Meet the New York finalists
Congratulations to the New York Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2023 finalists, who were selected by an independent panel of judges based on their demonstration of long term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes. Regional award winners will be announced on June 13, 2023.
Jack Kokko | AlphaSense | New York, New York
Jack is the CEO and Founder of AlphaSense
AlphaSense is a market intelligence and search platform used by the world's leading companies and financial institutions. Since 2011, our Al-based technology has helped professionals make smarter business decisions by delivering insights from an extensive universe of public and private content -including company filings, event transcripts, expert call transcripts, news, trade journals, and equity research. Our platform is trusted by many enterprise customers, including a majority of the S&P 500. Headquartered in New York City, AlphaSense employs people across offices in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Finland, and India.
Adam Lewis | Apploi | New York, New York
Adam is the CEO and Founder of Apploi
Apploi is transforming how healthcare hires and retains staff with an all-in-one platform built to attract, hire, and manage top healthcare talent. Working with healthcare organizations across the United States, the NYC-based tech company helps leaders solve the industry’s most pressing problem: how to provide superb care in the midst of a candidate shortage.
Apploi offers a solution in the form of a speedy, seamless hiring and onboarding process. From a single platform, users can access powerful automation, text and email candidates easily, manage credentials, and onboard new hires. With integrated hiring tools, it’s easy to attract, hire, and manage top candidates, whether you’re staffing one location or dozens.
Apploi’s mission to revolutionize hiring through innovation, empathy, and an understanding of human impact has earned the company widespread notice. In 2021, Apploi won Gold for Established Excellence in Inc.’s Best in Business awards, while also being recognized in 2022 by Inc. as one of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for the third consecutive year. On a wide scale and an individual basis, Apploi is dedicated to helping healthcare workers and employers thrive in the industry they love.
Ankur Jain | Bilt Rewards | New York, New York
Ankur is the CEO and Founder of Bilt Rewards
Bilt Rewards is the first-of-its-kind loyalty program that allows renters to earn points on rent with no transaction fees and builds a path towards homeownership. Through a partnership with the country's largest owners including AvalonBay Communities, Equity Residential, Related, Starwood Capital Group and more, Bilt Rewards enables renters across the country to earn points just by paying rent.
Bilt Rewards boasts one of the highest value rewards programs on the market today, including one-to-one point transfers to loyalty programs allowing members to travel across major airlines and hotel partners. Members can also book travel through the Bilt Travel Portal powered by Expedia; book fitness classes at the country's top boutique studios including SoulCycle, Solidcore, Rumble and Y7; shop limited-edition and exclusive collections of art and home decor through the Bilt Collection; shop on Amazon.com; or, redeem Bilt Points for credits towards rent or even towards a downpayment on a future home.
Bilt has also partnered with Mastercard to create the Bilt Mastercard issued by Wells Fargo - the first and only credit card that can be used to pay rent and earn points with no transaction fees.
Sarah Paiji Yoo | Blueland | New York, New York
Sarah is the CEO and Co-Founder of Blueland
Blueland is reimagining conventional cleaning and personal care products to eliminate single-use plastic packaging and provide consumers with better and more sustainable options. With 40 patents and patents pending, our innovative products have helped divert over 1 billion single-use plastic bottles from landfills and oceans. All products are designed in tablet or powder formats, to be mixed with household tap water or used directly — saving consumers money and space while helping to save the planet. The company was featured on the Season 11 premiere of Shark Tank, securing investment by Kevin O'Leary, and has been featured across top-tier media outlets such as The New York Times, Fast Company, TechCrunch, VOGUE, Wall Street Journal, Inc., and more.
AJ Loiacono | Capital Rx | New York, New York
AJ is the CEO of Capital Rx
Capital Rx provides Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) services for large employers, unions, government entities, health systems, and insurance carriers. The responsibility of a PBM is to provide the patient and plan the support to administrate a prescription claim. These functions require an electronic infrastructure to handle everything from network management, plan design setup, claim processing, drug utilization review, clinical support, call center operations, pharmacy reimbursement, client billing, plan reporting, patient communication (print and apps), and regulatory compliance. Everyone supports the idea of better healthcare, but that transformation has proven to be an elusive goal. The forces resisting change are both the inertia of the status quo, combined with an antiquated infrastructure incapable of supporting the future of healthcare. Capital Rx is helping rebuild healthcare from the ground up, providing the industry's first Enterprise Health Platform (EHP) to process and administrate claims. Our platform, JUDI, not only enables the democratization of healthcare pricing, but reduces administrative costs to ensure the highest level of care is delivered at the lowest price point.
Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan | Chief | New York, New York
Carolyn and Lindsay are the Co-Founders of Chief
Chief is the most powerful network of women executives in the world. What began as a vision to drive more women into power and keep them there is now a $1 billion unicorn with 20,000 members across the US and UK who collectively manage $800 billion of the economy. Today, 77% of Fortune 100 companies have Chief members. In the past year, co-founders Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan led the expansion from seven U.S. markets to a national and then international network, doubled membership, and raised $100 million.
Martin Mao | Chronosphere, Inc. | New York, New York
Martin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Chronosphere, Inc.
Chronosphere is the only observability platform that controls the speed, scale, and complexity that comes with the technology and organizational changes of a cloud computing and DevOps world. Chronosphere helps engineers resolve infrastructure and application issues before they affect customer experiences and the bottom line. With strong observability, organizations can avoid news-making outages like the kind which have taken place in recent months (e.g., the FAA computer outage that grounded flights nationwide). Chronosphere helps organizations make sure that these problems don’t happen in the first place. Trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including DoorDash, Snap, and Zillow, Chronosphere helps teams increase customer satisfaction, and gain competitive advantage—all while controlling costs.
Michael Sachse | Dandelion Energy | Mount Kisco, New York
Michael is the CEO of Dandelion Energy
As the nation's leading residential geothermal company, Dandelion Energy helps homeowners free their homes from fossil fuels. By making geothermal heating and cooling systems accessible and affordable for modern homeowners, Dandelion is working to mitigate climate change with renewable technologies that decarbonize homes. Today, Dandelion's heating and cooling solutions allow homeowners to save up to 50 percent on their heating and cooling bills and help the environment by moving away from conventional systems to reduce homes' carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80 percent. The state-of-the-art geothermal heat pump system offers wifi-enabled monitoring, creating a smarter, more responsive, and more innovative approach than any other HVAC system on the market.
Brian Stafford | Diligent | New York, New York
Brian is the CEO and President of Diligent
Diligent is the global leader in modern governance, providing SaaS solutions across governance, risk, compliance, audit and ESG. Empowering more than 1 million users and 700,000 board members with a holistic view of their organization’s GRC practices so they can make better decisions, faster. No matter the challenge.
Samir Goel and Wemimo Abbey | Esusu | New York, New York
Samir and Wemimo are both the Co-CEOs and Co-Founders of Esusu
Founded in 2018, Esusu is the leading financial technology platform that leverages data solutions to empower residents and improve property performance. Esusu's rent reporting platform captures rental payment data and reports it to credit bureaus to boost credit scores. This allows renters to build and establish their credit scores while helping property owners mitigate against initiating evictions, powered by differentiated data and insights.
Danielle Cohen-Shohet | GlossGenius, Inc. | New York, New York
Danielle is the CEO and Founder of GlossGenius, Inc.
GlossGenius is one of the leading vertical software payments companies powering the US beauty and wellness space. Through its fully integrated operating system that spans scheduling, payments, client management, marketing, and more, GlossGenius has now become the critical business infrastructure for salons, spas and studios. The GlossGenius operating system helps these types of small businesses manage their operations, grow revenue and build a cohesive guest experience.
Ben McKean | Hungryroot | New York, New York
Ben is the CEO of Hungryroot
Hungryroot is the only grocery and recipe delivery service designed to make healthy eating easy, personal, and sustainable. Take a short quiz to tell us about yourself, and our proprietary technology fills your cart each week with healthy groceries and simple recipes that best suit your needs and goals. Grocery shopping doesn't have to be time-consuming and meal planning shouldn't be stressful. We’re doing what no other store or service does by blending recipe discovery, food planning and shopping to create a stress-relieving, personalized experience that gets better with every visit.
Hungryroot currently offers 500+ groceries that meet our high-quality Root Standard and 4,000+ chef-crafted recipes that are nutritious, easy-to-follow, and aim to reduce food waste wherever possible.
