Does your unwavering ambition take you places others only dream of?

Honoring 35 years of unstoppable entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs are the engines of our economy — creating new products and services, jobs and unimagined markets that define our future. They have special qualities that make anything possible: curiosity, ingenuity and an unstoppable drive to bring their ideas to life.

In 1986, we launched the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program to celebrate and connect these formidable visionaries. In a recent analysis, we quantified the impact of the nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs we’ve recognized over 35 years and found their collective power is staggering. As a group, they:  

Generated nearly


in revenue in 2020

Employed approximately


people in 2020

Grow about


faster than the U.S. economy

Create jobs


faster than the U.S. economy

Source: EY-Parthenon Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 Impact Study, Ernst & Young LLP.

Thirty-five years ago, before the tech boom, social media and TV shows like “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurs weren’t often recognized.

But we saw them then and have been proud to salute them ever since. These Unstoppables are the pacesetters who’ve taught us the power of thinking big, demonstrating that nothing is insurmountable and that, together, we can light the way to a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.

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