Entrepreneur Of The Year US

Through the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, we celebrate the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose unbounded ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world.

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Congratulations to the unstoppable Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 US Award recipients!

Their bold ambitions deliver innovation and prosperity that transform our world. Click the photos below to learn more about this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.

Overall and Distribution and Manufacturing
Dr. Joe DeSimone
Carbon, Inc.

Consumer Products and Retail
Stephen Hawthornthwaite
Rothy’s, Inc.

Emerging
Kabir Barday
OneTrust

Energy and Natural Resources
Brandon Dewan
Eagle Pipe, LLC

Family Business
Thomas Hartland-Mackie
City Electric Supply Co.

Financial Services
Mike Massaro
Flywire

Life Sciences
John Thero
Amarin Corporation 

Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications
Dave Schaeffer
Cogent Communications

Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction
Molly North
Al. Neyer

Services
Bryce Maddock and Jaspar Weir
TaskUs

Technology
Caryn Seidman Becker
Ken Cornick
CLEAR

Here’s to the unstoppable entrepreneurs transforming our world.

Humanity is capable of great things. But to build something of long-term value takes grit, persistence and a sense of ambition that’s free of doubt or fear. It takes a special kind of leader to ignore the critics and transform a blue-sky dream into a new reality that contributes value and purpose beyond simple profits. We call these entrepreneurs the unstoppables — those whose unbounded ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world.

Why is this entrepreneurial ecosystem so important?

In June 2019, Brad Keywell, Founder and CEO of Chicago-based Uptake Technologies, competed against program award winners from nearly 60 countries and was named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019, our top entrepreneurial honor. He shares the significance of this global recognition and the value of being part of the Entrepreneur Of The Year community in the video below.

  • Entrepreneur Of The Year US is a year-round program that celebrates unstoppable entrepreneurs. 

    • December 2019 – March 2020 | Entrepreneur Of The Year US nomination period opens
    • April – May 2020 | Regional finalists announced
    • June | Regional award winners announced at black-tie galas across the country
    • July – October | Regional award winners move on to national judging phase
    • November 11-15, 2020 | Regional award winners attend the Strategic Growth Forum® US in Palm Springs, CA
    • November 14, 2020 | National award winners are announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala
    Click on your state in the map below and visit your regional program page to learn more.

Regional programs

Each spring, the business community comes together to celebrate regional semifinalists, finalists and winners. These honorees not only create and build market-leading businesses, but also help take the standard of excellence to new heights, transform the face of the industry, create jobs and contribute to the vibrancy of communities. Click on a region, then click on the pop-up label:

About the program

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded by EY, has recognized the endeavors of exceptional men and women who create the products and services that keep our worldwide economy moving forward. Since its inception, Entrepreneur Of The Year has grown dramatically and now includes programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries worldwide. The Entrepreneur Of The Year US Awards gala is the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in America.

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Entrepreneurs believe in creating, not accepting. They believe in possibility over simply reality.

Brad Keywell, Uptake Technologies, Inc.

Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 National Overall Award winner
EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019

 

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Nomination tips

A strong and well-written nomination is powerful and compelling to the judges. Consider these important points when completing a nomination form.

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Benefits to participating in the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program

Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards celebrate the country's most innovative business leaders.

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Frequently asked questions

Costs to participate? Timing? Award categories? You have questions, we have answers.

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The Strategic Growth Forum US

Each November, Entrepreneur Of The Year regional award winners are invited to attend the Strategic Growth Forum. The Forum culminates with the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala, where the collective group of regional award winners will compete on a national stage and vie for the title of Entrepreneur Of The Year US National Overall Award winner.

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