Vancouver, BC, July 9, 2019 – EY announced today Kristi Miller, Founder and National Managing Director at First West Capital, is a finalist for its Entrepreneur Of the Year® 2019 program in the Business Disrupters category, which recognizes the endeavors of Canada’s top entrepreneurs who create the products and services that keep our local and global economies moving forward.
Since Miller founded First West Capital in 2010, it has grown from start-up to a national junior capital firm, funding almost $250 M to more than 100 growing businesses. Committed to expanding and enhancing access to capital for mid-market businesses, First West Capital has fueled economic growth, inter-generational succession, acquisition and innovation.
Under Miller’s leadership, First West Capital has significantly expanded its product range and geographic reach, establishing offices in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto, and completing transactions in both Quebec and the United States.
“Its an honour to be recognized as a finalist for Entrepreneur Of the Year,” says Miller. “I share this acknowledgment with the First West Capital team, who I’m truly proud of for executing on our mission to be the preferred junior capital provider to entrepreneurs as they overcome barriers to growth, acquisition or transition.”
First West Capital’s purpose-driven growth strategy has resulted in a dynamic opportunity for investors and stakeholders and quality employment for top talent. In addition, the impact to small to medium sized businesses is access to better, smarter, minimally dilutive capital, giving them powerful growth opportunities.
Thanks to Miller’s passion for business, both her clients’ and her own, the shared value of entrepreneurship has strengthened First West Capital’s relationships with stakeholders and differentiates it in the market. In a highly commoditized, deal-focused industry, she has conceived and built a capital solution for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs.
About First West Capital
First West Capital specializes in innovative junior capital solutions for mid-market businesses across all industries. We’re a small, dynamic group of financial professionals who understand entrepreneurs – because we’re entrepreneurs too. We empower our clients by eliminating financial hurdles, providing flexibility and creating strong partnerships. We’re passionate about helping businesses grow, acquire or transition. www.firstwestcapital.ca
About EY Entrepreneur Of the Year®
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 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 in more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy