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How to enter

Entrepreneur Of The Year recognises the passion and drive behind entrepreneurial businesses whether private or listed, socially orientated, family-owned or private equity backed, across all commercial and industrial sectors. The award recognises talent at any stage of a business’s development. You will exemplify entrepreneurial skills and will have created success through your entrepreneurial spirit.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme is now closed for entries. The 2014 programme will open in January.

Entry criteria


  • The business leader should have the passion, vision and the drive to succeed. They should be a compelling leader who embodies entrepreneurial spirit and who isn’t afraid to take risks to drive their business forward.
  • The business leader risks a significant personal financial stake in the business, either directly or via share options.
  • The business leader needs to be responsible for their company’s success and will have been in post a minimum of two years as of 1 January 2014.
  • The business must be based or have their chief operations in the UK and be incorporated for two years as of 1 January 2014.


The categories for the awards are dependent on the entries received, though some of the more common categories are listed below:

Master entrepreneur - an entrepreneur who has been the lead director of one or more businesses for a period exceeding 10 years and therefore led a long, distinguished and successful entrepreneurial career.

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.

Further information on Social Enterprise entries can be found here.

Key Dates

The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme starts at a regional level across the UK. Regional winners progress to UK finals, and the overall UK winner goes on to compete for the title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monte Carlo.

Enter the awards
7 January 2013 - Entrepreneur Of The Year awards Open for entries
8 March 2013 - Entrepreneur Of The Year Closes for entries

Regional finalists announced
April 2013

Regional Judges Reception and Masterclasses
7 May 2013 - Midlands
9 May 2013 - Scotland
14 May 2013 - North
16 May 2013 - London & South (Judges reception only)

Regional Award dinner - UK finalists announced
13 June 2013 - Scotland
18 June 2013 - Midlands
25 June 2013 - North
27 June 2013 - London & South

UK Judges Reception and Masterclass
5 September 2013

UK Award dinner
7 October 2013

World Entrepreneur Of The Year
June 2014