EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year

EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Photo by Eric Delphenich

Celebrating Utah's brightest social entrepreneurs

We believe innovation and entrepreneurship are a critical part of addressing our greatest social challenges. 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 to have an award for social entrepreneurs. The EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors and champions leaders and organizations that have developed innovative solutions to complex social problems that leave a lasting and significant impact. 

Congratulations 2019 EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Winner

Chris Conard, Playworks Utah

How to Participate

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.

See the 2019 EY Timeline here.

Learn more about the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.