Wanted: A Maltese Entrepreneur Who Can Impress The World

Do you have what it takes to be flown to Monte Carlo and crowned Entrepreneur of the Year?

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Are you a Maltese entrepreneur so good you could serve as an inspiration to the rest of the world? Well, now's your time to shine. The EY Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) contest has finally come to Malta and we need someone to really represent. 

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Ever since 1986, Ernst & Young has annually honoured different entrepreneurs from all around the world, gathering in Monte Carlo to crown the Entrepreneur of the Year. 

To give you a perspective of the scope of this award, past winners included the minds behind Dell Computers, Starbucks, Amazon, LinkedIn and Google. Of course, in the three decades since the award's conception, much has changed in the world, and the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award has come to incorporate a multitude of different awards spread over 70 countries. It has evolved into the world's biggest and most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, with 5,000 nominees and 1,200 finalists added each year. 

And this year, Malta finally gets the chance to compete!

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Now, you too can be a part of this amazing night honouring your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. If you have an active managerial role and hold a significant stake in an at least two-year-old business with its core operations in Malta run by a management team of at least three team members, then your road to Monte Carlo is already paved for you.

Nomination forms are open until 20th February, and can be filled here. From there, it's a 45-minute interview with EY, another 45-minute meeting of the jury (see below), and then it's straight to the award ceremony on 16th March. Here, the finalists and winners are honoured, and one lucky entrepreneur will be flown to Monaco to compete with over 120 of the world's most successful entrepreneurs. The whole process couldn't be more straightforward, but the payoff is as rewarding as it is unforgettable. 

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These are the Maltese judges you will get to meet and impress 

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From left to right: Joseph Gasan, chairman of Gasan Group Ltd, Anton Borg, president of the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, Bernie Mizzi, director Chiswick House School and St Martin’s College, Juanito Camilleri, professor at University of Malta and Joseph Portelli, chairman of Malta Stock Exchange.

So do you know someone who deserves to be crowned Malta's Entrepreneur of the Year? Tag them in the comments and let's get our tiny island on the entrepreneurial map!