Starting and maintaining a business is no easy task. Several Emory alumni know this firsthand, which is why the Emory Entrepreneur Network in conjunction with the Emory Alumni Association recently recognized 25 entrepreneurs and Emory alumni during the second annual 2017 Emory Entrepreneur Awards.

The awards recognized outstanding alumni entrepreneurs who demonstrate the highest caliber of innovation, and each of the winners is a founder of a growing organization.

“As you’ll see tonight, we’ve got a really good diversity of different folks from different industries and different business that they’ve created,” Steve Greenfield 04EvMBA, co-president of the Emory Entrepreneur Network said. “Thankfully, with the support of folks like the Emory Alumni Association and Goizueta, we’ve finally gotten some momentum behind this.”

This recognition program was created by alumni volunteers who are passionate about spotlighting the successful products and ventures that were driven by Emory alumni.

This year’s group includes alumni whose business endeavors span the creative, finance, health care, hospitality, law, real estate, retail, social enterprise and technology spaces.

View this year’s honorees:

Joshua Backer 05C 13G
Co-founder, President, Advertising and SVP Operations
Los Angeles, California

Angie Bastian 91N
Co-founder and Owner
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sean Belnick 09B
Belnick Inc.
Canton, Georgia

Craig Bernstein 05C
Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen
CEO and Founder
Chicago, Illinois

Scott “Scooter” Braun 04C
SB Projects
Los Angeles, California

Euler Bropleh 02OX 04C
Chicago, Illinois

Natalia Castillo 85C
Escapada Living
CEO and Founder
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

Stacey Epstein 91C
Lafayette, California

Stephanie Espy 08B
Founder and Executive Director
Atlanta, Georgia

Andrew Foote 10C
Naivasha, Kenya

Linton Hopkins 92C
Resurgens Hospitality Group
Atlanta, Georgia

Andy Horwitz 91B
Black Mountain Systems
San Diego, California

Lucienne Ide 07G 04M
President and CEO
Atlanta, Georgia

Zach Klempf 12C
Selly Automotive
Founder and CEO
San Francisco, California

Hayal Koc 03C
Partner and Vice President of Sales
Istanbul, Turkey

Nikhil Kundra 11C
Co-founder and CEO
San Francisco, California

Chris Lee 12G
Vertera Spine
Founder, President and CEO
Atlanta, Georgia

George “Trey” Lee, III 92C
Real Time Neuromonitoring Associates
Nashville, Tennessee

John Leffingwell 62G 63G
Sunkist Soft Drinks
Vice President
Canton, Georgia

Andy Levitt 92C
The Purple Carrot
Founder and CEO
Needham, Massachusetts

Jim Minnick 99B
Atlanta, Georgia

Lin Rogers 08B
Rogers Electric
Founder and Chairman
Atlanta, Georgia

Laura Schilling 90B
Financial Innovations, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia

Vikram Singha 97B
Global Energy Talent
Co-founder and Vice President
Dubai, UAE

Brian Tolleson 94C
Bark Bark
Atlanta, Georgia

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