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Verafin Founders Named Ey Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists

everal members of the Atlantic Canadian startup community have been named as finalists at this year’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards for the Atlantic Region.

EY, the global accountancy and consultancy firm, has selected 28 finalists in eight categories for the region. The winners of these categories and the overall Entrepreneur of the Year will be named at a gala dinner in St. John’s on Oct. 8.

There are several categories that don’t pertain to the startup world, but startup founders have featured in several of the races.

Chad Collett and Adam Rowe of SubC Control in St. John’s are in the running for the Technology and Communications category, while Michael Donovan of Halifax’s DHX Media and George Donovan of Gogii Games in Moncton are finalists in Media and Entertainment. Pablo Asiron of RtTech Software of Moncton has been cited in the Emerging Entrepreneur race.

The finalists for Information Technology are: Yves Doucet, of Dovico Software, Moncton; Tristan Rutter, Populus Global Solutions, Fredericton; and Jamie King, Raymond Pretty and Brendan Brothers of Verafin, St. John’s.

“We’re so proud to present this year’s group of finalists,” Ian Cavanagh, EY’s Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year program director, said in a statement. “They push the boundaries, grow the Canadian economy and always give back to their communities. That’s a lot to celebrate.”

The overall Atlantic winner will compete with winners from four other regions – Pacific, Prairies, Quebec and Ontario – to become Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. The Canadian winner will go on to compete globally with more than 50 countries for the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year in June 2016.