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Endeavor Reaches Milestone of A Thousand Entrepreneurs Selected with Spain’s Shot & Shop and Miami’s Kairos

During the 56th International Selection Panel in Miami, FL, Endeavor officially marked the selection of a thousand entrepreneurs since 1997. During an intense day of deliberations by groups of expert panelists, two entrepreneurs simultaneously emerged as the thousandth entrepreneurs to be voted in unanimously during their panels. Spain’s Shot & Shop, founded by Sira Pérez de la Coba, and Miami’s Kairos, founded by Brian Brackeen, had the honor of being the milestone selections. Endeavor has now selected and supported 1,030 entrepreneurs from 651 companies across 22 countries.

Founded in 2012, Kairos’ facial recognition API captures the depths and contours of a 2D facial image through 85 points of interest and renders the image as a 3D model to ensure 99% identification accuracy. Even if people change their appearance – by growing a beard or putting on glasses – Kairos’ software will recognize them. The software’s pricing model allows clients to use it for free (for up to 50,000 identifications), and scale the service to meet their specific use requirements and budget. The system delivers fraud management and work automation solutions to clients through 3D facial recognition, one-to-many identification, anti-spoofing, mood detection, gender analysis, security and compliance, mobile authentication and more. Brian and his team have succeeded in raising over $3 million in funding to support the Miami-based company’s growth.

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Kairos’ Brian Brackeen during the Miami ISP

“The Endeavor story was intriguing to me from the start. The power of the network, the support, the mentorship, the help with accessing capital, are all a dream for any CEO,” Brian explained. “Endeavor pushes you forward, into markets that you did not before imagine. I’ve been an Endeavor Entrepreneur less than a month, and yet, it’s had a huge impact on our business.”

Across an ocean, Sira founded her Madrid-based company Shot & Shop in 2012 with the vision of inventing the first image recognition and retrieval technology able to identify accurate visual matches in real-time without previous image, pattern, or verbal tags. Shot & Shop’s proprietary technology has a host of commercial applications. In its first application, retail brands and digital advertisers are using Shot & Shop to better understand consumer preferences and improve the relevance and efficacy of targeted marketing, which drives online sales. The technology is especially equipped for real-time digital ad bidding, and is the only visual search technology able to make real-time digital ad recommendations based on a publisher’s visual content.

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Shot & Shop’s Sira Pérez de la Coba demonstrating her product

“My experience at the Miami ISP was like a dream: amazing, intense, passionate, unique, exciting, and really rewarding. Meeting so many people with so much talent and global vision was an incredible privilege,” Sira said about her selection. “With Endeavor, I look forward to changing the world as a scientist and Endeavor Entrepreneur, and I look forward to helping future entrepreneurs continue with their legacies.”

Read more about all of the entrepreneurs selected at the 56th Endeavor ISP in Miami by clicking here.

Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur Connections: Egypt’s SASCO Group and OfficeNet Co-Founder Santiago Bilinkis

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Egypt’s SASCO Group, an office supplies chain founded by entrepreneurs Tarek Sryo and Alaa Sryo, recently made an Endeavor connection with Argentine entrepreneur Santiago Bilinkis, co-founder of Officenet. Santiago honed his expertise in the office supply industry by creating the “Staples of Latin America” with fellow entrepreneur Andy Freire. Together, the pair became Endeavor’s first entrepreneurs and  built Officenet into a global success story when it was acquired by Staples in 2005. Santiago’s mentorship connection with SASCO’s founders demonstrate the growing reach and impact of the Endeavor network.

During the introductory mentoring session, which has to the potential to turn into a regular relationship, the SASCO team discussed a recent acquisition developed by Endeavor that has allowed the company to to foster its e-commerce platforms. The team was looking for advice on managing marketing, manufacturing and distribution best practices from a seasoned industry expert like Santiago. Santiago drew from his experience building Officenet until its acquisition, offering insights on everything from revenue streams to B2B and B2C sales. The session proved to be a valuable experience for SASCO’s founders and for Santiago, fostering the global ecosystem of entrepreneurship that forms the foundation of Endeavor’s model.

Since joining the network in 2011, Endeavor has helped SASCO form an advisory board of mentors and arrange connections with other entrepreneurs and investors around the world. One of Egypt’s largest manufacturers of stationery supplies, SASCO is a family business that the Syro brothers envisioned taking to the next level with innovative product lines, distribution channels and e-commerce services. The company now employs over 700 people and reports revenues in the millions, and the brothers have also demonstrated a willingness to give-back by supporting the work of the Endeavor Egypt office.

