EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Hosted by Ernst & Young, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. And we are lucky — Utah is the only state that has an award for social entrepreneurs. The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors leaders and organizations that have developed innovative ways to solve complex social problems, had deep impact, and created significant social value.

Congratulations 2016 EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists

  • Winner: Joseph Carbone, Eye Care 4 Kids
  • Gail Loveland, National Ability Center
  • Davis Smith, Cotopaxi

View Past Finalists

Past Awardees
  • John Lauck, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (2015)
  • Anne Burkholder, YWCA Utah
  • Erin Trenbeath, Salt Lake CAP Head Start, Murray
  • Preston Cochran, AAA Fair Credit
  • Matthew Minkevitch, The Road Home
  • Alan Ainsworth, 4th Street Clinic, Wasatch Homeless Health
Past Finalists
  • Gail Loveland, National Ability Center (2015)
  • Mike Washburn, Thanksgiving Point (2015)
  • Artspace
  • Columbus Community Services
  • Envision Utah
  • The Downtown Alliance
  • Odyssey House
  • Valley Services
  • Utah Youth Village
  • Salt Lake CAP Head Start
  • Spy Hop Productions
  • The Waterford Institute

How to Participate

EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year participants gain exceptional opportunities to network with other business leaders in the Utah region. Participants complete an extensive, rigorous judging process. Judging criteria include:

  • Innovation – The entrepreneur has brought about social change with an innovative produce, service, or approach.
  • Sustainability – The organization generates revenues from sources other than traditional donations. The organization can be non- or for-profit, but will have clear differences from a traditional charity or a company that has a profit as an end in itself. Direct positive social impact – The entrepreneur has founded, developed and implemented the initiative directly.
  • Role model – The entrepreneur should be a role model for future social entrepreneurs, with unquestionable integrity.
  • Reach and scope – The initiative can spread and be successfully adapted to other settings.
  • Scalability – The initiative is adaptable and scalable and the entrepreneur is open to sharing tools and techniques for successful adaptation, approach, or technology and creates a culture of innovation.

Check back in December 2016 for more information about the 2017 program timeline. pdfClick here to view the 2016 nominee guide. 

Learn more about the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.