Frequently asked questions

When does the nomination process begin?
Nominations begin in April every year.

Who is eligible?
To be an eligible nominee, the candidate must be a Malaysian or Malaysian Permanent Resident (MyPR card holder) who is either:
• An owner-manager primarily responsible for the recent performance of a privately-held company that has at least two years audited accounts; or
• A founder of a listed company who is still active in top management and who still retains a significant stake in the company

How many Top Nominees will be selected?
The number of Top Nominees varies every year, depending on the quality of the nominations received.

What if our company has more than one founder?
Multiple nominees (co-founders) on an application are acceptable as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

Who can submit a nomination?
Anyone who is associated with a successful entrepreneur can nominate a candidate. This includes spouses, employees, bankers, attorneys, public relations managers or entrepreneurs themselves. Self-nominations are encouraged! After all, no one knows the dimensions of an entrepreneur's success better than the entrepreneur.

Do I have to be an EY client?
You do not need to be a client or have any relationship with EY.

Are application forms kept confidential?
The information provided in the participation form is strictly confidential and will only be used by EY, the sponsors and the independent judging panel and their respective affiliates.

Is there a cost associated with this program?
There is no cost to submit a nomination.

How do I submit a nomination?
To submit a nomination, visit

What is the time commitment?
We estimate that the total time commitment for nominees from March to December is between 8-12 hours:

  • Complete nomination form
  • Due diligence interview
  • Video filming and photography
  • Judges interview meeting
  • Attend EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Cocktail and Awards Gala

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