GA CEO Jake Schwartz Named Entrepreneur of the Year



This week, Ernst & Young named me an EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New York. This is a great honor by an amazing company with a storied history of supporting entrepreneurs, and I’m incredibly grateful.

As I got up on stage to accept the award, I started to reflect on the growth of General Assembly over the years, and how many people it took to get the company where it is today. No one person alone can make a company succeed. There are so many stakeholders, so many supporters, so many people who make GA work, that the idea of a singular Entrepreneur of the Year seems unfathomable.

To list some of the crucial, irreplaceable heroes who are part of the GA story so far:

  • My co-founders, Adam, Brad, and Matt, who each made countless contributions to the creation of General Assembly and worked tirelessly to build the foundation for what we have become.
  • Our early employees, who dove headfirst into a crazy, fluid situation and turned GA into a real company.
  • Our investors, who took early risks on us when the future was not certain.
  • Our early members and customers, who believed in our community before it was tangible or real.
  • Our students, who invest their time and money with us to transform their careers.
  • Our instructors, who are deeply committed and make great sacrifices to help our students succeed.
  • Our global team members, who maintain constant vigilance to make sure that GA lives up to its promises every day, around the world.
  • All of our amazing partners from AmEx, to GE, to WeWork and 1776, to Brew Media Relations and Wilson Sonsini, who share our values and seek to work together to make our vision a reality.
  • Finally, all of our other stakeholders, who come to GA and help spread the word.

I could go on and on. Four years after our founding, the list of those who have contributed to GA’s success is long, and my gratitude is beyond words.

I’m so glad Ernst & Young has recognized General Assembly for our accomplishments to date, and it’s an honor that simply must be shared with the entire GA family.

Thanks, Jake

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About Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz is the co-founder and chief executive officer of General Assembly. As a specialized educational institution for 21st century skills in data, design, business and technology, General Assembly (GA) is empowering a global community to pursue work they love through best-in-class instruction and access to opportunities. GA works with students online and in person across 25 campuses around the world and hundreds of companies as partners in course development and graduate placement as well as through GA’s corporate training and development business. General Assembly was named as the number one most innovative company in education by Fast Company in 2015. Schwartz was named E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and was recently named one of Crain’s “40 under 40." He earned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale in 2000 and a M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton in 2008.