VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 9, 2013) - Shahrzad Rafati, BroadbandTV's founder and CEO has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the "Emerging Entrepreneur" category. The entrepreneurs selected as finalists for this prestigious award are recognized based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.

"It's an honour to be among such an esteemed group of finalists," said Rafati. "This year's theme of global job creation is one that resonates with me - my goal with BroadbandTV has always been to create jobs by providing content creators with advanced tools and technology to become more successful online."

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Award celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. This is the 20th year the Canadian program has been honouring the country's most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business, particularly those who are tackling the global youth unemployment crisis.

"We've been celebrating the achievements of local entrepreneurs for 20 years now and their stories still continue to amaze and impress us," said Ron Voyer, Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year program director. "These entrepreneurs have put Pacific Canada on the map - growing local industry and creating jobs and opportunities that continue to attract the attention of global players."

Rafati has been selected among 20 other prominent local entrepreneurs who are playing a significant role in tackling the youth unemployment crisis and have an innovative vision. In the emerging entrepreneur category, Rafati has been nominated alongside Jamie Garratt, President and CEO of Idea Rebel and John Skinner, Proprietor of Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. The Pacific winners will be announced at a gala on October 4. The overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in Toronto on November 27. For more information on the awards and this year's finalists' visit:

About Broadband TV

BroadbandTV is an innovative media and technology company that drives success for online video creators by leveraging its proprietary technology and massive online reach. BBTV is one of the world's largest entertainment networks on YouTube with over 8,000 content partners amassing 800 million+ impressions per month. The company lives by its core values of Creativity, Collaboration, Care and Drive to foster entrepreneurship amongst independent content creators, and to advance the online video industry.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year

Entrepreneurs turn us on to new ideas, new ways of thinking and new possibilities. We've shone the spotlight on entrepreneurs for 20 years - and we've only just begun. Nominees are reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients. The 2013 Pacific judging panel consisted of Peter Barnes, 2010 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year, Mining and metals category winner and Founding Shareholder, DeepGreen Resources; Wanda Costuros, Corporate Director; Fred Davidson, 2012 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year, Mining and metals category winner and President and CEO, Energold Drilling Corp.; Steven Gula, 2012 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year, Manufacturing category winner and President, NII Northern International Inc.; Diane Johnson, 2011 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year, Special citation winner and President and CEO, Descriptive Video Works; Mary Jordan, Corporate Director and Chair, Vancouver Airport Authority; Donald McInnes, 2011 Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year, Cleantech category winner and Executive Vice Chairman, Alterra Power Corp.; and Catherine Osler, President, TEC Canada.

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