Unicorn Founders Took No Venture Capital, led Byte to over a Billion Dollars
LOS ANGELES, August 02, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced that Co-Founders Scott Cohen and Blake Johnson of Byte were named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Greater Los Angeles Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Scott Cohen and Blake Johnson were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on July 29, 2021.
"It is truly an honor to be named a winner for Entrepreneur of The Year, the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. In the face of the many challenges that we face today, entrepreneurs have a vital role to play in creating a better future. Thank you to the entire Byte team across the globe for supporting our vision of making what has been inaccessible, accessible – by providing an easy, convenient and affordable way to upgrade your smile," stated Scott Cohen and Blake Johnson. Byte’s doctor-directed clear aligner system provides customers access to at-home invisible aligners for a straighter, whiter smile.
For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Both Scott Cohen and Blake Johnson will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.
As a Greater Los Angeles award winner, Cohen and Johnson are now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
Brian Niccol of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Saeju Jeong of Noom
Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
Jodi Berg of Vitamix
Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
James Park of Fitbit
Daymond John of Fubu
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In Greater Los Angeles, sponsors also include Premium sponsors: Marsh and Tangram; Supporting sponsors: Avitas Wealth Management, Cresa, Donnelly Financial Solutions, and Olmstead Williams Communications.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy
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