Endeavor is pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Lindas, an award given to Endeavor Entrepreneurs who embody the Endeavor spirit of dreaming crazy, scaling up, and paying it forward. This year’s Lindas will honor Endeavor Entrepreneurs making contributions in two timely and important categories: stepping up in extraordinary ways in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and making high-impact commitments to diversity and inclusion.
Core to Endeavor’s DNA is the belief, “When economies turn down, entrepreneurs turn up.” Founded in emerging markets amidst the Thai bhat collapse in 1997, Endeavor’s mission today remains to prove that anyone, from anywhere, can hatch a “crazy” idea; access the networks, talent, and capital to build that idea to scale; achieve success; then, most important, pay it forward to inspire, nurture, and enable the next generation.
High-impact entrepreneurs have played and continue to play an important role in solving many of society’s biggest challenges. As we respond to an unprecedented global health crisis, these individuals will be integral to developing essential solutions and shaping our society and economy of tomorrow. Systemic inequalities persist in the entrepreneurship community in all of the countries Endeavor operates in; entrepreneurs who proactively seek to change that in their own industries can have transformational impact on their broader communities.
Launched in 2019 in tribute to Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg’s commitment to the high-impact entrepreneurship movement and legendary enthusiasm and passion, The Lindas honor Endeavor Entrepreneurs who exemplify the values of our global network: integrity, trust, high-impact ambition, a borderless mindset, and a commitment to paying it forward by spreading the transformative qualities of entrepreneurship through role modeling, mentorship, and reinvestment. Today, these core values have never been more relevant.
The 2020 Lindas call for nominations of extraordinary Endeavor Entrepreneurs who have embodied these values through their leadership, initiatives, and vision through this time of crisis. To be considered for the Lindas, nominees must:
- Be an Endeavor Entrepreneur;
- Have achieved proven scale;
- Pay it forward as an active role model, mentor, or investor;
- Exemplify Endeavor’s values of integrity, trust, and high-impact ambition, and the #OneEndeavor mindset.
In addition, we ask that nominees demonstrate impact in either or both of the following categories:
- Responding to the coronavirus pandemic with tangible solutions;
- Taking action to increase diversity and inclusion in their company, industry, or community.
The Endeavor Global board will identify up to (4) winners. Please join us in celebrating by nominating an entrepreneur you think best captures Endeavor’s spirit of dreaming crazy, scaling up and paying it forward. All nominations should be submitted by July 10, 2020.
Nominate an Endeavor Entrepreneur: endeavor.org/thelindas