Entrepreneurial Winning Women™

2015 award winners

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Meet the 2015 Entrepreneurial Winning Women. These dynamic women entrepreneurs join our elite network of the country’s best high-growth companies and will now participate in our customized leadership program designed to connect them with the advisors, resources and insights they need to scale their businesses.


EY - Aneela Zaib
Aneela Zaib
emergiTEL Inc.
Richmond Hill, Ontario

emergiTEL is a full-solution provider for staffing, outsourcing, consulting and training services in the Canadian telecom and IT marketplace. The company operates as an extension of its clients' human resources structure by sourcing hard-to-find IT personnel and partnering with clients for the entire life cycle of a hire. In a short period of time, the company has become a market leader and, with projected job growth in the IT sector and among independent contractors, emergiTEL is well placed to continue its expansion.

EY - Rachel Mielke
Rachel Mielke
Hillberg & Berk
Regina, Saskatchewan

Since its founding in 2007, Hillberg & Berk has grown into one of Canada's foremost luxury jewelry brands, sold at 25 retailers across the country, online and in their two stores in Regina. Its designs have been spotted on Michelle Obama, Carrie Underwood and Celine Dion, and in 2013 Mielke was commissioned to design a brooch for Queen Elizabeth II. The company differentiates itself by being a female-driven and female-focused company, giving a minimum 2.5% of profits to charities that benefit women around the world.

EY - Ariel Garten
Ariel Garten
InteraXon Inc.
Toronto, Ontario

InteraXon launched in 2009 as a service-oriented company, producing brain-sensing experiences for companies like Microsoft. In 2014, the company's signature product Muse, a brain-fitness headband that measures the electrical activity of the brain using EEG sensors, entered the market. Muse sends the information to smartphones or tablets, where an app can be used to promote relaxation and focus. To date, over 75 institutions are using Muse as a tool to work with PTSD, ADHD, pain management and anxiety.

EY - Leah Garrad-Cole
Leah Garrad-Cole
Love Child Organics
Whistler, British Columbia

Love Child Organics was founded in 2011 to offer parents an organic and nutritious alternative to the ready-made food for babies and young children commonly available in stores. The company's mission is not only to leave out the "bad stuff" (preservatives, fillers and sugars), but also to include as many nutritionally-dense ingredients as possible. Love Child Organics started selling in Canada in 2013, and a year later in the US. Its products are currently available in over 2,000 stores in Canada and 1,500 in the US.


United States:

EY - Claudia Mirza
Claudia Mirza
Plano, TX

Since it was founded a decade ago, Akorbi has evolved from a home-based translation business into a multi-million dollar company providing language, technology and staffing services around the world. Its success has been in leveraging technology and developing business processes to simplify the translation system, reduce costs and increase speed-to-market. The company has been growing aggressively in the past few years, and counts among its clients the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Homeland Security and many Fortune 500 companies.

EY - Nikki Barua
Nikki Barua
Los Angeles, CA

BeyondCurious, an innovation agency specializing in mobile experiences, aims "to help market leaders and disrupters innovate better and faster than their competition." In the few years since it was founded, BeyondCurious has established itself as a significant force in Los Angeles, with a premier, recognizable client roster that spans the market. It was recently voted Boutique Agency of the Year by marketing collaborative thinkLA. BeyondCurious' philosophy is "Innovation @ Speed," employing Silicon Valley techniques for rapid results.

EY - Jody Greenstone Miller
Jody Greenstone Miller
Business Talent Group
Pacific Palisades, CA

Business Talent Group is a marketplace that brings businesses and top talent together outside of the traditional full-time framework. The company, with its roster of over 4,000 professionals, has now served 25% of the Fortune 1000 as well as top equity firms and major non-profits. Business Talent Group was recently named by Forbes as one of the most promising companies in America. In this high-growth emerging market, the company has grown over 60% annually for the last three years.

EY - Susan Catalano
Susan Catalano
Cognition Therapeutics (CogRx)
Pittsburgh, PA

CogRx is a small molecule therapeutics company focused on the discovery and development of drugs for neurodegenerative diseases. Its research into blocking the toxic soluble amyloid beta oligomer proteins that cause progressive memory loss has resulted in a lead program in Alzheimer's disease set to begin clinical trials by the end of 2015. There are currently no drugs on the market that halt the progression of the disease, and the company is poised to become a market leader.

EY - Alissa Bayer
Alissa Bayer
milk + honey
Austin, TX

milk + honey is an award-winning day spa and salon, with five Texas locations and another under construction. It is also a brand of organic bath and body products, sold in its salons and at retailers such as Whole Foods Market, with whom it also has one in-store co-branded spa. The company's focus is on creating a relaxing, design-forward environment, with passionate staff and all natural, organic ingredients. It was recently voted Best Spa in The Austin Chronicle Best of Austin Readers Poll.

EY - Lisa Falzone
Lisa Falzone
Revel Systems
San Francisco, CA

Revel Systems has created a point of sale platform using Cloud-based iPad technology to replace the clunky, inefficient cash registers of the past. Extending beyond the customer transaction, the Revel POS platform acts as "central nervous system" for businesses, offering a full suite of features from payment processing to personnel scheduling and inventory management. The system can be tailored across industries, and its 10,000 terminals so far deployed are with companies such as Goodwill, Little Caesars Pizza and the San Jose Giants.

EY - Michelle Vondrasek
Michelle Vondrasek
Von Technologies, LLC
Oakbrook, IL

Von Technologies is an information technology services corporation focused on network infrastructure, unified communications, wireless networks and cabling. Its services portfolio encompasses the network lifecycle from planning and consultation to design and deployment, to optimization and support. The company prides itself on being creative, nimble and flexible based on customer needs. Clients include AT&T, Hilton Hotels and Ford Motor Company. It was recognized in 2015 by the Women Presidents' Organization as one of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in America.

EY - Anne Wagner
Anne Wagner
WaveStrike, LLC
Crownsville, MD

WaveStrike provides custom software application development services to the intelligence community and the Department of Defense. Its software analytics, cloud solutions and cyber security applications aid its clients in the defense of national security. The company was conceived in part to bridge a gender gap in a predominantly male industry and, since it was founded four years ago, it has already made an impact and experienced significant growth.