to compete against other country winners at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards.

Past Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners include the entrepreneurial brains behind an impressive array of successful companies such as McMillan Shakespeare, iiNet, Carsales.com.au, ResMed and Atlassian, while previous country winners from around the globe include the founders of iconic brands such as IKEA, Google, Amazon and Cirque du Soleil.

EY’s Oceania Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader, Bryan Zekulich, said recognising entrepreneurs was important as they were the lifeblood of the local and global economies – creating new jobs, fuelling growth and driving productivity and innovation.

“Entrepreneurs believe in a better way of doing things. They are inspirational, passionate, calculated risk takers who find opportunities where others only see obstacles,” Mr Zekulich said.

“In our 13th year of celebrating these awards in Australia we are once again looking for outstanding entrepreneurs who have made a significant contribution to our business community.

“Australia is home to a wealth of entrepreneurial talent and we are calling on people to nominate themselves or another inspiring entrepreneur they know to be a part of this year’s program,” he said.

Over 1,200 outstanding entrepreneurs have been recognised through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Australia since 2001, including last year’s overall winner Anthony Podesta, founder of McMillan Shakespeare, a market leader in outsourced remuneration and asset management services. Following in the footsteps of previous winners, Anthony will be heading to Monte Carlo in June to represent Australia on the global stage and compete for a chance to be crowned the 2013 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year.

Nominations for the 2013 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are open from now until Friday, 22 March.

Nominees are assessed by an independent panel of expert judges according to six key criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity and influence, financial performance, strategic direction, and national and global impact.

For more information on the program or to nominate for the 2013 Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, go to www.eoy.ey.com.au.

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