2018 Malta EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award nominations open


Nominations for the 2018 Malta EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award open today and will run until 9 th February. The competition is open to entrepreneurs from all sectors, established and new.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award was launched in the US in 1986 and has now
spread to 165 cities in over 60 countries. It is the worlds biggest and most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs and the only one with a truly global dimension.

The Maltese winner will be flown to Monaco to compete for the grand prize, the EY World
Entrepreneur of the Year™ Award. The event brings together national winners from more
than 60 countries, selected from a pool of over 5,000 nominees.

Entrepreneur of the Year™ alumni include some of the most influential, innovative and
exclusive entrepreneurs in the world; Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque de Soleil, Amazon founders Jeff Bezos and Reid Hoffman, Formula One’s Eddie Jordan, Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Howard Schultz of Starbucks to name a few.

Ambitious young entrepreneurs can apply too. The EY Rising Star Award will be presented
to a contender running a high-growth business that is generating excitement market. The
winner of this award will also attend the World Entrepreneur of the Year™ event.

Last year, Alfred Pisani, chairman of Corinthia Group, and David Vella, co-founder and
CEO, Altaro Software, won the Maltese EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ and EY Rising Star
awards. In June, they joined the winners from all over the world in Monaco.

Ronald Attard, managing partner at EY Malta, commented: “Malta has some great
entrepreneurs and we were delighted with the calibre of last year’s winners and nominees. It is truly rewarding for us to be giving, every year, a Maltese entrepreneur or business the
chance to compete with the worlds best and a shot at the title.”

“Watching Corinthia’s Alfred Pisani proudly compete against US winner Bill Marriot and
other global business leaders in Monaco was a fantastic experience. I highly encourage any
entrepreneur who is active in Malta to consider participating.”

To be eligible, nominees must either be Maltese or have been operating a company based in Malta for at least two years. Anyone, including employees, company advisors and financiers can nominate an entrepreneur, with the latters consent. Many of the nominations come from the entrepreneurs themselves.

Just being nominated can elevate a company’s profile through exposure to other
entrepreneurs, sponsors, judges and guests. The winners also benefit from significant
international visibility which could drive the next phase of their company’s growth.


The EY Entrepreneur of The Year Award™ is judged by an independent panel made up of
key figures from the Maltese business community. The 2018 judging panel includes Joseph
Gasan, chairman, Gasan Group; Bernie Mizzi, director, Chiswick House School and St
Martin’s College; Andy Beane, CEO, HSBC Bank Malta plc; Frank Farrugia, president,
Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry; and Paul Abela, president, GRTU.

To assess nominees, the judging panel looks for evidence of the following entrepreneurial
traits: entrepreneurial spirit and vision; financial performance and business growth;
innovation; community impact and personal integrity.

To apply and for further information visit www.eoymalta.com