IRVINE, Calif., May 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cie Digital Labs (CDL), an accelerator of innovation for large enterprises and a growth accelerator for emerging startups, has announced that CDL Co-founder and CEO Anderee Berengian has been named a finalist at Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Orange County Region Award. This year, Anderee also won the 2018 OCBJ Excellence In Entrepreneurship Awards and the 2018 Stevie Awards Entrepreneur of the Year (Gold), while CDL won the Stevie Awards Most Innovative Company of the Year (Silver).

EY’s Entrepreneur Of The Year program 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 CDL’s unique model of not just supporting but also operating each of its startups, and leveraging industry expertise to guide CDL towards financial stability and exponential growth. Anderee has led CDL’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 Petco, ASAP Tire, and Titan School Solutions, and has created over 1,000 jobs through his entrepreneurial efforts. With CDL and RezVen Partners, a Newport Beach based venture capital firm where he is the Founder and Managing Partner, Anderee has been instrumental in launching and guiding several successful startups, including: ASAP Tire, Nativo, Titan School Solutions, StyleHaul, 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, and this nomination is a testament to CDL’s commitment to developing and seamlessly executing high impact solutions, while accelerating, strengthening, and extending the reach of its client ventures," said Berengian. “CDL’s foremost goal is to offer a holistic ecosystem for startups and enterprises alike, and provide swift and efficient ideation, strategizing and creation of high quality products and solutions that empowers companies to become premier category leaders.”

Now in its 32nd year, the awards program celebrates entrepreneurs from over 145 cities and 60 countries for their extraordinary success across innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their communities. Berengian was selected as one of the 16 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 Friday, June 22, with more than 500 Founders, CEOs and other business leaders in attendance, at the Monarch Beach Resort, California.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national award winner, will be announced at the National Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 17, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies

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

About Cie Digital LabsCie 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.

Visit www.ciedigital.com to learn more.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. 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. ey.com/eoy

CONTACT INFORMATIONNikki ReyesThree Bears Marketing for Cie Digital Labs nikki@threebearsmarketing.com (408) 499-0033

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