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MITEF Atlanta 2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur Gala - MITEF Atlanta

2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur Gala


October 03, 2019    
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



2019 Distinguished Entrepreneur Gala
Honoring Scott Grimes and Lynne Laube

Every other year, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Atlanta hosts a Distinguished Entrepreneur Gala to
honor a remarkable entrepreneur with the E. Milton Bevington Distinguished Entrepreneur Award in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the local economy through successful and innovative new enterprise. At the Gala, Atlanta’s tech community will come together to celebrate the honoree with a cocktail reception, dinner and keynote speech by the 2019 Distinguished Entrepreneurs.

2019 Honorees and Featured Speakers

Scott Grimes
CEO & Co-Founder


Scott Grimes is the CEO and co-founder of Cardlytics (NASDAQ:CDLX), a purchase intelligence platform that presents advertising within banks’ digital channels. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in London, New York, San Francisco, and Visakhapatnam.

Founded in 2008, Cardlytics partners with top financial institutions around the world to help marketers understand how and where consumers spend money. By applying advanced analytics to a massive aggregation of purchase data, Cardlytics can measure the impact of spend decisions and help companies better target and personalize their marketing campaigns for optimal performance.

In February 2018, Scott took Cardlytics public on the Nasdaq, making it the first tech IPO of the year. From 2008 through 2017, Scott secured more than $200 million in capital from leading investors and scaled the company to become the dominant global leader in purchase history-based analytics. The company was recently named the 5th Best Entrepreneurial Company by Entrepreneur Magazine.

Before founding Cardlytics, Scott was Senior Vice President and General Manager at Capital One, where he founded and built the payments department, positioning it as the first bank to market debit products nationally. In addition, Scott has worked on both sides of the emerging technology world – both as a principal at Canaan Partners and as an executive at the leading e-Sourcing company, FreeMarkets. He also led strategy and M&A initiatives for technology companies during his eight years at McKinsey & Company.

Scott has served on the Board of Directors for Evergy (previously Great Plains Energy Inc.) since 2014 and sits on their Audit, Finance, and Nuclear, Operations, and Environmental Oversight Committees. He currently serves as Vice Chairman for FinTech Atlanta, a coalition of companies working to cement Atlanta as the recognized global capital of financial technology. The group funds and fuels efforts to recruit, retain, and expand businesses and jobs across the FinTech ecosystem in metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

Scott earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College.



Lynne Laube
COO & Co-Founder

Lynne Laube is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Cardlytics (NASDAQ:CDLX), a business recognized as one of the country’s fastest growing technology companies by Deloitte Fast 500 and Inc. 5000.

In February 2018, Lynne took Cardlytics public on the Nasdaq, making Cardlytics the first tech IPO of the year.  From 2008 through 2017, Lynne secured more than $200 million in capital from leading investors and scaled the company to become the dominant global leader in purchase history-based analytics. In 2016, Lynne was named one of the top 10 venture-backed female founders by Inc. Magazine and Entrepreneur 360. In 2012 and 2013 Lynne was a finalist for E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Lynne has tremendous passion around helping women excel in the workplace and has led a number of development and mentoring initiatives. At Cardlytics, she launched Women of Cardlytics, a program that provides education and mentorship to help women grow their careers. This program is one of the reasons Cardlytics has won top places to work in Atlanta for several years.

Before founding Cardlytics, Lynne held multiple executive positions with Capital One from 1994 until 2008. Lynne began her career at Bank One. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and marketing from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Business and is a graduate of Darden’s Executive Leadership program from the University of Virginia. Lynne is the mother of two teenage children and enjoys working out and cooking in her limited spare time.

Past Recipients

E. Milton Bevington Distinguished Award winners include Glen Robinson, Founder of ScientificAtlanta; Cam Lanier, Chairman and CEO, ITC Holding Company; Pete Petit, Founder and former CEO of Matria Healthcare; Tripp Rackley, Founder and former CEO, Firethorn; Alana Shepherd, Co-Founder, Shepherd Center; Reggie Bradford, Founder and former CEO of Vitrue and Dr. Paul Judge, Executive Chairman, Pindrop Securities, Founder & CEO, Luma, Co-Founder of TechSquare Labs and Co-Founding Chairman of Looklive & Monsieur; and Wain Kellum, CEO, Archibus, Serraview.


5:30 pm Optional Self Guided Monetary Museum Tour
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Dinner and Program

Registration Closes Sunday, September 29, 11:59 pm

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