Charles Coristine | LesserEvil Healthy Brands | Danbury, Connecticut
Charles is the CEO and President of LesserEvil Healthy Brands
Taste the difference that a never-ending commitment to improvement + fewer and better ingredients make. Pop into the wonderful world of our healthy and delicious snacks and learn more about what makes us different – from our dynamic team, to our earth-friendly mission, and our empowering gurus. We’re focused on being the best version of ourselves and contributing to a more wholesome world – beyond just snacks. It wasn’t always easy, but our mission was always clear: use the company to build our people, minimize our footprint, and delight our customers with clean, organic snacks at a great value. We are a vertically integrated company that makes everything we sell here in the NorthEast where we employ 220 in our factories, offices and warehouses.
Luke Petherbridge | Link Logistics | New York, New York
Luke is the CEO of Link Logistics
Link Logistics operates the largest U.S.-only portfolio of industrial and logistics real estate. Established by Blackstone in 2019, Link combines scale, proprietary technology and logistics expertise to help their customers grow their businesses. Link’s portfolio comprises more than 545 million square feet nationwide, with an emphasis on high-barrier markets near key transportation routes and located where our customers want to be. Along with helping power the U.S. economy, Link prioritizes ambitious goals to combat climate change, improve local communities and advance internal diversity, equity and inclusion. As a sector leader, Link seeks to use its position, ideas and influence to drive progress in the real estate industry and the wider world.
Priti Jain | Nao Medical | Mineola, New York
Priti is the CEO of Nao Medical
Nao Medical was created to provide truly personal healthcare and to be a resource to the local communities and residents it serves. Today Nao Medical operates across ten locations, has over 300 employees, and is a walk-in medical practice that bridges the gap between emergency and primary care. We continue to grow, expanding our range of services to support even more people in all the ways we can.
Dan Porter | Overtime | Brooklyn, New York
Dan is the CEO of Overtime
Overtime builds disruptive new sports leagues aimed globally at the next generation sports fan and athlete. Overtime owns and operates, OTE in basketball and OT7 in football, and leverages digital-first content across its network of accounts engaging its community of over 75 million fans and followers. Overtime's business model is driven by sponsorships, brand relationships, e-commerce, licensing and media rights.
Overtime is funded by top VC firms, industry leaders, and athletes, including Liberty Media Corporation, Andreessen Horowitz, Counterpoint Global (Morgan Stanley), Sapphire Sport, Winslow Capital, Bezos Expeditions, Spark Capital, Micromanagement Ventures (the family of the late David Stern), Black Capital, Blackstone Strategic Partners, Alexis Ohanian, Drake, Quavo and 40+ NBA and NFL stars including Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Trae Young. The company is led by CEO and Co-Founder Dan Porter, an innovative thought leader with 30+ years of experience in mobile gaming, education, media and marketplaces.
Brian Kempisty | Port X Logistics | Buffalo, New York
Brian is the Founder of Port X Logistics
Port X Logistics specializes in expediting containerized cargo throughout the US and Canada. Our combination of company trucks, owner operators, and logistics network allows us to effectively service every port and rail ramp. Port X Logistics provides drayage, trans-loading, and over the road trucking to help our clients meet their fulfillment and production plans. We operate with urgency, attention to detail, proactive communication, and the ultimate in visibility.
Rodger Desai | Prove | New York, New York
Rodger is the Founder of Prove
As the world moves to a mobile-first economy, businesses need to modernize how they acquire, engage with and enable consumers. Prove’s phone-centric identity tokenization and passive cryptographic authentication solutions reduce friction, enhance security and privacy across all digital channels, and accelerate revenues while reducing operating expenses and fraud losses. Enterprise customers use Prove’s platform to process 20 billion customer requests annually across industries, including banking, lending, healthcare, gaming, crypto, e-commerce, marketplaces, and payments.
Jeff Tesch | RCN Capital | South Windsor, Connecticut
Jeff is the CEO of RCN Capital
RCN Capital is a national, direct, private lender. We provide commercial loans for the purchase or refinance of non-owner-occupied single-family & multi-family properties. We specialize in ground-up construction financing, short-term bridge loans, fix & flip financing and long-term rental financing for real estate investors. We lend to both new and experienced real estate professionals throughout the country.
