DENVER, July 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EY announced that founder & CEO, Bryan Leach, of Ibotta, Inc., the leading U.S. retail shopping app that gives users cash back when they shop, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Consumer Technology category in the Mountain Desert region that includes Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Bryan was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Seawall Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on June 25, 2015.
"I am thrilled to receive this recognition from EY after what has been a year of banner growth for Ibotta," said Leach. "Our team worked extremely hard to help consumers earn significant cash back on whatever products they want to buy whenever they go shopping, and it is paying off. Ibotta is now one of the most frequently used apps in the U.S."
Ibotta's easy-to-use app provides consumers with flexible ways to unlock cash back rewards as they shop by completing fun and simple tasks before they buy products. Since launching in 2012, Ibotta has delivered over $30 million in cash rebates to shoppers across nearly all major retailers. For brands and retailers, Ibotta provides a dynamic new way to engage with shoppers and drive loyalty.
Now in its 29th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company; Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.; and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent U.S. national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President and CEO and Chairman of Medivation.
"EY has honored outstanding entrepreneurs for the past 29 years," said Jim Wilson, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for the Mountain Desert region. "These winners are accomplished leaders who have contributed a tremendous amount to their communities."
As a Mountain Desert region award winner, Bryan is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation's most prestigious gathering of highgrowth, marketleading companies.
Sponsors Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Mountain Desert Region sponsors also include Faegre Baker Daniels, Colliers International, Scherzer International, and the Denver Business Journal.
Ibotta, a Denver-based mobile technology company, is transforming the way brands and retailers deliver mobile media and advertising campaigns. With a one of a kind user experience that's proven to drive in-store sales and consumer loyalty, the world's leading brands continue to leverage Ibotta as a key pillar of their digital programs and growth strategies. Ibotta continues to drive brand engagement and loyalty tracked directly to item level purchases for both in-store and online transactions, establishing it as a true omni-channel solution.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the 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, 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 145 cities in more than 60 countries.
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SOURCE Ibotta, Inc.