The 2019 Endeavor Gala, held Thursday November 21, 2019, at Spring Studios in New York City, convened nearly 500 Endeavor network members, including Endeavor Entrepreneurs, international business leaders, and top investors to raise critical funds to support the high-impact entrepreneurship movement around the world.
The Gala honored Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal, and presented him with the High-Impact Leader of the Year Award.
New this year, Endeavor also presented four entrepreneurs with The Lindas, an award honoring extraordinary Endeavor Entrepreneurs who most embody the Endeavor spirit of dreaming crazy, scaling up, and paying it forward. The inaugural Lindas were presented to Marcos Galperin (MercadoLibre, Argentina), Veronica Pascual Boe (ASTI, Spain), Nevzat Aydın (Yemeksepeti, Turkey), and Guibert Englebienne (Globant, Argentina). Learn more about The Lindas here.
Kicking off the program, Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg highlighted the core values that guide Endeavor’s work, affirming the power that entrepreneurship coupled with a dedication to paying it forward has in bringing about groundbreaking and lasting change — a core philosophy, she emphasized, that both the winners of The Lindas and Gala Honoree Dan Schulman shared.
“By dreaming BIG and daring to challenge the status quo in places where that’s typically not an option, Endeavor Entrepreneurs are changing perceptions of what’s even possible,” Rottenberg said. “What links Dan’s story with the four winners tonight, is that these are stories of going BIG not just in the business sense, but also in the human —and humanitarian— sense.”
Endeavor Global Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. also led a discussion with 2019 Honoree Dan Schulman, who shared his perspective on the moral responsibility companies have to society, and discussed PayPal’s work on financial inclusion as well as the company’s dedication to taking a stand publicly on some of today’s most pressing issues.
Following the Gala program, Endeavor’s celebration of high-impact entrepreneurship continued at High-Impact Night, where music by Hannah Bronfman set the tone for a lively night. Truly an event of, by, and for entrepreneurs, Gala attendees explored interactive installations showcasing Endeavor companies, including Bloomscape (Detroit), Artemest (Italy), Antelope Audio (Bulgaria), and more.
View photos from the event here, and share your own with the hashtag #EndeavorGala.
If you didn’t get a chance to make a donation and would like to give a gift in honor of the honoree Dan Schulman, a Lindas winner, or in the spirit of the Endeavor pay-it-forward value, you may do so here.
Event production by Empire Entertainment. Catering by Pinch Food Design. All photos by Hannah Cohen Photography.