Nomination Process:

Eligibility Guidelines

  • The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 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
  • Turnover in excess of €1 million or £1 million.
  • The nominee’s company must be trading for a minimum of two years (companies with a long R&D process pre-commencement of trading, early stage life sciences and technology companies and companies that have received significant investment 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 welcomes and encourages them to apply multiple times. 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

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