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EY (Ernst & Young LLC) continues to accept applications for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards in Belarus

Minsk, 28 May 2018

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EY (Ernst & Young LLC) is glad to announce that it continues to accept applications for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards in Belarus and invites Belarusian entrepreneurs to take part in this unique international awards program first launched in 1986 and which has now expanded to more than 60 countries. Participation is free of charge. Please register by completing the application form at www.ey.com/by/eoy by 31 May 2018.

Belarus joined the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards program in 2014, and its first national winner was Arkadiy Dobkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EPAM Systems. He was succeeded by Valentin Baiko, Chairman of the General Meeting of Members of SООО Conte Spa, who was selected as 2016 Entrepreneur Of The Year. In Belarus, the event is held every two years. The winners are selected by a panel of independent judges and EY does not vote.

The winners of the 2018 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year will be awarded at a gala in Minsk in December 2018. The national winner of 2018 Entrepreneur Of The Year™  will represent Belarus at the international finals in Monaco in June 2019.

EY would like to remind you that in addition to financial performance and new jobs created, the selection criteria include innovation in business practices, the development of original products, creative solutions in marketing and sales, penetration of local and international markets, and the implementation of personnel development and social responsibility programs.

This year the independent judges are:

  • Arkadiy Dobkin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of EPAM Systems, the winner of 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in Belarus
  • Yury Zisser, Chairman of the General Meeting of Members of OOO Tut By Media and the founder of UP Nadezhnye Programmy
  • Vladimir Ivanov, Chairman of the Management Board of ZAO Bank VTB (Belarus)
  • Sergey Kostyuchenko, Chairman of the Management Board of OAO Priorbank
  • Sergei Novitsky, General Director of SOOO Henkel Bautechnik
  • Oleg Khusayenov, General Director of Zubr Capital, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAX Atlant-M and the winner of 2009 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in Russia.

Olga Shcherbina, Head of the Belarus Office at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the official partner of 2018 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™  in Belarus, notes, “the International Finance Corporation is delighted to support this awards program for entrepreneurs in Belarus where the potential of small and medium-sized businesses is still not fully realized. Affording greater opportunities to small and medium-sized businesses is vital for creating new jobs and securing sustainable economic growth that will benefit people in all walks of life. This awards program is a perfect chance to encourage business activity and openness, foster entrepreneurial spirit, and demonstrate the full potential of private initiative.”

Pavel Laschenko, EY Belarus Managing Partner, notes: “The world of business is tough, and I would like to see more bright new leaders who embrace high ethical standards and have the interests of Belarus at heart, who treat their employees as teammates and work together for a common cause. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™  awards program gives domestic entrepreneurs a chance to make a case for themselves in order to open up opportunities, strengthen their teams with like-minded people, share their success stories, and probably learn something from their successful peers. I wish every luck to all participants!”

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About the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for entrepreneurs. 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 145 cities in 60 countries. The awards have been held in Russia since 2003, in Kazakhstan since 2007 and in Belarus since 2014. In Belarus, the event is held every two years.