Fifteenth anniversary for iconic entrepreneur awards – nominate today!

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Do you have what it takes to be Australia’s next top entrepreneur? Nominations are now open for Australia’s 15th annual EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM awards.

Tuesday 27th January 2015 - EY has begun the search for the nation’s best entrepreneurial talent to take part in the 2015 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM program.

EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader for Oceania, Bryan Zekulich, said the Entrepreneur Of The Year program – now celebrating its 15th year in Australia – had been founded to promote the important role entrepreneurs play in local and global economies and to help inspire the next generation.

“Entrepreneurs have the courage create the change they wish to see in the world. In doing so, they help shape our economies, our communities and our world by creating jobs, growth, diversification and innovation,” Mr Zekulich said.

“This is our 15th year of celebrating entrepreneurial excellence in Australia. Many of our overall winners from the last 14 years are global leaders in their field and we are excited about finding the 15th anniversary winner to join them in the hall of fame. We are calling on people to nominate themselves or an inspiring entrepreneur they know to be part of this year’s milestone program.”

“We know that Australia is home to plenty of world-class entrepreneurial talent and we are looking for the best of the best – those entrepreneurs who are shaping the future and making a significant contribution to the business community,” Mr Zekulich said.

Past national winners include the entrepreneurs behind highly successful Australian companies such as Pepperstone, SEEK, McMillan Shakespeare, iiNet, Carsales.com.au, ResMed and Atlassian.

The only truly global program of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is considered the world’s most prestigious business award, with entrepreneurs participating from more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

Over 1,400 outstanding entrepreneurs have been recognised through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Australia since 2001.

Each year the overall Australian winner continues on in the global program, travelling to Monte Carlo to compete against other country winners for the chance to be crowned the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

The deadline for nominations in the 2015 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards is 27 March, with the successful nominees announced in May.

Regional awards ceremonies will be held around the country during July and August, with the regional category winners going on to compete at the national awards ceremony in Sydney in October.

Nominees are assessed by a panel of independent judges, including previous Entrepreneur Of The Year award winners and other successful Australian business leaders according to six core criteria: entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, personal integrity and influence, financial performance, strategic direction, and national and global impact.

To go into the running, or to nominate an inspiring entrepreneur you know, complete the online nomination form here.

For more information on the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, including eligibility criteria and guidelines, go to www.ey.com/au/eoy.

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About EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program, launched in 2001, is conducted in five regions culminating in the national awards. The program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures.  Entrepreneur Of The Year’s primary objective is to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding contribution entrepreneurs make to the Australian business community and economy.

The Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year program now has alumni of over 1,400 entrepreneurs who have participated in the program. Since the program’s inception more than 15,000 people have attended Entrepreneur Of The Year events and award ceremonies in Australia.

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