Entrepreneur Of The Year® 
Bay Area

Honoring the ambitious entrepreneurs building a better world for all. 

2024 applications have closed and finalists will be announced this spring.

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 Bay Area program includes San Francisco, San Jose Redwood Shores and Sacramento. 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.

2023 regional winners


Program information

  • Benefits of participation

    • Build valuable relationships with entrepreneurs who are leading successful businesses across a variety of industries.
    • Increase exposure to potential customers, suppliers and investors.
    • Recognize your company’s success within the local business community and celebrate your team.
    • Gain access to exclusive peer-to-peer learning and networking experiences.
    • Connect with EY subject-matter resources for guidance on fostering long-term value creation.
  • Eligibility and selection criteria

    The entrepreneur
    • The entrepreneur must be the CEO or president of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company.
    • The entrepreneur may be the original founder, a multigenerational family business leader, or a transformational CEO of a company or subsidiary who is not the founder.
    • The entrepreneur must have been in the role for at least two years by the application deadline.
    • Previous finalists and applicants who did not win are eligible to reapply.
    • Former award winners may reapply if they have founded or transitioned to a new company.
    The company
    • Companies must have been in business for at least two years to be eligible.
    • Companies are most competitive when they demonstrate long-term value.
    • Only for-profit businesses may apply.
    Judging criteria

    The independent panel of judges evaluates nominees on a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to:

    • Entrepreneurial spirit
    • Purpose
    • Growth
    • Impact
    • Financial performance
  • Program timeline

    The 2024 program dates are:
    • December 2023: Applications open
    • March 1: Application deadline
    • March–April: Regional nominee interviews with EY team and select sponsors
    • May: Regional finalists are announced and finalist interviews with judges take place
    • June: Regional awards celebrations
    • Early fall: Regional alumni receptions
    • November 13–16: Strategic Growth Forum, including the National awards celebration

2023 regional finalists are building the economy of tomorrow

Nearly $2.2b in revenue generated by EOY Bay Area finalists in 2022
EOY Bay Area finalists experienced 157% average revenue growth
EOY Bay Area finalists employed more than 14,000 people in 2022
EOY Bay Area finalists experienced 85% average employee growth

*Over the most recent three-year period

2023 regional celebration highlights

Entrepreneur Of The Year Bay Area team

Chad Bowar
Program director

Renee Mendez 
Program director

Jennifer Collins
Program manager

Becca Kinsey
Program coordinator

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