Deloitte Fast50 Ranks Endeavor Companies from Egypt and South Africa as Fastest-Growing Tech Firms in the Region

fast50Egypt’s TA Telecom and South Africa’s Everlytic were named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast50 list, an annual ranking which highlights technology companies that have achieved the fastest rates of revenue growth in the African region over the past five years. The list is the leading ranking of its kind in the region, putting a focus on innovation in growth markets.

Fast50 Africa is part of an international program run by professional services firm Deloitte. Entrants of the Fast50 are also entered into  the Deloitte Technology Fast500 EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) program. Previous winners have included some of the most dynamic players in all areas of technology, from Internet specialists to biotech, digital media technology to life sciences, computers to semiconductors and software to telecommunications.

Selected by Endeavor in 2011, TA Telecom was founded by entrepreneur Amr Shady as a value-added services (VAS) mobile solutions provider that delivers time- and location-specific content to subscribers. With operations across the Middle East and Africa, TA’s services range from demographically-targeted SMS advertising to custom content delivery platforms. Servicing over 10 million subscribers, TA is also working towards international growth with an expansion into South Africa supported by Endeavor. Since joining the network, Amr has been an active promoter of the organization’s work, serving as a mentor and board member for Endeavor Egypt. As a panelist at International Selection Panels, he has also played a key role in selecting new generations of entrepreneurs in the pipeline.

Joining the network in 2009, South Africa’s Everlytic, founded by entrepreneurs Sam Hutchinson and Josh Adler, has evolved from a web-applications developer into a content management system provider for the publishing industry. The company offers world-class products like Preditor CMS, a targeted content platform for magazine publishers, and pMailer Enterprise, an email and SMS marketing and delivery service. Together, these products significantly reduce the cost of print production for customers while exposing new opportunities on web and mobile platforms. Endeavor has helped the team connect with industry experts and business leaders, as well as foster critical relationships through the Endeavor Investor Network.

View a complete list of the Fast50 winners below and by clicking here.

Ranking Company Name Country Growth
1 Interswitch Limited Nigeria 1226%
2 Techno Brain Kenya 621%
3 Everlytic South Africa 606%
4 T.A Telecom Egypt 560%
5 Adapt IT South Africa 295%

Argentina’s Globant Opens New Development Center in Peru, Expands Latin American Presence

GlobantEndeavor Entrepreneur company Globant, a technology services firm focused on delivering innovative software solutions, announced that it has expanded its operations to Perú by opening a new development center in Lima. The new office allows Globant to expand its presence in Latin America and continue developing its customer portfolio, propelling services provided to its clients and expanding opportunities for regional talent. One of Endeavor’s top entrepreneurial success stories, Globant also has offices in cities across Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, and the US.

Founded in 2003, Globant was envisioned from the start as a business that could generate world-class career opportunities for IT professionals while showcasing Latin American talent. Globant has become one of the fastest growing software solutions companies in Latin America, providing clients worldwide with solutions that are design-minded, scalable and efficient. The entrepreneurs have put Argentina on the radar of the global marketplace for offshore IT services, with a portfolio of clients that include Google, LinkedIn, Sabre and Electronic Arts. Employing more than than 3,500 professionals worldwide, Globant and its founders have succeeded in becoming a source of inspiration for entrepreneurs both in Argentina and all around the world.

“We chose Peru due to the outstanding growth it has shown during the past years,” said Martín Umaran, Globant Chief of Staff and co-founder. “Lima has become a remarkable business center in the region. We see a growing amount of highly qualified professionals that are at the same level as the best professionals worldwide. With this in mind, we expect to continue growing in Peru towards our goal of becoming the best company in the creation of innovative software products.”

Martín Migoya, Globant CEO and co-founder, added: “We are extremely happy to open this development center in Peru and to keep expanding our presence throughout the world in the search of the best talent. This center proves that world-class software products can be built by putting together global teams, and by understanding that geography today isn’t the predominant factor to take into account. It’s just one of the many facts that impacts the career growth of young people all over the world.”

The company, which held its IPO on the NYSE in 2014, has been highly engaged with Endeavor’s work in Latin America and globally, serving as mentors, ISP panelists and donors. The founders have also attended and spoken at a number of Endeavor-hosted events, including both regional and global galas, retreats and summits. Martín and Guibert also serve as board members in Argentina, with Guibert recently named chairman of the local board. The story of the Globant founders is a testament to Endeavor’s model and the multiplier effect of entrepreneurship as the team becomes role models and investors for future generations of ventures.

