Entrepreneur Of The Year is judged by an independent judging panel made up of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni, entrepreneurs, and key influences from the business community.
The judges look for:
National and global impact
Personal integrity and purpose-driven leadership
November 2018 – February 2019
Programme is open for entries
Entrepreneurs are selected for interviews that offer them the chance to tell their compelling story. Notes from these interviews are added to their entry forms and the financial documents that make up the judges' pack, which the judges review before face-to-face interviews at the regional judging days in May 2019.
April and May 2019
Regional finalists announcements
Regional finalists will be announced at a networking reception. It is an opportunity to connect with other entrepreneurs, be introduced to the regional judging panel and seek advice and guidance from our regional alumni community.
London & South: 8 MayMidlands: 1 MayNorth: 25 AprilScotland Masterclass: 30 AprilThese events are strictly by invitation only
Regional judging days
Regional finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges who will select the regional winners. All winners will progress to the national competition.
London & South: 23 MayMidlands: 21 MayNorth: 16 MayScotland: 14 May These events are strictly by invitation only
June and July 2019
Regional winner announcements
Find out who will progress to the national final whilst networking with peers, Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni, sponsors and business leaders. The winner announcements provide a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and their teams to celebrate their achievements and hard work.
London & South: 4 JulyMidlands: TBCNorth: TBCScotland: 13 JuneThese events are strictly by invitation only
10 and 11 September 2019
UK Judging and Alumni Retreat
UK finalists will have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face interviews with the national judging panel over two days. They will tell their story to the judges, focusing on what is special about them and their business. The retreat has a strong focus on networking, but also gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to reflect on their business journey so far.
This event is strictly by invitation only
UK Awards Ceremony
The programme's pinnacle event and a spectacular celebration of entrepreneurship, when we announce our Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 UK overall winner. This evening is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs from across the UK to network with each other and to celebrate with fellow finalists, Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni and key business influencers.
World Entrepreneur Of The Year
The UK Entrepreneur Of The Year winner will join the other country winners to be inducted in to the World Entrepreneur Of The Year Hall of Fame and vie for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title.
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