Ernst & Young has made its final call for nominations to this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) programme, the closing date for which is 30 March.

Now in its 15th year, the EOY programme continues to acknowledge the achievements of entrepreneurs from across the island of Ireland.

Following the announcement of a shortlist of 24 finalists in May, participants will go to a CEO retreat to Silicon Valley and the televised Entrepreneur of the Year Gala Awards Night will take place in October.

The overall winner of the 2012 award will also go forward to represent Ireland at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year finals 2013 where he or she will compete with over 55 country winners for the global title.

Entries for the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year can be made in any one of three categories: Emerging, Industry and International.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year programme is supported by The Irish Times, RTE, Enterprise Ireland, Invest NI, Intertrade Ireland and Newstalk.