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Endeavor Jordan Research Spotlights Amman’s High-Growth ICT Industry

endjorEndeavor Jordan has released new research that sheds light on how high-impact entrepreneurs contribute to job creation and long-term economic growth in Amman and all around the country. The research is key to educating stakeholders about the importance of supporting the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and scale-up businesses. Titled Multiplying Impact: Amman’s High-Growth ICT Industry, the report specifically examines entrepreneurs that have made substantial contributions to the communications and technology sector through mentorship, investment or inspiration.

The development of entrepreneurship ecosystems cannot be judged by the number of startups in the ecosystem, nor are startups the only answer for the Middle East’s pressing job crisis. Rather, the scale-up entrepreneurs that manage to overcome the initial start-up phase hurdles and reach the more challenging stages of their businesses are the ones with the most potential to create large amounts of jobs and transform economies.

The report shares stories of such high-impact entrepreneurs whose impact have reached beyond the success of their own businesses to contribute to the organic growth of a growing ICT sector in Jordan. These entrepreneurs have enabled next-generation entrepreneurs to succeed in growing and scaling their own companies and commercializing their products and services, thus employing more people and expanding the economy’s productive potential.

By following the specific patterns of mentorship, investment and serial entrepreneurship activities, these founders have helped produce localized ecosystems that are increasingly integrated with the thriving global technology sector. The development of the ICT ecosystem in Jordan is also demonstrated through what Endeavor refers to as the “Entrepreneurship Acceleration Cycle”. This pattern has been observed in many successful communities around the world and is comprised of four distinct steps:

Step 1: Ambition
Entrepreneurs seek to build large, scalable businesses in their local communities.
Step 2: Growth
Ambitious founders achieve significant growth at their companies.
Step 3: Commitment
Successful founders choose to stay in the local area and share their resources with the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Step 4: Reinvestment
Successful founders reinvest in other entrepreneurs and businesses.

The cycle of entrepreneurial Ambition, Growth, Commitment, and Reinvestment has helped accelerate the development of Jordan’s technology ecosystem, as well as establish companies that demonstrate the potential to be sustainable and thriving businesses.

“Endeavor is committed to gaining a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing high-growth companies and the local entrepreneurial landscape as a whole. The report aims to provide in-depth insights into the Jordan’s dynamic ICT sector, which we believe has great potential to actively contribute to job creation,”said Rasha Manna, Managing Director of Endeavor Jordan. “In line with our ongoing efforts to sustain local entrepreneurship, the report also highlights the patterns of mentorship and reinvestment, which help accelerate industry growth, while advising policy makers and business leaders on how to best support the cultivation of high-growth companies.”

Read the stories of Jordan’s high-impact entrepreneurs in the full report below or by clicking here.  To read the report in Arabic, click here.

Turkey’s Iyzico Acquires Payments Analytics Firm MyPat.co

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Turkey’s Iyzico, an online payments platform, recently acquired consumer analytics company MyPat.co, uniting the services to better serve Turkish businesses operating online. Founded by Endeavor Entrepreneurs Tahsin Isın and Barbaros Özbugutu, Iyzico is transforming the payment processing experience for businesses through its bank-integrated, fraud-protected payment platform tailored to the nuances of the Turkish market.

Selected this year at the 55th International Selection Panel in Istanbul,  Iyzico was founded in 2012 with the vision of making online payments easier than ever before. From obtaining contracts with banks to systemic fraud, Turkish companies both large and small struggle with online payments. Iyzico’s two API platforms connect 22 banks and payment companies with over 850 merchants, enabling merchants to accept online payments in the easiest and safest manner.

The company’s seasoned executive team and local know-how – from collective 33 years experience in the payment market to personally setting up all the contracts with the banks – enable it to offer a more sophisticated and adaptable platform than competitors in Turkey. While there are many global competitors in the online payment market — namely Stripe and World Pay — none have entered the Turkish market because of the high barriers to entry, providing Iyzico with a window of opportunity. With over 7,2000 registered members, Iyzico’s acquisition news will allow the company to expand its services and provide a better understanding of customer behavior and analytics.  MyPat.co currently serves six major clients, including Endeavor Entrepreneur companies Yemeksepeti and Armut.

Learn more about the news by clicking here.

