EY Canada, the global accounting and consulting group, has extended the deadline for its 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year competition until April 30.

EY each year holds regional competitions across the country, and the Atlantic region in any given year produces about 25 to 35 finalists in a range of categories. One of the categories is Emerging Company, which looks for two- to five-year-old companies.  

An independent panel of judges will name winners in each category, and one of the category winners will be named overall Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year. That winner will then compete with winners from Québec, Ontario, Prairies and Pacific regions for the Canadian EOY title. The Canadian winner will go on to compete with winners from more than 50 countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur of the Year next year.

You can enter here. The website may say the deadline is April 22, but organizers said they will accept entries until the end of the month.

To enter, you must meet these criteria:

• Owner or manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance and an active member of top management;

• You must have had this role for at least two years, dating back from the time of the application deadline.

• Non-founding entrepreneurs are eligible if the individual manages the business and assumes the associated risks.

• Co-nominees are eligible if they share leadership responsibilities at the company.

• The nominee’s company must be at least two years old for Emerging category candidates and at least three years old for all other categories.