The Kentucky Entrepreneur Hall of Fame (KEHOF), presented by Chase, recently honored Michael Davis, co-founder and CEO of Appriss Inc. as one of the commonwealth’s most accomplished entrepreneurs by naming him to the 2019 Hall of Fame class.
The KEHOF celebrates the stories of Kentucky’s most successful entrepreneurs, with a mission to raise awareness around the impact entrepreneurship has made in the commonwealth and to encourage others to pursue similar ambitious endeavors.
“Entrepreneurs are key drivers of our state’s economy and we’re thrilled to shine a light on some of Kentucky’s most successful business leaders,” said Paul Costel, regional manager for JPMorgan Chase in Kentucky. “This year’s honorees have had a tremendous impact on our community and we look forward to the mark they’ll leave on Kentucky for years to come.”
Michael Davis is a co-founder and CEO of Appriss, a Louisville-based technology business focused on its mission of creating “Knowledge for Good.” As a lifelong entrepreneur, Davis and his partner Yung Nguyen launched Appriss by inventing VINE, the nation’s first automated victim notification service. Today, VINE is used throughout the country keeping millions of crime victims safe and informed.
As a two-time winner of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, Davis has led Appriss’ transformation into an international data and analytics business focused on retail safety, risk, and fraud across multiple markets over the past decade. The company has grown by taking on complex national challenges faced by law enforcement, exposing fraud across multiple markets, and addressing the nation’s challenges with drug diversion and addiction.
Appriss is the only Kentucky company to make the list of the state’s “50 fastest-growing private companies” for 20 years in a row. It is also one of Kentucky’s few privately held startup tech companies to achieve $1B in market valuation.