About the program

Entrepreneur Of The Year

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About the program

Launched in Australia in 2001, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognised over 1,500 Australian entrepreneurs for their vision and achievement. The overall winner will go on to compete at the 2019 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ awards in Monte Carlo, following in the footsteps of Manny Stul, Moose Enterprise, the first-ever Australian to be crowned World Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2016.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program recognises and celebrates the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs. They are the individuals who see things beyond the horizon before anyone else does and help shape the future. By challenging orthodox methods and creating new markets for goods and services, entrepreneurs positively disrupt the way we do business and help enhance our quality of life.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year programme operates in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries worldwide, honouring men and women who build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses. EY knows what it takes to build, scale and nurture a great company. Through our Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, EY is recognised as a world leader in advising, guiding and recognising the best high-growth entrepreneurs and their companies.

2018 program overview

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program is a year-long program. The following is an overview of the key milestones in the 2018 program.

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Nomination process

  • Nominations open: February 2018
    All entrants in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program complete a nomination form detailing corporate goals, vision, strategy, key achievements and company financials. Successful nominations that meet the eligibility criteria are submitted to the independent judging panel for assessment against the six key judging criteria. Nominations open in February. Until then you can register your interest here.
  • Regional finalists announced: June 2018
    Regional finalists are announced to the media and profiled on the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year website ey.com.au/eoy.
  • Regional masterclass and filming: June 2018
    Regional finalists are officially welcomed into the program, attend a masterclass and participate in a filmed interview. The video will be used at the award events and throughout the program.
  • Regional judging: July 2018
    Regional finalists meet the regional judges during a panel interview. The judges select the best entrepreneurs in each region to go to the national competition.
  • Regional award dinners: July – August 2018
    Each region hosts an awards dinner where all the finalists are celebrated. We announce who will go on to compete in the national awards program and the Social entrepreneur and Champion of Entrepreneurship are also honoured.
  • National judging: October 2018
    National finalists meet the national judges during one-on-one ‘speed judging’ interviews. The judges select the national category winners and the overall Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year.
  • National award ceremony: October 2018
    The National awards ceremony marks the culmination of the 2018 Entrepreneur Of The Year program, with national category winners and the overall Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrated by leading businesspeople and entrepreneurs from around the country.