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EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Northern California Awards finalists

San Francisco, 15 May 2017

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EY today announced finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Northern California program. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes innovative trailblazers in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The semifinalists listed below were selected by a panel of independent judges from nearly 60 business leaders.

Award winners will be revealed at a black-tie awards gala on Friday, June 23, hosted by NBC Bay Area anchor, reporter and Press:Here host Scott McGrew at The Fairmont in San Jose, California.

The finalists are:

  1. 8x8 Inc. | Bryan Martin, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer and Vikram Verma, CEO | San Jose, California
  2. Ambarella | Fermi Wang, CEO | Santa Clara, California
  3. App Annie | Bertrand Schmitt, CEO & co-founder | San Francisco, California
  4. Big Switch Networks | Douglas Murray, Chief Executive Officer and Kyle Forster, Founder | Santa Clara, California
  5. Bill.com | René Lacerte, CEO and founder | Palo Alto, California
  6. C3 IoT | Thomas Siebel, CEO, Chairman, and Founder | Redwood City, California
  7. Center for Learning and Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS) | Denise Pollard, President / Chief Executive Officer | San Mateo, California
  8. CoverHound Inc. | Keith Moore, CEO & Executive Board Director | San Francisco, California
  9. CrowdStrike | George Kurtz, President and CEO | Sunnyvale, California
  10. Doximity | Jeff Tangney, CEO and Founder and Shari Buck, Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Management | San Francisco, California
  11. Financial Technology Partners | Steven McLaughlin, Founder / CEO / Managing Partner | San Francisco, California
  12. Five9 | Mike Burkland, President & CEO | San Ramon, California
  13. hint Inc. | Kara Goldin, CEO | San Francisco, California
  14. HotelTonight | Sam Shank, CEO | San Francisco, California
  15. IronPlanet | Gregory Owens, Chairman and CEO | Pleasanton, California
  16. Kateeva, Inc. | Conor Madigan, Chief Operating Officer, President & Co-Founder | Newark, California
  17. Liftoff Mobile, Inc. | Mark Ellis, CEO | Palo Alto, California
  18. Nevro Corp. | Rami Elghandour, President and CEO | Redwood City, California
  19. Opendoor | Eric Wu, Founder and CEO | San Francisco, California
  20. Peek.com | Ruzwana Bashir, CEO | San Francisco, California
  21. SST, Inc./ShotSpotter | Ralph Clark, Chief Executive Officer | Newark, California
  22. Tanium | David Hindawi, Executive Chairman & co-founder and Orion Hindawi, Chief Executive Officer & co-founder | Emeryville, California
  23. Tradeshift, inc. | Christian Lanng, CEO, chairman, and co-founder | San Francisco, California
  24. TRX FITNESS ANYWHERE LLC | Randal Hetrick, CEO/Founder | San Francisco, California

To learn more about the Northern California program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/norcal. Join the conversation on social media by following us @EY_EOYUS using #EOYNORCAL.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration in the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner moves on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Monaco in June 2018.

2017 Northern California judging panel The independent judging panel includes previous award winners, leading CEOs and private capital investors, and other regional business luminaries. Our esteemed judges include Tom Bedecarre**, Founder & Chairman, AKQA; Laura Brege, Managing Director, Cervantes Life Science Partners, LLC; Joseph Bronson, Principal and CEO, The Bronson Group, LLC; Doug Chu, Co-Head of Listings, NYSE; Lisa Earnhardt*, CEO & President, Intersect ENT; Nils Erdmann, Vice President, NASDAQ; Chris Harris, Partner, FFL Partners; Kash Kapadia, Founder and CEO, Digital Directive; Marcin Kleczynski*, CEO, Malwarebytes; Jim Marggraff, Director, Product Management, Google; Rory O'Driscoll, Partner, Scale Venture Partners; Kathleen Utecht, Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital; Dave Welsh, Managing Director & Head of TMT Growth Equity, KKR.

*Prior regional winner
**Prior regional winner and national finalist

Sponsors
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Northern California area, regional Gold sponsors include SolomonEdwards; Silver sponsors include Chatham Financial and The Big Picture.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is one of the world’s most prestigious business awards programs for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy

About EY
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