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Iyzico founders with MyPat.co founder Hakan Erdogan

Endeavor Greece Celebrates Two Years and 3,500+ Jobs Created By Its Entrepreneurs

endeavor-greece-logo-454280Endeavor Greece released an infographic and video to highlight the office’s impact during its two year anniversary. The team supports some of the region’s top high-impact entrepreneurs who continue to drive sustainable job creation and contribute to a growing business ecosystem. Currently, Endeavor Greece’s network includes 16 entrepreneurs from 11 companies who have managed a total turnover of €110 million and have created  over 3,500 direct and indirect jobs.

When it was announced in  late 2012, the launch of Endeavor Greece made headlines in the midst of the country’s political and economic turmoil. Endeavor, however, saw a prime opportunity to bring its model to a struggling region and support high-impact, high-growth entrepreneurs that could create jobs and transform industries. Watch Linda Rottenberg discuss the the decision to enter Greece in this 2012 CNBC interview.

Eighty percent of the jobs created by Endeavor Greece entrepreneurs are in rural areas in sectors with a competitive advantage, including agriculture and tourism, or in sectors undergoing broader restructuring, such as financial services.With Endeavor’s support the network’s 16 entrepreneurs are present in 48 countries and have attracted more than €25 million of investment, benefiting from Endeavor’s strategic partnership with National Bank of Greece. View a video recap of the team’s impact below.

The Board of Directors of Endeavor Greece is chaired by Michael D. Chandris, Chairman, Chandris Group; and vice-chaired by Mareva Grabowski, who is also the founder of the Greek affiliate. They are joined by Dr. John Coustas, President & CEO, Danaos Corporation; Marily Frangista, Managing Director, Franco Compania Naviera; Theodore M. Kyriakou, Group CEO, Antenna Group; Johanna Papadopoulou, President & Managing Director, E.J. Papadopoulos; Dimitri Papalexopoulos, Managing Director, Titan; Costantza Sbokou Constantakopoulou, Architect T.E.MES; Yiannis N. Stassinopoulos, Viohalco; Spyros Theodoropoulos, Managing Director, Chipita; Alexandros Tourkolias, CEO, National Bank of Greece and Melina Travlou, Chairman and CEO, Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises.

Through a powerful network of 3,000 business leaders worldwide and strategic partners in Greece (National Bank of Greece, ΕΥ, Deloitte, DDB/Tribal, Microsoft)and globally, Endeavor supports entrepreneurs in three main areas: access to markets, access to debt and investment, strategic advice for financial management, HR, branding and communication.

Haris Makryniotis, Managing Director Endeavor Greece comments: “Two years after Endeavor Greece launch, we are optimistic about the future of high-impact entrepreneurship in Greece. In times (2012-2014) when the country’s GDP decreased by 15% and employment by 20%, Endeavor entrepreneurs in Greece have managed to increase revenues by 79% and jobs by 45%. Over the next three years, our target is to expand our network and help our network’s companies to create a total of 15,000 direct and indirect jobs.”

Learn more about Endeavor Greece’s impact by clicking here.

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40 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 13 Countries Join Network at the 56th International Selection Panel in Miami; Endeavor Peru Welcomes First Entrepreneurs

MiamiISPMiami, FL – December 11, 2014 – Endeavor selected 40 high-impact entrepreneurs leading 22 companies in 13 countries at its 56th International Selection Panel.

Endeavor now supports 1,030 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 651 companies across 22 countries. The first International Selection Panel (ISP) in Miami, FL since the affiliate was launched in 2013, the entrepreneurs were chosen at a panel held from December 8 – 10th.

The ISP is the conclusion of a rigorous multi-step selection process that is at the core of the Endeavor model. At the Miami ISP, top global business and industry leaders interviewed candidates about their businesses and potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on whether or not the candidates should become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. This panel was a milestone for Endeavor as the organization officially marked the selection of its thousandth entrepreneur. In addition, Endeavor Peru, which launched in 2014, welcomed its first two entrepreneur companies – Disfruta and Pulso Salud – into the network.

“As we officially cross the mark of a thousand entrepreneurs selected, Endeavor’s network has become an unparalleled force of inspiration and support,” said Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “It was especially amazing to see the passion, professionalism and early impact of Endeavor Miami’s network since its launch.”

After their selection into the Endeavor network, the entrepreneurs are given access to customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key business needs. Since 1997, Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created nearly 400,000 jobs, generated and built sustainable growth models in their home countries, transformed local economies and become role models for future generations of leaders.

“This Endeavor event was a celebration of all of the amazing entrepreneurial talent around the world,” said Endeavor Miami Board Co-Chair Adriana Cisneros. “It was exciting to showcase the great progress of Endeavor Miami over the past year and the region’s high-impact potential.”

