Nominations open for 2023 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme


*2023 Programme will celebrate The Art of Entrepreneurship

The Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme 2023 is now open for nominations. Entrepreneurs from emerging, established, and international businesses operating across all industry sectors across the island of Ireland are invited to submit their nominations between now and 2 March 2023.

The theme for this year’s programme is The Art of Entrepreneurship. This year EY will recognise and celebrate entrepreneurs who apply their unique vision and skill to create and build businesses that leave a valuable and lasting impact on the local communities and the economies in which they operate.

Roger Wallace, Partner Lead for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland, explained further:  “We are very excited to invite entrepreneurs from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to submit their nominations for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 programme. Over the past 26 years this programme has gone from strength to strength and has become an important part of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. The impact of our indigenous business sector, both locally and globally, is hugely significant. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Programme exists to celebrate and inspire talented and brave entrepreneurs who seize the opportunity to do things differently and achieve great success in the process.

At EY we are proud to support entrepreneurs who are actively seeking to take their businesses to the next level. Over the years, we’ve had applications from a diverse range of sectors including tech, life sciences, food, construction, retail, manufacturing and more. We are keen to receive nominations, across industries, age groups, gender, location, and background. In addition, to being part of our exciting awards programme, the selected finalists will join our illustrious alumni – a truly unique group of leading entrepreneurs who continuously support and drive each other to ever greater heights.”

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni community comprises over 580 entrepreneurs representing some of the greatest business minds across the island of Ireland. Collectively these businesses employ more than 200,000 people and generate revenues in excess of €23 billion.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme is open to entrepreneurs from all sectors and growth stages in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The awards programme is divided into three categories – Emerging, Established, and International – with eight finalists chosen per category. The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Sustainability Award will also be presented to one of the finalists in recognition of their business’ significant contribution towards achieving and ensuring environmental sustainability.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Sustainability award recognises entrepreneurs who are making a genuine difference in the critical area of environmental sustainability. This award celebrates those business leaders who are taking an innovative approach to provide sustainable solutions to today’s important environmental challenges and ultimately to protect the future of our planet for future generations,” added Roger.

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

Speaking at the launch, Anne Heraty, CEO of CPL Resources plc and Chairperson of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Judging Panel said:  “While the business environment remains challenging, entrepreneurs have been relentless in their pursuit of excellence. They remain as committed as ever to playing their part in strengthening and supporting the resilience of our communities and economies in an uncertain climate. We know there are many more brilliant and creative Irish entrepreneurs who are achieving incredible success in their sectors.  I encourage these entrepreneurs to take the opportunity to submit their nominations for this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme. Having been involved with the programme for over 17 years I know first-hand the value of being part of it.”  

Anyone interested can find out more or complete an online nomination form at Those nominating someone else must do so with the entrepreneur’s consent.