High-Impact Entrepreneurship

23 new High-Impact Entrepreneurs selected at London International Selection Panel

Endeavor invited 23 High-Impact Entrepreneurs representing 13 companies from Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Turkey and Uruguay to join the organization at our 39th International Selection Panel, which was held from May 17th-19th in London, England. Endeavor now supports 603 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 385 companies in 11 emerging market countries.

“Bringing these events to London and Europe was a major step towards increasing the profile of Endeavor and our High-Impact model in the world’s global financial center,” said Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “The High-Impact Entrepreneurs we selected are the role models who are creating high-value jobs and building sustained support for entrepreneurship in their home countries from Latin America to the MENA region. I’m particularly encouraged by the selection of Endeavor’s first two companies from our new affiliate in Lebanon.”

The International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step Search & Selection process in which top local and international business leaders interview and offer guidance to entrepreneur candidates. At the International Panel in London, participating panelists came from Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the US. The Panel was supported by a number of corporate sponsors including Abraai Capital, Barclays Capital, Citi Private bank EMEA and Ernst & Young. Endeavor Entrepreneurs were also showcased at two public events immediately before and after the Panel, one at London’s Canning House, the other at the Atelier of BNP Paribas in Paris, France.

Entrepreneur(s)/Companies selected:


Entrepreneurs: Gaston Lejtman and German Dyzenchauz
Description: Integro provides loyalty marketing programs to more than 250 corporations in 10 countries throughout Latin America – including Citibank, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, IBM, P&G and Walmart – reaching 700,000 employees and 20 million customers.


Akiyama Solucoes Tecnologicas
Entrepreneur: Ismael Akiyama
Description: Akiyama is the fastest growing Brazilian biometrics company and the exclusive distributor for three of Brazil’s leading suppliers of electronic components. The company provides solutions for civil identification, manufacturers and integrators, industrial and logistics automation, printers and programmable modules.

Aorta Entretenimento Ltda
Entrepreneurs: Antonio Carlos Soares, Patrick Lisbona, Gustavo Ziller
Description: Aorta is the leading supplier of apps and mobile marketing solutions for businesses in Brazil seeking to reach customers through smartphones and tablets.

Integra Medical
Entrepreneurs: Luciana Guimaraes and Vanessa Vazquez
Description: Integra helps over 40,000 patients manage treatments for chronic diseases through print and digital resources as well as personal guidance from health care practitioners (doctors, nurses and psychologists) who monitor their treatment.


Delicious Bakery (The Bakery Shop)
Entrepreneurs: Tarek El Nazer, Basel Mashhour, Sameh El Sadat
Description: DB is the first commercial baker in Egypt to target retail stores, supermarkets and restaurant chains using a par-baking and frozen delivery system.


Amman Pharmaceutical Industries (API)
Entrepreneur: Fadi Al-Atrash
Description: API is a leading regional manufacturer of niche branded generics, including eye drops, ointments, nasal sprays and topical preparations.


East & East (Nada Debs)
Entrepreneur: Nada Debs
Description: Manufactured by a network of 150 artisans in Lebanon, Nada Debs’ furniture is displayed in top stores worldwide, including in London, New York, Dubai and Cairo. Custom clients have included the World Economic Forum, the Jordanian royal family and the Ritz-Carlton in Bahrain.

Eastline Marketing (ELM)
Entrepreneurs: Marc Dfouni and Nemr Nicolas Badine
Description: ELM provides digital marketing services to regional clients in the Middle East (including Bank Audi, DHL, Kimberly-Clark and Toyota) using a proprietary database of insights into customer segments that cuts across regional geographies and industries.


Entrepreneur: Patrick Struebi
Description: Fairtrasa is a fair trade and organic produce company that works with over 300 small, marginalized farmers in Mexico and additional 700 in other emerging economies to produce and distribute high-quality fruits, vegetables, wine and spices.

Entrepreneurs: Pedro Zarur and Armando Tortoledo Uriarte
Description: Gruindag is a Mexican company that develops and manufactures specialized agro-chemicals and other chemical products for Mexico’s export-oriented farmers and water, paper and leather treatment facilities.


Entrepreneur: Emre Aydin
Description: Already Turkey’s largest online flower store, Ciceksepeti is expanding into a category leader covering all types of gifts and gourmet food packages. They have added high-quality chocolates, and edible fruit arrangements to their offerings.

Entrepreneurs: Hasan Obuz, Mehtap Obuz
Description: The brother/sister team behind Ilio has moved from earlier success in the interior design business (Demirden) into a scalable design brand (Ilio) that focuses on innovative housewares and tabletop products sold worldwide through outlets including Gilt Groupe, Amazon and New York’s Museum of Modern Art.


Salado Media
Entrepreneurs: Andres Ameglio, Carlos Ameglio
Description: Brothers Andres and Carlos Ameglio have become leaders in producing award-winning TV commercials across the Spanish-speaking world for leading global clients including Coca Cola, TNT and Toyota. Their business is at the heart of an emerging AV production eco-system based in Uruguay but that extends throughout Latin America.


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