Entrepreneur of the Year

Each year, we celebrate entrepreneurial excellence by conferring two awards that honor their recipients’ entrepreneurial spirit and transformative business efforts: Entrepreneur of the Year and the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.  Past honorees include those listed below.

Entrepreneurs of the Year

  • Sara Blakely, Spanx
  • Janice Bryant-Howroyd, Act 1
  • Scott Cook, Intuit
  • Mark Cuban, Broadcast.com, Dallas Mavericks
  • Sky Dayton, Earthlink
  • Kathy Fields, Rodan + Fields, Proactiv
  • Robert Greenberg, Skechers USA
  • Lloyd Greif, Greif & Co.
  • Wayne Huizenga, Waste Management, Blockbuster, AutoNation
  • Marcia Israel, Judy's
  • Steve Jobs, Apple, Pixar
  • Ray Kroc, McDonald's
  • Pamela Lopker, QAD
  • George Rathmann, Amgen
  • Katie Rodan, Rodan + Fields, Proactiv
  • Fred Rosen, Ticketmaster
  • Howard Schultz, Starbucks
  • Eric Yuan, Zoom

Alumni Entrepreneurs of the Year

  • Brandon Beck, Riot Games
  • Marc Benioff, Salesforce
  • Darren Berkovitz, Telesign
  • Christopher Cabrera, Xactly
  • Kim Camarella-Khanbeigi, Kiyonna
  • Chris DeWolfe, MySpace, Jam City
  • Ryan Disraeli, TeleSign
  • Nolan Gallagher, Gravitas Ventures
  • Shannon Gans, New Deal Studios
  • Anthony Geisler, LA Boxing, Club Pilates
  • Marco Giannini, Dogswell
  • James Hart, Star Software, Senn Delaney
  • Jonathan Hirshberg, ENI-JR286
  • Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Hind Group
  • Thomas Knapp, Club Sportswear
  • Aaron Levie, Box
  • Mark Merrill, Riot Games
  • Paul Orfalea, Kinko's
  • Craig Pollard, Cancer for College
  • Michael Singer, Cherokee Uniforms
  • Stacy Stubblefield, Telesign
  • Fred Uytengsu, Alaska Milk, Brookstone Holdings
  • Michael Uytengsu, Alaska Milk, Brookstone Holdings