Dan Epstein and Matt Bruno | ReSource Pro | New York, New York
Dan and Matt are the CEO and Founder, respectively, of ReSource Pro
ReSource Pro is an insurance-focused business solutions company that integrates people, process, technology, and data analytics. Carriers, brokers, and MGAs rely on ReSource Pro to execute strategies that improve profitability, accelerate growth, deliver improved claim outcomes, and enhance client and employee experience. With more than 7,000 employees globally, ReSource Pro provides business process management, strategic advisory services, management and organic growth consulting, training, and compliance solutions around the clock. ReSource Pro has consistently achieved a +95% client retention rate for over a decade.
Rohan Malhotra | Roadzen | New York, New York
Rohan is the CEO of Roadzen
Roadzen is a leading insurance technology company on a mission to transform global auto insurance powered by AI. Roadzen seeks to accomplish this by com-bining computer vision, telematics and AI with continually updated data sources to provide a more efficient, and effective way of building auto insurance products, processing claims and improving driver safety.
Roadzen’s pioneering ‘Insurance as a Service’ platform spanning collision alert, damage detection, automated underwriting, claims management, roadside assis-tance, and fraud prevention provide solutions for the entire insurance value chain. Our vertically integrated AI stack, combined with our business strategy and ability to distribute products, helps insurers, OEMs, and technology partners to launch products, assess risk, and resolve claims faster. Roadzen has received global recognition including ‘Best Use of AI in Mobility’ and ‘Best Use of AI in Insurance’ at the Global Artificial Intelligence Summit & Awards 2022. In October 2021, Roadzen was Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 Technology & AI Innovators,
Fortune Magazine’s Company of the Year in 2021 and in 2022 Roadzen was recognized by Financial Express as the AI Startup of the Year.
Pablo Legorreta | Royalty Pharma | New York, New York
Pablo is the CEO and Founder of Royalty Pharma
Founded in 1996, Royalty Pharma is the largest buyer of biopharmaceutical royalties and a leading funder of innovation across the biopharmaceutical industry, collaborating with innovators from academic institutions, research hospitals and non-profits through small and mid-cap biotechnology companies to leading global pharmaceutical companies. Royalty Pharma has assembled a portfolio of royalties which entitles it to payments based directly on the top-line sales of many of the industry’s leading therapies. Royalty Pharma funds innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry both directly and indirectly - directly when it partners with companies to co-fund late-stage clinical trials and new product launches in exchange for future royalties, and indirectly when it acquires existing royalties from the original innovators. Royalty Pharma’s current portfolio includes royalties on more than 35 commercial products, including Vertex’s Trikafta, Kalydeco, Orkambi and Symdeko, Biogen’s Tysabri, AbbVie and Johnson & Johnson’s Imbruvica, Astellas and Pfizer’s Xtandi, GSK’s Trelegy, Novartis’ Promacta, Pfizer’s Nurtec ODT, Johnson & Johnson’s Tremfya, Roche’s Evrysdi, Gilead’s Trodelvy, and 12 development-stage product candidates.
Aakash Kumar | Shiftsmart | New York, New York
Aakash is the CEO of Shiftsmart
Shiftsmart is the first flexible labor platform to unlock access to a new market of workers and manages every aspect of hourly labor operations for major enterprises. Shiftsmart provides a customized and flexible labor solution that fits the unique needs of any enterprise and its workers. The company pairs core workforce management software with a network of more than 2 million workers to create a labor marketplace that matches hourly workers with open shifts across a variety of industry verticals and roles, giving employers instant access to a skilled labor force when they need it. Shiftsmart is trusted around the world by large companies and government agencies, including Circle K, Google, PepsiCo, the City of New York, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Ben Sutton | Six One Commodities LLC | Stamford, Connecticut
Ben is the CEO and Founder of Six One Commodities LLC
61C global business participates in physical and financial natural gas markets and financial power markets. The physical footprint comprises of approx. 32 BCF of storage and 1.2 BCF/day of physical transport with the activity focused in the Eastern and Western US. Power trading is currently financial only in PJM and NE-Pool markets
Josh Meyerowitz | SupplyHouse | Melville, New York
Josh is the CEO and Founder of SupplyHouse
SupplyHouse is an ecommerce plumbing heating & HVAC supply business that was founded in 2004. The company offers 250,000 products from 450 different vendors. SupplyHouse carries its owned inventory in one million square feet of warehouse space, spread across 4 distribution centers in the United States. The company employs 1000 people and focuses on its team and culture as its first and most important competitive advantage.
