Entrepreneur Of The Year® Midwest

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 Midwest program includes Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. 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.

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 Midwest team

Ram Ramanan
Program director
Chicago, Illinois

Luke Thumm
Program director
Chicago, Illinois

Monty Korte
Program director
Indianapolis, Indiana

Shawn Puechner
Program director
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kathleen Toomey
Program manager
Chicago, Illinois

Ryan Hendler
Program coordinator
Cleveland, OH

Founded and produced by
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Presented by

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Regionally sponsored by

Platinum sponsor

LaSalle Network

Gold sponsor


Silver sponsor


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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