Entrepreneur Of The Year New Zealand™

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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ New Zealand

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Judging day will be held Tuesday 23 August with our Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards evening on 9 November 2022.


We are currently not accepting any entries for the 2022 programme.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 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.

Here's to the unstoppables transforming our world

Launched here in 1998 the programme has grown in profile each year and is now recognised as a leading business award in New Zealand, consistent with its global status. By participating in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, entrepreneurs can connect with their peers, access relevant insights to help navigate their growth journey and raise the profile of their companies and teams. Each program culminates in the announcement of an overall winner who then competes for the prestigious EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.

We are delighted that the following organisations are sponsoring the program:
Principal sponsor

This is ASB’s eighth year as the principal sponsor of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards. We’re honoured to be actively involved with these awards which showcase business leaders who have created and sustained some of the most innovative and progressive businesses in New Zealand. Entrepreneurs deserve recognition for being brave and pursing a dream, and we’re proud to support them on their road to progress through this programme.

Nigel Annett , Acting EGM Business Banking

Travel sponsor

Air New Zealand is proud to support the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards for 2018. The airline facilitates more than 17 million customer journeys to, from and within New Zealand each year, connecting Kiwis with the world. It’s therefore fitting that we support these awards which recognise some of New Zealand’s brightest stars in their respective fields.

Wine sponsor

New Zealand is a great producer of innovative entrepreneurs and we owe a debt of gratitude to EY for running the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards programme. It is a one-of-a kind programme that recognises and fosters the talents of this talented group of people. As a proudly NZ family owned company Villa Maria is a strong supporter of the programme and its continued successes.

Sir George Fistonich, Founder & Managing Director, Villa Maria Winery, Winner 2005 Entrepreneur Of The Year

People and Talent sponsor

“At Robert Walters Aotearoa, we’re excited to be the People and Talent Sponsor for the 2021 Edition of EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Our mission is powering people and organisations to fulfil their unique potential and in conjunction with EY, we feel humbled and excited to be on this journey with a company that shares this mission. Since 1985, we’ve been on a mission to be the world’s leading specialist professional recruitment consultancy. To achieve this, we’ve needed to distinguish ourselves both on the quality of service we offer, as well as through a unifying purpose. Together, our mission, purpose and core principles underpin our working culture around the world. Moreover, they continue to cement our reputation as the recruiter of choice, trusted by the world’s leading organisations and professionals” oceania marketing ey.com

EY Contacts


Darren White
Program Director
Tel: +27 489 9102
Rebecca Seymour-East
Program Manager
Tel: +27 687 8977