TiE Ohio, the Ohio chapter of The International Entrepreneur, hosted the 3rd annual TiE International Entrepreneur Awards on Thursday September 20, 2012. The awards were created to recognize the achievements of international entrepreneurs helping to reshape and rebuild Ohio's business landscape and to
highlight how international entrepreneurs contribute to the local economy.
The 2012 TiE International Entrepreneur Awards provide awards in 4 categories:
1) Immigrant Entrepreneur Award <$5M .
This award recognizes an entrepreneur who was born outside the U.S., started his or her company in Ohio, and the business currently generates annual revenues under $5M). Finalists were Yana Schottenstein (Access 2 Interpreters), Joao Simoes
(Davenport Aviation), and Asis Banerjie (Ovation Polymers).
2) Immigrant Entrepreneur Award >$5M .
This award recognizes an entrepreneur who was born outside the U.S., started his or her company in Ohio, and the business currently generates annual revenues above $5M). Finalists are CK Satyapriya (CTL Engineering) and Farah Majidzadeh
3) Global Entrepreneur Award.
This award recognizes an entrepreneur, either foreignborn or local born,
who started his or her company in Ohio and has a global presence today). Finalists are
Herbert Kohler (Kohler Coating), Wayne Duigan (Horizons Inc.), and Scott Miller (Miller Weldmaster).
4) International Student Innovator Award.
This award recognizes an international student from Ohio
or who is currently enrolled at a higher education institution in Ohio (or graduated within the past
year) who has shown leadership and entrepreneurial spirit. The finalist is Sachin Rudraraju
Biology and Economics, Cornell University.
Award criteria considered in selecting the finalists include business success (revenue generated, capital raised, jobs created, progress with international vendors, entering new markets), impact and leadership in the Ohio community, and the innovation and creativity demonstrated in structuring the business.
Winners of the awards were announced at the award ceremony on September 20, 2012 at the Ariel International Center. JobsOhio, president and Chief Investment Officer, Mark Kvamme, delivered the keynote speech at the awards ceremony.
Vinny Gupta and Jose Feliciano were honored by receiving the Community Catalyst Award at the ceremony to
recognize their efforts in creating global connections for the region.
Enjoy these photos from the ceremony.