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09th Jan 2019

Nominations for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019 are now open


You have until Friday, 15 February to apply.

Plenty of us have good business ideas, but it’s those who act on them that are truly worth commending. Taking that first step with a new business idea often feels like more of a leap, but hard-earned success is always the sweetest.

Now in its 22nd year, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ rewards those who are willing to back themselves. If you think your business has what it takes, then fill in the online application form.

You don’t have to be the CEO of a multinational corporation to be in with a chance. They are looking for men and women across all sectors, at all growth stages.

There will be eight different finalists chosen for each of the Emerging, Industry, and International categories. The overall winner will then represent Ireland in the World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards in Monte Carlo in June.

Entrepreneur Of The Year 2019

While winning the trophy is in itself a tremendous reward, the benefits are much longer-term. Of the 500 entrepreneurs who have benefitted from the awards, around three quarters have conducted business amongst each other further down the line.

Having access to, and building a relationship with, a pool of Ireland’s most successful entrepreneurs would be of help to any business. There is also a week-long trip to Hong Kong to allow the 2019 finalists to get to know each other.

Just as it is with any success story, it’s the people behind businesses that truly stand out. As part of our Architects of Business series, we speak to some of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winner for 2006 Anne Heraty said: “I’m looking forward to hearing the stories of the entrepreneurs we will meet in 2019 and watching them develop over the course of the programme. The importance of entrepreneurship as a leading source of innovation, job creation and global economic growth is becoming increasingly clear.”