EY Announces Imran Aftab of 10Pearls as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Mid-Atlantic Award Finalist

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Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur Of The Year, one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies, has announced Imran Aftab, Founder and CEO, of 10Pearls as a finalist.

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"I am honored by this recognition and grateful to be in the company of exceptional entrepreneurs and leaders," said Imran Aftab, co-founder and CEO of 10Pearls. "I am incredibly proud of the entire 10Pearls team for helping build a culture of excellence, innovation, compassion, and inclusivity."

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced that Imran Aftab, Founder and CEO, of 10Pearls was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Mid-Atlantic Award finalist. Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform our world. Mr. Aftab was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.

Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.

"I am honored by this recognition and grateful to be in the company of exceptional entrepreneurs and leaders," said Imran Aftab, co-founder and CEO of 10Pearls. "We have come far from what started as a simple idea: to change the world through opportunity creation. Today, 10Pearls is a thriving global business, poised to accelerate even further. I am incredibly proud of the entire 10Pearls team for helping build a culture of excellence, innovation, compassion, and inclusivity.”

Imran launched 10Pearls with a mere $2,000 and the help of his brother, Zeeshan Aftab, in Pakistan. From the outset, the goal was to build a double-bottomed-line company that would not only create value for customers and shareholders, but also employees and society at large. To this day, 10Pearls is 100% privately held with no outside investment. The company remains committed to investing in a culture of learning, innovation, inclusivity and giving back through initiatives like 10Pearls University, 10Pearls Labs, Women in Tech Program, and Empower Foundation – helping to create a balance between high-growth and human-centric values.

10Pearls continues its high growth trajectory, earning recognition for a second consecutive year in the annual 2020 Inc. 5000 list which ranks the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Award winners will be announced through a special virtual event in early October and will join a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world. This year, unstoppable entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support for their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will also be recognized for their courage, resilience, and ingenuity.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards to be announced in November during a virtual awards gala. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2021.

Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners become lifetime members of a global, multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

About 10Pearls:
10Pearls is an end-to-end digital technology services partner that helps businesses with innovative product development, digitalization of existing business processes, modernization and acceleration through augmentation of existing teams. We leverage our deep understanding of the latest technologies and the nuances of the digital landscape in your specific industry to drive company growth, no matter where you are on your digital journey.

10Pearls is proud to have a diverse clientele including large enterprises, SMBs, and high growth startups. We work with clients across industries, including but not limited to healthcare/life sciences, energy, communications/media, financial services, technology and education. Our many long-term, successful partnerships are built upon trust, integrity, and successful delivery and execution. To learn more, visit https://10pearls.com.

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. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy.

About EY:
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, strategy, transaction and consulting services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
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