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AvePoint Co-Founders Kai Gong and Dr. Tianyi Jiang Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award Finalists in New Jersey
Award recognizes innovative business leaders in over 50 countries and is considered the most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs in the world
JERSEY CITY, NJ, June 15, 2008 — Mr. Kai Gong and Dr. Tianyi Jiang, co-founders of AvePoint, the leading provider of infrastructure management solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies , have been named as finalists for the 22nd annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Mr. Gong and Dr. Jiang were selected as finalists from over 50 nominations by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday June 19th, 2008 at the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe, Teaneck, New Jersey.
“We are thrilled by this honor”, said Mr. Gong, AvePoint co-founder and CEO. “It is a privilege to be included in such a superlative group of innovators as this year’s finalists, and it serves as a testament to the dedication and effort AvePoint’s employees worldwide have made to grow our business while maintaining the highest levels of product quality and customer service.”
Mr. Gong and Dr. Jiang co-founded AvePoint in 2001, initially working from the public library in Mr. Gong’s hometown of Somerset, NJ. Under their leadership, AvePoint has experienced dynamic growth and is now a recognized market leader in infrastructure management solutions for SharePoint, with offices on four continents, the largest SharePoint-exclusive development team outside of Microsoft, and over 300 employees globally.
“This is a great recognition for our team”, said Dr. Jiang, AvePoint co-founder and COO. “Since day one, our vision has been to build a company dedicated to product innovation and unparalleled customer service. To achieve this, we recruit the best, the brightest, and the most creative minds, and inspire them with this vision. Our company’s success - and the honor of being named as finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award - are a result of this shared vision and teamwork.”
The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards program celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 15, 2008. The awards are the concluding portion of Ernst & Young’s Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
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About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique 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, Ernst & Young 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 135 cities in 50 countries.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, The Entrepreneur of The Year awards are pleased to have SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as national sponsors.
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