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TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese named a 2013 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist by EY

TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese

Today we are proud to announce that TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese was named a 2013 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist in the Young Entrepreneur category by EY Canada.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 20th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.

Lauren founded in 2008 after she realized that she and her fellow students in Canada were experiencing a difficult school-to-work transition due to, in part, a lack of access to online career resources. Today, TalentEgg is Canada’s most popular job board and online career resource for students and recent graduates, and more than three million students and grads will use the site to help start their careers in 2013.

Working with hundreds of employers to recruit top Gen Y talent, TalentEgg’s mission and achievements are directly in line with many of the goals of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, including creating jobs and improving youth employment. “Entrepreneurs aren’t just creating a future for themselves, they’re creating a better future for the next generation, where jobs are attainable and dreams are within reach,” says Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director.

Nominees were first reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients, and then Lauren and the other awards finalists were chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.

The 2013 Ontario judging panel consisted of John Albright, Founder and Managing Partner, Relay Ventures; Claude Haw, Managing Partner, Venture Coaches; Tim Jackson, Vice President, University Relations, University of Waterloo; Don Morrison, Senior Managing Director and Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; Nicole Musicco, Vice President, Funds & Co-Investments, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; David Shaw, 2010 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year professional services category winner and Founder and CEO, Knightsbridge Human Capital Management; and Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District.

The Ontario winners will be announced at a gala in October and the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in Toronto in November.

Thank you to EY and the esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel for selecting Lauren and TalentEgg as a finalist, and congratulations to the other EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists!

For more information about the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards and finalists, please visit the EY Canada website.

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Cassandra Jowett is TalentEgg's Content Manager. She joined the team as a student intern in the summer of 2008, and since then her heart has never really left the Egg Carton. Cassandra is a recent graduate of the Ryerson University School of Journalism, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in writing and editing for newspapers. She has also written and edited for The Globe and Mail, The National Post, t.o.night newspaper and other publications.
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