EY Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New England Award Finalists

16 Apr 2024

Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are shaping the future

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 New England Award. Now in its 38th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year is the preeminent competitive business award for audacious leaders who disrupt markets, revolutionize industries, and have a transformational impact on lives. Over the past four decades, the program has recognized the daring entrepreneurs with big ideas and bold actions that reshape our world.

These 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.

"This year's finalists are bold entrepreneurs creating a lasting impression in their industries and communities," said Brendan Crowley, EOY New England co-program director.

"Selected by an independent panel of judges, these entrepreneurs demonstrate unwavering dedication to their companies, customers and communities. We are delighted to recognize their successes, said Amy Zidow, EOY New England co-program director.

Entrepreneur Of The Year honors many different types of business leaders for their ingenuity, courage, and entrepreneurial spirit. The program celebrates original founders who bootstrapped their business from inception or who raised outside capital to grow their company; transformational CEOs who infused innovation into an existing organization to catapult its trajectory; and multigenerational family business leaders who reimagined a legacy business model to fortify it for the future.

The 2024 New England finalists are:

Tom Aley | Aidentified, Inc. | Concord, Massachusetts

Darr Aley | Aidentified, Inc. | Concord, Massachusetts

Errik Anderson | Alloy Therapeutics | Waltham, Massachusetts

Eric Graham | CrowdComfort | Boston, Massachusetts

Brendan Ciecko | Cuseum | Boston, Massachusetts

Peter Cannone | DemandScience | Danvers, Massachusetts

Mike Jackowski | Duck Creek Technologies, Inc | Boston, Massachusetts

Stephen Aborn | FreightPlus | Quincy, Massachusetts

Liang Schweizer | HiFiBiO Therapeutics | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Marc LaPlante | Intentsify | Westwood, Massachusetts

Justin Kittredge | ISlide | Hyde Park, Massachusetts

Casey White | Jaju Pierogi | Beverly, Massachusetts

Vanessa White | Jaju Pierogi | Beverly, Massachusetts

Eric Girouard | Maverick Work Wear Inc. d/b/a BRUNT Workwear | North Reading, Massachusetts

Tony El-Nemr | Nouria Energy Corporation | Worcester, Massachusetts

Kassia Davis | PF Flyers | Brighton, Massachusetts

Josh Rogers | Precisely | Burlington, Massachusetts

Taja Dockendorf | Pulp+Wire | Portland, Maine

Dr. Anastasia Volkova | Regrow Ag | Durham, New Hampshire

Dr. William Salas | Regrow Ag | Durham, New Hampshire

Kyle Rand | Rendever | Somerville, Massachusetts

Dr. Andee Wallace | Robigo, Inc. | Cambridge, Massachusetts

Brendan Candon | SidelineSwap | Boston, Massachusetts

Christian Cerda | SimpliSafe, Inc. | Boston, Massachusetts

Bill Creelman | Spindrift Beverage Co, Inc | Newton, Massachusetts

Molly O'Connor | The Mobile Locker Co | Plymouth, Massachusetts

Mark Briggs | Validity Inc | Boston, Massachusetts

Craig Malloy | Vecna Robotics | Waltham, Massachusetts

Arun Balakrishnan | Xceedance | Worcester, Massachusetts

Amanda Eisel | Zelis Healthcare, LLC. | Boston, Massachusetts


For more information about the New England program, please visit our website.

Regional award winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 12th during a special celebration. The winners will then be considered by the National independent panel of 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.

In addition to Entrepreneur Of The Year, EY US supports other entrepreneurs through the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program and the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network to help connect women founders and Black and Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurs, respectively, with the resources, network and access needed to unlock their full potential.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, Cresa, Marsh USA, SAP, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In New England, sponsors also include a premier sponsor, DLA Piper.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Founded in 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year® has celebrated more than 11,000 ambitious visionaries who are leading successful, dynamic businesses in the US, and it has since expanded to nearly 80 countries and territories globally.

The US program consists of 17 regional programs whose panels of independent judges select the regional award winners every June. Those winners compete for national recognition at the Strategic Growth Forum® in November where National finalists and award winners are announced. The overall National winner represents the US at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® competition. Visit ey.com/us/eoy.

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