Follow in the footsteps of The Shed Distillery's Pat Rigney by entering EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 programme

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Now in its 23rd year in Ireland, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year2020 programme nominations are officially open.

Leitrim entrepreneurs are encouraged to put themselves forward to follow in the footsteps of well-known Leitrim businessman Pat Rigney, from Drumshanbo-based The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, who was a finalist in 2018.

As yet, Leitrim has had no category winners in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme.

Roger Wallace, new Partner Lead for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland said: “The launch of the programme is an exciting time for all of us here at EY. This year we are keen to see an even broader range and diversity of nominees, across industries, age, gender, location and background.

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“We’ve seen a steady but gradual increase in the number of women nominated in recent years, but we want 2020 to be the year where we see a more significant jump. It’s important to us that the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme accurately reflects the fabric of the entrepreneurial landscape across the entire island of Ireland.

“That’s why we’re urging all Leitrim entrepreneurs to consider putting themselves forward, and for people to encourage entrepreneurs in their families and networks to get involved.”

The programme is open to entrepreneurs from all sectors and growth stages in the Republic and Northern Ireland. The awards programme is divided into three categories - Emerging, Industry and International - with eight finalists chosen per category. 24 finalists will be selected by an independent judging panel, comprising former winners and chaired by Anne Heraty of CPL Resources plc.

Anyone interested can find out more or complete an online nomination form at www.eoy.ie. Those nominating someone else must do so with the entrepreneur’s consent.

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What finalists can expect

This year’s 24 finalists will engage in a strategic growth programme over a 10-month period which includes a week-long CEO Retreat to South Africa. As part of this international retreat, the finalists will join a group of more than 100 previous finalists and winners of the programme where they will meet a range of world-class entrepreneurs, businesspeople and academics based in Africa.

The finalists will also be welcomed into a community of 525 peers in the Irish EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ community. To date, more than three quarters of the alumni of the programme have conducted business with one another.

The programme will include executive education sessions; networking fora; extensive media profiling; the annual Gala Awards Dinner. An award is presented for each category, and an overall winner will be announced at the EY Entrepreneur Of The YearAwards in October. The overall winner will represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards in Monte Carlo the following June.

The EY Entrepreneur Of The YearIreland programme is supported by Premium Corporate Sponsor Julius Baer International, and Government sponsors Enterprise Ireland and Invest Northern Ireland. For further information, please visit www.eoy.ie.