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EY Hunts for Entrepreneur of the Year

by Caroline Vutagwa
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Ernst & Young (EY) is on the hunt for Eastern Africa’s leading entrepreneurs to represent the region at the 2015 EY World Entrepreneur Award®, held in Monte Carlo.

Nominations for the Eastern Africa chapter of the program are open today. And EY is encouraging the public and entrepreneurs to nominate, or self nominate, potential candidates. This can be done by logging onto and nominations close on 18th October 2014.

There are three competitive categories: Master, Emerging and Winning Women. And in certain years a Lifetime Award is given to celebrate entrepreneurial icons, who have left an enduring legacy on Eastern Africa’s working world.

The EY World Entrepreneur Award is the first and only truly global award of its kind. For the past 28 years the programme has encouraged entrepreneurial spirit among those with potential and recognised the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievements.

EY Eastern Africa CEO Gitahi Gachahi says, “At EY we think about Eastern Africa as an entrepreneurial hot spot. This will be our fourth edition of the Eastern Africa chapter of The EY World Entrepreneur Award. In the 2013 programme we had a historical year, with women entrepreneurs sweeping up all the Awards.”

“The calibre of all our Eastern Africa programme participants – whether they are winners or not – is outstanding. They are world-class leaders and visionaries, operating successfully in complex and sometimes challenging markets. Even those who don’t win an award, benefit from spending time with other entrepreneurs over the course of the programme.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year program recognises entrepreneurs through regional, national and global awards in more than 140 cities in over 50 countries. Finalists and sponsors alike are exposed to networking opportunities and increased profile. The Eastern Africa chapter will culminate in the regional awards at a gala dinner scheduled for November 27th 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Eastern Africa Master Category winner shall in February 2015 be inducted into the world entrepreneur hall of fame and compete for EY World Entrepreneur of the Year title.

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