Northern California

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

Judging process

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Each year, seven to ten award recipients are selected in several award categories by our independent panel of judges. Final determination of the number of categories and awards presented are the decision of the regional judging panel based on the quantity and quality of the completed nomination forms.

Nominee must be an owner/manager who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management. The company must be at least three years old.

What the judges look for in a nominee:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Financial performance
  • Strategic direction
  • Community / global impact
  • Innovation
  • Personal integrity / influence

Categories 
Final determination of the number of categories and awards to be presented will be decided by the regional judging panel based on the quality and quantity of the completed nominations forms submitted. In the past, regional awards have presented in the following categories:

Regional award categories

  • Cleantech
  • Distribution, manufacturing and security
  • Emerging
  • Energy, chemicals and mining
    • Chemicals
    • Mining
    • Oil and gas
    • Utilities
  • Financial services
  • Health sciences
    • Biotechnology
    • Pharmaceuticals
    • Provider care
  • Lifetime Achievement
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  • Media, entertainment and communications
  • Real estate, hospitality, and construction
  • Retail and consumer products
  • Services
  • Socially Responsible
  • Technology
    • Communications equipment and data networking
    • Computers, peripherals and electronics
    • Internet
    • Semiconductors
    • Software
    • Telecommunications
    • IT Services
  • Turn Around

The Regional Judging Panel will place the regional award winners in the most appropriate national category for consideration at the national level. National awards will be presented in the following categories:

National award categories

  • Distribution, manufacturing and security
  • Emerging
  • Energy, chemicals and mining
  • Financial services
  • Health Sciences
  • Media, entertainment and communications
  • Real estate, hospitality and communications
  • Retail and consumer products
  • Services
  • Technology

Click here to see our current and past Judges panels