The Search is on in New York for EY's 2014 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs

Nominations are open for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Awards, celebrating innovative business leaders who turn vision into reality

Feb 04, 2014, 09:00 ET from EY

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EY is calling for nominations for the 28th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the country. The program has a firm deadline of March 14, 2014 for nominations, with the New York awards ceremony scheduled for June 17th, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Each year, EY showcases successful entrepreneurs from more than 150 cities in 60 countries. In 2013, 10 entrepreneurs leading companies from New York were selected as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners. Past award winners in New York include: David Jaffe, President and CEO of Ascena Retail Group, Inc., Daniel Lubetzky, CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks and Jon Oringer, Founder and CEO of Shutterstock.

A look at some of these companies, more than 650 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 finalists, reveals how they are surpassing benchmarks for high impact entrepreneurship by a large margin.  They particularly excel in the areas of revenue growth, with median sales growth of more than 30% per year in each of the last two years, and growth in average headcount of more than 30% over the same period.

"At EY, it's through our Entrepreneur Of The Year Program that we have had the privilege of getting to know many high impact entrepreneurs," said Mike Kacsmar, Americas Director, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. "The entrepreneurs we have honored are creating disruptive companies and causing a positive ripple effect in our communities, our capital markets and our economy."

Award winners are selected in a number of industry categories by a panel of independent regional judges, including previous winners of the award, leading CEOs and private capital investors and other regional business leaders. Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders.

"This program honors the outstanding entrepreneurs in our region," said Carmine Romano, EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Co-Director for New York. "These entrepreneurs make our community a better place by providing jobs, developing new products and services, and encouraging economic development. They deserve our support and recognition."

Past regional award winners have included Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN.  Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, Hamdi Ulukaya founder of Chobani, and 2013 winner Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honors entrepreneurs regionally in June. All regional honorees are then invited to the Entrepreneur Of The Year National gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 15, 2014 in Palm Springs, California. The gala is the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. For more information on the EY Strategic Growth Forum, please visit

The US Overall National winner will go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year title in Monaco in June 2015.

Awards criteria

To qualify, entrepreneurs must be the founder or an executive who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business early in its life cycle or during its growth. Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee. The firm deadline for 2014 nominations is March 14.

Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include not only company founders, but also leaders of multi-generation family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs. Additionally, the nominee's company must be at least two years old.

Information is available at For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in New York please visit:   To nominate a candidate, please visit the secure application site.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP Americas and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In New York, local sponsors include: Marsh, Merrill Corporation, Empire Valuation Consultants, Scherzer International, HSBC Bank, DLA Piper, Murray Devine, Marks Paneth and Solomon Edwards Group.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 150 cities in more than 60 countries.

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