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Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year (CEY)

Cornell University and Entrepreneurship@Cornell honor one Cornell alumnus or alumna each year as the Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year at a gala dinner in his/her honor on campus during the annual Entrepreneurship@Cornell Celebration.

This award recognizes the achievements and qualities of a Cornellian who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by meeting the following criteria:

  • Started and successfully managed a business, contributed substantially to the turnaround or growth of a business, or managed a larger business in a way that has demonstrated notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements.
  • Contributed to the private enterprise system in ways that are an inspiration to others.
  • Used his or her business skills and creativity to enrich humanity.
  • Conducted his or her business and personal relationships with the highest integrity.

For information on nomination procedures, click here.