Entrepreneurial leaders from Indeed, Lending Club, SkinMedica and Workday, Inc. receive EY’s 2013 Venture Capital Award of Excellence
Six entrepreneurial leaders from Indeed, Lending Club, SkinMedica and Workday, Inc. will receive EY’s 2013 Venture Capital Award of Excellence which will be presented, as part of the EY Strategic Growth Forum and National Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program in Palm Springs, California, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
“Clearly, venture capitalists play an outsized role in the American economy. They not only mentor entrepreneurs that are creating the jobs of tomorrow, but they also provide access to valuable networks and offer the wisdom they have gained by investing in numerous enterprises,” said Bryan Pearce, EY Americas Director, Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and a member of the Venture Capital Advisory Group of Ernst & Young LLP. “The Venture Capital Award of Excellence was created to recognize four companies that have truly benefitted from these important relationships.”
Now in its eighth year, the Venture Capital Award of Excellence winners are selected from those EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ regional winners whose companies have been backed by venture capital funding.
The recipients were selected on the basis of VC funding, equity and revenue growth, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) margins, and the stories of their founding. The winners were selected out of 50 nominees by an independent panel of judges, comprised of four leading venture capitalists from across the country including: Jeff Fagnan – Atlas Venture; Steve Goldberg – Venrock; Richard Heitzmann – First Mark Capital; and Adele Oliva – Quaker Partners.
Five finalists in each category—established, emerging and college—have been selected for their impact on their industry, community and employees. Videos featuring the category finalists’ companies and entrepreneurial journeys are now posted online.
The contest finalists represent a range of business ideas and career stages. From the college startup that aims to provide water purification products to developing countries to the crowdfunding site that has raised more than $95 million, each offers an inspirational entrepreneurial story worth recognition. As a sign of continued success for the contest’s featured business owners, one emerging business finalist has even been brought back into the spotlight since being named a college finalist in 2010.
“These finalists are significant contributors to their respective industries,” said Amy Cosper, VP/editor in chief at Entrepreneur. “We are excited to see how the small business community responds during the voting period and find out which entrepreneurs stand out to their peers.”
“We know firsthand the commitment and dedication it takes to be a small business owner, and the important impact they have on their communities,” said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions for The UPS Store. “It is an honor for us to help recognize these notable entrepreneurs.”
Veterans Venture Forum to Provide Military Veteran Entrepreneurs a Platform to Showcase Companies to Angel and Early-Stage Investor Groups
Capstone Demo Day for Businesses to be Pitched to Investors by America’s Veterans Will Be Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The first-ever Veterans Venture Forum, an initiative of the National Defense University (NDU) Foundation to promote investment in new and early-stage businesses started by America’s military veterans, was announced today by NDU Foundation President Cathleen Pearl.
The culminating event of the initiative, The Veterans Venture Forum Capstone Demo Day, will take place on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.
The NDU Foundation has created the Veterans Venture Forum and will be hosting Capstone Demo Day in partnership with The Angel Venture Forum, an ad hoc group of more than 30 active, experienced angel investors from more than 24 angel investor groups located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. More than 80 different angel and early-stage investment groups, representing approximately $1 billion in investable wealth, are expected to participate.
“Our goal is to give military veterans an opportunity to meet directly with experienced investors and pitch their business plans,” said Ms. Pearl. “Veterans have a unique set of skills and discipline, and the NDU Foundation is pleased to provide those with the passion and desire to start a business the chance to present their plans to a large group of seasoned angel and early-stage investors.”
Václav Klaus, former finance minister, prime minister, and president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, discusses F. A. Hayek in the new issue of Cato Policy Report. Klaus highlights not only Hayek’s role in the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, but also his relevance to modern Europe: “Europe needs Hayek,” argues Klaus, “and his merciless analysis of the over regulated, controlled, centrally administered European economic system and of the slippery road to serfdom that we have already embarked on.”
Learn More: http://www.cato.org/policy-report/septemberoctober-2013