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Founder and CEO of Cimpress Robert Keane receives first INSEAD Alumni Global Entrepreneurship Award


Founder and CEO of Cimpress Robert Keane receives first INSEAD Alumni Global Entrepreneurship Award

Founder and CEO of Cimpress Robert Keane receives first INSEAD Alumni Global Entrepreneurship Award

Annual award to recognise outstanding and entrepreneurial alumni for positive impact to business and society

INSEAD, the business school for the world, announced today that alumnus Robert Keane MBA '94D, Founder and CEO of Cimpress, is the recipient of the inaugural INSEAD Alumni Global Entrepreneurship Award 2017. The award was presented at the INSEAD Alumni Forum France at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris on 17 June. Cimpress (NASDAQ: CMPR) is the world leader in mass customisation, with a focus on developing software and manufacturing capabilities to make customised products accessible and affordable.

The INSEAD Alumni Global Entrepreneurship Award was recently launched by the INSEAD Alumni Association to recognise alumni entrepreneurs who have built corporations that reflect INSEAD’s values of diversity and innovation and are known for their global impact and footprint. The Association was motivated to create the award by the fact that more than 50 percent of INSEAD alumni engage in entrepreneurial activities during their lifetime and INSEAD has been ranked as #1 in Europe in terms of the amount of venture capital funding raised by its graduates.

Keane was selected by the judging panel for his exemplary record as an entrepreneur. Keane founded what is now known as Cimpress shortly after completing his MBA at INSEAD in 1995, with the vision of offering small business owners access to the same high-quality, customised printed products that bigger companies enjoyed. With this dream, he launched his company single-handedly from the spare bedroom of a small apartment in Paris.

Today, Cimpress is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange with a market capitalisation of USD 2.8 billion and over USD 1.8 billion in annual revenues. Globally, the company employs 10,000 people and has received the Boston Business Journal “Best Place to Work” award six times. The judging panel also noted the company’s extensive corporate social responsibility programmes to help diverse groups around the world.  

Ilian Mihov, INSEAD Dean and Professor of Economics, presented the award to Keane and said, “On behalf of the school, I would like to extend our congratulations to Robert Keane for receiving this prestigious award, for his accomplishments as an entrepreneur and for the innovative impact he has made through his work. Entrepreneurship is at the core of INSEAD’s DNA and is central to our mission of promoting business as a force for good, and I commend Robert for acting as a role model in our community though his success as an entrepreneur and as a driver for positive change in the world.  We look forward to future editions of this award to recognise our entrepreneurial and innovative alumni who have positively contributed to business and society around the world.”

Sadia Khan, MBA'95D, President of the INSEAD Alumni Association (IAA) and CEO of Selar Enterprises, added, “We are proud that the association’s idea to create this global alumni award is now a reality and we sincerely thank all who have made this possible. We encourage everyone to come forward with their nominations for outstanding alumni from all corners of the world who are contributing to business and communities while maintaining the highest standards and values in everything they do. This will allow us to recognise these remarkable personalities for their achievements and for being an inspiration to all.”  

Robert Keane, President and CEO of Cimpress, said: “INSEAD played a significant role in the inception of Cimpress. With entrepreneurial culture being such an integral part of the school’s DNA, I was encouraged and supported by INSEAD’s strong values, resources and network. If I were to give one piece of advice to fellow entrepreneurs in this age of disruption and global competition, it would be to remain steadfast in your beliefs but open-minded and flexible as you grapple with the inevitable challenges and setbacks you will face as you pursue your dreams.”

From left: Ilian Mihov, Dean of INSEAD; Robert Keane, CEO of Cimpress and recipient of the award; and Sadia Khan, President of the INSEAD Alumni Association.

About Cimpress

Cimpress N.V. (Nasdaq: CMPR) is the world leader in mass customisation. For more than 20 years, the company has focused on developing software and manufacturing capabilities that transform traditional markets in order to make customised products accessible and affordable to everyone. Cimpress’ brings its products to market via a portfolio of more than 20 brands including Vistaprint, Albelli, Drukwerkdeal, Pixartprinting, Exaprint, WIRmachenDRUCK and many others. That portfolio serves multiple customer segments across many applications for mass customisation. The company produces more than 46 million unique ordered items a year. To learn more, visit

About the INSEAD Alumni Global Entrepreneurship Award

The INSEAD Alumni Global Entrepreneurship Award is eligible to alumni of the school who are founders or co-founders of a company recognised for its global impact in terms of its economic performance (minimum valuation of 500M USD), reach, innovation, and diversity. Nominations can be submitted by any INSEAD alumnus/a, board member, and faculty or staff member.

This award is just the first in a new series of global alumni awards that the INSEAD Alumni Association and the school plan to launch together in the near future. It will be followed by other categories recognising successful start-ups and social enterprises.

For more information visit: /alumni/awards 

About INSEAD, The Business School for the World

As one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools, INSEAD brings together people, cultures and ideas to develop responsible leaders who transform business and society. Our research, teaching and partnerships reflect this global perspective and cultural diversity.

With locations in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore), the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), and now North America (San Francisco), INSEAD's business education and research spans four regions. Our 162 renowned Faculty members from 40 countries inspire more than 1,300 degree participants annually in our Master in Management,  MBAGlobal Executive MBA, Specialised Master’s degrees (Executive Master in Finance and Executive Master in Change) and PhD programmes. In addition, more than 10,000 executives participate in INSEAD Executive Education programmes each year.

INSEAD continues to conduct cutting-edge research and innovate across all our programmes. We provide business leaders with the knowledge and awareness to operate anywhere. Our core values drive academic excellence and serve the global community as The Business School for the World.

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