We have long recognized the potential of entrepreneurs. For more than three decades, we have been working with entrepreneurs, adapting our experience, industry capabilities and resources to work for entrepreneurial, fast-growth companies. We work with a range of businesses, from those receiving their first venture funding through to large mid-cap companies, whose value may be measured in billions of dollars. Our commitment to entrepreneurial companies, in both emerging and developed economies around the world, helps ensure that we’re working with more of tomorrow’s global leaders, today.
EY started the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards program to celebrate successful entrepreneurs, so they could share their stories, inspire others and receive the recognition they deserve. Our first program took place in 1986 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Today, the program spans more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries, which together represent more than 90% of the global economy.
The 18th EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™, which ran from 13-17 June, 2018, saw 56 Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists descend on Monaco. We also convened some of the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs, game changers and government leaders to discuss the transformative age we’re living in. There were sessions on digital disruption, industry convergence and geopolitical uncertainty. This year’s winner was Rubens Menin from Brazil who grew his company, MRV Engenharia, into Latin America’s largest residential real estate developer out of a desire to provide affordable housing for families struggling to take their first step on the property ladder.
Spanning 65 countries and 430 participants, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program identifies high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale and provides them with ongoing support to help accelerate their growth. Now in its 11th year, the program targets savvy women founders who have built profitable small companies but have not yet found the essential tools needed to expand sustainably. EY gives the founders ongoing access to our vast resources, rich networks and know-how, helping to strengthen their abilities to become market leaders. At the same time, the program creates a vibrant global community of successful women entrepreneurs and inspiring peer role models.
Recognizing the ever-growing importance of entrepreneurial startup companies in driving innovation, EY has established a global digital resource known as EY Velocity. It’s designed to help these companies connect with peers, established entrepreneurs and EY professionals; focus on relevant hot topics and the 7 Drivers of Growth; and act to identify key actions to be addressed. In FY19, the next release of EY Velocity will also help these companies to identify much-needed sources of capital.