AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oksana Malysheva, CEO and Managing Partner of Sputnik ATX, has been named the winner of a silver Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year – Business Services category in the 16th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees, and the companies they run– worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world's premier business awards.
“We come to work everyday at Sputnik ATX with a mission to help startup founders reach their full potential,” said Oksana Malysheva. “Starting a company is not intuitive or easy but the journey is worth it. I am honored to receive this recognition from the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and would like to dedicate it to any female entrepreneur wanting to make her voice heard.”
Sputnik ATX is an Austin-based accelerator that funds and mentors growth companies. Startups accepted into the Sputnik ATX program receive $100,000 in seed funding and three months of structured, tailored mentoring from venture capitalists Oksana Malysheva and Sputnik ATX Co-Founder, Joe Merrill. Since its start in October of 2017, Sputnik ATX has incubated 23 startup companies.
More than 1,500 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories. Oksana Malysheva won in the Entrepreneur of the Year category for companies with 10 or less employees.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 150 business professionals around the world, working on eight juries.
“In its 16th year, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business received an outstanding body of nominations from women in organizations of all types, in 25 nations,” said Maggie Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. “We are gratified by how meaningful it is to women to win a Stevie Award, and how impactful it can be on the futures of their careers and their organizations. We congratulate all of this year’s Stevie Award winners for their achievements.”
Sputnik ATX is now accepting applications for its winter cohort. To be eligible to apply entrepreneurs are required to: have a minimum viable product, have at least one customer and live within a 300-mile radius of Austin (including San Antonio, Dallas and Houston) or agree to move their businesses within that radius if accepted.
For more information please visit us at www.sputnikatx.com.
Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.
About Sputnik ATX
Sputnik ATX is an Austin, TX based accelerator that funds maker-founders who go out and change the world. Sputnik ATX was named after the first satellite to enter Earth’s orbit, an event that touched off a new era of innovation and competition that still influences the world today. The Russian word ‘Sputnik’ translates to ‘partner,’ which describes this accelerator’s intention: to partner with and mentor chosen startups. The accelerator was born out of a venture fund founded by Dr. Oksana Malysheva and Joe Merrill. After investing in companies around the world, the entrepreneurial atmosphere of Austin inspired Malysheva and Merrill to consider the city as a new home for their efforts. Sputnik ATX launched on Oct. 4, 2017, the 60th anniversary of the Sputnik-1 satellite launch.
About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the new Middle East Stevie Awards. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.