Southern California-based interactive innovation firm and their leader recognized for accelerating growth for startups and enterprises

IRVINE, Calif., May 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cie Digital Labs (CDL), an accelerator of innovation for large enterprises and a growth accelerator for emerging startups, has won a Silver Stevie® Award for the ‘Most Innovative Company of the Year’ and Co-founder and CEO Anderee Berengian has also been awarded Gold Stevie® Award for ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in the 16th Annual American Business Awards®.

“The nominations submitted for The 2018 American Business Awards were outstanding,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie® Awards. “The competition was intense, and those recognized as Stevie® Award winners should be immensely proud of this accomplishment.” Judges, lauding both CDL’s and Anderee's endeavors in aiding entrepreneurial ventures, said, "Lucky for start-ups that organizations like CDL exist. It's like a booster rocket towards the end stage of a successful launch (and future state)...very cool" and that "Anderee’s expertise is the support each entrepreneur would benefit from."

CDL consistently creates leading-edge digital solutions, serving as an innovation lab for prominent brands and a platform to develop ideas into technology ventures. CDL’s unique value proposition in steering all aspects of a company and providing a holistic ecosystem where enterprises and entrepreneurs work alongside each other has helped business venture partners achieve their goal faster. It provides a more hands-on assistance through a unique combination of shared and dedicated domain experts in Product, Design, Web & Mobile development, Business & Corporate Development, Finance, HR and IT. Also a winner of 2017 OCTANe ‘Best Digital Strategy’ Award, CDL has an expansive client roster across retail, consumer products, automotive and transportation industries.

Berengian, an accomplished entrepreneur, technologist, and investor, has led CDL’s corporate and product strategy in transforming ideas into sustainable, profitable companies and the execution of high impact strategic solutions for ventures. He has helped spearhead the company’s accelerated growth and lends his expertise on the board of several enterprises, including Petco, ASAP Tire and TITAN School Solutions. Additionally, he has helped raise over $100 million for startups and created over 1,000 jobs through his entrepreneurial efforts. Berengian also serves as a thought leader in his community, joining the ranks of some of the industry’s most prolific business leaders as a Forbes contributor since 2017.

“This year’s recognition for both innovation and entrepreneurship among such an impressive group of companies and individuals is incredible. We continuously strive to create and execute high impact, innovative digital solutions that drive sustainable business growth for startups and enterprises alike,” said Berengian. “I look forward to another year of raising CDL to greater heights by continuing to build a world class organization focused on driving measurable business results.”

One of the most coveted Awards program in the US, the Stevie® Award celebrates the exemplary success and contributions of organizations and business leaders globally. More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all sizes and almost every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others. More than 200 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie® Award winners. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 11.    

Click here for the official announcement of the 2018 American Business Awards winners and click here for the complete list of winners.    

About Cie Digital Labs
Cie Digital Labs (CDL) 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 The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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Three Bears Marketing for Cie Digital Labs
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