EatStreet CEO Matt Howard Honored at Best of Madison Business
Co-founder awarded Brian D. Howell Excellence in Innovation Award
Madison, Wisconsin – Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison Business has named EatStreet co-founder and CEO, Matt Howard, as the recipient of this year’s Brian D. Howell Excellence in Innovation Award for his contributions to the local startup community.
The Brian D. Howell Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and the pursuit of innovation, just as Howell did. Howard has continued to exemplify these values, all while sharing Howell’s same appreciation for the local business space.
As one of Madison’s most successful startups, EatStreet has embraced local innovation since day one. With customer convenience in mind, EatStreet continues to implement features such as group ordering. Founded in University of Wisconsin-Madison dorms, EatStreet grew with resources and guidance of the Madison business community.
Local incubators like gener8tor and University of Wisconsin-Madison played a large role in jumpstarting EatStreet. Winning the Wisconsin School of Business’s G. Steven Burrill Business Plan competition in 2011 was the turning point for transforming their idea into a successful business.
After securing over $40 million in funding and expanding its national presence to more than 15,000 restaurants, EatStreet is the largest independent food ordering company in the United States. Ranked as one of Madison’s best places to work, the company has 150-plus employees and serves more than 250 U.S. markets.
As EatStreet expands rapidly, its leaders’ unwavering dedication and love for their city remains evident. When it came time to upgrade their headquarters in August, EatStreet chose to stay local. EatStreet was founded locally, grown locally and values Madison’s supportive entrepreneur and startup community.
“It was essential for EatStreet to continue growing in Madison,” Howard said. “Madison’s culture and business community is ingrained in who we are as a company. This city is becoming a tech hub built on creative energy and ideas – not to mention a tremendous talent pool – and it’s certainly exciting to be a part of that.”
Howard and five other honorees dedicated to local business will be awarded during a coffee networking hour and lunch, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 at The Edgewater, Madison.
EatStreet is the largest independent online and mobile food ordering service in the U.S. Via its app and website, EatStreet streamlines the process of connecting diners to more than 15,000 restaurants in more than 250 cities nationwide. Founded in 2010, EatStreet is a privately held company with more than 150 employees based in Madison, Wisconsin. For more information, visit eatstreet.com/press.