Congratulations to Neha Sampat, who was recognized earlier this week by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business with a Silver Stevie Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Business Services category. This award celebrates Neha’s leadership and stewardship of Built.io, which has grown to more than 200 employees over the last four years, and her advocacy on behalf of women in the technology industry.
The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2017 awards received entries from 25 nations and territories. More than 1,500 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories.
In recognizing Neha’s achievements, the judging panel noted that she is a proponent of diversity and an outspoken supporter of nurturing women leaders in the tech industry. She established Built.io’s female mentorship program and has made it company policy to seek out and develop female talent in an otherwise male-dominated industry. Despite breaking with traditions and shattering all perceivable glass ceilings, Neha remains a humble, affable leader, always eager to share her experiences, lessons learned and to mentor students and young entrepreneurs. She has been instrumental in sponsoring the University Mobile Challenge in association with the Applied Innovation Institute and U.C. Berkeley, which helps students pitch and build their first startup. In India, she has worked closely with local leadership to ensure the growing team of female technical staff thrives.
Her business acumen has been instrumental in building an impressive client roster, which includes leading technology brands including Cisco and VMware, as well as consumer brands like Parrot and NBA teams, the Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat. Built.io’s continued growth continued even during the last recession, and today, the company operates profitably without ever having taken outside funding. Neha’s conviction of building a business that is 100% customer-funded has created something very rare and unique in Silicon Valley.