EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

What do the judges look for?

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Independent panels of judges in each region comprise business and community leaders, educators and past award winners. They evaluate nominations on a wide range of criteria, including:

  • Financial performance: A strong track record of financial performance, including raising equity and debt financing.
  • Vision: The ability to create a business concept and implement it effectively.
  • Leadership: The focus and strength of character that enable the entrepreneur to move forward and inspire a team to do the same.
  • Innovation: Driving business success by pioneering new approaches and investing in ongoing research and development.
  • Personal integrity and influence: Knowing that commitment and responsibility aren’t confined to business, and putting energy and resources to work in giving back to the community.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit: Setting high standards and demonstrating a desire to succeed, taking risks, overcoming significant obstacles, learning from experience and demonstrating perseverance.