The 17th EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Forum is underway in Monaco, celebrating entrepreneurial success.
Nearly 60 entrepreneurs from 49 countries will vie for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year title, according to a press release about the event. The winner will be announced in the next few days.
The finalists have combined revenues of nearly $50 billion, with combined growth revenue of 42 percent over the past several years. These entrepreneurs have more than 420,000 employees collectively.
A number of talks, summits and panel discussions will take place during the event. A meeting on uncertainty encourages attendees to challenge conventional thought and share disruptive ideas that lead to growth.
"While there can only be one EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winner, all of our country winners have demonstrated the tenacity, agility, strategic vision and relentless focus on execution that are required to succeed as an entrepreneur," Bryan Pearce, EY Global Leader – EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, said in the release. "This event is not only a celebration of all of these inspiring individuals, but it is also an opportunity to recognize the power of entrepreneurship in today's business landscape. Entrepreneurs innovate new products, services and business processes, and positively disrupt industries, which leads to economic growth."
Some of the winners for individual countries include J.W. "Bill" Marriott, Junior of Marriott International Inc. from the United States and Peter Beck of Rocket Lab from New Zealand.
The key winner will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of former winners and other entrepreneurs.