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Two Mexico Entrepreneurs Named Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2014

schwab foundationThe  Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awards is an annual list of the top innovators driving global, regional and industry agendas to improve the state of the world. The 2014 list of 30 entrepreneurs includes two Endeavor Entrepreneurs from Mexico - Javier Lozano, co-founder of Clinicas del Azucar, and Patrick Struebi, founder of Fairtrasa. This honor demonstrates the impact of Endeavor Entrepreneurs in the social sector and the increasing global recognition of entrepreneurs working to transform under-served communities.

Javier co-founded Clinicas del Azucar (“Sugar Clinics”) with fellow entrepreneur Fernanda Zorrilla in order to serve diabetes patients in Mexico, where the disease claims the lives of tens of thousands each year. The chain of low-cost diabetes management clinics aims to address issues of prevention, treatment and awareness in low-income communities where proper care is often lacking. The Clinicas have reduced patients’ annual costs by 70% and lowered diabetes complication rates by 60%, addressing a critical socioeconomic issue with an innovative healthcare model. Since joining the Endeavor network at the 50th ISP in 2013, the entrepreneurs have been active in sessions with Endeavor mentors, developing a strategy to improve and expand upon their business model.

Patrick left the corporate sector after almost a decade in order to start Fairtrasa, a fair trade and organic produce company based in Michoacan, Mexico. Fairtrasa works with hundreds of small farmers in Mexico and other emerging economies in Latin America to produce and distribute high-quality organic and fair trade fruits, wine, and spices in international markets at reasonable prices. The social enterprise aims to help small farmers out of poverty while opening the global market to local goods, equipping its network with financial capital, training programs and technical support. Since his selection at the 39th ISP in 2011, Patrick has received custom advisory from Endeavor’s Venture Corps network while also regularly participating in leadership and fundraising events.

Other Endeavor Entrepreneurs who have been honored by the Foundation in past years include Mois Cherem of Mexico’s ENOVA, Felipe Vergara of Colombia’s Lumni, and Bedriye Hülya of Turkey’s B-Fit. View the full list of 2014 Awardees by clicking here.

Watch the Awards ceremony at the World Economic Forum on Latin America (April 1st – 3rd) in Panama City:

Endeavor Greece Research Spotlights Local Entrepreneurship Scene; Featured in The New York Times and BloombergTV

endeavor-greece-logo-454280Endeavor Greece recently released findings in an infographic highlighting  the nation’s burgeoning entrepreneurship scene, the rise in local startups, and the influx of both domestic and foreign investment capital. With ventures in the ICT sector dominating, Greece is steadily making waves in the tech and innovation space as entrepreneurs lead the way for the region’s economic recovery. Between 2012 and 2013, the number of startups in the country more than doubled according to Endeavor Greece’s research, which was also mentioned in a recent New York Times article profiling the nation’s expanding ecosystem. In addition, Managing Director of Endeavor Greece Haris Makryniotis talked with BloombergTV about the nation’s “startup movement” and the potential for local entrepreneurs to become high-impact job creators, citing  the research and his own experiences with Endeavor’s Entrepreneurs.  View the full interview below or by clicking here.

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.


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GigaOm Structure Data Session with Endeavor Entrepreneur Spotlights Big Data in Africa

gigaomReprinted from GigaOm. Read the original article by Kevin Fitchard by  clicking hereThanks to GigaOm, Endeavor Egypt and Endeavor eMERGE California. In this session, Egyptian Endeavor Entrepreneur Amr Shady spoke with Endeavor VP of Business & Network Development Shaun Young about big data, mobile and opportunities in emerging African markets. This article includes a video of the full session, which can also be viewed by clicking here.

“There’s plenty of consumer data that can be mined in Africa, but it just happens to be controlled by the mobile operators. TA Telecom CEO Amr Shady explains how startups can put that data to use.

Is there a big data opportunity in Africa? TA Telecom CEO and founder Amr Shady believes there’s a big one. Only 15 percent of Africans may have access to the internet on a PC, but there is a wealth of information to be mined from the mobile operators who effectively have a lock on data services on the continent, Shady said speaking at GigaOm’s Structure Data conference on Wednesday.

“To talk about big data in Africa we have to look at where the data is being is being created,” Shady said. 60 percent of internet traffic comes from mobile phones. Only a third of mobile users who generate that traffic have a mobile data connection. The rest are using basic voice and SMS services, he said.

If you sampled data from social media to try to understand consumer behavior or public opinion in Africa, you’ll most likely reach incorrect conclusions, Shady said. But by analyzing patterns in how consumers use mobile services, TA Telecom is able to glean much more accurate data about them. It in turn parses that data to target advertising and subscription content at specific consumer segments at the behest of its carrier customers.

