Kerry Businesspeople Urged To Enter EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Competition

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Anne Heraty, Chairperson of the judging panel;and Kevin McLoughlin, Partner, EY, at the launch of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 competition.

NOW in its 21st Year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 programme has officially opened for nominations from Kerry.

The theme of this year’s programme is “Ambition” and all sectors and businesses of all sizes are invited to submit their nominations until  February 16. The 24 finalists for 2018 will be announced on April 23.

Kerry’s entrepreneurs are encouraged to put themselves forward to follow in the footsteps of well-known Kerry business people: Brian McCarthy, Fexco; Jerry Kennelly, Stockbyte; Alan Scroope, Freeflow; Mike Fitzgerald, Altobridge and Edmund Harty, Dairymaster; who have all won category awards in the programme over the last 21 years.

The successful finalists will have the opportunity to connect, learn and do business with the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni network, which consists of almost 500 of Ireland’s most successful business people.

The finalists will get an opportunity to participate in the renowned international CEO Retreat which is designed to help Irish entrepreneurs transform their thinking and vision through executive education. They will also gain significant profiling, nationally and internationally.


The awards programme is divided into three categories – Emerging, Industry and International – with 8 finalists chosen per category.

The 24 finalists will be selected by an independent panel of judges, comprised of former EOY winners and chaired by Anne Heraty of CPL Resources plc.

Individuals who wish to put themselves forward or nominate an entrepreneur with their consent, can fill out the online nomination form at www.eoy.ieor call the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year team for further information at The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 16.

The finalists will engage in a strategic growth programme over a 10-month period which includes a week-long CEO Retreat.

As part of this international retreat, this year’s 24 finalists will join a group of more than 100 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme, and meet CEOs and entrepreneurs from some of the world’s biggest multinational companies.

The programme will include executive education sessions, the annual Gala Awards Dinner and many additional finalist benefits.

In addition they will receive significant media profiling. An award is presented for each category, and an overall winner is announced as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in October.

That person will go on to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monaco in June 2019. To apply to enter for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year click here

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