Cork Entrepreneurs – Nominations for 25th EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme are now open

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) programme is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Ireland this year and officially opens its call for nominations today.

The organisation are calling for Entrepreneurs across Cork, from start-ups to established organisations, across all sectors of Cork.

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

Nomination applications can be submitted between now and the 28th of February 2022.

Fermoy’s Brian O’Sullivan, CEO, Zeus Packaging, won the overall EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in 2021 and commented on his experience of the programme:

“Entrepreneurs tend to be obsessive and when we set our sights on a goal, we put all our energies into reaching it. Being named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, validating years of hard work and ambition, and opening up a whole new business network for Zeus.”

John Higgins, a Partner at EY Cork, spoke about the anniversary of the programme, saying:

“The 25th anniversary of the programme is a fantastic milestone and it’s an excellent opportunity to pause, reflect on and celebrate the truly meaningful impact that a generation of entrepreneurs have made to business and life across the island of Ireland. What we have seen over the last two years in particular has cemented our belief that entrepreneurs are special. Our alumni of over 560 entrepreneurs represent the very best of innovation, bravery and leadership, building world class businesses, creating employment and inspiring others to become change makers in their own right. We start this 25th year of the programme with optimism and a strong belief that the health of Irish entrepreneurship is stronger than ever.

“We are proud to continue to support entrepreneurs who are actively seeking to take their businesses to the next level and we are keen to hear from a broad array of nominees, across industries, age, gender, location and background. I am also personally very excited at the prospect of welcoming another cohort of tremendously talented entrepreneurs to this unique and incredibly supportive group.”

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



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