About the program

Entrepreneur Of The Year

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Let’s celebrate our entrepreneurs. It takes vision and courage to launch a successful business. But only the truly gifted can drive one along the journey to market leadership. It demands passion, self-belief and an extraordinary ability to keep going when others would give up.

EY passionately believes in promoting entrepreneurship across the Indonesian archipelago and empowering entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and make their dreams come true. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program gives the opportunity to recognize and acclaim the outstanding achievement, leadership and vision of Indonesia’s finest entrepreneurs.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program, the first only truly global award of its kind, was created in the United States in 1986. Today, it has expanded to more than 145 cities in 60 countries. Each year since its inception in 2001, EY, through EOY, has relentlessly searched and discovered the new generation business leaders who have fundamentally changed the competitive business landscape in Indonesia.

Unlike other business awards programs, which take place only at local or national level, the country winner will go to represent Indonesia at the international awards ceremony next year in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and vie for the world’s most prestigious title for entrepreneurs, the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

The award categories

In collaboration with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the program will also include the search for Social Entrepreneur Of The Year. Social entrepreneurs are the individuals who apply principles of entrepreneurship to find solutions to social and environmental challenges. Deeply committed to generating social value, these entrepreneurs identify new processes, services, products or unique ways of combining proven practice with innovation, to resolve seemingly intractable problems.

In addition to the primary awards of Indonesia Entrepreneur Of The Year and Social Entrepreneur Of The Year, there may be other awards (category award) presented to the nominees. The category awards given are dependent on the entrepreneurial aspects of the nominees each year.

Final determination of the category award to be presented will be decided by the panel of independent judges. Some of category awards that had been given are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – an entrepreneur who has made a sustained contribution to the success of his/her business most of his/her working life.
  • Digital & Technology Entrepreneur Award – an entrepreneur who has made significant contribution in developing the systems that change the online landscape and shape the digital future.
  • Environmental Avant-Garde Award – an entrepreneur is recognized for his/her outstanding vision, commitment and achievements on behalf of our environment.
  • Innovation Award – an entrepreneur who leads businesses in the technology industry and has demonstrated innovation dedicated to the community, as well as the tenacity to persevere through challenges.