EY Announces Chris Riopelle of Strive Health as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Mountain Desert Region Award Winner

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August 2, 2021

DENVER, July 28, 2021 – Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that CEO and Co-founder Chris Riopelle of Strive Health was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Mountain Desert Region Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those who are unstoppable entrepreneurial leaders, excelling in talent management; degree of difficulty; financial performance; societal impact and building a values-based company; and originality, innovation and future plans. Chris was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was announced during the program’s virtual awards gala on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.  

“Kidney disease impacts millions of people and truly needed a fresh approach,” said Chris Riopelle, CEO and co-founder of Strive Health. “Our success reflects the courageous Strivers and patients who are deeply involved in improving the standard of care. We are honored to be recognized by the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Mountain Desert Region program for the work Strive Health is doing to put patients first and deliver compassionate kidney care the way it should be done.”

Strive Health provides specialized, technology-enabled care services for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The company combines advanced technology with high-touch care teams to slow kidney disease progression, prevent unnecessary and costly hospitalizations, expand access to optimal therapies and connect patients to nephrologists and other specialists when it is needed. During the past year, the company has grown its employee base by 600% to support care teams in each local market.  

For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ambition, courage and ingenuity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Chris will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

As a Mountain Desert Region award winner, Chris is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced 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 program has honored the inspirational leadership of entrepreneurs such as:

  • Andreas Bechtolsheim and Jayshree Ullal of Arista Networks
  • Joe DeSimone of Carbon, Inc.
  • Ernie Garcia of Carvana
  • Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani
  • James Park of Fitbit
  • Daymond John of Fubu 
  • Kendra Scott of Kendra Scott LLC
  • Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn
  • Saeju Jeong of Noom  
  • David Barnett of PopSockets  
  • Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation
  • Robert Katz of Vail Resorts
  • Jodi Berg of Vitamix

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In the Mountain Desert Region, sponsors also include PNC Bank, Faegre Drinker, Colliers International, Woodruff Sawyer and the Denver Business Journal.

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 EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title. EY.com/us/eoy

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About Strive Health   

Strive Health is the national leader in value-based kidney care and partner of choice for innovative healthcare payors and providers. Strive's model uses a unique combination of high-touch care teams, predictive analytics, advanced technology, seamless integration with local providers, and next-generation dialysis services to form an integrated care delivery system that supports the entire patient journey from chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Strive partners with commercial and Medicare Advantage payors, Medicare, health systems, and physicians through flexible value-based payment arrangements, including risk-based programs. Backed by New Enterprise Associates, CapitalG, Redpoint, Town Hall Ventures, Echo Health Ventures, and Ascension Ventures, Strive delivers compassionate kidney care the way it should be done. For more information, visit us on Twitter, LinkedIn or at StriveHealth.com, or email info@strivehealth.com.  

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