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Pipeline announces winner of inaugural Pipeline Legacy Award

Pipeline announced today that James Linder, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Medicine, is the inaugural recipient of the Pipeline Legacy Award. The Pipeline Legacy Award is bestowed upon an individual who has made exceptional contributions of time, talent, financial resources, advocacy and innovation over their lifetime to both Pipeline and the overall entrepreneurial community….

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James Linder, MD, is the inaugural recipient of the Pipeline Legacy Award

Pipeline announced today that James Linder, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Nebraska Medicine, is the inaugural recipient of the Pipeline Legacy Award.

The Pipeline Legacy Award is bestowed upon an individual who has made exceptional contributions of time, talent, financial resources, advocacy and innovation over their lifetime to both Pipeline and the overall entrepreneurial community.

Pipeline credits Linder’s passion and leadership with making it easier for entrepreneurs in the Midwest to succeed in their ventures.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Nebraska entrepreneurial community who hasn’t been helped by him, and that’s certainly true also of the Pipeline community. which reaches into multiple states,” says Joni Cobb, Pipeline President and CEO. “He gives you his honest opinion, he connects you. I think he is the ultimate entrepreneurial ally.”

Jim Linder and Joni Cobb on stage at a Pipeline event.

When Pipeline decided to come to Nebraska, Jim and his wife Karen were part of the initial Nebraska founders group. At that time, Jim was also leading different activities at the University of Nebraska and got the university involved in Pipeline.

Jen Amis, President and CEO of Encounter Telehealth and Pipeline entrepreneur, said that Jim and Karen, exemplify what being a Pipeline leader is all about––approachability and accessibility.

“Both Jim and Karen are incredibly generous with their time,” said Amis. “They sat down with me multiple times and always return phone calls. It’s an exceptional group of mentors at Pipeline, and the Linders are at the helm of it.”

Linder says he’s honored but that he didn’t do the things I did to get an award––he did it because he likes to see entrepreneurs succeed, and him and Karen love to see people grow through the process of entrepreneurship and become part of the community.

“We’ve always thought one of the values Pipeline would bring to Nebraska, is that each one of the fellows who completes the program becomes a more capable mentor for entrepreneurs,” says Linder.

The Pipeline Legacy Award will be presented at the first Nebraska-based Innovators gala on January 25, 2019, at The Slowdown.

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