Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards 2016

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20 years of celebrating entrepreneurial ingenuity

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) program has been celebrating entrepreneurial excellence in India by recognizing inspiring stories of disruption and transformation from the most exceptional Indian entrepreneurs.

This year, as we celebrate 20 glorious years of honouring entrepreneurial ingenuity in India, we will be acknowledging men and women who are not only building market-leading enterprises, but who, with their creative ideas and exceptional enterprises, can truly be recognized as ‘Builders of a better India’.

We started the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program to celebrate successful entrepreneurs, so they could share their stories, inspire others and receive the recognition they deserve. The first EOY program took place in 1986 in the United States and the India EOY program was formally launched in 1999 in Mumbai.

With its rich legacy, the EOY Awards program is widely recognised as the world’s only truly global business award, which puts the best entrepreneurial talent in the spotlight.

In India, the program has felicitated over 170 entrepreneurs who lead high-growth companies across several award categories till date. Every year, an independent jury, comprising of India’s most eminent business leaders select the finalists and winners of the program.

The EOY title winners include some of the most influential and recognisable names in global and Indian business – Sanjiv Bajaj, Vivek Chaand Sehgal, NR Narayana Murthy, Uday Kotak, Adi Godrej, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Kumar Mangalam Birla, Anand Mahindra, Mukesh Ambani, Anil Agarwal and Dilip Shanghvi, to name a few.

Finalists and Winners of the 20th EOY program will be felicitated at a grand Awards Gala, amidst a gathering of India’s leading entrepreneurs, business icons, investors and government leaders in Mumbai in February 2019. The title winner will represent India and compete with winners from across the world at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year (WEOY) Award program in Monte Carlo in June 2019.

The EOY India 2018 nominations process, which closed on 31 August, has received an overwhelming response from across the nation. We would like to thank all nominated entrepreneurs for sharing their incredible business stories with us.

Watch this space for more updates on the EOY India 2018 program!

Passion to Win Series

(A special series on Moneycontrol.com, featuring the entrepreneurial journeys of our EOY India 2017 winners)

Program details

It all begins with the nomination process. To be eligible to receive an award, the nominee must be an owner/manager primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company that is at least two years old. Founders of public companies are eligible, provided the founder is still active in the top management.

Program details

EOY 2017 Winners

Introducing the innovative game changers – the most exceptional entrepreneurs who have placed India on the path of progress with their bold vision, innovation and exemplary performance. Read their exceptional entrepreneurial stories.

EOY 2017 Winners


Watch the inspiring videos of EOY winners and finalists as they share their exceptional business stories with the world.



The Times of India

Sanjiv Bajaj is EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

NEW DELHI: Sanjiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Finserv, on Thursday was named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. Bajaj Finserv emerged as the country’s leading name in financial services with solutions across lending, life and general insurance and wealth advisory.↓ [... more]

The Economic Times

Sanjiv Bajaj is the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Sanjiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv, was today named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. Dr. E Sreedharan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for transforming the face of public transportation in India. Winners were also announced in nine other Award Categories as follows:↓ [... more]

The Hindu

EY 2017 award for Sanjiv Bajaj

Sanjiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Finserv, has been named the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. He will represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) in Monte Carlo from June 13.↓ [... more]

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Hall of fame

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame is an elite corps of men and women who have been recognized for their exceptional entrepreneurial achievements. For 18 years now EY has been celebrating ingenuity in India through the Entrepreneur Of The Year program. The program has recognized more than 140 outstanding entrepreneurs for their vision, innovation, courage, and leadership in building and growing successful businesses — that influence the way we live, the products and services we depend on, and the economic vibrancy of our local communities and global markets.

Hall of fame

Photo gallery

Catch glimpses of the annual EOY India awards celebrations over the years, which capture some of the most captivating entrepreneurial journeys of our time.

Photo gallery

Our team

EY - Farokh Balsar
Farokh Balsara

EOY Program Leader - India
Entrepreneur Of The Year

EY - Sunaina Uppal
Sunaina Uppal

EOY Program Manager - India
Entrepreneur Of The Year
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