Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- When does the 2014 nomination process begin and how do I receive notification?
Entries open on 8 January 2014.
- Who can submit a nomination for consideration?
Anyone who is associated with a successful entrepreneur can nominate a candidate. This includes spouses, employees, bankers, attorneys, public relations managers or entrepreneurs themselves.
- Are entry forms kept confidential?
Yes. The information on the application form will be used by EY (in connection with the administration of the award) the sponsors and the independent national and regional panels of judges.
- Who are the judges?
Judges at a regional and national level include former winners of Entrepreneur Of The Year, national and global business leaders, business investors and the leaders of social entrepreneurial organisations. The judges play an active role, offering advice and mentoring as well as judgement.
- How many award recipients will be selected?
Each independent regional judging panel selects categories and award recipients based on the quality and quantity of the nominations received. Each independent panel of judges is allowed complete discretion in determining categories and award recipients.
- What are the categories?
The categories for the awards are dependent on the entries received, though some of the more common categories are listed below:
Emerging — an entrepreneur that is leading a business which has been running between two and seven years with a sustainable business model and the potential to scale or grow their business.
International — an entrepreneur who has developed business in international locations either by exporting or by establishing operations in multiple countries.
Private Equity backed — an entrepreneur who is leveraging private equity support to achieve their long term vision and maximise the growth of their business.
Social enterprise – an entrepreneur who trades for social and/or environmental purposes. As with all businesses, their social enterprise competes to deliver goods and services but they are distinctive because their social and/or environmental purpose is absolutely central to what they do.
- What is the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award?
The year's country winners from around the world gather in Monte Carlo, Monaco, to be inducted into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Academy and to vie for the title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Today more than 50 countries worldwide are participating. The 2014 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards will be held in June in Monte Carlo. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the only global business recognition program held on six continents in more than 50 countries and more than 140 cities around the world.