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EY Announces Persefoni's Kentaro Kawamori as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Pacific Southwest Finalist

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December 21, 2023
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TEMPE, May 24, 2022 -- Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) has announced that Kentaro Kawamori, CEO and Co-founder of Persefoni, Inc. has been named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Pacific Southwest finalist. EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the most coveted and competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.

Kawamori was selected by an independent panel based on his demonstration of long term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

"We founded Persefoni with a simple, but significant, goal: provide organizations software that enables them to manage their carbon footprint and climate transactions with the same rigor and confidence that today they employ ERP solutions to manage their financial transactions," said Kawamori. "Today, Persefoni's award winning Climate Management & Accounting Platform (CMAP) does exactly this for global organizations across 18 of the 20 NAICS industry sectors.

"On behalf of our incredible team spanning more than 25 U.S. states and 10 countries, I am honored to receive this recognition from such a respected and experienced organization as EY, as well as its sponsors, and we congratulate all of the other finalists."

Regional award winners will be announced on June 23, 2022. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel, and National awards will be presented in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation's most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in June 2023.

More information on the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® and timeline may be found here.

SponsorsFounded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are presented by PNC Bank. In the Pacific Southwest, sponsors also include Marsh McLennan, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Tangram Interiors, Cooley LLP, Keyser LLC, and DLA Piper.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year® Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the world's most coveted and competitive business awards. Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes the most ambitious leaders who are building and sustaining successful, dynamic businesses around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winners comprise a global network of like-minded visionaries, each on a transformational journey to create, innovate, grow, learn and build a better world. They become lifetime members of an esteemed multi-industry community of entrepreneurs, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of program alumni and other ecosystem members in nearly 60 countries who are supported by the vast resources of EY.

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Persefoni, Inc. is the leading Climate Management & Accounting Platform (CMAP). The company's Software-as-a-Service solutions enable enterprises and financial institutions to meet stakeholder and regulatory climate disclosure requirements with the highest degree of trust, transparency, and ease. As the ERP of Carbon, the Persefoni platform provides users a single source of carbon truth across their organization, enabling them to manage their carbon transactions and inventory with the same rigor and confidence as their financial transactions. Learn more at

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