Last call for Ulster entrepreneurs to enter awards
Northern Ireland's top tycoons are being urged to apply for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition before the closing date of February 22.
Former local winners of the all-island competition include Belfast-based Kainos chief executive Brendan Mooney, who won last year, and 2009 winner Brian Conlon, the founder and chief executive of First Derivatives in Newry.
Entrants can choose from three categories, emerging, industrial and international.
Later this year, 24 finalists from across the island of Ireland will be chosen to compete in the grand final.
Last year, Mr Mooney was among six finalists from Northern Ireland.
Rob Heron, a partner at EY in Belfast, said: "We're especially excited about this year's programme as it's now in its 20th year and we really want to ensure that this year's finalists reap the benefits of this monumental occasion.
"Over a 10-month period, the 24 selected finalists will engage in a hugely rewarding programme of activities geared towards accelerating their professional growth and development.
"Last year, I was incredibly proud when one of our six Northern Irish finalists, Kainos' Brendan Mooney, emerged as the overall winner at the Entrepreneur of the Year awards."