ORB™'s founder nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year

September, 2018

ORB™ founder Steve Kay has come a long way since he started selling transforming wire toys at local craft shows in the late 1980s. Now ORB™ exports to over 70 countries and Steve is a finalist for the EY Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“I’m so pleased to be a finalist, because it recognizes the world class talent of the ORB™ team,” said Steve. “Being a finalist for the EY Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year award is really telling the 170+ member ORB™ team that they can be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Called the “the world’s most prestigious business awards program”, the EY Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year will be awarded on October 4 at a Halifax gala. Steve Kay is nominated alongside 32 other entrepreneurs from eight diverse realms of business.

Steve Kay is nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year - Atlantic 2018.

Steve interacts with ORB™’s Halifax team during a monthly town hall meeting.

EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young, holds annual entrepreneurship awards in regions across Canada. Following regional awards ceremonies, winners from each region are eligible to compete for EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada title. It’s an exciting time for businesses based in Atlantic Canada according to the award’s Atlantic Program Director Gina Kinsman:

“Atlantic Canada has always owned a unique identity, but we’re beginning to see the pace of change pick up in the region as it grows to become a globally recognized hub for diverse talent and innovation.”

It’s no wonder that EY recognized Steve Kay’s entrepreneurial spirit. Over nearly thirty years, ORB™ has evolved from a small start-up with one product, to North America’s fastest growing toy company. With the help of President Michael Bianco, ORB™ grew by 300% in 2017 and is on target to repeat a similar scale of growth in 2018.