René Lacerte of Named Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017 by Ernst & Young

Lacerte joins three decades of groundbreaking entrepreneurs

PALO ALTO, Calif.--()--EY announced that CEO René Lacerte of, the leading business payments company, received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award in Financial Services in Northern California for his commitment to innovation and development both within the company and local community. Lacerte was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Fairmont San Jose on June 23.

“It’s a real pleasure to work with the people at, and I’m honored that our hard work is being recognized by some of the most successful entrepreneurs and executives in Silicon Valley,” said René Lacerte, CEO, “Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, this award means a lot to me and is a personal tribute to multiple generations.”

With over 20 years of experience in financial services, technology and payments, Lacerte first founded and launched the nation’s first and largest online payroll solution PayCycle. PayCycle was adopted by over 100,00 customers and was sold to Intuit in 2009. Today, Lacerte runs, the leading business payments company that helps over 2 million users save 50% of their time paying bills, invoicing customers, and collecting payments. moves $36 billion through its network annually, and is the payment choice for three of the top ten U.S. banks, 50% of the top 100 accounting firms, the accounting software giants QuickBooks and Xero, and is a premier partner of the largest CPA organization in the U.S., the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Northern California, sponsors also include Solomon Edwards as a Gold Sponsor and Chatham Financial and Big Picture as silver level sponsors.

About ( is the leading business payments company helping over 2M members process $36 billion in payments annually. saves companies over 50% of the time typically spent on financial back-office operations by automating end-to-end processes. ties together finance and accounting programs, banks, customers, vendors, accounting professionals, and documents. The company is the choice of three of the top-ten U.S. banks, over 50 percent of the top 100 accounting firms and to major payment software companies including Intuit and Xero. The recipient of more than 43 awards, was recently recognized as one of the San Francisco Business Time's Most Innovative Companies and proudly received a PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Award. For more information, visit

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. 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.

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