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Instructure CEO Josh Coates Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year

Coates earns top honors in the business services category for EY Utah Region

SALT LAKE CITY, June 9, 2014 – Instructure, the technology company serving the academic and corporate markets with its Canvas learning management system (LMS), announced that CEO Josh Coates is the recipient of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year™ 2014 Utah Region Award. After earning the highest distinction in the business services category at a gala on May 29, 2014 at the Grand America in Salt Lake City, Coates moves on to EY's national competition.

“Instructure is an incredible company,” said Josh Coates, Instructure CEO. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without the founders, executive team and all the people who work each day to make teaching and learning easier for our education and corporate learning customers.”

Coates joined Instructure as CEO in 2010 and grew the company from a handful of employees to more than 350, from a few users to more than 12 million and from zero revenue to millions in contracts across multiple markets. Under Coates' proactive leadership, Instructure has become a technology company with limitless potential for growth in the global education and corporate learning markets.

In 1999, Coates founded his first company, Scale Eight, a scalable storage software company, which served enterprise customers such as Microsoft, Viacom and Fujitsu. In 2005, he founded Berkeley Data Systems, which developed the popular online backup service, Mozy, and was acquired by EMC Corp in 2007 for $76 million.

About Instructure
Instructure, Inc. developed the Canvas learning management system to make teaching and learning easier for everyone, everywhere. Canvas empowers learning in every context with open, usable SaaS technologies. And through Canvas Network, Instructure provides a cloud platform where teachers, learners, and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development, and academic inquiry. Learn more at

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