Entrepreneurs make a difference. They not only have great ideas, but also the drive to make them a reality. They use their fresh thinking and hard work to create positive social change -- bringing new concepts and products to market, and creating jobs and wealth.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program is the premier mark of world-class individuals leading world-class companies. It is a competitive award with an independently governed judging panel and a precise due diligence process that positions it above all others. It recognizes leaders who are driving successful, innovative businesses, and celebrates their exemplary performance.
EY 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 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program took place in 1986 in Milwaukee. By 1987, it was held across 11 U.S. cities. And in 1993, the program started to expand internationally. Today, the program spans more than 140 cities in 50 countries, which together represent more than 90 percent of the global economy.
Over the past five years, more than 6,500 entrepreneurs joined the Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni. A “who’s who” of both developed and emerging markets, these alumni include many household names. Over half of today’s top 100 NASDAQ companies have won Entrepreneur Of The Year, and most received the award before they achieved top 100 status.