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
Charles Dunlop and James Dunlop
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.
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Entrepreneur Of The Year US Award winners have founded and built some of the world’s most enduring companies — surpassing US market performance in terms of revenue growth, job creation and longevity. By developing innovative solutions to the most vexing challenges of 21st century business, these award-winning entrepreneurs personify what it means to see past the present to define the future.
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
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Benefits to participating in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program
Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the coutry, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate the country's most innovative business leaders.
Frequently asked questions
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Orange County applications open for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award (January 16, 2017) Press Release
Meet the winners
Congratulations to the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Orange County award recipients. Click here for a full list of this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.