Frequently asked questions

What is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™?

Since its inception in 1986 in Milwaukee, the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme has grown into a global business awards programme that is now in more than 60 countries and more than 145 cities around the world. Every year, country winners from around the world participate in the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and vie for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™. The awards celebration is typically held in June in Monaco; however, it was hosted virtually in 2020.

When does the 2021 nomination process begin for the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2021 UK programme, and how do I receive more information?

Our call-for-nominations window is 8 March to 16 April 2021. More information can been found on the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ secure online application form

Who is eligible for nomination?

Nominees should be responsible for the company’s success. This is typically the company's founder or CEO. These individuals should be in their role for a minimum of two years, and the business should be operational for at least two years as of 1 January 2021. The entrepreneur should have a significant personal financial stake in the business, either directly or via share options. Co-nominees are eligible if they share leadership responsibilities at the company.

What information is required?

Click here to download a summary of the information required to complete a nomination. 

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 nominees need to be an EY client?

You do not need to be a client or have any relationship within the EY organisation as it pertains to services.

Are nomination forms kept confidential?

Yes. The information on the nomination form will be used by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ UK team (in connection with the administration of the award), the sponsors (who will review nonfinancial information), and the independent regional and national panels of judges.

What is the cost associated with submitting a nomination for this programme?

There is no cost to submit a nomination.

How do I submit a nomination?

Nominations can be submitted through our Entrepreneur Of The Year™ secure online application form.

What is the time commitment for nominees?

For nominees who advance to next stages, we estimate that the total time commitment over the course of the programme cycle will be between 8 and 12 hours:

· Complete nomination

· Interview with EY leaders and headline sponsor

· Interview with the independent panel of judges

· Participate in video filming

· Join awards celebration

· Attend any related events (virtual or in-person)

Who are the judges?

The regional and national independent panels of judges include entrepreneurs and other prominent C-suite business leaders. Many of the judges are past winners of this award and now members of our Entrepreneur Of The Year™ alumni community. There are separate judging panels for each of the four regional programmes and a UK national panel.

How many award recipients will be selected?

The number of awards varies across the individual regional programmes every year. Each regional independent judging panel selects award recipients based on the global judging criteria. After the regional finalists are announced, the regional judging panels will select the strongest entrepreneurs, who will participate in the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ UK Awards celebration.

How are the winners selected?

At the regional level, all nominees are judged based on their individual merits, stories and achievements. They are not scored only against companies in their industry. The judges carefully consider all of the nominees across the same scorecard using the global judging criteria and select the most impressive and compelling ones to be named finalists and winners each year.

Are there categories?

We usually recognise winners amongst specific categories depending on the nominees’ profile. In 2020 we recognised, UK Overall Winner, One To Watch and Lifetime Achievement. Going forward, we may continue this approach.

When are the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ regional judging days?

Regional judging days take place every summer and the finalists are announced in September. Find out more on the key dates.

When is the Entrepreneur Of The Year™ UK Awards?

The annual Entrepreneur Of The Year UK™ Awards celebration where national finalists are celebrated is traditionally in November. In 2020, the UK awards were announced during a virtual celebration in December. 

Any other questions?

Please email the EY Entrepreneur Of the Year™ UK team at