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The Pacific Northwest is known for its ruggedly independent character and entrepreneurial spirit.

Nowhere are those qualities on better display than EY’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year program, and today the organizers announced the 21 regional finalists who will compete for the title of the Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year and go on to compete in the national competition.

Last year’s Pacific Northwest winners included Puppet CEO Luke Kanies, Elemental Technologies CEO Sam Blackman, Remitly CEO Matt Oppenheimer and Juno Therapeutics CEO Hans Bishop, among others.

This year’s regional winners will be announced at a special gala on Friday, June 9 at The Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, Wash.

Here are the 2017 Pacific Northwest finalists:

Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation | Chad Robins, President / CEO / Co-Founder, and Harlan Robins, Head of Innovation / Founder

Apollo Video Technology | Rodell Notbohm, CEO

BitTitan | Geeman Yip, Founder / CEO

Blue Star Donuts | Katie Poppe, Co-Owner / CEO | William Harding, CEO

Coding Dojo | Richard Wang, CEO

Digital Trends | Ian Bell, CEO

EnergySavvy | Aaron Goldfeder, CEO

Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company | John Figueroa, CEO, and Mark Peterson, Chief Commercial Officer

Holland America Group | Stein Kruse, CEO

Hop Jack’s | Mark Eggen, Owner

Impinj | Chris Diorio, CEO / Co-Founder

NanoString Technologies, Inc. | Brad Gray, President / CEO

Outreach | Manuel Medina, CEO

Panopto | Eric Burns, CEO

Redapt, Inc. | Rick Cantu, CEO / Co-Founder, and David Cantu, COO / Co-Founder

Ruby Receptionists | Jill Nelson, Founder / CEO

Salt & Straw Ice Cream | Kim Malek, Co-Founder

Schmidt’s Deodorant Company, LLC | Jaime Schmidt, Founder / Chief Product Officer, and Michael Cammarata, Chief Global Strategy Officer

Vacasa | Eric Breon, CEO / Founder

Zipwhip | John Lauer, CEO / Co-Founder

[Editor’s Note: EY is a GeekWire sponsor, and GeekWire co-founder Todd Bishop was a member of the panel of judges for the EOY Pacific Northwest awards this year.]

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