To celebrate the incoming entrepreneurs, Endeavor Miami hosted an event at the New World Center on the final night of the ISP,  bringing together all ISP participants, entrepreneurs, board members, mentors and top leaders from the Miami community. The event was generously sponsored by The Knight Foundation, Cisneros Group, Grupo Arcano, Univision and The Wolfington Companies.

Endeavor will host six International Selection Panels in 2015. Locations will be in Singapore; Santiago, Chile; Amman, Jordan; San Francisco, CA; Marrakech, Morroco; and Mexico City, Mexico.

Brief descriptions of the newly selected entrepreneurs and companies follow.

ARGENTINA

Entrepreneurs: Martin AñazcoDiego Meller

Company: Jampp

Jampp is amplifying the global mobile application market. Mobile app-driven businesses have a challenging time navigating the changing mobile marketing industry. Jampp helps these companies drive large volumes of high-quality mobile users to their apps in a simple and cost-effective way. The company manages the entire process of marketing apps, from planning to tracking and optimization.

BRAZIL

Entrepreneurs:  Eduardo Lima & Sivio Melo Jr

Company: Avantia

Avantia is the first security system in Brazil to package cutting-edge technologies from ten different global suppliers into one integrated platform. Avantia has focused its efforts in the city of Recife, one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Since installing its security system four years ago, the city has seen a reduction in the number of murders by 60.8%—spurring the company’s growth by a CAGR of 40% per year. With such success in Recife, the entrepreneurs are expanding Avantia’s scope into Sao Paolo and aim to be a global benchmark in the security market. Currently employing over 450 people, Avantia is not only keeping the city safe but also creating significant jobs for the community.

Entrepreneurs: Albert Deweik & Roy Nasser

Company: NeoAssist

NeoAssist provides peace of mind to companies and their customers through its automated customer service software. This cloud-based platform allows clients to automate personal responses to customer inquiries and easily track a customer’s social media engagement with the company, among other capabilities. This software allows companies to improve customer satisfaction by 35%, while also reducing the cost of customer service by 30% to 70%. According to the Reclame Aqui, the authoritative agency for customer service ranking in Brazil, three out of the top five Brazilian companies in customer service – and 15 of the top 30 – are NeoAssist clients.

Entrepreneurs: Mate Pencz & Florian Hagenbuch

Company: Printi

Printi makes it easy for small businesses in Brazil to design and procure printed promotional materials. It is the first in Brazil to serve SMEs and individuals with low-or-medium volume needs. The local printing market is highly fragmented and informal, characterized by a few major graphic printers who only work with high-volume clients, printer brokers that set arbitrary and prohibitive prices, and low-quality corner mom-and-pop shops. Printi’s convenient ecommerce site provides the most cost effective printing option in the market. Its commitment to quality and customer satisfaction has resulted in consistent satisfaction scores of over 65% across more than 35,000 clients.

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Dinner at Wynwood Kitchen after a day of interviews

CHILE

Entrepreneurs: Alan Schoihet, Jack Schoihet, Paul Kisiliuk & Uri Cohen

Company: NiuSushi

NiuSushi is an innovative restaurant chain that maximizes its number of satisfied customers by meticulously tracking every metric, from each store’s inventory of rice to the number of minutes it takes for each chef to make a sushi roll in real-time. Customers can choose from more than 80 different rolls of sushi, including fresh Patagonia salmon, octopus, ahi tuna, shrimp and vegetarian options. Every year, NiuSushi updates its menu with new combinations mined from customer preferences and global market studies. With eight locations in Santiago alone, NiuSushi now intends to expand throughout Chile and the region to bring its premium product to a larger audience.

Entrepreneur: Luis Ahumada

Company: Mediastream

Consumers in Latin America want on to access online content on demand, but local media providers still do things the old fashioned way – through TVs and radios. Chilean company Mediastream’s streaming solutions enable companies to keep up with consumer trends and broadcast content through any internet-connected device. Mediastream is a first mover in Latin America, and has built the channels responsible for 60% of content streamed online in Chile. The end-to-end solution for recorded and live-event streaming makes it easy for traditional content providers to build new digital offerings to reach, engage, and monetize audiences.

