Judging Criteria

All EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists and winners around the world must be assessed by independent judges using the globally consistent criteria.

The Entrepreneur of the Year judging criteria form a balanced scorecard, meaning that no single criterion is more important than any other. The criteria has been developed to align with EY's purpose of building a better working world. By celebrating entrepreneurs who are truly creating long term value, EY is able to build strong relationships with entrepreneurs who align with our values and are making the world a better place.


  • Positively impacts the customers they serve
  • Integrates sustainable Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices in their strategy with robust commitments and execution plans
  • Focuses on diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions

Entrepreneurial spirit

  • Identifies opportunities to innovate and create a better world
  • Takes risks to realise their vision
  • Demonstrates courage, perseverance and resilience to overcome significant obstacles


  • Commits themselves and their organisation to an inspiring purpose and vision
  • Drives strategies for a sustainable future business
  • Creates and protects value in the long-term, across a broad group of stakeholders and ecosystems (e.g. consumers, employees, suppliers, government, communities, investors and shareholders).


  • Increases market share and expands into new markets
  • Drives positive financial performance
  • Invests in attracting, developing and retaining a diverse mix of talent
  • Builds a culture of innovation that pioneers new approaches or technologies