The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Forum is a unique gathering of disruptive entrepreneurs and global business leaders from more than 50 countries to find innovative approaches to accelerate growth.
Through keynote conversations, panel discussions, deep dives and immersive experiences, the Forum explores how the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs grow and thrive.
Meet inspiring game changers who are disrupting industries, hear how they are leading the world through uncertainty, and generate innovative new ideas to grow your business.
Grow the networks you need to kick-start an idea or accelerate growth in your business.
Stimulate new ideas in a series of peer-to-peer interactive sessions, learn how others are developing plans to face the opportunities generated by uncertainty head on, and join forces to effect meaningful change for business and communities.
Celebrate the entrepreneurial achievement of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Award winners at the annual black-tie awards gala.
EY started the program to recognize the world’s most successful and innovative entrepreneurs. By identifying and recognizing the contributions and achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs within successful growing, dynamic businesses, we aim to encourage entrepreneurial activity around the world.
We work with great entrepreneurs at every level of society: fresh thinkers at global corporations, visionaries at pre-IPO firms and social entrepreneurs working on society’s most pressing problems. We have learned a great deal from these interactions and recognize that entrepreneurialism isn’t about size; it’s about a state of mind. We believe it’s something that all businesses can — and should — embrace.
We want to encourage people around the world to think about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how we can create an environment where innovation and creativity can thrive. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year and EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year programs are a natural extension of this commitment.
The nomination process begins at the regional level in most countries. Regional winners are then eligible for their country’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Award. All country winners are then eligible for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award. Winners at all levels are selected by independent judges, most of whom are past winners of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year themselves. There is no separate nomination process for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award because all the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year candidates qualify on the basis of being a current EY Entrepreneur Of The Year national winner.
Each member of the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year independent judging panel receives a detailed packet of information on each of the country winners in advance of the judging session. After a private meeting of the winners and judges while in Monaco, the panel convenes to discuss each candidate’s qualifications and to select the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year. The winner is then announced at a black-tie award ceremony on Saturday evening.
The EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel is composed of prior-year EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners and business leaders from all geographies around the world and in a variety of sectors. Learn more about the judges here.
As most of the judges are past national winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award, we believe they understand the importance of an unbiased and fair selection process to uphold the integrity of the program. Judges come from a variety of industries and different countries and are rotated from year to year to deliver fresh thinking and enthusiasm in the judging process. Learn more about the judging process here