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21 Apr 2023  | New York, NY, US

EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 New York Finalists

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Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are building bolder futures

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 New York Award. The New York program celebrates entrepreneurs from Connecticut and New York. Now in its 37th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive business awards for transformative entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all.

These 36 entrepreneurs were selected as finalists by an independent panel of judges. The candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

The 2023 New York finalists are:

Jack Kokko | AlphaSense | New York, New York

Adam Lewis | Apploi | New York, New York

Ankur Jain | Bilt Rewards | New York, New York

Sarah Paiji Yoo | Blueland | New York, New York

AJ Loiacono | Capital Rx | New York, New York

Carolyn Childers and Lindsay Kaplan | Chief | New York, New York

Martin Mao | Chronosphere, Inc. | New York, New York

Michael Sachse | Dandelion Energy | Mount Kisco, New York

Brian Stafford | Diligent | New York, New York

Samir Goel and Wemimo Abbey | Esusu | New York, New York

Danielle Cohen-Shohet | GlossGenius, Inc. | New York, New York

Ben McKean | Hungryroot | New York, New York

Charles Coristine | LesserEvil Healthy Brands | Danbury, Connecticut

Luke Petherbridge | Link Logistics | New York, New York

Priti Jain | Nao Medical | Mineola, New York

Dane Atkinson | Odeko | New York, New York

Dan Porter | Overtime | Brooklyn, New York

Brian Kempisty | Port X Logistics | Buffalo, New York

Rodger Desai | Prove Identity | New York, New York

Jeff Tesch | RCN Capital | South Windsor, Connecticut

Dan Epstein and Matt Bruno | ReSource Pro | New York, New York

Rohan Malhotra | Roadzen | New York, New York

Pablo Legorreta | Royalty Pharma | New York, New York

Aakash Kumar | Shiftsmart | New York, New York

Ben Sutton | Six One Commodities LLC | Stamford, Connecticut

Josh Meyerowitz | | Melville, New York

Jonathan Regev | The Farmer's Dog | New York, New York

Julien Bonneville | TheGuarantors | New York, New York

Michelle Carnahan | Thirty Madison | New York, New York

Bharani Rajakumar | Transfr | New York, New York

Tim Tyson | TriRx Pharmaceutical Services | Norwalk, Connecticut

Katie Conovitz | twelveNYC | Brooklyn, New York

Milind Mehere | YieldStreet | New York, New York

“We had an unprecedented number of nominees this year but this year’s finalists are ambitious entrepreneurs set on transforming their industries and communities,” said Michelle Vice, Partner and New York Program Co-Director. “They have been carefully selected by our independent panel of judges for their unwavering commitment to their companies, customers and communities, and we are thrilled to recognize them.”

Regional award winners will be announced on June 13, 2023 during a special celebration. The winners will then be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in June 2024. 

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 entrepreneurs throughout the US since its inception in 1986, and it has grown to recognize business leaders across 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, N.A.; SAP America; and the Kauffman Foundation. In New York, sponsors also include regional Platinum sponsors, Cresa, Donnelley Financial Services (DFIN), and Marsh; regional Gold sponsor, Empire Valuation Consultants, and regional Silver sponsors, ADP, DLA Piper, and Morgan Lewis.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National Overall Award winners go on to compete for the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® title. Visit

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