Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) announced this week that Qiaoni Linda Jing, President, CEO and Board Director of Genective was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year 2022 Midwest Award finalist. Entrepreneur Of The Year is a competitive business awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who “think big to succeed.”
Jing was selected by a panel of independent judges according to the following criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – among other core contributions and attributes.
Genective is a technology joint venture of Groupe Limagrain and KWS Group, the largest seed companies in France and Germany, respectively. Its offices and labs are located at the University of Illinois Research Park in Champaign.
“I am thrilled for this great recognition, not only for myself, but for all the team members at Genective,” said Jing. “Three years ago, I embarked on a journey to reestablish Genective in the U.S. Midwest, putting us at the heart of one of the most vibrant AgTech innovation communities in the world.”
“Genective has been on a tremendous growth trajectory over the past three years, despite the challenges of COVID-19. Our team continues to live and breathe our mission of providing novel and sustainable biotech solutions to farmers across the globe,” said Jing.
The award recognizes “audacious, game-changing business leaders” who have “ushered in innovation while lifting up their employees and communities.”
Genective is dedicated to the research, development, and commercialization of transgenic traits, focusing on insect resistant corn.
Regional award winners will be announced on June 14, 2022. The regional winners will then be considered by the National independent judging panel, and National awards will be presented in November at the Strategic Growth Forum.
The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June 2023.
For over 35 years, EY US has celebrated the unstoppable entrepreneurs who are building a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous world for all. The Entrepreneur Of The Year program has recognized more than 10,000 US executives since its inception in 1986.