Entrepreneur Of The Year® Heartland

Honoring the ambitious entrepreneurs building a better world for all.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year

Founded in 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year has celebrated more than 11,000 ambitious visionaries who are leading successful, dynamic businesses in the US, and it has since expanded to nearly 60 countries globally.

This program honors many different types of business leaders for their ingenuity, courage and entrepreneurial spirit. We celebrate original founders who bootstrapped their business from inception or who raised outside capital to grow their company; transformational CEOs who infused innovation into an existing organization to catapult its trajectory; and multigenerational family business leaders who reimagined a legacy business model to fortify it for the future.

The Heartland program includes Dakotas, Iowa, Kansas*, Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska (*excludes greater Wichita area). Each year, a panel of independent judges selects regional finalists and winners who are recognized during an awards celebration in June. The regional winners compete for national recognition at the Strategic Growth Forum® in November, where National finalists and award winners are announced. The overall National winner represents the US at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year competition.

Visit the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame to search our directory of past award winners.

2024 Heartland winners

Program information

2023 regional finalists are building the economy of tomorrow

*Over the most recent three-year period

2023 regional celebration highlights

Entrepreneur Of The Year Heartland team

Dominic Iannazzo
Program director
Minneapolis, MN

Erin Donovan
Program director
Minneapolis, MN

Matt Winger
Program director
Kansas City, MO

Zac Smith
Program director
St. Louis, MO

Kathleen Brown
Program manager
Minneapolis, MN

Ryan Hendler
Program coordinator
Phoenix, AZ

Founded and produced by
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Presented by

PNC logo
SAP logo

Regionally sponsored by

Platinum sponsor

EOY sponsor Twin Cities Business logo

Gold sponsor

EOY sponsor Padilla logo

Silver sponsors

EOY sponsor Brillecht logo
EOY sponsor Robert Half logo

Strategic Growth Forum® US

Each year, we celebrate the Entrepreneur Of The Year regional award winners at the Strategic Growth Forum, where national award winners are announced.

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ North America

Identifying ambitious women entrepreneurs and provides them with the advice, resources and access they need to unlock their full potential.

EY Entrepreneurs Access Network

A business accelerating program for Black and Latino founders, designed to scale their businesses by equalizing access to resources, connections and capital.

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