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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year

It all begins with the nomination process. To be eligible to receive an award, the nominee must be an owner/manager primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company that is at least two years old. Founders of public companies are eligible, provided the founder is still active in the top management.

Nominations can be submitted by anyone who is associated with a successful entrepreneur - spouses, employees, bankers, attorneys, public relations managers, or entrepreneurs themselves. All financial information submitted in the nomination form will be considered confidential.

The finalists and winners will be selected from all eligible nominations by a distinguished panel of independent judges following an independent process of nomination and selection.

The judging criteria includes growth in turnover, profit, employee numbers, together with such factors as leadership, degree of innovation, development of creative and ingenious production and marketing, and extent of expansion into national and international markets. Final determination of the categories in which awards will be presented will be made by the independent panel of judges. In the past, award categories included Start-up; Consumer Products; Services; Manufacturing; Life-Sciences and Healthcare; Business Transformation and Entrepreneur Of The Year. In addition, awards were presented for Lifetime Achievement and Manager.

The award recipients are selected in several award categories. The judges also select the Entrepreneur Of The Year from the winners.

The finalists and winners will be honored at an award banquet in Delhi in February 2017.

Through the identification and recognition of outstanding entrepreneurs leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses; EY aims to encourage entrepreneurial activity and economic growth in each of the countries in which the award is presented.

Program calendar

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs at an awards gala held in February. The gala is the culminating event of the EY EOY the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

The overall national India winner will compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco in June.

Selection process

EOY - Selection process

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the 2016 nomination process begin and how do I receive notification?

    Our call for nominations usually begins in May. To ensure you are notified, please email Sunaina Uppal with a request to be added to the distribution list.

  • Who can submit a nomination for consideration?

    Anyone who is associated with a successful entrepreneur can nominate a candidate. This includes spouses, employees, bankers, attorneys, public relations managers or entrepreneurs themselves. Self-nominations are encouraged! After all, no one knows the dimensions of an entrepreneur's success better than the entrepreneur.

  • Do I have to be an EY client?

    You do not need to be a client or have any relationship with EY as it pertains to services.

  • Are application forms kept confidential?

    Yes. The information on the application form will be used by EY (in connection with the administration of the award, and the panel of judges.

  • Is there a cost associated with this program?

    There is no cost to submit a nomination.

  • How do I submit a nomination?

    Nomination can be submitted online through the link provided on the EOY Website along with all supporting documents. Any queries and additional information regarding the nomination can be sent at eoy.2015@in.ey.com

  • Who are the judges?

    The panel of judges includes entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from academia, business and sectors.

  • How many award recipients will be selected?

    The final decision on the number of categories and awards to be made is decided by independent panel of judges.

  • What categories will be honored?

    In the past, EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM awards have been presented in the categories below.

    • Start up
    • Consumer Products
    • Services
    • Manufacturing
    • Life Sciences and Healthcare
    • Manager
    • Business Transformation
    • Entrepreneur Of The Year

    Additional award categories may be considered, if desired by the panel of judges.

  • When is the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards gala?

    Finalists and winners are honored at an awards gala during the month of February.

  • What is the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame?

    The Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame was created to celebrate accomplishments of the world's great entrepreneurs and to make the general public more aware of the benefits they provide to the world economy and our global communities. All Entrepreneur Of The Year India winners are inducted into the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame.

  • What is the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award?

    The year's country winners from around the world gather in Monaco each June to be inducted into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame and to vie for the title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Today more than 60 countries worldwide are participating. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the only global business recognition program held on six continents in more than 60 countries and more than 145 cities around the world.