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Welcome to the Orange County program

The future is not granted. It is born from the imagination of entrepreneurs.

The panel of independent judges in Orange County who will select the class of Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 finalists know what it takes to take an idea from vision to venture. Check back in the coming weeks to see which entrepreneurial leaders will be named 2017 regional finalists.

Click here to learn how EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® award winners outperform and outlast the competition.

Congratulations to 2016 national finalists from Orange County.

Please click here to see the full list of national award winners.

Orange County national finalists

Life Science

Ambry Genetics
Charles Dunlop and James Dunlop

Venture Capital Impact

Cylance Inc.
Stuart McClure

Congratulations to the 2016 Orange County regional award winners!

These entrepreneurs now join more than 10,000 entrepreneurs who EY has honored globally over the last 30 years. Click here to find out more about these outstanding business leaders.

Now celebrating its 30th year, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs in over 145 cities in 60 countries who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.


Key program dates

Nominations open — December 1, 2016

Nominations close — March 10, 2017

Semifinalists interviews with EY — April 10–21, 2017

Semifinalists interviews with judges and VIP reception — May 2, 2017

Finalists video interviews — May 24–25, 2017

Orange County awards gala
June 16, 2017
Monarch Beach Resort
1 Monarch Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629

Strategic Growth Forum and National awards gala
November 15-19, 2017
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74-855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260

News Articles

Orange County applications open for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award (January 16, 2017)  Press Release

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Have a question about our program? Contact us at eoyorangecounty@ey.com. We'd love to hear from you!

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Jon Smith
Orange County
Program Director & Partner

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Kim Letch
Orange County
Program Director & Office Managing Partner

Tania Soudah

Tania Soudah
Orange County
Program Manager

Marissa Pereira

Marissa Pereira
Orange County
Program Coordinator

Krissan Brion

Krissan Brion
Program Coordinator