Phoenix-AZ, May 31, 2019 – EY announced today that Brenda Schmidt, founder and CEO of Solera Health, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur of The Year® 2019 Award in the Mountain Desert region. Widely considered one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the U.S., the program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities, while also transforming our world. Brenda was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
While it is difficult enough for a business to simultaneously achieve operational, financial, and clinical goals, Brenda Schmidt achieved all three while also bringing a new business model to market. Solera Health was founded in 2015 around Brenda’s belief that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to getting and staying healthy. She started Solera to change that paradigm, creating a technology platform to connect people to the “best fit” digital app or in-person community provider to help them maintain and improve their health. This consumer-first approach combined with performance-based medical claims payments, has transformed a previously chaotic landscape into a personalized approach tailored to each person’s unique health needs and goals.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 Award, but in reality, Solera Health’s success comes down to not one individual but rather our whole team who has contributed tirelessly to our efforts to change lives by guiding people to better health within their communities,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. "Our recent Series C financing will allow us to scale the company beyond our proven model for chronic disease prevention and management to address health more holistically through a wider array of network programs and services providers. I look forward to working with the Solera team to combat barriers to health such as food insecurity, transportation, social isolation and addiction through our novel marketplace model.”
Now in its 33rd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 16, 2019. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In the Mountain Desert region, sponsors also include Faegre Baker Daniels, Colliers International, Woodruff Sawyer and the Denver Business Journal.
About Solera Health
Solera Health is committed to changing lives by guiding people to better health in their communities. The company serves as an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into a single marketplace allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. By using data science to proactively identify the "best fit" program provider based on each individual's unique health goals, needs and preferences, the company has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at www.soleranetwork.com.
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Entrepreneur of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy
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