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30 years of ingenuity
in America

Welcome to the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia 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 – March 11, 2016

Completed application deadline
March 11, 2016

Site visits
March 15 – April 15, 2016

Judges meet to select semifinalists
May 5, 2016

Judges interview semifinalists and judges reception
May 12, 2016

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Awards gala
June 24, 2016
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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 Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia award recipients. Click here for a full listing of this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.


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Contact us

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


Mike Denove
Partner & Program Co-Director
+1 412 804 7562


Darrell Smalley
Principal & Program Co-Director
+1 412 804 7689


Melissa Ungar
Program Manager
+1 412 412 644 7888


Katie White
Program Coordinator
+1 216 583 2962