Jason Gardner, Marqeta Founder and CEO, named a 2020 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year®

We’re very excited to share that our Founder & CEO, Jason Gardner, has been named an Entrepreneur of the Year® by Ernst and Young. 

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. The award recognizes those entrepreneurial leaders who are excelling in overcoming adversity; financial performance; societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company; innovation; and talent management. Jason was selected by an independent panel of judges. The award was announced through the program’s first-ever virtual awards gala, hosted by Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, on October 8, 2020.

It’s an honor to see Jason join an esteemed group of inspirational leaders, with past winners including the CEOs of some of the most well-known companies in America, like: Howard Schultz of Starbucks Corporation, Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, James Park of Fitbit and Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc.

Since 1986, EY US has honored entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, spirit of innovation and tenacity have driven their companies’ success, transformed their industries and made a positive impact on their communities. Jason will go on to become a lifetime member of the esteemed multi-industry community of award winners, with exclusive, ongoing access to the experience, insight and wisdom of fellow alumni and other ecosystem members in over 60 countries — all supported by vast EY resources.

Jason has built Marqeta around an exceptional team and culture with an ability to persevere during challenging times, and we’re thrilled that he’s received this well-deserved recognition. As a Northern California award winner, he is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 National Awards.

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