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Check out the EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalists

This year’s finalists for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards have been announced, and as  usual  they consist of some of the most innovative and business-savvy humans in Aotearoa.

The finalists come from a host of industries – including education, law, agriculture, arts, real estate, and tourism – but what unites them is their ability to get things done in the business world. Some of the finalists are quite well-known, such as Crimson Education’s Jamie Beaton (whose company is valued at $220 million, among his many other achievements), and lawyer Mai Chen (also an adjunct professor at the University of Auckland law school and a director on the BNZ board, as well as a finalist for New Zealander of the Year in 2014 and 2016, and chair of New Zealand Asian Leaders and the Superdiversity Centre for Law, Policy and Business).

Five category winners will be chosen to compete for the title. The winner will then get the chance to represent New Zealand at the World Entrepreneur of the Year in Monaco next June. No pressure.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalists are:

Jamie Beaton, Crimson Education

Jamie Bennett and Patrick Broadbent, Snap Rentals

Mai Chen, Chen Palmer

Peter Cross, Dairyworks

Thomas Dietz, WOOP

Peter Harris, CBL Corporation

Mark Hurley, Little Giant

Will Lomax, Onguard Group

Daniel Painter, Navigate Travel

Hamish Pinkham, Rhythm and Vines Festival

Andy Prow, RedShield Security

Ihaka Rongonui, Turbo Staff

Peter Shapiro, RedBull Powder Company

Carey Smith, Ray White New Zealand

Stewart Taylor, Tomoana Warehousing

Peter Wei, Latitude Technologies