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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Search begins for county's next top entrepreneurs

Published 18/02/2014 | 05:34

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At the launch of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 programme were Sandra Murray and Jeanette Kirwan (Sofrimar). Picture: Ger Hore

ENTREPRENEURS FROM across County Wexford attended the South East launch of the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre in New Ross.

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ENTREPRENEURS FROM across County Wexford attended the South East launch of the 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme at the Dunbrody Visitor Centre in New Ross.

Nominations for the competition officially opened on Thursday night as EY kicked off their nationwide search for Ireland's leading entrepreneurs. Those in attendance heard about the significant benefits of being part of the programme from previous finalists Fred Karlsson (DoneDeal.ie) and Leslie Bates (Sofrimar).

Known globally as one of the most prestigious business accolades for entrepreneurs, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland programme has transformed over the past 16 years into an intensive development programme for the best entrepreneurs across Ireland.

As part of the programme, this year's 24 finalists will join a group of 150 entrepreneurs, all previous finalists and winners of EY Entrepreneur of the Year, for a week-long CEO Retreat taking place between Seattle and Vancouver. The intensive week will include world-class executive education sessions as well as master classes with renowned entrepreneurs and CEOs of some of the world's biggest multinationals.

The awards programme is divided into three categories – emerging, industry and international – with eight finalists chosen in each category by the independent panel of judges.

Chaired by Padraig Ó Céidigh and made up of former EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners, the independent judging panel includes Denis O'Brien, Anne Heraty, Liam Casey, Jerry Kennelly, Terry Clune, Brian Long, Ed Harty, Michael Carey, Pat McDonagh and representatives from InterTradeIreland, Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland.

The competition is open to high-performing entrepreneurs across the island of Ireland from every sector, as well as nominations from the general public.

Speaking from the launch event, Partner-in-Charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Frank O'Keeffe urged Wexford-based entrepreneurs to put themselves forward as potential nominees.

'The benefits of being involved in this programme aren't limited to the winners. Every finalist is inducted into our influential community of over 350 previous EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists from across the island. This close-knit network of entrepreneurs provides unrivalled support and mentorship from the very best in their peer group as well as access to a worldwide network that is indispensable to any entrepreneur with global ambitions,' he said.

Individuals who wish to put themselves forward or nominate an entrepreneur with their consent, can fill out the online nomination form at www.eoy.ie or call the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year team for further information on 01 221 2250. The deadline for nominations is Monday, March 17.

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