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Ernst & Young Announces Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2013 Award Winners in Northern California

Pictured L to R: Neil Grimmer, Plum Organics; Gurbaksh Chahal, RadiumOne; Rich Ellson and Mark Fischer-Colbrie, Labcyte; Renaud Laplanche, Lending Club; Lyndon Rive, SolarCity; Aneel Bhusri, Workday; Tod Sacerdoti, BrightRoll; Ashar Aziz, FireEye. Click here for high-resolution version

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2013) -  Ernst & Young LLP today announced the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award winners in the Northern California region. The award recognizes outstanding high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The finalists and winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and honored at a gala event at The Fairmont in San Francisco on June 22, 2013.

Tod Sacerdoti, CEO and Founder, BrightRoll, Inc., San Francisco, CA
Ashar Aziz, Founder, Vice Chairman and CTO,
FireEye, Inc., Milpitas, CA
Mark Fischer-Colbrie, CEO and President,
Labcyte, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
Rich Ellson, Co-founder, Labcyte, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA
Renaud Laplanche, CEO and Founder,
Lending Club, San Francisco, CA
Neil Grimmer, CEO and Co-founder, Plum Organics, Emeryville, CA
Gurbaksh Chahal, CEO and Founder, RadiumOne, San Francisco, CA
Lyndon Rive, CEO and Co-founder, SolarCity, San Mateo, CA
Aneel Bhusri, Chairman, Co-founder
and Co-CEO, Workday, Pleasanton, CA
David Duffield, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Workday, Pleasanton, CA

These regional award winners now go on to compete at the national level. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the National Entrepreneur Of The Year Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In the Northern California region, local sponsors include: Goodwin Procter, Littler, RoseRyan, Scherzer International, Smart Business Network, Inc., and The Big Picture.

About Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

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