Mike Brown, Owner of Death Wish Coffee Company has been selected as a semifinalist in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 program

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EY announces Death Wish Coffee Company’s Owner Mike Brown as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 semifinalist in New York

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EY today announced that Mike Brown, Owner of Death Wish Coffee Company is a semifinalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2016 Award in the New York Region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Brown was selected as a semifinalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Wednesday, June 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

"I'm honored to be selected as a semifinalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year program,” said Brown. “Prior winners are business men and women I've looked up to for years and have even read books about, having the chance to have this in common with them is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Death Wish Coffee, deemed the world’s strongest coffee, was the brainchild of Brown who first produced the potent blend in the basement of his coffee shop, hoping to wow his café customers who frequently requested a stronger cup. Brown has come a long way-from selling his first bag of Death Wish through a Facebook ad-to being the number one selling coffee on Amazon for two years running. In 2015, Death Wish Coffee Company was thrust into the national spotlight when they were announced as the winner of the Intuit Small Business Big Game Competition, landing the company a thirty-second commercial spot during Super Bowl 50. From basement brew to global gulp, Brown and his small crew work tirelessly to spread to word (and aroma) of the world’s strongest coffee.

Now in its 30th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 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 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In New York, sponsors also include Empire Valuation Consultants, Pine Hill Group, SolomonEdwardsGroup, DLA Piper, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and SmartCEO.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 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.

About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets practice
EY’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary teams of elite professionals provide perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. EY is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

About EY
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