Pete Pizarro, awarded Entrepreneur of the year, Florida 2017

Communications ILUMNO
14 | 07 | 2017

Pete Pizarro, ILUMNO ’s President and CEO, has been named by Ernst & Young (EY) as a 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Florida, 2017 in the Technology category.

Pete Pizarro, ILUMNO ’s President and CEO, has been named by Ernst & Young (EY) as a 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year, Florida, 2017 in the Technology category, Mr. Pizarro earned a place among 20 finalists, who represent part of the regions’ top executives across all major industries.

The program, made up by an independent panel of judges, assessed the candidates in several indicators such as performance, capacity to generate revenues, ability to innovate in their industries, job creation and enhancing communities, among other qualities. 

Mr. Pizarro was distinguished among many other innovative technology companies in Florida, for his strategic vision and leading a pioneering company that enables the digital transformation of higher education institutions.

Ilumno’s vision of building a globally scalable tech enabled solution focused on the democratization of higher education, and expanding access to quality education for lower income families has allowed the company to grow  enrollments to more than  250 thousand undergraduate and graduate students in 2017.  In its short existence, Ilumno is now positioned amongst the most relevant organizations in the higher education industry around the world. 

“I’m honored and humbled in receiving this prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award,” Mr. Pizarro said. “the entire ILUMNO team is committed to building the most relevant and impactful higher education platform in the world, he said.

Since 2011, Mr. Pizarro has served as President and CEO of ILUMNO, a groundbreaking company that transforms higher education institutions with its tech enabled platform. Mr. Pizarro’s strategic vision and education technology led to the creation of the ILUMNO Cube; a unique and proprietary platform that enables the digital transformation of higher education institutions through the integration of best practices, processes and technology. Under his leadership, the company has expanded to more than 250 thousand students in 2017, positioning ILUMNO as one of the top global solutions providers in the higher education sector.

“Receiving this award and being selected by a prestigious panel of judges motivates all our collaborators even more to continue having a positive impact on underserved individuals and the communities we serve””, assured Pizarro. 

This was the 31st edition celebrated in Florida; and now, Pete Pizarro will represent ILUMNO at the EY National Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 in California, an event that will gather winning entrepreneurs from around the US, where the national jury will chose the Entrepreneur of the Year®.


Ilumno enables the digital transformation of prestigious higher education institutions that are looking to evolve and expand in a sustainable way. Through its proprietary cloud based Ilumno Cube solution,  the company delivers an always evolving platform that supports growth, academic quality, and management tools and data analytics to differentiate its member universities.  . Ilumno presently serves 16 prestigious higher education institutions in eight Latin American countries. With more than 250,000 students and 16, 000 academic and administrative staff associates, Ilumno’s platform is one of the top global providers  supporting the evolving landscape of the higher education sector.
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 over 145 cities in more than 60 countries. 

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