Cobonpue designs trophy for Endeavor

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ONCE again, Cebu’s Kenneth Cobonpue will be waving the Philippine flag on a global stage for a meaningful purpose. This time, it’s for Endeavor, a global non-profit organization that selects, mentors, and accelerates high-impact entrepreneurs to drive economic growth and job creation.

What was started in New York in 1997 by founders Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner has now evolved to a presence in nearly 40 markets across Latin America, Asia, Africa, Middle East, and underserved areas of Europe and the United States.

In 2015, Endeavor came to the Philippines and made its mark. The Philippine Board of Directors include J.P. Morgan’s Roberto Panlilio, Ayala Corp.’s Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Bank of the Philippine Islands’ Cezar Consing, and SSI Group Inc.’s Anthony Huang, to name a few.

Cobonpue has also been a proud member since 2016.

The award-winning industrial designer is crafting the trophy for Endeavor’s second Lindas, an annual award that recognizes and celebrates entrepreneurs in Endeavor’s network who embody the Endeavor spirit of dreaming crazy, scaling up and paying it forward. The 2020 Lindas will honor Insider’s Hande Cilingir (Endeavor Turkey), Cabify’s Juan de Antonio (Endeavor Spain) and Clip’s Adolfo Babatz (Endeavor Mexico). The Lindas will be given out during the first ever Virtual Endeavor Gala this Nov. 19, which will convene over 500 network members from around the globe to raise critical funds to support the global high-impact entrepreneurship movement.

The trophy resembles a flame, symbolizing the passion needed in the pursuit of success. The elegant form made of brass sheets has an abstract hand-shaped flame in the middle, which represents the traditional Filipino practice of “Bayanihan;” of helping each other reach a goal hand-in-hand.

The trophy is designed to embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and of giving back, much like its maker who has given Filipinos pride and opportunities. (PR)