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30 years of ingenuity
in America

Welcome to the San Diego program

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, and as we kick off our search for the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs, we invite you to nominate someone in your community, or even yourself, to be named among the next generation of legacy builders. Since 1986, EY has honored the entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and discipline have benefited us all.

Entrepreneurs are not easily defined. They are men and women, old and young, educated in the Ivy League and at the School of Hard Knocks. This much about them is consistent, however: They are visionaries. They are people of passion. And they have the ambition, drive and talent to take an idea and create a market where none existed before. 

If you’ve been inspired by a successful entrepreneur in your community — or are one yourself — submit a nomination for our Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Program. Applications will be accepted until March 11, 2016.  Click here to access the online application site or download the nomination materials.


Key program dates

Nominations accepted
December 8, 2015–March 11, 2016

Semifinalists Interviews with EY
April 11-22, 2016

Semifinalists Interviews with Judges
May 11, 2016

Finalists video interviews
May 25-27, 2016

Awards Gala
June 20, 2016 – The Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala
November 16-20, 2016
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Meet the winners

Congratulations to the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 San Diego award recipients. Click here for a full list of this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.

San Diego 2015 award winners

Contact us

Have a question about our program? We'd love to hear from you!

SD Program Director Tim Holl

Tim Holl
San Diego
Program Director

Tania Soudah

Tania Soudah
San Diego
Program Manager

Krissan Brion

Krissan Brion
San Diego
Program Coordinator