COLOMBIA

Entrepreneurs: Camilo Pérez, Juan Sebastián Correa & Ricardo Jaramillo

Company: Agrofuturo

Agrofuturo is finally enabling Colombia to compete with the other agricultural superpowers in Latin America. Despite the country’s rich terrain, only 14% of arable land is under cultivation due to violence that plagued rural areas, resulting in a lack of knowledge of how to properly invest and use fertile lands. Through information sourcing strategies, such as a world-class industry expo, and end-to-end agricultural services – including Project Design and Asset Management – Camilo Pérez, Juan Sebastián Correa and Ricardo Jaramillo have catalyzed the growth of the Agricultural sector in Colombia and made it more attractive for investors. Already, Agrofuturo has facilitated $200 million in industry transactions and cultivated 30,000 hectares of previously idle land—growing its revenues through events, project design, management, and fees.

EGYPT

Entrepreneur: Sherief Kesseba

Company: Nile Valley Growers

Nile Valley Growers produces and exports top-quality grapes and red onions to supermarkets across continental Europe and the UK. Egypt’s geographic location allows Nile Valley Growers to export produce when the Global supply is typically at its lowest – after the end of the Southern hemisphere’s season but before the Northern hemisphere’s crops ripen. The country’s close proximity to the European, African, and Asian markets enables produce to quickly reach supermarket shelves which equates to a longer shelf-life.

Entrepreneur: Dr. Hisham Haddara

Company: Si-ware Systems

Si-ware Systems is the first company to design semiconductors in Egypt and export to global clients in the USA, Japan, China, Russia, and France. The company designs the smallest and most cost-efficient spectrometer on the market and has plans to release a quartz-less oscillator by 2015. These semiconductor components are the foundation of electrical devices. Si-ware’s components are built to be easily adaptable to various micro-devices.

JORDAN

Entrepreneurs: Charif Mzayek, Alissar Mzayek & Ghassan Mzayek

Company: Alissar

Business is blooming for the Mzayek family, founders of Alissar, a leading flower producer and retailer in MENA. Transforming Jordan’s arid climate into an oasis, Alissar began as a retail outlet selling floral arrangements and indoor plants to the local market.  The company has set its eyes on the commercial flower and plant market in the GCC, maintaining its floriculture core and expanding its product lines to growing its own flowers and distributing planting material. Future growth will be driven by increasing organizational efficiencies and geographic expansion within the GCC and into Asia for Alissar’s hotel floral supply business and planting material wholesale vertical. Alissar will also see expansion through a new partnership with Aramex that connects growers and buyers online.

LEBANON

Entrepreneurs: Nehman Hachem & Samer Hachem

Company:  Hintrag

Hintrag’s powdered desserts and drinks offer inexpensive and convenient alternatives to traditionally packaged goods, yet leading global brands in most countries do not cater to local palates. Investing heavily in R&D since 2008, Hintrag provides customers in 24 countries with over 120 locally-specialized varieties of high-quality powdered drinks & desserts – from Lebanese dessert mixes to Asian dumpling mixes. One of two leading players in Lebanon’s powdered food industry, Hintrag successfully secured 30% of the local market in less than six years with strong presence in MENA. Over the next three years, Hintrag plans to nearly double its global footprint and expand its product offering to better serve the African market.

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ISP candidates are interviewed by global business leaders

MEXICO

Entrepreneurs: Alejandro Maza, Alberto Tawil & Adolfo Unanue

Company: Open Intelligence [OPI]

Government intelligence just got smarter. OPI offers a customizable, easy to use, cloud-based platform that analyzes and visualizes the relationship between thousands of variables. Aside from using their own data, clients can access the information in OPI’s database, which warehouses all of the non-classified data that previous clients have uploaded. If clients want to generate more topic-specific data, OPI’s associated mobile apps facilitate on the ground data collection. When the Ministry of Interior used Arquimedes to understand neighborhood crime rates, it analyzed the relationship between education, single parent families, and over one thousand other variables. Later that year, the ministry started redesigning its policy and resource allocation strategies based on OPI’s contributions. The impact of OPI’s software soon garnered national and international media attention.

Entrepreneurs: Manuel GonzalezRicardo Arteaga & Leonardo Randolph

Company: Agroin

Anyone who’s tried searching for some tejocote (a fruit native to Mexico) or other Mexican specialties in their local grocery market knows how hard it can be find. Finding frozen tejocote that also bursts with the same fresh, authentic taste is even harder. Agroin is changing that with its frozen produce and its ready-to-eat frozen Mexican delicacies, like cheese-stuffed peppers. Already a key supplier for La Huerta, Mexico’s largest frozen vegetable brand, Agroin now seeks to expand under its own distinct brands.

