Nominations open for 2023 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme

Launching this year's EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme are (back): Jeremy Fitch, executive director, Invest Northern Ireland; Rob Heron, managing partner, EY Northern Ireland; Mairead Mackle, founder and CEO, Tarasis Enterprises; (seated): Martin McKay, founder and CEO Texthelp & EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland 2022 and Jonathan Dobbin, head of UK Regions, Julius Baer International

2023 Programme will celebrate 'The Art of Entrepreneurship'



24 January 2023

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The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) programme 2023 is now officially 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.

Rob Heron, partner lead for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in Northern Ireland said the initiative was excited to invite entrepreneurs from Northern Ireland to submit their nominations.

“Over the past 26 years this programme has gone from strength to strength and has become an important part of our entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Heron said. “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.”

“We are keen to receive nominations, across industries, age groups, gender, location, and background,” he added. “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.”

Indeed, 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 £20 billion (€23 billion).

Martin McKay, founder and CEO of Antrim-based Texthelp was named International and overall EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland in 2022.

“Entrepreneurship is a challenging and exciting thing to have in your life. It is not for everybody,” McKay said. “The EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme brings 24 like-minded people together for an incredible year of learning.  I was hugely honoured to win in 2022 and have made friends for life with an outstanding group of people.  I can wholeheartedly recommend this programme and I encourage any entrepreneur considering getting involved to go for it!”

Programme details

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme is open to entrepreneurs from all sectors and growth stages in Northern Ireland and the Republic of 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,” Heron added. “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.

EOY Judging Panel

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

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland programme is supported by Premium Corporate Sponsor Julius Baer International, and Government sponsors Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.

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.






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