World Entrepreneur Of The Year Media center

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Why did we start the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® program? The answer, quite simply, is that entrepreneurs matter. Entrepreneurs create jobs, and their innovations enrich people's lives. Their forward-thinking and creativity makes a difference to their communities and to society as a whole. Now in its 13th year, World Entrepreneur Of The Year is a celebration of this important contribution.Each World Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist has been awarded Entrepreneur Of The Year in his or her home country. This national award was first held 27 years ago in a single American city. Today, the program spans more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries. Its success is a testament to the power the entrepreneurial ideal holds for people worldwide.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program is an important way to recognize a group of people who often don't get the recognition they deserve. Around the world, the award honors the contributions of successful entrepreneurs and serves to:

  • Identify entrepreneurial role models for the next generation of business leaders
  • Inspire today's successful entrepreneurs to reach even greater heights
  • Foster new entrepreneurial activity and economic growth in participating countries
  • On Saturday, 8 June, all participating Entrepreneur Of The Year country winners will be recognized for their entrepreneurial achievements and inducted into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame. Following the induction ceremony, one winner will be announced as the World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013.We look forward to seeing you in Monte Carlo as we honor the world's best entrepreneurs.

    What is new this year?

    This year, we have designed the program to include world-renowned speakers and timely content. The four-day event will conclude with the World Entrepreneur Of The Year gala on Saturday evening. The event will include:

  • Panel sessions led by influential business leaders and leading thinkers
  • Small interactive “think tanks” with top entrepreneurs and innovators to share your views, experiences, and recommendations
  • Discussions with entrepreneurs who are changing the world with their vision and innovative business plans
  • Networking activities designed to connect you with the world's best entrepreneurs
  • Filming permits

    A permit is required for all professional filming and photography in Monaco. This permit is issued by the Government of Monaco. Cameras and camcorders for personal use do not require permits. Application for filming permits should be made within the online registration process.

    All crew members should keep a hard copy of the permit with them while filming and are required to present it along with their World Entrepreneur Of The Year badge if asked. It is also advisable for film crew members to carry personal photo ID.

    World Entrepreneur Of The Year winner's press conference

    A press conference with the World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 winner will be held at Salle des Etoiles Summer Sporting Club in the Salle des Palmiers on Saturday, 8 June, immediately following the conclusion of the award ceremony. All media are encouraged to attend. There will be a working area and internet connectivity available at the venue. The media center at the Hôtel Hermitage, which will be closed during the ceremony, will reopen following the press conference.

    Media interviews

    An up-to-date, onsite, country PR contacts list will be available at the media center and on the WEOY App. The contacts sheet and WEOY App contain information on country winners' media liaison contacts and winners' level of spoken English. To conduct interviews with the different country winners, please arrange directly with the country PR contacts.


    Ken Lennox and Phil Hill will be taking photos throughout the event. EY holds the copyright, and all photos are available to everyone, free of charge.

    Photos will be available to download from Ken Lennox's website,, which will be updated throughout the event. Ken Lennox can also send photos of the award ceremony to media representatives upon request, via email immediately following the event. If you would like to receive these photos, please let a member of the Global Media Relations team know.

    Phil Hill's photos will be available to download at Click on the World Entrepreneur Of The Year logo to visit the gallery. Please note, the site will not contain images before the event.

    National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

    EY supports NFTE by providing a scholarship in each of its 26 US programs and recently extended the scholarship to countries outside the US where NFTE has operations. NFTE is the only global non-profit organization solely focused on bringing entrepreneurship education to low-income youth and impacts the lives of nearly 50,000 young people annually.

    Amy Rosen, President and CEO of NFTE, will join us again at the event this year. Amy is a recognized expert in comprehensive urban school-system-reform who has worked to close the achievement gap by providing young people with high quality educational opportunities. She will be available for interviews throughout the event. Accompanying Amy is a young entrepreneur, Andres Cardona, NFTE South Florida Class of 2010. Andres Cardona, CEO and Founder of Elite Basketball Academy, will also be available for media interviews. His biography is available on page 69. More information on NFTE is available at

    Join the conversation on Twitter using #WEOY

    We will be tweeting news from World Entrepreneur Of The Year, including announcements, scheduled events and important messages. Follow us at @EY_EOY for updates. Tweet using the #WEOY hashtag to network and join in the conversation.

    World Entrepreneur Of The Year Mobile App

    You can stay up to date with all information during World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 through our event App. This will give you access to event details, venue information, social media, profiles of speakers, judges and nominees and help you contact key attendees via the relevant PR contact.

    Download the “World Entrepreneur Of The Year” App to your device. The application is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices via iTunes and Google Play. There is also a web version for other mobile devices.

    There are several other exciting, useful features within the app so we strongly recommend downloading it and getting involved!

    Further information about the event and country winners is available on this site.

    Watch the awards 'Live' from Monte Carlo

    The World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award will be streamed live from Monte Carlo via webcast, allowing people globally to be part of the action. Coverage starts at approximately 21:30 local time (15:30 EDT in the US | 20:30 BST | 19:30 GMT). Watch the webcast here.

    Media kit

    The World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 media kit is available for download here.


    Tehira Taylor

    Tehira Taylor, Media Relations
    Mobile: +44 7920 577 549

    Will White

    Will White, Media Relations
    Mobile: +44 7771 555 247

    Pam Christie

    Pam Christie, Media Relations
    Mobile: +44 7833 294 562

    Melodie Deniz

    Mélodie Deniz, Media Relations
    Mobile: +44 7810 630 576

    Daniel Cusworth

    Daniel Cusworth, Media Relations
    Mobile: +44 7767 670 096

    Claire Vivyan

    Claire Vivyan, Social Media
    Mobile: +44 7734 651 137

    Charlie Duff

    Charlie Duff, Social Media
    Mobile: +44 7825 318 022