EY Announces Sabari Raja of Nepris as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Southwest Award Winner

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Nepris CEO and CoFounder Sabari Raja wins Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 Southwest

Nepris CoFounder and CEO Sabari Raja

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Sabari Raja, CoFounder and CEO of Nepris was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Southwest Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Ms. Raja was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was announced through the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 7th, 2020.

Nepris is a cloud-based platform that virtually connects students and classrooms with diverse industry professionals to bring real-world relevance to what students are learning in school by exposing them to career pathways. “A recent study called The Equality of Opportunity Project revealed that the educational “opportunity gap” is directly linked to lack of exposure in students.” said Raja. ”Since starting Nepris in 2014 with CoFounder Binu Thayamkery, our goal has been to close this gap, having connected over 540k students with over 39k industry professionals in fields ranging from manufacturing, to science, technology, healthcare, agriculture, and more.

Since 1986, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and tenacity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Ms. Raja will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.
Jodi Berg of Vitamix
Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
James Park of Fitbit
Daymond John of Fubu

As a Southwest award winner, Ms. Raja is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced Thursday, November 19, during a virtual awards gala. The awards are the culminating event of this year’s virtual Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies. 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.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.

Southwest sponsors also include Colliers International, Haynes and Boone, Donnelly Financial, PNC Bank, Marquee Events, RHSB, Smith, Frank & Partners, and D CEO Magazine.

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About Nepris
Austin-based Nepris provides a cloud-based platform connecting industry professionals with K-16 classrooms so that students see the relevance of what they are learning in school. Students are exposed to diverse role models and career paths in STEM, the Arts, retail, manufacturing, and countless other careers. Nepris makes it easy for teachers to leverage industry connections while offering a scalable platform for companies and regional intermediaries to easily and effectively engage the current workforce with the future workforce, virtually. Over a half-million students have participated in a Nepris virtual session or have viewed one of the over 10,000 hours of videos in its library. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com. @NeprisApp

About Sabari Raja
Sabari Raja is CoFounder and CEO of Nepris, where she leads her team in connecting industry experts and leaders with classrooms, inspiring students to reach their full potential and introducing them to potential new careers. Prior to Nepris, Ms. Raja spent 15 years with the education technology division of Texas Instruments to lead product and content strategy, publisher relations, business development, partnership and alliance ecosystem for new edtech products. Ms. Raja has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from India, Masters in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an Executive MBA degree from Cox School of Business, SMU.

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 Private
As Advisors to the ambitious™, EY Private professionals possess the experience and passion to support private businesses and their owners in unlocking the full potential of their ambitions. EY Private teams offer distinct insights born from the long EY history of working with business owners and entrepreneurs. These teams support the full spectrum of private enterprises including private capital managers and investors and the portfolio businesses they fund, business owners, family businesses, family offices and entrepreneurs. Visit ey.com/private

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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