EY announces Alex Kinnier of Upside as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 National Finalist

November 13, 2022

Washington, DC, November 13, 2022 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Alex Kinnier of Upside was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 National finalist. Kinnier was selected from 206 regional Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Award winners from 190 companies across the US. Entrepreneur Of The Year was created to honor unstoppable entrepreneurs who dream up the services and products that disrupt markets and transform industries, all while improving lives. Now in its 37th year, it is celebrated as one of the most respected business award programs in the world.

Kinnier founded Upside in 2015 with the belief that communities are made stronger by more economically efficient businesses, and from Google Chief Economist Hal Varian’s economic theory that suggests simultaneously maximizing consumer purchasing power and business profitability is the way to make that happen. Seven years later, Upside has 50,000 locations on its platform, reaches 30 million consumers and is valued at 1.5 billion dollars. This year the company celebrated its fastest growth to date as demand for Upside skyrockets. 

Kinnier was selected by a panel of independent judges made up of entrepreneurs from across the US. Each candidate was evaluated based on entrepreneurial spirit; company purpose, growth and impact; and other core contributions and attributes.  

“It’s surreal to think back to 2016 and see how much progress we’ve made towards becoming the digital layer transforming brick and mortar commerce,” said Alex Kinner, CEO and co-founder Upside. “I’m humbled by Ernst & Young LL’s recognition and grateful for my team who have rallied behind my vision and created such a meaningful impact for merchants, consumers and important sustainability initiatives.”

Since 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year has celebrated entrepreneurs whose drive, innovative spirit and creativity have fueled their companies’ success, revolutionized their industries and influenced their communities. The National finalists and winners were announced during a celebration held at the Strategic Growth Forum, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies. Learn more about the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 National finalists and winners at www.ey.com/en_us/entrepreneur-of-the-year/meet-the-winners-and-finalists-2022

To learn more about career opportunities at Upside, visit our career page.

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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. National overall winners go on to compete for the title. Visit ey.com/us/eoy

About Upside

Upside is a retail technology company on a mission to help communities thrive. Our technology has helped millions of people get more purchasing power on the things they need, and tens of thousands of brick and mortar businesses earn measurable profit. Billions of dollars in commerce runs through the Upside platform every year, and that value goes directly back to our retailers, the consumers they serve, and towards important sustainability initiatives. For more: www.upside.com.  

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Nora Langan | nora.langan@upside.com | 215-565-5790

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