EY Announces Lazaros Kalemis of Simpay as an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2024 Greater Philadelphia Award Finalist

Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates ambitious entrepreneurs who are shaping the future.

Trevose, PA – MAY 6th, 2024 Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) today announced that Lazaros Kalemis, CEO & Founder of Simpay was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2024 Greater Philadelphia Award finalist. Now in its 38th year, Entrepreneur Of The Year is the preeminent competitive business award for audacious leaders who disrupt markets, revolutionize sectors and have a transformational impact on lives. Over the past four decades, the program has recognized the daring entrepreneurs with big ideas and bold actions that reshape our world.

Mr. Kalemis was selected as a finalist by an independent panel of judges. The candidates were evaluated based on their demonstration of building long-term value through entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact, among other core contributions and attributes.

 “I am a first-generation, Greek American businessman, two-time cancer survivor, father of four daughters, and a payment industry entrepreneur. I co-founded Simpay in 2000 to provide payment acceptance solutions to small businesses, just like my parent’s business. Simpay started in a one-bedroom apartment, above my parent’s pizza restaurant. I am so proud of what we’ve built and the team of folks working to help tens of thousands of business owners across the United States, with our Total Business Solutions platform”, said Lazaros Kalemis.

Entrepreneur Of The Year honors many different types of business leaders for their ingenuity, courage and entrepreneurial spirit. The program celebrates original founders who bootstrapped their business from inception or who raised outside capital to grow their company; transformational CEOs who infused innovation into an existing organization to catapult its trajectory; and multigenerational family business leaders who reimagined a legacy business model to fortify it for the future.

Regional award winners will be announced on June 6 during a special celebration and will become lifetime members of an esteemed community of Entrepreneur Of The Year alumni from around the world. The winners will then be considered by the National judges for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, which will be presented in November at the annual Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.

In addition to Entrepreneur Of The Year, EY US supports other entrepreneurs through the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program and the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network to help connect women founders and Black and Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurs, respectively, with the resources, network and access needed to unlock their full potential.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards include presenting sponsors PNC Bank, Cresa, SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Greater Philadelphia, sponsors also include Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN); Lockton; Marsh USA, ADP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Founded in 1986, Entrepreneur Of The Year® has celebrated more than 11,000 ambitious visionaries who are leading successful, dynamic businesses in the US, and it has since expanded to nearly 80 countries and territories globally.

The US program consists of 17 regional programs whose panels of independent judges select the regional award winners every June. Those winners compete for national recognition at the Strategic Growth Forum® in November where National finalists and award winners are announced. The overall National winner represents the US at the World Entrepreneur Of The Year® competition. Visit ey.com/us/eoy.

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About Simpay

Simpay is a Trevose, PA-based Fintech company that provides human capital management services, commercial insurance coverage, integrated payment acceptance, and growth tools for businesses across North America. 

Simpay is delivering on its vision to provide our clients with 360° Total Business Solutions, encompassing virtually every stage of a business’s life cycle.

Since our very beginnings in 2000, our commitment to simplicity, quality, and transparency has been the basis of everything we do. 


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