Entrepreneur: José Antonio Díaz

Company: Provive

Provive is reinvigorating foreclosed and abandoned Mexican communities with vida, or life. According Infonavit and Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal, more than two million low-income homes built in Mexico over the past ten years are suffering the effects of abandonment and foreclosure due to poor urban planning and the absence of organized social structures that strengthen communities. Provive’s business buying, refurbishing, and reselling abandoned homes and building community centers and programs regenerate the urban and social fabric of Mexico.

Entrepreneur: Edgar Cory Crespo

Company: COLOüRs

Mexican marketing and media agency COLOüRS helps companies brighten up their branding. COLOüRS starts with a simple truth: consumers find advertising boring. Mass-marketing might reach many, but they engage few. COLOüRS creates memorable experiences to connect brands and celebrities with consumers who share a passion for fashion, art, music, entertainment, and sports. In order to be the gateway between premium brands, top talent, and elite consumers, COLOüRS operates three vertically integrated subsidiaries specializing in marketing and talent management. One of these is CMX Talent, the first formal talent management agency in Mexico.  COLOüRS produces 150 events and festivals annually, including the biannual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Mexico and the Coca-Cola Fifa World Cup Trophy Tour.

MIAMI

Entrepreneur: Anabel Perez

Company: NovoPayment

The payments ecosystem in Latin America is faced with anemic technologies that are unable to meet the demands of an ever-changing payments landscape. This imbalance leads to an underdeveloped prepaid value chain, where banks are unable to reach lower income “unbanked” customers, enterprises lack a system to incentivize their employees, and retailers are forced to rely on costly cash payments. NovoPayment helps companies reach a broader base of customers and increase their revenues by providing them with the infrastructure to build their own prepaid and mobile wallet programs. The market for cash conversion to digital means, such as prepaid account services, is estimated to reach US$16 billion in 2015. NovoPayment facilitates 70 million transactions annually through a portfolio of 9,000 clients that spans Fortune 500 companies and Latino micro-businesses.

Entrepreneur: Brian Brackeen

Company: Kairos

Kairos’ facial recognition API captures the depths and contours of a 2D facial image through 85 points of interest and renders the image as a 3D model to ensure 99% identification accuracy. Even if people change their appearance – by growing a beard or putting on glasses – Kairo’s software will recognize them. The software’s pricing model allows clients to use it for free (for up to 50,000 identifications), and scale the service to meet their specific use requirements and budget.

PERU

Entrepreneurs: Azucena Gutierrez & Eduardo Gutierrez

Company: Disfruta

The juice industry in Peru is ripe for innovation. Peru leads Latin America in its vast diversity of exotic fruits, and although juice has always been a staple of the Peruvian diet, production has remained informal, with most juice makers blending ingredients from small roadside carts. Disfruta is modernizing the juice industry in Peru by pioneering a chain of juice bars designed to appeal to sophisticated, health-conscious consumers. Peruvians drink one million liters of juice every year, with juice consumption skyrocketing at annual growth rates of 43%: two times the rate of their Latin American counterparts. Over the course of six years, Disfruta has taken advantage of this opportunity to launch 30 locations and aims to double its revenues by 2017.

Entrepreneurs: Alvaro Diaz & Martin Olano

Company: Pulso Salud

Pulso Salud is breathing new life into the healthcare industry. Occupational health laws are a growing trend in Latin America that are mandating employers to protect their workers from hazards to safety and health, such as exposure to toxic chemicals, excessive noise levels, or unsanitary conditions. In Peru, these legal mandates impose a particular challenge because of the inadequate state of the healthcare infrastructure. Pulso Salud tackles this healthcare deficit by providing medical exams to workers that ensure companies are in compliance with legal requirements. With four million individuals working in the formal economy, the market for Pulso Salud’s services is $400 million in Peru alone. Having already established two medical centers in Arequipa and one in Lima, Pulso Salud seeks to use its existing traction to expand its footprint domestically.

SPAIN

Entrepreneur: Sira Perez de la Coba

Company: Shot & Shop

Shot & Shop founder and CEO Sira Pérez de la Coba has invented the first image recognition and retrieval technology able to identify accurate visual matches in real-time, without having previously seen the image, pattern, or verbal tag. Shot & Shop’s proprietary technology has a host of commercial applications. In its first application, retail brands and digital advertisers are using Shot & Shop to better understand consumer preferences and improve the relevance and efficacy of targeted marketing, which drives online sales. The technology is especially equipped for real-time digital ad bidding, and is the only visual search technology able to make real-time digital ad recommendations based on a publisher’s visual content.

TURKEY

Entrepreneur: Cenk Soyak

Company: AloTech

For AloTech customers, the days of the phone operator are numbered. When Cenk Soyak founded the company in Turkey, local contact center solutions were extremely expensive and international players had not yet entered the market. Cenk built AloTech not only as a local and affordable contact center solution but also one that was technologically forward thinking, providing its services via the cloud. AloTech offers cloud-based and “pay-as-you-go” call center solutions, as opposed to traditional, on-premise, high cap-ex call center solutions.  By eliminating hardware, software, and maintenance costs and offering flexibility and ease of use, AloTech offers significant advantages over its competitors.

URUGUAY

Entrepreneur: Rafael Atijas

Company: Loog Guitars

Loog Guitars designs and sells three-string guitars for children that simplify the playing process without losing the quality experience. Loog’s customers assemble their own customized guitars. The experience of building the guitar instills in the child a sense of accomplishment and ownership, while allowing parents to share their appreciation for music and create memories with their kids.

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Endeavor Miami’s final night celebration featured top members of the network

Chile’s DBS Beauty Store Plans Acquisition by National Pharmaceuticals Brand SalcoBrand

Chile’s DBS Beauty Store, founded by entrepreneur Dominque Rosenberg, recently announced plans to be acquired by Chilean pharmaceuticals giant SalcoBrand. DBS currently operates over 30 stores throughout Chile in addition to a variety of other distribution channels. Formed in 2006, DBS is dedicated to the distribution of beauty products for professional and consumer use, representing over 35 international brands.

SalcoBrand, which owns national brands like PreUnic, MakeUp, Medcell, Medipharm and Pharma Benefits, has a portfolio of over 500 stores in Chile. The acquisition, according to SalcoBrand, complements the range of beauty and health products featured in the firm‘s premium segments. DBS will continue to operate autonomously under the brand and the executive team will continue to lead management. Both parties are currently awaiting approval from the National Economic Prosecutor (FNE) to validate the acquisition.

Selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur 2011, Dominique and DBS have created more than 400 jobs and reports sales in the millions. Tired of shuttling around Santiago to buy assorted brands of mascara, moisturizers and the like, Dominique founded DBS with the vision to reinvent the consumer beauty experience in Chile. DBS has introduced a convenient and fun shopping experience that includes both beauty products imported from around the world and private label products. Endeavor has provided Dominique with a custom advisory board of industry experts and mentors who have helped guide the team on growth, acquisition and product development strategies.

Read more about the news in Chilean media by clicking here.

 

2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco Spotlights the Endeavor Network

GES2014The 5th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit took place in Marrakech, Morocco this year, serving as one of the world’s largest celebrations of entrepreneurs who bring ideas to life by creating enterprises, driving economic growth and expanding human welfare. The event attracted over 3,000 participants to Morocco, including top entrepreneurs, high-level government officials, corporate leaders, students, and innovators from all over the world. The event was supported by Endeavor Morocco and featured key members of the local network.

As a knowledge partner of the GES, Endeavor Morocco produced a learning track on “Scale-Up Experiences” during which high-impact entrepreneurs shared stories of the challenges they faced while scaling their companies and multiplying their impact. Rhett Morris, Director of Endeavor Insight, also participated in a plenary session on “transforming the speed and scale of entrepreneurship” and presented the preliminary results of a research initiative on Casablanca’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Watch Rhett’s address below.

Endeavor Entrepreneur Youssef Chaqor, founder of Kilimanjaro, had the opportunity to meet and participate in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Youssef was cited by the U.S. Administrator for small businesses, Maria Contreras-Sweet, during the GES closing speech and was highlighted as an inspiring high-impact entrepreneur who is helping to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“Youssef pioneered a method to transform waste into energy by recycling used cooking oil into biofuel that reduces carbon emission by 70% compared to petroleum,” said Contreras-Sweet in her speech. “It’s an amazing advancement in science, but that’s not where Youssef’s story ends. Youssef is now creating a network of young entrepreneurs in charge of collecting oil from households to help improve the air that we breath. By 2020, Youssef hopes to create thousands of new jobs through this collection program. One entrepreneurs’ work holds the potential to create thousands of micro-entrepreneurs. You don’t have to be a brilliant scientist to change the world. We all have a role to play.” Watch the full speech below.

Endeavor Morocco was also present in the Innovation Village, where the team organized a booth to present the organization’s model and impact both in Morocco and on a global scale.

View video recaps of the entire Summit by clicking here.

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