Entrepreneur Of The Year Mid-Atlantic

Through the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program, we celebrate the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose unbounded ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world.



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Entrepreneur Of The Year Mid-Atlantic

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US Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 programs are delayed due to COVID-19. 

EY is here to help entrepreneurs navigate through these unprecedented times. Click here to find the most relevant EY insights on responding to volatility and building enterprise resilience. Nominations for 2020 are broadly closed, however extensions may be available in limited markets. Please contact your regional program manager for more information.

Here’s to the unstoppable entrepreneurs transforming our world.

Humanity is capable of great things. But to build something of long-term value takes grit, persistence and a sense of ambition that’s free of doubt or fear. It takes a special kind of leader to ignore the critics and transform a blue-sky dream into a new reality that contributes value and purpose beyond simple profits. We call these entrepreneurs the unstoppables — those whose unbounded ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world.

Why is this entrepreneurial ecosystem so important?

In June 2019, Brad Keywell, Founder and CEO of Chicago-based Uptake Technologies, competed against program award winners from nearly 60 countries and was named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2019, our top entrepreneurial honor. He shares the significance of this global recognition and the value of being part of the Entrepreneur Of The Year community in the video below.

  • Key dates

    • December 2019 – March 6, 2020 | Entrepreneur Of The Year US nomination period opens
    • April 27, 2020 | Mid-Atlantic finalists announced
    • June 18, 2020 | Mid-Atlantic award winners announced at black-tie awards gala
    • July – October | Regional award winners move on to national judging phase
    • November 12-15, 2020 | Regional award winners attend the Strategic Growth Forum® US in Palm Springs, CA
    • November 14, 2020 | National award winners are announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year US Awards gala

About the program

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded by EY, has recognized the endeavors of exceptional men and women who create the products and services that keep our worldwide economy moving forward. Since its inception, Entrepreneur Of The Year has grown dramatically and now includes programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries worldwide. The Entrepreneur Of The Year US Awards gala is the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in America.


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A strong and well-written nomination is powerful and compelling to the judges. Consider these important points when completing a nomination form.

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Benefits to participating in the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program

Recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards celebrate the country's most innovative business leaders.

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Frequently asked questions

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EY contacts

Steve Canaras
Program Co-Director
+1 410 783 3747

Denise Dodson
Program Co-Director
+1 410 783 3850

Dan Kotter
Program Co-Director
+1 703 747 1855

Claudia Lay
Program Manager
+1 703 747 1702

Miriam Ellis
Program Coordinator
+1 215 448 5784