Anne Heraty, chief executive of CPL Resources Plc and chairperson of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel, Michael Carey, East Coast Bakehouse, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year judge and Kevin McLoughlin, partner lead for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year programme
Five businesses from Northern Ireland are among 24 shortlisted Irish entrepreneurs in the EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition.
The global programme - which includes candidates across 145 cities and 60 countries - has selected employers from hospitality, IT and media here.
They are FinTrU, Boojum, The Irish News, Around Noon Ltd and Beannchor who will compete across three categories and for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 title.
In total there were 24 finalists, collectively employing 2,700 people and generating over £130m chosen from the island of Ireland.
This year's finalists will also join more than 70 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year alumi for a week in Oxford and London in May which will focus on development of the candidates.
Rob Heron, partner lead for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year programme in Northern Ireland, said: "I am delighted that we have five exceptional finalists from Northern Ireland. We look forward not only to getting to know each of the finalists, but also to seeing the impact they make in the EOY community and their continued impact on the all-island economy.
"This year's finalists represent a broad spectrum of industries clearly demonstrating that entrepreneurship continues to flourish in Northern Ireland."