The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards begin on Monday 1st October at 8.30pm on RTÉ ONE
The competition is fifteen years running. Previous winners include Moya Doherty and John McColgan of Riverdance, Denis O'Brien, Eddie Jordan, Anne Heraty of CPL Resources. There are three categories - Emerging, Industry and International - with a winner in each, and one of those three winning the overall Entrepreneur of the Year award.
A former winner himself, Padraig Ó Céidigh, founder of Aer Arann, travels the country meeting the entrants to the emerging category.