August 16, 2021

Phenom CEO Mahe Bayireddi Announced as a 2021 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 in Greater Philadelphia

Bayireddi’s Leadership Solidifies AI-Powered Talent Experiences’ Crucial Role in HR

Phenom, the most widely used talent experience platform, today celebrates the leadership of co-founder and CEO Mahe Bayireddi, who was recently named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2021 Greater Philadelphia Award winner. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the most preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. It recognizes unstoppable business leaders whose ambition, ingenuity and courage in the face of adversity help catapult businesses from the now to next and beyond.

For over a decade, Bayireddi made it his and Phenom’s purpose to help a billion people find the right job. Under his guidance, the company has grown from a pioneer in mobile career sites into the leading talent experience platform that delivers systems of intelligence to enterprise organizations. As companies currently race to hire and retain best-fit talent, Bayireddi believes they must leverage AI to humanize talent experiences. He cultivated a solution that empowers enterprises to connect and personalize the process for all stakeholders — candidates, employees, recruiters and hiring managers.


“I am honored to be named an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year and join this community of talented leaders,” said Bayireddi. “It’s incredible to see entrepreneurs elevating the Philly area’s status as a hub for innovation and growth. This award wouldn’t be possible without Phenom’s many skilled employees and forward-thinking customers who are all committed to the philosophy, technology and value behind talent experiences.”

In his early 20s, Bayireddi immigrated to the United States from India to begin his ventures as an entrepreneur. After co-founding some other technology startups, Bayireddi started Phenom in 2011, manifesting his longtime ambition to help people find jobs.

For 35 years, EY US has honored entrepreneurs who have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Bayireddi will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

As a Greater Philadelphia award winner, Bayireddi is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2021 National Awards. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced in November at the Strategic Growth Forum®, one of the nation’s most prestigious gatherings of high-growth, market-leading companies.


About Phenom

Phenom is a global HR technology company with a purpose to help a billion people find the right job. With an expertise in building AI-powered, scalable solutions, Phenom Talent Experience Management (TXM) personalizes and automates the talent journey for candidates, recruiters, employees and management with its Career Site, Chatbot, CRM, CMS, SMS and Email Campaigns, University Recruiting, Internal Mobility, Career Pathing, Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Marketplace, Gigs, Referrals, Hiring Manager and Analytics. As a result, employers improve their talent acquisition and talent management efforts by helping candidates and employees find the right job, recruiters identify and engage the right talent, and management optimizes HR strategy, process and spend. Phenom was ranked among the fastest-growing technology companies in the 2020 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and won a regional 2020 Timmy Award for launching and optimizing

Headquartered in Greater Philadelphia, Phenom also has offices in India, Israel, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for unstoppable entrepreneurs. These visionary leaders deliver innovation, growth and prosperity that transform our world. The program engages entrepreneurs with insights and experiences that foster growth. It connects them with their peers to strengthen entrepreneurship around the world. Entrepreneur Of The Year is the first and only truly global awards program of its kind. It celebrates entrepreneurs through regional and national awards programs in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries. National overall winners go on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ title.


Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation.

In Greater Philadelphia, sponsors also include PNC Bank, SolomonEdwardsGroup, Ballard Spahr LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Murray Devine & Company and Troutman Pepper LLP.

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