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Welcome to the San Diego program

Seeking the unstoppable entrepreneurs transforming our world.

There are a lot of successful people in the world. But to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way. And only a few leaders are part of this special group: the ones who never give up. Driven by their desire to better the world around them, they stop at nothing to achieve their greatest ambitions. They cut through the noise of this transformative age by breaking away from the pack — and then end up leading it. If you are an unstoppable entrepreneur or have been inspired by an innovative leader, we invite you to submit a nomination to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 program, now in its 33rd year.

Deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.


Key program dates

Nominations open
December 3, 2018

Nominations deadline
March 8, 2019

Semifinalists' interviews with EY
April 1, 2019 – April 19, 2019

Semifinalists' interviews with judges and VIP reception
May 8, 2019
4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
San Diego, CA

Finalists' video taping
Mid May
EY San Diego office

Awards gala
June 6, 2019
5:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner and awards
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
San Diego, CA

Strategic Growth Forum® and National Awards Gala
November 13–17, 2019
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA

News Articles

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award Recipients in San Diego (June 12, 2017)  Press Release

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award Finalists in San Diego (May 15, 2017)  Press Release

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award Semifinalists in San Diego (April 10, 2017)  Press Release

EY opens call for 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® San Diego Award nominations. (January 17, 2017) Press Release

Meet the winners

Congratulations to the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 San Diego award recipients. Click here for a full list of this exceptional group of entrepreneurs.

Related content

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Watch the Entrepreneur Of The Year® US overall winner's acceptance speech

Video highlights of the US Strategic Growth Forum® 2018

Contact us

Have a question about our program? Contact us at eoysandiego@ey.com. We'd love to hear from you!

SD Program Director Tim Holl

Tim Holl
San Diego
Program Director

Tania Soudah

Tania Soudah
San Diego
Program Manager

Krissan Brion

Krissan Brion
San Diego
Program Coordinator