Jeff Pruitt, CEO and Founder of Tallwave and Portfolio Company ethology, Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(TM) 2014 Award

Jeff Pruitt, CEO and Founder of Tallwave and Portfolio Company ethology, Named 
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(TM) 2014 Award Finalist 
Pruitt Recognized for His Decades of Entrepreneur Experience and
Enterprise Management as well as His Role in Connecting Early-Stage
Ventures With the Resources They Need to Launch Successfully 
SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/14 --   Highlighting the
extraordinary success in such areas as innovation and financial
performance of venture development firm Tallwave, EY has named Jeff
Pruitt, CEO and founder of Tallwave and its portfolio company
integrated digital marketing agency ethology, as a finalist for the
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(TM) 2014 Award in the Mountain Desert
"I congratulate Jeff on being named a finalist in this prestigious
award program that recognizes leadership and aligns smart people for
achievement of monumental change," said Craig Barrett, retired
Chairman and CEO, Intel Corp. "Jeff is setting the vision to disrupt
current dynamics in the innovation economy, not only in Arizona, but
on a national level. In addition to helping early stage companies
rapidly build products that drive commercial success, he's helping
solve the gap in Seed and A round funding that is so prevalent." 
Pruitt was selected as a finalist from nearly 100 nominations by a
panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a
special gala event on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at the Denver Center
for the Performing Arts Seawell Ballroom. 
"Every day I wake up and feel energized and privileged to be a part
of an organization whose mission it is to provide services, resources
and the right contacts for new ventures to grow," said Pruitt. "I'm
honored that EY has recognized the impact Tallwave is making by
connecting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Arizona and am grateful
for the extraordinary talented team of people in my organization that
help make it happen." 
Now in its 28th year, the program has expanded to recognize business
leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout
the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for
the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program. Award winners in
several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The
Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual
awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014.  
About Tallwave
 Tallwave is a commercializor. 
The company creates commercial success and shareholder value for
entrepreneurs and investors by validating, scaling and managing
early-stage and growth ventures with a hands-on approach. Tallwave
also hosts High Tide(TM); one of the most innovative startup
competitions in the U.S. 
What separates Tallwave from the limitations of Incubator,
Accelerator and traditional Venture Capital firm business models is
its proprietary Tallwave Way(TM) closed-loop commercialization
engine. The combination of Tallwave's lean Business Blueprint(TM) for
product and company validation, its Operator Model(TM) for resource
deployment and the access to pre-seed through Series A capital its
networks provide, has been used to vet over 300 entrepreneurs and
their concepts, validate more than 65 startups, and build a portfolio
of half a dozen early-stage companies. 
Founded and led by former iCrossing, Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft,
GoDaddy executives, Tallwave is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ with
offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Additional information
about Tallwave is available at 
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(TM)
 EY Entrepreneur Of The
Year(TM) is the world's most prestigious business award for
entrepreneurs. The unique award 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 award 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 in more than 60 countries. 
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