Cie CEO Anderee Berengian Named Finalist for The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Orange County Region

Tech entrepreneur and executive honored for leading digital solutions firm and accelerating growth for startups

IRVINE, Calif., May 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cie, the venture accelerator that re-imagines businesses at the intersection of commerce, technology and humanity, has announced that Cie Co-founder and CEO Anderee Berengian has been named a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in the Orange County Region.

Last year, Anderee won the 2018 OCBJ Excellence In Entrepreneurship Awards, made the OCBJ 500 ranking and won the 2018 Stevie Awards Entrepreneur of the Year (Gold). And Cie won the Stevie Awards Most Innovative Company of the Year (Silver) and Leslie Pool’s Innovator of the Year award in the last year.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program, founded by EY, has been at the forefront of identifying game-changing entrepreneurs for more than three decades. The nomination recognizes Anderee’s tenacity in overcoming obstacles within the industry, proving the efficacy of Cie’s unique model of not just supporting but also operating each of its startups, and leveraging industry expertise to guide Cie towards financial stability and exponential growth. Anderee has led Cie’s mission to provide leading-edge digital and operational solutions at an accelerated pace, serving as an innovation lab for prominent brands and a platform to develop ideas into sustainable, profitable companies.

He has steered the company’s 50%+ YOY growth, lends his expertise on the board of several enterprises, including PetcoASAP Tire, and Titan School Solutions, and has created over 1,000 jobs through his entrepreneurial efforts. With Cie and RezVen Partners, a Newport Beach based venture capital firm where he is the Founder and Managing Partner, Anderee has been instrumental in launching, funding and guiding several successful startups, including: ASAP TireNativoTitan School SolutionsStyleHaul, CloudTrigger, Ankeena, and Cramster.

Anderee is also actively involved in giving back to the community: he was an Executive Committee member of the local Homeland Security Advisory Council; and currently serves as a board member at Discovery Cube and Human Options, and is a mentor at TechStars and Founder’s Institute.

"I’m honored to receive EY’s recognition as a finalist alongside other inspiring OC business leaders. Innovation is the lifeblood of business and I’m proud that Cie delivers it to more people. Cie builds ideas. We help founders and large enterprises by providing hands-on help to de-risk the operational challenges startups face,” said Berengian. “By working hand in hand with founders and CEOs, we build great companies.”

Now in its 33rd year, the awards program celebrates entrepreneurs from over 145 cities and more than 60 countries for their extraordinary success across innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their communities. Berengian was selected as one of the 15 finalists by an independent judging panel that includes previous award winners, leading CEOs, private equity and venture capital investors, and other regional business luminaries.

Winners will be announced at the Regional Awards Gala on June 18 with more than 500 Founders, CEOs and other business leaders in attendance, at the Monarch Beach Resort, California.

See EY’s announcement of the finalists here. Follow all the latest program developments @EY_EOYUS and #EOYOC and visit the Orange County regional website for more information.

About Cie
Cie is an accelerator of innovation for large enterprises and a growth accelerator for emerging startups. CDL creates leading digital solutions, serves as an innovation lab for a variety of prominent global brands, and acts as a platform to develop and turn ground-breaking ideas into new technology ventures.

CDL blends Silicon Valley know-how, startup dynamism and speed with the business maturity of serial entrepreneurs, seasoned venture capitalists, and Fortune 500 executives. This proven combination drives cutting edge solutions for top enterprises’ strategic and operational business challenges. CDL’s leadership team has served key roles at various successful startups including Amazon, Yahoo!, Overture, Nativo and Internet Brands.
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About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. 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 in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries.

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Anderee Berengian, Co-Founder and CEO of Cie