Entrepreneur Of The Year Midwest

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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Have you been inspired by an unstoppable entrepreneur? 

Nominate someone or apply today. 

Application deadline is April 16, 2021. 

Nominate an entrepreneur or apply            Watch replay of the 2020 event  

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 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 business that contributes value and purpose beyond simple profits. We call these entrepreneurs the unstoppables.

  • Key dates

    Entrepreneur Of The Year US is a year-round program that celebrates unstoppable entrepreneurs. 2021 program dates are below.

    March 1 – April 16 | Call for nominations

    June 4 | Finalists announced 

    July | Virtual regional awards celebration; winners announced

    November 10–14 | Strategic Growth Forum®

  • In the news

    Press releases will be posted as as they become available.

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.


2020 National winners

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EY contacts

Ram Ramanan
Program director
Chicago, Illinois

Monty Korte
Program director
Indianapolis, IN

Shawn Puechner
Program director
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Cassie Krieter
Program manager
Chicago, Illinois
+1 312 879 2337

Mindy Mitchell
Program coordinator
Cleveland, OH
+1 216 583 8349