MENA Entrepreneur Of The Year

Award categories

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Entrepreneur Of The Year:

  • An entrepreneur who has maintained professional success over a sustained period of time
  • An owner/founder of a business (not a subsidiary or division)
  • Nominee is directly responsible for the company’s daily operations and success
  • The entrepreneur has a significant equity shareholding in the business
  • Company needs to have been in operation for a minimum of two years
  • Have financial statements for the past two years
  • Company must employ a minimum of ten employees
  • Company must be based or have its chief operations in their home country
  • Company needs to have stable financing (revenue or finance backing)
  • Company needs to be making profit
  • The country winner will be included into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Academy and video for the title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013

Emerging:

  • An entrepreneur who exemplifies the start-up process at its best
  • An individual who brought a new innovative idea to the market
  • An owner/founder of a business (not a subsidiary or division)
  • Nominee is directly responsible for the company’s daily operations and success
  • The entrepreneur has a significant equity shareholding in the business
  • Company needs to have been in operation for over two years
  • Company must be based, or have its chief operations in their home country
  • Have financial statements for the past two years
  • Company needs to have stable financing (revenue or financing backing)

Social:

  • Optional category, depending on individual market
  • Non-profit organizations only
  • There needs to be a minimum of three entrants to run this category
  • Social award nominees cannot become an overall country winner or WEOY candidates

Industries vs. growth/stage of lifecycle:

  • Countries can decide locally whether they would like to include categories related to industries and/or growth/stage of lifecycle

Optional Lifetime achievement:

  • Decided by EY/Judges panel
  • Media driven
  • Lifetime achievement award nominees cannot become an overall country winner or WEOY candidates

Master:

  • Optional category, depending on individual market
  • Lead executive director for one or more businesses for over ten years; recognized as a leading industry figure driving market leadership in their sector