Launch of the 13th EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

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- Award highlights EY’s long-standing association with entrepreneurs
- Only award program to recognise business achievements of entrepreneurs
- Only global business award program; hosted in 50 countries and 130 cities
- Nominations open from 16 May to 31 August 2011

New Delhi, 16 May 2011 – EY, the leading global professional services firm, today announced the nomination opening for its prestigious award program, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award   2011 - India. A salute to the ‘Visionaries of the universe’, the program invites nominations from outstanding  entrepreneurs, including  those based in  tier II and tier III cities,  presenting them an opportunity to  mark their presence on  the national  stage.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program is the only award program to recognize entrepreneurs and was launched in the United States over 25 years ago. It is also a unique global award program which is currently held in over 50 countries and 130 cities. The Program also has the distinction of being the only award of this stature to be based on self-nominations.  It follows a rigorous selection process, where finalists and winners are chosen by an independent jury comprising eminent business leaders. Nominations are open from 16 May to 16 August 2011.

Further, in June 2011, Dilip Shanghvi, the India winner for 2010 will participate in the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Program in Monte Carlo, Monaco; where country winners meet every year and a global winner is announced.

Says Rajiv Memani, CEO and Country Managing Partner, EY India, “EY deeply values the role of entrepreneurs in any economy, and entrepreneurship has been identified as one of the key differentiating themes for our global organisation. Since the launch of the Program in India 12 years ago, these awards have mirrored how Indian entrepreneurs have become the torchbearers of growth.  In the recent past, the   entrepreneurial drive displayed in India’s tier II and tier III cities has also captured the interest of all and through this program we would also like to highlight many such exceptional stories.”

Each year, the jury confers about 8 awards across different categories. For the 2010 award program in India, categories included Start-Up, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Consumer Products, Services, Energy and Infrastructure, Lifetime Achievement, Manager and Business Transformation. 

Speaking of this announcement, Mr. Farokh Balsara Partner & National Leader for the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program (India) said, “We encourage stellar entrepreneurs to participate in the program and help foster the spirit of entrepreneurship.  As the only global business award program, the Entrepreneur Of The Year brings tremendous recognition and prestige, apart from inducting winners and finalists into a worldwide network of the world’s finest entrepreneurs.”

Nomination forms are available on More information is also available from the Entrepreneur Of The Year Helpdesk (91-124-464 4088/ 4408).

Eligibility criteria for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award
The eligibility for the nomination to these awards requires the nominee to be an owner or manager, primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company. Founders of public companies are also eligible, provided they are still active in the top management. Apart from self-nominations, an entrepreneur may also be nominated by anyone associated with the individual. 

Entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, innovation, strategic direction, global and community impact and personal integrity are the key attributes considered by the jury.

The winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011 – India will represent the country at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monte Carlo in June 2012.

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