We are well aware of how precious time is to someone running their own business. That is why our nomination process is designed to be as quick and easy as possible for all categories and nominees. Click here to apply now.

*Please ensure you have selected the correct EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme country


Eligibility Guidelines

  • EOY 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 the company
  • Nominees must either be Irish or running a company based on the island of Ireland (PLEASE NOTE: Companies who have selected the Ireland program (but are headquartered elsewhere) – please include your Irish address in the headquarters field to ensure that you are included for consideration in the EOY Ireland program.
  • 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 to the final 24, our 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.


Judging panel and criteria 

The independent panel of judges is comprised of past Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners, along with representatives from our sponsor agencies. The judging criteria includes a thorough assessment of:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and vision
  • Financial performance
  • Strategic direction
  • Risk management
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability and growth
  • Industry impact
  • Community impact
  • Personal integrity


Nomination Process:

Step 1

Please fill out the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ nomination form which will be available during the nominations window, 8th January – 16th February 2018. Nomination forms will be subject to an initial screening process by our assessment panel, which may include a follow-up phone call if additional information is required. Before filling out a nomination form, you will need to register on the system – this allows you to revert back to your nomination form at any time to update (clicking the ‘Save’ button whenever you make any changes) and only submit the form when you are ready to do so.

The information required in the nomination form includes – nominee and company details and description, contact details and top line financial data. All information is kept strictly confidential and is only shared with the EY interviewers and our independent judging panel.

Step 2

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2018 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme is 16th February 2018.

Step 3

If your nomination is successful, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ team will schedule an interview with senior EY personnel, and a comprehensive and confidential report will be written on you and your company for submission to the independent judging panel.

Step 4

After carefully reviewing these reports, our independent judging panel will meet in April 2018 to decide who our 24 finalists will be for 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: We only require top level information at this stage. In the “Narratives” section, we will cover this in more detail should you progress to the interview stage. Please feel free to write N/A here. Also please note, if you do not have a postcode, enter N/A.

Please note that your entries are not automatically saved so it is strongly advised that you periodically save your work as you complete the nomination form. You can save your form by going to the end of the nomination form and clicking on the ‘Save’ button and return anytime to complete.

General guidance on completing and submitting the nomination form

The nomination form has been designed to be as simple as possible for you to complete, while providing the EOY team and the judging panel with sufficient information to support the screening and judging processes.

The form should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and submit. To fill out the form within this time, we recommend that you have the following information readily available prior to starting to complete the form: nominee contact details, general company information and the company’s financial statements for the past three years.

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