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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Congratulations to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 regional award winners

Learn about the unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Midwest who are building a better world.
Meet the winners      Watch the replay of the 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 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

    • July 2020 | Entrepreneur Of The Year Midwest program resumes with virtual nominee interviews
    • August 2020 | Midwest finalists announced
    • September 2020 | Virtual interviews for Midwest finalists and judges 
    • October 7, 2020 — 12:00 PM CDT | Midwest award winners announced during a virtual celebration
    • October 2020 | Regional award winners move on to national judging 
    • November 2020 | Virtual Strategic Growth Forum® experience and National Entrepreneur Of The Year US Awards celebration
  • In the news

    • August 14, 2020 | EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Midwest Award — Press release
    • October 8, 2020 | EY Announces Winners for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Midwest Award — Press release
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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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Nomination tips

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

Costs to participate? Timing? Award categories? You have questions, we have answers.

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EY contacts

Ram Ramanan
Program director
Chicago, Illinois
ramkumar.ramanan@ey.com

Monty Korte
Program director
Indianapolis, IN
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Shawn Puechner
Program director
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Cassie Krieter
Program manager
Chicago, Illinois
+1 312 879 2337
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