Local entrepreneur Eleanor McEvoy, of Budget Energy, will this week go head-to-head with Ireland’s top entrepreneurial heavyweights to compete for the esteemed title of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.
From financial services and technology to agriculture and manufacturing, the 24 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists span a diverse range of sectors, collectively employing over 6,000 people and generating revenues of more than €1 billion.
More than 1,300 business leaders from across Ireland will descend on the Citywest Hotel, Dublin, this Thursday for the gala event.
“This year’s 24 finalists represent the best innovation, product and service offerings scaling into global markets that Ireland has to offer,” said Frank O’Keeffe, Partner-in-Charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year.
“We look forward to celebrating their individual success stories and applauding the contribution they have made to the island of Ireland in terms of innovation and job creation.”
A winner will be selected from each of three categories and, from these three winners, an overall winner will be announced as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013.
The overall winner will then go on to represent Ireland at World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monte Carlo in June 2014.
The winners are selected by an independent panel of judges chaired by Padraig Ó Céidigh. The judging panel includes previous EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners Denis O’Brien, Anne Heraty, Michael Carey, Liam Casey, Jerry Kennelly, Liam Shanahan, Brian Long and Pat McDonagh.
Hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan and Mark Little, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards will be televised live on RTE 1 at 10.50pm.
Before launching Budget Energy, Eleanor McEvoy built and sold two other businesses, Pembroke Distributors, a food distribution and vending company which she sold in 2001, and Phonecard Warehouse, sold in 2006 with a net turnover of €50 million.