Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2011 Search Kicks Off

The SGV Foundation launched the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2011 (EOYP) program on March 1, 2011 on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) cable television show On The Scene.

Prior to the launch, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the SGV Foundation and its co-presenters, namely: De La Salle University, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Development Bank of the Philippines, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

The search is open to all Filipino entrepreneurs. To be eligible, a nominee has to be a Filipino business owner or founder who is primarily responsible for the growth of his or her company. The nominee must still be active in business, which must have been in operation for at least two years. A completed nomination form, audited financial statements and other documents are required for a nomination to be considered for further judging.

There will be five award categories for this year: Master Entrepreneur, Small Business Entrepreneur, Social Entrepreneur, Tourism Entrepreneur and Woman Entrepreneur. From among these category winners will emerge the EOYP 2011, who will represent the country in the 2012 World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco in June 2012.

The theme for the 2011 program is “Shine.” SGV Foundation Chair C. Noel shares, “To be an entrepreneur is to be a beacon, a shining ray of hope and inspiration. To have dreams that burn bright with passion. To blaze the trail, that others may follow in their footsteps. The Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2011program salutes the courage, spirit and determination of our Filipino entrepreneurs, and the indispensable contribution that they make to our people and our economy. Through their works, their stories and their convictions, they show us all what it means to truly shine.”

Nomination ends on June 30, 2011. For nomination forms and other information, the EOYP secretariat can be contacted at 891-0307 local 7766 or e-mail at eoy.info@ph.ey.com.

In Davao and Cebu, members of the business communities and media attended a presentation on the EOYP 2011 on April 27 and May 9, 2011, respectively. Through these events, the EOYP program hopes to attract more nominees and give them the opportunity to share their success stories and be an inspiration to their fellow entrepreneurs.

EOYP 2010 winner Tennyson Chen recently came back from Monte Carlo, Monaco where he represented the Philippines in the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Awards.

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