Entrepreneur Of The Year Northern California

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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EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2020

Join us for a groundbreaking virtual experience to celebrate 46 entrepreneurs from around the world who will compete for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2020 and hear from unstoppable entrepreneurs who are using their ingenuity to lead great companies and make a difference.


Thursday, 4 June 2020

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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 access EY resources and webcasts for entrepreneurs and private company leaders regarding COVID-19, the CARES Act and business continuity. Nominations for 2020 are closed. Please reach out to the regional program team below for more information.

  • Key dates

    • July 2020 | Entrepreneur Of The Year regional program resumes with virtual nominee interviews
    • August 2020 | Regional finalists announced
    • September 2020 | Virtual interviews for regional finalists and judges
    • October 2, 2020 | Regional 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

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.

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.


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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EY contacts

Rebecca Norris
Program director


Chad Bowar
Program director

Jenny Brock
Program manager
+1 415 984 7036

Teresa Michel
Program coordinator
+1 801 933 8407