Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia

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31 October 2019




Here’s to the unstoppables transforming our world.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) program recognises and celebrates the spirit and contribution of exceptional entrepreneurs. These are the individuals who see things beyond the horizon 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.

Launched in Australia in 2001, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognised over 1,500 Australian entrepreneurs for their vision and achievement. The national winner, chosen from 25 finalists from five regions across the country, goes on to compete at the 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 and Jo Horgan, MECCA Brands, our 2018 Entrepreneur Of The Year.

EY encourages women to apply for the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. The program empowers women entrepreneurs to think bigger, gain access to capital, enhance their business profile, network, learn from their peers and find seasoned advisors. 

Meet this year's regional winners

Find out who will compete for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019,

as regional winners are announced at celebration dinners around

the country in August.

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  • Key dates

    Regional Celebration Dinner Dates

    Western Region (Perth) – 8 August

    Eastern Region (Sydney) – 13 August

    Central Region (Adelaide) – 15 August

    Northern Region (Brisbane) – 21 August

    Southern Region (Melbourne) – 29 August

    National judging: 30 October 2019

    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: 31 October 2019

    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.


  • Find out about our 2018 winners

    In 2018, our national winners were:

    Jo Horgan, MECCA Brands
    2018 Australian EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™
    2018 National Industry category winner

    Dr Sam Prince, One Disease
    2018 National Social category winner

    Jordan O’Reilly, Hireup
    2018 National Emerging category winner

    John-Paul Syriatowicz & Stephen Barker, Squiz
    2018 National Technology category winner

    Grant Wilckens, Discovery Parks
    2018 National Services category winner

    Dr Jemma Green, Power Ledger
    2018 National Fintech category winner

    Robert Hill-Smith, Yalumba Family Winemakers 1849
    2018 Family Business Award of Excellence

Regional programs

Every year, the business community comes together to celebrate regional semifinalists, finalists and winners. These honorees not only create and build market-leading businesses, but also help take the standard of excellence to new heights, transform the face of the industry, create jobs and contribute to the vibrancy of communities. Find out more about the regions below.