Frequently Asked Questions

When does the 2020 nomination process begin and how do I receive notification?

Our call for nominations began in December 2019. To ensure you are notified, please email Wendy Fox with a request to be added to the distribution list.

Who is eligible?

Individuals who are nominated should be the founder or the current executive responsible for the day to day operations of the for-profit business. This is typically the CEO or President. Individuals should be in their role for a minimum of two years, and the business should be operational for at least two years.

What information is required?

Click here to find a snapshot of the information required for completing a nomination.

Who can submit a nomination for consideration?

Anyone who is associated with a successful entrepreneur can nominate a candidate. This includes spouses, employees, bankers, attorneys, public relations managers or entrepreneurs themselves. Self-nominations are encouraged! After all, no one knows the dimensions of an entrepreneur's success better than the entrepreneur.

Do I have to be an EY client?

You do not need to be a client or have any relationship with EY as it pertains to services.

Are application forms kept confidential?

Yes. The information on the application form will be used by EY (in connection with the administration of the award), the sponsors (non-financial information), and the independent national and regional panels of judges.

Is there a cost associated with this program?

There is no cost to submit a nomination.

How do I submit a nomination?

Nominations can be submitted through a secure online website:

What is the time commitment?

We estimate that the total time commitment for finalists from January through June is between 8-12 hours:

  • Complete nomination
  • Interview
  • Finalist networking reception, video filming and photography
  • June awards gala

Who are the judges?

The regional and independent panels of judges include entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from academia, business and the media.

How many award recipients will be selected?

Each independent regional judging panel selects categories and award recipients based on the quality and quantity of the nominations received. Each independent panel of judges is allowed complete discretion in determining categories and award recipients.

What categories will be honored nationally?

In the past, Entrepreneur Of The Year national awards have been presented in the categories below. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner is named from one of these categories.

  • Consumer and Retail Products
  • Distribution and Manufacturing
  • Emerging
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Family Business
  • Financial Services
  • Life Sciences
  • Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications
  • Real Estate, Hospitality and Construction
  • Services
  • Technology

When are the Entrepreneur Of The Year regional awards?

Winners are honored at regional award galas during the month of June.

When are the Entrepreneur Of The Year national awards?

The annual Entrepreneur Of The Year awards is held in Palm Springs in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®. The highlight of the weekend is Saturday evening's national awards gala, where the national finalists and winners are named. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, a weeklong gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

What is the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame?

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame was created to celebrate accomplishments of the world's great entrepreneurs and to make the general public more aware of the benefits they provide to the world economy and our global communities. All regional Entrepreneur Of The Year regional winners are inducted into the Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame.

What is the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award?

The year's country winners from around the world gather in Monaco each June to be inducted into the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame and to vie for the title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year. Today more than 60 countries worldwide are participating. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the only global business recognition program held on six continents in more than 60 countries and more than 145 cities around the world.

Our call for nominations begin each December and are due in early March. To ensure you are notified, please email Wendy Fox with a request to be added to the distribution list.