Entrepreneur Of The Year US

Through the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, we recognize and celebrate unstoppable entrepreneurs who redefine the way we live, work and play.

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Entrepreneur Of The Year US

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Here’s to the unstoppables transforming our world.

There are a lot of successful people in the world. But to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way. And only a few leaders are part of this special group: the ones who never give up. Driven by their desire to better the world around them, they stop at nothing to achieve their greatest ambitions. They cut through the noise of this transformative age by breaking away from the pack — and then end up leading it.

Last month, we announced and honored our group of 2019 regional award winners across the US. These unstoppable leaders will now move on to compete on the national level. Brad Keywell began his ascent to EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 when he was named a regional and then national overall award winner in 2018. One of these regional winners could be next. Stay tuned to find out.

  • Entrepreneur Of The Year US is a year-round program that celebrates unstoppable entrepreneurs. 
    • June | Regional award winners announced at 21 regional black-tie galas across the country
    • July – October | Regional award winners move on to national judging phase
    • November 13-17, 2019 | Regional award winners attend the Strategic Growth Forum® US in Palm Springs, CA
    • November 16, 2019 | National award winners are announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year US Awards gala
    • December 2019 – March 2020 | Entrepreneur Of The Year US nominations and applications open
    • April – May 2020 | Regional finalists announced
    Click on your state in the map below and visit your regional program page to learn more.

More from the unstoppable Brad Keywell

Brad competed against leaders from nearly 60 countries to take home our top entrepreneurial honor. He shares the significance of this global recognition and the impact bold leaders can have on the world with our Entrepreneur Of The Year community in Chicago in the video below.

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 popup 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.


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

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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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