A Generation of Changemakers - The Impact of Irish Entrepreneurs Over 25 Years
Dublin, 10 November 2022: EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland announces the premiere of a new documentary celebrating 25 years of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) Ireland programme. The documentary entitled ‘A Generation of Changemakers - The Impact of Irish Entrepreneurs Over 25 Years’ was co-produced by Record Media.
The documentary tells the story of Ireland’s economy over the last 25 years, through the eyes of some of Ireland’s most resilient, inspiring, and successful entrepreneurs. It features contributions from Anne Heraty, Denis O’Brien, Kevin O’Loughlin, Peaches Kemp, and John Purdy to name but a few. The documentary explores what it was like to be in business in Ireland over the last 25 years – from the heady days of Celtic Tiger-era exuberance to the catastrophic fall-out from the financial crisis and the subsequent recovery to become one of Europe’s most entrepreneurial and vibrant economies.
Speaking at the premiere, which was held at Stella Cinema in Dublin, Frank O’Keeffe, Managing Partner, EY Ireland commented:
“Celebrating 25 years of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland™ programme is a momentous milestone and an opportunity for us all to pause and reflect. ’A Generation of Changemakers’ serves as a showcase of the incredible contribution our fantastic entrepreneurs have made not only across the island of Ireland but also throughout the world.
“The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland programme continues to go from strength to strength. Its alumni network comprises of more than 580 entrepreneurs in Ireland alone. Collectively these businesses employ more than 200,000 people and generate revenues in excess of €23billion.
“Entrepreneurs are the backbone of the economy whose unrelenting focus and drive to create successful business ventures creates significant growth for our economy and our society. Acknowledging and supporting entrepreneurship helps to stimulate an entrepreneurial culture in Ireland and the EOY programme is dedicated to championing our entrepreneurs for many more years to come.”
At the screening, John Purdy, winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™Industry award in 2014 and current EOY Alumni Board Chairperson highlighted the support that the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme offers to participants, saying:
“The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme and the access it opens up to the Alumni has been instrumental in Ergo’s growth and ongoing success. Over 80% of the EOY alumni have done business together and it is this that makes the programme, and indeed Irish entrepreneurship so special. Entrepreneurs are currently facing an incredibly challenging business environment but what we’ve seen in this film today is that with relentless determination, a commitment to resilience and a willingness to support each other, success cannot be halted.”
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland programme is supported by Premium Corporate Sponsor Julius Baer International, and Government sponsors Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.
For further information, please visit www.eoy.ie
For further information, images and interview opportunities please contact:
Eimear Rigby, Senior Communications Manager, EY Ireland: 087 439 9529, Eimear.Rigby@ie.ey.com
Anne Marie Butler, Communications Manager, EY: 086 873 2234, Annemarie.Butler@ie.ey.com
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ABOUT EY ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR™
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme is a global recognition programme run in 145 cities in more than 60 countries. Currently in its 25th year in Ireland, the programme works to recognise, promote and build a supportive community around Ireland’s high-growth entrepreneurs and is considered one of the strongest programmes globally.
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