PROGRAMME
INFO

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme passionately believes in promoting entrepreneurship across the island of Ireland and empowering entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in Ireland, Northern Ireland and around the world.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme not only ensures national and international recognition for successful finalists and Alumni but also provides an invaluable network and business opportunity within a growing, 470+ strong EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Alumni community.

The following criteria should be met to be considered for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ programme:

  • The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme is an all-island programme
  • Nominees must own a minimum of 5% of the company (publicly listed companies will be assessed on a case-by-case basis)
  • Nominees must be primarily responsible for the recent performance of a company
  • Nominees must either be Irish or running a company based on the island of Ireland
  • The nominee’s company must be trading for a minimum of two years (companies with a long R&D process pre-commencement of trading are dealt with on a case-by-case basis)

If nominees have previously applied and not been shortlisted for the final 24, our independent judging panel welcome and encourage them to apply again.

Some of our previous finalists, and even winners, have successfully been invited into the programme after multiple applications.

While many of our nominations come from the entrepreneurs themselves, anyone, including employees, company advisors and financiers, can nominate a successful entrepreneur, with the entrepreneur’s consent.

Structure

Each entrepreneur will be placed into one of three categories by our independent judging panel.

  1. Emerging Category
    Nominees in the emerging category run businesses that have been trading for a minimum of 2 years. They are high-potential, dynamic, resourceful and “ones-to-watch” for the future.
  2. Industry Category
    These entrepreneurs are significant employers on the island of Ireland and are mainly focused on the Irish and UK markets. They are market leaders in their sectors.
  3. International Category
    The international category consists of entrepreneurs who are global players. Their companies operate in multiple markets across the globe and can be headquartered here in Ireland, Northern Ireland or overseas.

When reviewing the judging reports, our independent judging panel look for evidence of eight specific entrepreneurial traits:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and vision
  • Financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Strategic direction
  • Sustainability and growth in employee numbers
  • Industry impact
  • Community impact and personal integrity
  • Risk management

Being a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme has the following benefits:

  • Membership of our EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Alumni community and access to one of the best entrepreneurial networks on the island of Ireland
  • Significant media profiling opportunities across print, TV, radio and online
  • An invitation to the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ CEO Retreat
  • A bespoke EY Entrepreneurial Services Workshop with senior EY partners
  • Business development opportunities with our sponsor agencies
  • A table of ten at our EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Gala Awards Dinner

Our overall winner will be chosen from one of our 3 category winners; Emerging, Industry and International.

The overall winner is declared EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and will go on to represent Ireland at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™.

INITIATIVES

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Alumni Community & Alumni Board

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Alumni Community is a voluntary, organised group of Irish entrepreneurs who share the common experience of having been chosen as finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme on the island of Ireland.

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EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Alumni App

The power of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme lies within the Alumni Community. To maximise this potential and help the Alumni connect more easily and effectively, the Alumni Board developed the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Alumni App / Website.

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Soul of Haiti/Haven

The Soul of Haiti’s mission has been to exercise its expertise to improve the economic and social circumstances of communities in Haiti in a practical, sustainable manner.

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IRFU Mentoring Programme and IRUPA

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme has paired a number of our Alumni with current and former players of the Irish international rugby team. The aim of this initiative is to challenge our Alumni to use their skills, knowledge and experience to help players maximise their potential now and prepare for life after professional rugby.

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CONTACT
US
Kevin McLoughlin
Partner Lead
Office: +353 1 221 2478
PA: +353 1 221 1932
eoy@ie.ey.com
Sean Duffy
Programme Director
Office: +353 1 221 1134
PA: +353 1 221 1626
sduffy@uk.ey.com
Clara Magee
Senior Programme Manager
Office: +353 1479 2143
Mobile: +353 87 776 4330
clara.magee@ie.ey.com
Siobhan Davis
Programme Manager
Office: +353 1 221 1245
Mobile: +353 87 195 0169
siobhan.davis@ie.ey.com
James Sullivan
EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Team
Office: +353 1 221 1990
Mobile: +353 87 794 5725
james.sullivan@ie.ey.com
Eimear McCrann
EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Team
Office: +353 1 221 1507
Mobile: +353 87 053 4011
eimear.mccrann@ie.ey.com
Mark Darby
EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Team
Office: +353 1 221 1262
Mobile: +353 87 093 7819
mark.darby1@ie.ey.com
Barbara Nestor
EY Head of Communications and Media Relations
Office: +353 1 221 1233
Mobile: +353 87 926 8066
barbara.nestor@ie.ey.com
Liam McHale
EY Media Relations Consultant, ROI & NI
Office: +353 1 221 2895
Mobile: +353 87 055 8365
liam.mchale@ie.ey.com