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 Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 regional award winners

Good luck on the road to the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards gala on November 19.
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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.

  • Key dates

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

    • July 2020 | Entrepreneur Of The Year regional programs resume in a virtual format
    • August 2020 | Regional finalists announced
    • October 2, 2020 | Regional award winners announced at virtual celebrations across the US
    • October 2020 | Regional award winners move on to national judging
    • November 2020 | Virtual Strategic Growth Forum® experience and National Entrepreneur Of The Year US Awards celebration

     

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Strategic Growth Forum®
November 17 – 19, 2020

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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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