Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are building a better world
DEVENS, Mass., June 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Paul Sellewfounder and CEO of Little Leaf Farms was named entrepreneur of the year® 2023 New England Award Winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the most competitive awards for entrepreneurs and high-growth business leaders. Sellew was selected by an independent judging panel made up of past winners, CEOs, investors and other regional business leaders. Candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of creating long-term value through entrepreneurship, purpose, growth, and impact, among other critical contributions and attributes.
“It is truly an honor to be named EY New England Entrepreneur of the Year and I am extremely proud of our company’s accomplishments,” said Sellew. “This wouldn’t have been possible without the entire team at Little Leaf Farms – all of our success comes from the dedication and passion that each team member puts in, day in and day out, to further our mission, and I’m grateful for share this recognition with them.”
Sellew founded Little Leaf Farms in 2015 with a mission to transform the way food is grown. Today, the brand is the #1 packaged lettuce grown sustainably through Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) and provides local, deliciously crunchy, wonderfully fresh, exceptionally sustainable and sustainably grown leafy greens, from its state-of-the-art greenhouses to the grocery store. shelves within 24 hours of harvest. Little Leaf Farms operates greenhouses in Massachusetts And Pennsylvaniawith plans for further expansion in Pennsylvaniaand recently announced plans to smash $100 million retail sales by the end of 2023. Little Leaf Farms is available at major retailers from northeast to southeast, with additional growth coming throughout the Midwest.
For nearly four decades, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven the success of their businesses, transformed their industries and positively impacted their communities. Entrepreneur of the Year recipients become lifelong members of a global community of multi-industry entrepreneurs, with exclusive and ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and others. ecosystem members in more than 60 countries, all backed by extensive EY resources. Since 1986, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 11,000 American executives.
As the New England award winner, Sellew is now eligible for the 2023 National Entrepreneur of the Year awards. year, will be announced in November during the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The winner of the overall National Entrepreneur of the Year award will then move on to compete for the Global Entrepreneur of the Year® Price in June 2024.
The Entrepreneur of the Year program honored the inspiring leadership of entrepreneurs such as:
- Andreas Bechtolsheim And Jayshree Ullal Arista networks
- John Daymond of the FUBU
- Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani, Inc.
- Holly Thaggard And Amanda Baldwin from Supergoop!
- Howard Schultz by Starbucks Coffee Company
- James Park by Fitbit
- Jodi Berg by Vitamix
- Joe DeSimone of CarbonInc.
- Kendra Scott by Kendra Scott LLC
- Reid Hoffman And Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn Corporation
- Sheila Mikhail by AskBio
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of the Year awards include sponsors PNC Bank, NA; SAP America; and the Kauffman Foundation. In New England, sponsors also include Cresa Global, Inc., Woodruff Sawyer & Company and DLA Piper, LLP.
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About Little Leaf Farms
Little Leaf Farms is on a mission to transform the way food is grown through suburban farming practices rebuilt for the modern world. Using state-of-the-art greenhouse technologies, Little Leaf Farms grows fresh, sustainable lettuce 365 days a year. Little Leaf Farms uses captured rainwater, natural sunlight shining through high-transmittance glass, and solar energy in their precise, soilless hydroponics. The crisp, tasty young shoots are harvested without ever touching human hands and are never treated with chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. For more information, visit littleleaffarms.com or @littleleaffarms.
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