The nominations for EY Entrepreneur of the Year verkiezingen have been announced!

This year marks the 27th edition of the entrepreneur’s prize

AMSTERDAM, 20th of June 2023 –The nominees for the title ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023’ have been announced. Ali Niknam (bunq), Eric van Schagen (Simac Techniek), Sezer Duygulu (Home of People) and Frank van de Ven (i-team Global), compete for the highest honour this year. In addition, 10 up-and-coming top entrepreneurs are competing for the title of ‘EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023’. This award goes to a successful, fast-growing and innovative entrepreneur with a company that has been in existence for less than ten years. In collaboration with Van Lanschot Kempen, the 27th edition of this prestigious prize was preceded by a reliable screening and selection procedure.

Marita de Hair, EY Nederland Partner Assurance and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Leader:  

“I am proud of the great list of candidates who are participating in this year’s competition. Inspiring entrepreneurs from various sectors with a curious desire for how things can be done differently and better.”

Entrepreneurs in the Spotlight

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program is organised by consultancy and accountancy organisation EY in more than sixty countries worldwide. In the Netherlands, the program is experiencing its 27th edition this year. Program leaders Marita de Hair and Erik de Heer selected a group of unique entrepreneurs who also make a difference in social areas and sustainability. This year too, all entrepreneurs are market leaders in their sector and distinguish themselves through innovation, vision, guts, financial stability and resilience. The program is intended to put entrepreneurship in the spotlight, to encourage and support entrepreneurs to get the best out of themselves, their clients and their employees.

Active participation program

The entrepreneurs are actively involved in the program and are prepared through various workshops such as pitch training. The independent jury consists of top entrepreneurs and former candidates who ask the right questions from practice to bring out the best in them. The 14 nominated entrepreneurs in total will present themselves to the independent jury on 6 September. This jury selects the finalists. The winners will be announced during the final on October 4th. For the composition of the jury, see: jury 2023



Nominees EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023

Bunq  Ali Niknam 
Simac Techniek  Eric van Schagen 
Home of People  Sezer Duygulu
i-team Global Frank van de Ven

Nominees EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 

Matt Sleeps  Joep Verbunt 
In Ovo  Wouter Bruins 
Whoppah  Thomas Bunnik 
HappySoaps  Marcel Koers 
EV Biotech  Linda Dijkshoorn 
PeelPioneers  Bas van Wieringen 
OpenUp  Gijs Coppens 
Rocycle  Rogier van Duyn 
Equalture  Charlotte Melkert 
Vedder & Vedder  Anne Vedder 


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