Recognising entrepreneurs with the vision and courage to challenge the status quo.
The Disruptor award focuses on entrepreneurs who are more than just innovators – they push boundaries and take steps to revolutionise an existing industry or enter into or create a completely new one. The award will be presented to an individual who is shaping and improving our working world and constantly striving for excellence.
Focusing on entrepreneurs who have not only identified an opportunity, but have also capitalised on it in a forward-thinking, creative way.
The award celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who have started a business which is growing quickly and has generated excitement in the marketplace. The business’ revenue and profits will reflect its fast growth nature.
*Business must be incorporated for 2–7 years only.
Recognising today's most exciting established entrepreneurs who have experienced a significant step change in growth or seen their business take off in recent years.
The Scale Up category celebrates entrepreneurs who are positively impacting their industry and economy. The award will be presented to a purpose-driven entrepreneur who can demonstrate strong growth in revenue, sales, market share, headcount or expansion in recent times.
Celebrating entrepreneurs’ contribution to the UK economy over a considerable period of time.
The Sustained Excellence award recognises entrepreneurs able to demonstrate a clear track record of success over many years, while continuing to build on their accomplishments with a forward-thinking attitude through innovation and new market entry. Open not only to those who have led their business to great heights, but also to serial entrepreneurs who have started and led one business after another, or many businesses concurrently.
Recognising individuals with the vision to lead an organisation to bigger and better things.
The Transformational Leader award celebrates entrepreneurs who have identified challenges for their business and been instrumental in overcoming them. The individual, who may or may not be the business’ founder, will have a proven track record managing a positive reversal of financial or market fortune.
Building a Better Working World*
Recognising and celebrating an entrepreneur inspired to make the world work better.
The Building a Better Working World is a special award acknowledging an entrepreneur who is delivering positive social impact. A nod to EY's organisational purpose, this special award highlights the role business plays in driving change and making the world work better.
*This category is not open to nominations. Finalists are selected by the independent judging panel.