Montreal's Budge Studios Nominated for 2014 Québec EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award
MONTREAL, Oct. 23, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Noémie Dupuy, Michael Elman and David Lipes, co-founders of Budge Studios, are finalists for the Québec EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the "Emerging Entrepreneur" category. The Entrepreneur of the Year Award, presented by Ernst & Young Global Limited is the world's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs, recognizing the contribution of managers whose vision inspires others, and rewarding the leaders of successful, growing and dynamic companies. The provincial winners will be announced tonight (October 23), and the overall Québec winner will represent the province at a national gala held in Toronto on November 25. Budge Studios has also been chosen as one of the Top 10 companies in Kidscreen magazine's HOT50 ranking of leading digital media companies.
Budge Studios is a leading 'freemium' kids app company, developing and publishing apps for smartphones and tablets, featuring popular children's properties such as Strawberry Shortcake, The Smurfs and Caillou. Founded in 2010 in Montreal, the company now has 60 employees and has won multiple awards, such as the Parents' Choice Award and the Cynopsis Kids !magination Award. Budge Studios has also partnered with some of the biggest children's entertainment companies, including American Greetings, Sony, DHX Media, Crayola, Disney, and Nickelodeon. The Montreal-based company also boasts an impressive track record with every app it has published reaching the number 1 ranking in its category on the App Store. This now accounts for a catalogue of 16 published titles and over fifty million downloads.
Noémie Dupuy, David Lipes and Michael Elman all share the title of CEO of Budge Studios. Their vision and forward thinking has propelled the company to new heights and has earned them recognition in the business community. Noemie oversees partner relations and has been ranked the #8 Top Female Entrepreneur in Canada (#1 in Québec) on the W100 list for 2014 by PROFIT, Canadian Business and Chatelaine. David manages the financial department at Budge and has been elected to the Board of Directors for Alliance Numerique, a coalition that represents the video game industry in Québec. He is also a mentor at Montreal-based video game incubator Execution Labs and advisor at Fondations Montreal Inc, an organization that supports young entrepreneurs and start-ups in Québec. Michael runs the product side of the business and is regularly invited to speak at various conferences around the world, most recently the Kids Want Mobile conference in Berlin in May 2014. He is also dedicated to giving back to the community through various initiatives including mentoring via YES Montreal. Entrepreneurship and the mentoring and encouragement of young entrepreneurs are very important to the three co-founders.
About Budge Studios
Budge Studios leads the industry by providing entertaining apps for kids through innovation and creativity. The company develops and publishes apps for smartphones and tablets played by millions of children worldwide featuring high profile properties such as Strawberry ShortcakeTM, Care BearsTM, Crayola®, The SmurfsTM, Caillou®, ChuggingtonTM and GarfieldTM. For more information, visit http://www.budgestudios.com.
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