Celebrating the unstoppable entrepreneurs whose ambitions transform our world

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 17, 2020Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Ike Kavas, founder and CEO of Ephesoft, was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Pacific Southwest-Orange County Award finalist. Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform our world. 

“I am honored to be selected as a finalist for Orange County’s top entrepreneur of 2020,” said Kavas. “I founded Ephesoft because I knew there was a need for scalable solutions that help businesses increase time-to-value when it comes to capturing and utilizing their massive amounts of data and documents. I am proud that together with Ephesoft’s many talented employees, we have grown the company to become a global leader in intelligent document processing solutions, providing acquisition and data enrichment solutions to enterprise customers in 53 countries, including many Fortune 1000 companies.”

Originally from Turkey, Kavas immigrated to the U.S. and founded Ephesoft in 2010. After two years, the company became profitable and was later recognized in Inc. 500 with 1132% growth. Using AI-powered machine learning, Ephesoft has enabled companies to acquire, enrich and amplify the power of their data. Ephesoft’s revolutionary productivity solutions add context and meaning to data in a way that no one else has tried, helping organizations fuel their journey towards the autonomous enterprise. 

Award winners will be announced through a special virtual event on October 6 and will join a lifelong community of esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world. This year, unstoppable entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support for their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will also be recognized for their courage, resilience and ingenuity.

Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the preeminent competitive award programs for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The nominees are evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world. 


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.

In Orange County, sponsors also include Platinum sponsor: Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, Gold sponsor: Tangram and Silver Sponsor: Cresa.

About Ephesoft
Ephesoft provides intelligent document processing solutions with industry-leading technology to help enterprises maximize their productivity. Using AI and patented machine learning technology, Ephesoft’s platform captures data from documents, enriches it with context and amplifies the power of that data, adding intelligence to accelerate any business process and drive successful digital transformation. Thousands of customers worldwide use Ephesoft to save costs, improve accuracy and fuel their journey towards the autonomous enterprise. Ephesoft is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with regional offices throughout the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific. To learn more, visit ephesoft.com.

About Entrepreneur of The Year® 

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. Winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. ey.com/us/eoy

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