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Skillz CEO Named Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalist

Entrepreneurship is an agent of change that transforms lives, entire industries and economies, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of all the action! Andrew Paradise, our CEO and founder, was recently announced as a finalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Northern California Awards program. As the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year has been at the forefront of identifying game‐changing entrepreneurs for more than three decades.

The program encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with extraordinary potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievements. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs. Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.  


Over the years, this program has honored inspirational figures that have created new product categories, disrupted industries, and successfully brought new innovation and technology to traditional industries. Past winners include Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc., Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation and Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc.

These remarkable names have been recognized for demonstrating impressive success in areas such as financial performance, innovation, and commitment to their business and communities. Other finalists for this year’s Northern California Award program alongside Andrew include co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia, ThirdLove co-founder and co-CEO Heidi Zak, and Optimizely co-founder and Executive Chairman Dan Siroker.

The award winners will be announced at a black tie gala held on June 8, 2018 at the Fairmont in San Francisco, CA. We’re honored to have Andrew recognized among so many other notable business luminaries in the innovative Northern California region.

Learn more about the Entrepreneur Of The Year Northern California program and follow our journey throughout this award process via LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat!