2021 Entrepreneur of the Year and Millworks II funding recipient of $100,000 announced at Virtual Innovation Summit


The NH Tech Alliance concluded its 2nd annual Innovation Summit with a live streamed main event on December 9th. The program which aired on Facebook Live and YouTube live featured pitches from six NH startups, an investment announcement from Millworks Fund II and the naming of the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year. 

Kyle York of York IE was named the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year.  York was an executive at Dyn responsible for spearheading corporate strategy and growth scaling to $100 million dollars in annual recurring revenue and 5,000 enterprise customers, just to name a few accomplishments. 

He continued on with Oracle as vice president of product strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The experience of scaling a startup and working as an executive for a Fortune 100 company allowed Kyle to see that much of the startup ecosystem was broken and not beneficial to entrepreneurs.

To provide a solution, he founded York IE.  York IE helps entrepreneurs, operators and investors to help them realize their shared ambition to build good companies, create new jobs and impact the world.  

Kyle was chosen not only for his own entrepreneurial success, but also for the impact he is having on entrepreneurs across the state through his work at York IE. 

Six startups from NH joined the virtual stage for the event’s startup showcase: 

Kikori is a SaaS platform to provide educators with the tools they need to offer social emotional learning activities to students.

Echo Ridge is using AI to predict the impact of legislation on industries and companies.

Cyberhoot provides the critical cybersecurity resources, tools and training that every business needs today. 

Tr-North.Tech’s mission is to provide the best worker health outcomes on the planet.

WayAround helps tourist venues like hotels and museums become more welcoming and accessible to people with vision loss and their friends and families. 

Kincern provides families and caregivers one platform where they can manage their loved ones financial and legal information.   

 Gray Chynoweth and Liz Hitchcock, partners at Millworks Fund Series II, a partnership among New Hampshire investors and the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority joined the event virtually to award Kikori an intent of investment of $100,000.  Chynoweth noted that “We are so thrilled to be doing this today and to write this check to support a great New Hampshire entrepreneur. We are so excited that she is going to be able to take this business to great places.”

Applications for the 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year will open in January.