The EOY Awards traditionally fall into four categories:
International Entrepreneur of the Year
This award honors an innovator whose organization has reached a national or global level. Past organizations represented include Home Depot, Kate Spade New York, eBay, USA Today and Best Buy.
Regional Entrepreneur of the Year
This award honors a successful innovator whose organization was founded, or is headquartered in, the Kansas City region. Past organizations represented include Boulevard Brewing Company, Cerner Corporation, AMC Entertainment, Applebeeâ€™s and KC Masterpiece.
Marion and John Kreamer Award for Social Entrepreneurship
This award honors individuals or foundations that has been active in giving back to the community and making a difference for the city or region. Honorees have included the Regnier Family Foundation, Julia Irene Kauffman, Beth Smith, Barnett and Shirley Helzberg, and the Hall family.
Student Entrepreneur of the Year
This award honors an entrepreneurship student who has successfully developed and launched a business, product or venture.