Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award

Stanford Graduate School of Business is proud to announce that NVIDIA Corporation has been named the 2023–24 ENCORE Award recipient.

Jen-Hsun (Jensen) Huang, MS ’92, co-founder, president, and CEO, received the award on behalf of NVIDIA and participated in a View from the Top with GSB students on March 1, 2024.

2023-24 ENCORE Award Recipient

Jen-Hsun Huang, MS ’92
Co-founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, NVIDIA Corporation

Jensen Huang, MS ’92, co-founded NVIDIA in 1993 and has served as its CEO since its inception. The company invented the graphic processing unit (GPU), which revolutionized the graphics of personal computers and gaming systems. Under Jensen’s leadership, the company evolved its GPU technology to become a catalyst for the next great era of computing. NVIDIA’s processors are powering today’s breakthroughs in the areas of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology.

Jensen has been recognized by Time as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the world and dubbed “world’s best-performing CEOs” by Harvard Business Review. In 2024, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

About ENCORE Award

The Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award was created in the late 1970s by the Bay Area Chapter of the GSB Alumni Association when they saw an opportunity to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit of the companies springing up in the Silicon Valley. The first honor was given to the CEO of ROLM Corporation in 1977. Zoom Video Communications, Inc. will be the 42nd recipient.

Although the award was originally designed to honor an individual, it soon became apparent that a company’s success was based on the contributions of many people. Accordingly, the award was changed to the Entrepreneurial Company of the Year in 1982. Additionally, the scope of the award has been widened to recognize best-in-class entrepreneurs from throughout the world and is no longer limited to Silicon Valley.

ENCORE Award Selection Committee

We thank the selection committee for their participation in the award process.

  • Geoff Yang, MBA ’85, Redpoint Ventures – Chair
  • Peter Fenton, AB ’94, MBA ’00, Benchmark
  • J. Stuart Francis, MBA ’77, Evercore
  • Charles A. Holloway, Stanford GSB Faculty, Emeritus
  • Jeffrey Dalton Jordan, MBA ’87, Andreessen Horowitz
  • Mary Meeker, BOND Capital
  • Joe Lacob, MBA ’83, Golden State Warriors
  • Frank Quattrone, MBA ’81, Qatalyst Partners
  • Ilya Strebulaev, Professor of Finance, The David S. Lobel Professor of Private Equity
  • David L. Sze, MBA ’93, Greylock Partners
  • Peter Wendell, Sierra Ventures and GSB Lecturer in Strategic Management

ENCORE Award Recipients

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