EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Australia

Celebrating, supporting and connecting entrepreneurs since 2001.

2022 program
nominations open now


For 21 years, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program has recognised ambitious leaders who build and sustain successful, dynamic businesses and reframe the future.

Resilient, forward-thinking individuals who understand combining innovative business models and technology, will disrupt and enhance the market. Leaders who foster purpose-led, sustainable business practices, resulting in better outcomes for the communities in which they operate. And, in this time of significant change, men and women who help drive Australia’s economic recovery, by transforming to shape new industries and reimagine a better tomorrow.

Entrepreneur of the Year recognises and celebrates the contribution of these exceptional individuals. It also ensures national and international recognition of successful finalists and alumni, while providing invaluable networking opportunities. 

In 2021, the program will celebrate finalists across three categories selected by a group of highly respected iconic judges, themselves considered entrepreneurial trailblazers, chaired by Lucy Turnbull AO.

Share the journey, as EY shines a light on their inspirational stories and embraces the heart of this entrepreneurial spirit; as it welcomes the next generation of EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Australia.

About the program

As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year runs in more than 60 countries worldwide. In Australia, we’ve recognised over 1,600 entrepreneurs for their vision and achievements.

By participating in the program, entrepreneurs can connect with their peers and business leaders, access cutting edge technology and relevant insights to help navigate their growth journey, share their stories and raise the profile of their companies and teams.

Each year, the program culminates in the announcement of an overall winner who then competes for the prestigious EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ award.

  • Benefits of participation

    Receiving recognition as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist delivers an enormous range of benefits, including:

    • Sharing your business story and building your company’s profile in Australia and internationally
    • Opening doors and developing new business opportunities with business leaders and financiers
    • Opportunities to hear from and connect with other entrepreneurs from around the world, including EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ winners through global Q&A sessions
    • Access to insights and support to grow your business, including business mentoring and EY Seven Drivers sessions
    • Generating pride and morale within your organisation
    • Becoming part of an exclusive entrepreneurial alumni community
  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for the program, an entrepreneur must:

    • Be a company founder, owner or manager of a private or public company or organisation who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company or organisation, and an active member of senior management
    • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • Have a significant equity stake in the business
    • Have a company that has been in existence for at least two years at close of applications

    Previous category winners, finalists and entrants may resubmit to be considered for the current EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program.

  • Key dates

    4 August 2021  Nominations for 2021 close
    November 2021 National finalists announced
    February 2022 Judging interviews for national finalists
    7 April 2022 Virtual awards celebration

2022 program nominations open now

Unstoppable entrepreneurs are reframing our future

Watch EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and the inspiring stories and ambitious visions of the Class of 2021. 

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Principal sponsor

The Commonwealth Bank (ASX:CBA) is one of Australia’s leading providers of personal banking, business and institutional banking and share broking services. With 17.4 million customers and a history spanning more than a century, the Group’s purpose is to improve the financial wellbeing of its customers and communities. The Commonwealth Bank is Australia’s leader in digital banking and maintains the largest branch network across the country. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia the Bank operates brands including Bankwest in Australia and ASB in New Zealand.


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