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EY launches the 15th edition of the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards

opens call for nominations

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8 May 2013: EY, the leading global professional services firm, today launched the 15th edition of its prestigious Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards and announced the opening of the nominations  for its upcoming 2013 Program.  Nominations are open till 31 July, and both founders and professional CEOs can apply, subject to them being primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company and being a member of the top management team.  In its 15th year, the award aims to reach the burgeoning entrepreneurs in the metros as also the tier II/III cities by encouraging them to file for the nominations and mark their presence in the global economy.  

Apart from self-nominations, an entrepreneur can also be nominated by someone associated with the individual.  Nomination details are available on or by writing to

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Program is currently the only global business award program, which is celebrated in 50 countries and 140 cities. In June 2013, Adi Godrej, the Indian winner of the 2012 program, will represent India at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award at Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The launch of the 2013 Program marks the 15th anniversary of these awards in India, with over 110 exceptional entrepreneurs having been recognized as Winners in various categories. Says Rajiv Memani, CEO and Country Managing Partner, EY India, “These awards underscore our long-standing association with entrepreneurs. It has been a memorable journey of 15 years, with the EOY program consistently evolving to reflect the changing ethos of corporate India. While our winners have been united in their ability to think big and dramatically scale up their businesses,  lately innovation and the ability to change the rules of the game in their sector has become increasingly relevant for the success of our winners.”

‘Innovative game changers’, the theme for the 15th year edition reflects how Indian entrepreneurs can succeed in the changing global business environment with their focus on innovation. That innovation is a genuine differentiator was brought out in a recent 2012 EY Survey where 633 EOY winners from different countries were polled and 88% said that they viewed innovation as the key source of their competitive advantage – with success depending on institutionalizing that advantage.

The nominees are judged on their entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, strategic thinking, financial success, personal integrity and influence. The ‘innovative game changers’, the Finalists and Winners of the EOY 2013 program,  will be felicitated at a gala awards banquet in New Delhi in February 2014.

Says Farokh Balsara, Partner and EOY India Program Leader, “The EOY Program is a distinctive global award program, which provides finalists and winners the recognition, visibility and credibility unparalleled in its reach, standing the test of time for more than a decade. Finalists and winners forge new relationships and benefit by joining the most exclusive network of the world’s finest entrepreneurs.” 

An eminent jury comprising the country’s most distinguished business leaders will select these entrepreneurs, across various categories, including a National Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Category Awards in previous years have included Manufacturing, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Consumer Products, Services, Start-ups, Manager and Business Transformation.

Jury chairmen in the past have included Mr RC Bhargava (Maruti Suzuki), Mr M Damodaran (The Damodaran Group), Mr KV Kamath (ICICI), Mr Sunil Bharti Mittal (Bharti Enterprises), Mr NR Narayana Murthy (Infosys), Mr Rahul Bajaj (Bajaj Auto), Mr Deepak Parekh (HDFC).


About The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

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 recognizes 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, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.

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