Jonathan Regev | The Farmer's Dog | New York, New York
Jonathan is the CEO and Founder of The Farmer's Dog
Founded in 2014 by dog lovers Brett Podolsky and Jonathan Regev, The Farmer’s Dog was created to radically improve the pet food industry — starting with a personalized subscription service that sends fresh, human-grade made dog food directly to customers’ doors. To date, The Farmer’s Dog has delivered over 500 million meals nationwide and continues to apply technology and common sense to reimagine and simplify how we care for our pets.
Julien Bonneville | TheGuarantors | New York, New York
Julien is the CEO and Founder of TheGuarantors
TheGuarantors is a fintech company that offers a suite of financial and insurance solutions that leverage technology to reduce the risk borne by property owners while increasing housing affordability and access for renters. TheGuarantors’ flagship lease guarantee product enables renters who would otherwise be denied to qualify for the home of their dreams, while also keeping more cash in their pockets at move-in. The policy is paid for by the prospective renter, at a cost far below the months of upfront rent a landlord may otherwise require, and covers tenant default during the entirety of the lease, de-risking the renter in the eyes of the landlord. TheGuarantors has also launched a residential lease security deposit replacement product, which enables renters to replace a traditional security deposit for a small fee. Finally, the company recently launched a renters’ insurance product, which provides renters with affordable coverage and helps them validate compliance with their landlord’s coverage requirements. The Guarantors’ products are backed by a diversified balance sheet of A-rated carriers, a reinsurance panel, and its own captive. The company began in New York City, but has expanded its distribution across the U.S.
Michelle Carnahan | Thirty Madison | New York, New York
Michelle is the President of Thirty Madison
Thirty Madison is a family of specialized healthcare brands devoted to creating exceptional outcomes for all. Each of its specialized brands is focused on a specific ongoing condition, and thoughtfully designed to support the unique needs of its community with personalized treatments and care; Keeps for men's hair loss, Cove for migraine, Picnic for allergies, Facet for skin conditions, and NURX for women’s health. With empathy at the heart of its innovation, its proprietary care model empowers hundreds of thousands of people with ongoing conditions with the accessible, outcomes focused care and treatments across a lifetime of care.
Bharani Rajakumar | Transfr | New York, New York
Bharani is the CEO of Transfr
Transfr is creating classroom-to-careers pathways, training the next generation of workers for well-paying jobs via hands-on, simulated training that teaches critical skills for in-demand jobs.Transfr’s hands-on simulation training provides an immersive learning environment that gives trainees real-world experience in the skills they need for well-paying jobs. Guided by a digital coach, they receive expert, personal instruction that teaches them how to perform essential tasks, feedback based on their specific actions, and performance assessments in order to help students improve. Transfr’s community partners have used immersive, simulated training modules to help workers build skills, increase job placement rates, and improve job retention rates.
Tim Tyson | TriRx Pharmaceutical Services | Norwalk, Connecticut
Tim is the CEO and Chairman of TriRx Pharmaceutical Services
TriRx develops manufactures and deliver bio-pharmaceuticals to the human and animal health markets on a global basis.
Katie Conovitz | twelveNYC | Brooklyn, New York
Katie is the CEO and Founder of twelveNYC
Founded by Katie Conovitz in 2005, twelveNYC creates design-driven merchandise and all of the moments that surround it. Our mission is to building lasting connections between people and the brands they love through meaningful tangible experiences. We create impactful merchandise stories through retail private label collections, custom packaging and unboxing experiences, promotional branded merchandise, and gifts with purchase and loyalty drivers. Our unique end-to-end methodology allows us to seamlessly manage every aspect of each program from dream to design to development to final delivery, elevating their brand story through consistent sustainable innovation, specialized teams, and a vast scope of capabilities. Operating from New York, London, Paris, and Hong Kong, our long-standing relationships within our global supply chain, end-to-end service offerings, and uniquely creative vision allow us to be the go-to-partner of choice for the world’s most compelling brands.
Milind Mehere | YieldStreet | New York, New York
Milind is the CEO and Founder of YieldStreet
Yieldstreet is transforming the investment landscape by offering retail investors access to exclusive opportunities in private markets. Alongside renowned partners in asset management and private capital such as KKR, BlackRock, Fortress, and Ares, Yieldstreet offers compelling investment opportunities in Real Estate, Private Equity, Art Finance, Venture Capital, and more with one easy-to-use platform that provides attractive investment opportunities across a range of alternative asset classes.