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EOY Japan 2006 April 23, 2006

Posted by fukumimi in Japan, VC.
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The “Entrepreneur of the Year” Awards programme was started by Ernst & Young in 1986, to “honor entrepreneurial men and women and the companies they build and grow”.

Past winners of the US EoY programme include Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Inc., Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corp.

A World Entrepreneur of the Year programme has been going since 2001, with previous winners including Narayana Murthy of Infosys Technologies and Wayne Huizenga, owner of the Miami Dolphins, who has founded 3 Fortune 500 companies including Waste Management, Inc. and Blockbuster Entertainment.

The Japanese version, “Entrepreneur of the Year Japan” supported by Ernst & Young ShinNihon, is now in its sixth year.

My colleague is the chairperson of the nominations committee, and I have been invited to sit on the committee and sift through the nominations and interview the nominees.

Nominations close on 30th June, and the details are on the EoY Japan website…..

A new feature launched this year is a EoY Japan community blog portal, featuring blogs from entrepreneurs who have featured in past EoY Japan competitions, EoY Japan judges, and members of the nominations committee. This is part of an initiative to transform EoY Japan from just an annual awards event to a community where fellow entrepreneurs can meet and interact with eachother. As well as the “virtual” component represented by the blog community portal, there are some “real”/”live” events, the first of which was a panel discussion and networking event held on the 6th of April.

We hope that the new initiatives are of value to entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and the other other people that support and make up the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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