Shady, however, said there are many more opportunities to put that carrier data to work. TA Telecom has invested in a startup that uses cell tower location data to measure vehicle traffic conditions on Africa’s roads, he said. Also, Shady believes that because of their close relationship to consumer data, mobile carriers will be the incubators for future entrepreneurs in Africa. Instead of the Microsoft or Apple Mafia, we’ll see a Safaricom or a Vodacom Mafia create the next generation of data startups.”

2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit Video: John Donahoe

This video was filmed during Endeavor’s invitation-only 2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco (June 2013).

In this keynote, eBay CEO John Donahoe speaks about the transformation of retail, bridging the online and offline, and the future of commerce. Under his leadership, eBay has become a global commerce platform and payments leader, with revenue in 2012 of $14.1 billion. Across its eBay, PayPal and GSI Commerce platforms, the company enabled $175 billion of commerce in 2012, which represents about 18% of e-commerce worldwide and about 2% of global retail. The company is also a mobile commerce leader, with a mobile commerce volume of $13 billion and a PayPal mobile payments volume of $14 billion in 2012. With eBay focused on enabling commerce as a partner, not a competitor, Donahoe addresses the importance of founders and entrepreneurs in innovating-at-scale and transforming the traditional retail industry.

2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit Video: Ali Partovi & Eric Eldon

This video was filmed during Endeavor’s invitation-only 2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco (June 2013).

In this fireside chat, TechCrunch Editor Eric Eldon interviews Ali Partovi about his path from serial entrepreneur (iLike, LinkExchange, Code.org) to early-stage investor (Facebook, Dropbox, Zappos and Airbnb) to startup advisor. Hear why sustainable agriculture and food companies like Brightfarms and Farmigo are next on his radar.

Ali Partovi is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur & investor. Ali co-founded LinkExchange (acquired by Microsoft for $265 million), and iLike (the first successful app on the Facebook platform). He was an early investor in Dropbox, Facebook, OPOWER and Zappos. Ali also co-founded Code.org, a non-profit to promote Computer Science education. Ali’s passion and current focus is sustainable food and agriculture.

Eric Eldon is the Co-Editor of TechCrunch. He was previously the Co-Founder and editor of Inside Network, where he managed publications including Inside Facebook, Inside Social Games and Inside Mobile Apps. Before that, he spent a couple of years covering technology and finance at VentureBeat, a leading Silicon Valley publication where he was the first employee. Eric attended Stanford University and graduated with a degree in International Relations in 2005. He reported and edited news for The Stanford Daily student newspaper.

Watch the playlist of excerpts from their discussion:

Endeavor and SAP Partner to Host a ‘Design Thinking’ Session for Entrepreneurs in Dubai

sapSAP, a global corporate partner of Endeavor, worked closely with Endeavor staff during the 51st International Selection Panel in Dubai to offer candidates the opportunity to brainstorm and share business development strategies in a day-long ‘design thinking’ session.

Led by SAP VP Sameer Areff, the goal of the session was to provide a forum for the entrepreneurs to uncover and address key business challenges by applying a collaborative, user-centered design approach. With the help of a graphic illustrator who transcribed the conversations, advisers from SAP and Endeavor staff worked with the entrepreneurs to identify issues that touched on a range of external and internal challenges, from customer service to  product development. The resulting ‘roadmap’ provided a  case study of issues and approaches for every entrepreneur to relate to their own business model.

“Design thinking is a powerful tool that helps entrepreneurs take a step back from the day-to-day to drill down on a topic or business challenge in a diverse team,” said Nicolette Van Exel, SAP’s Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. “SAP uses this internally and with our customers to address critical technology and business questions. By providing this offering to entrepreneurs we hope to help the next generation of business leaders accelerate and innovate.”

Previously, Endeavor worked with SAP to host similar ‘design thinking’ workshops during the 2013 Endeavor Summit, offering an innovative and interactive session to participants. Read more about the Summit event by clicking here.

Watch a recap video of the Dubai session courtesy of SAP:

Endeavor Entrepreneur Fatma Ghaly Featured on Egyptian TV Series “El Mashrou3″

Azza FahmyEndeavor Entrepreneur Fatma Ghaly, managing director of Azza Fahmy Jewellery, was recently featured as a guest judge on the Egyptian reality show El Mashrou3, a series that  spotlights young social entrepreneurs as they compete in team challenges that test and improve their real-world business skills. The goal of the series is to not only raise awareness of the culture of entrepreneurship in Egypt, but also  provoke discussion of important social causes in the region.

In the episode, Fatma judges the contestants after they are challenged to create a home decor piece from recycled products within a small budget. She evaluated the contestants on creativity, pricing, and feasibility, while also giving advice on project planning. Working with Endeavor’s Egypt affiliate, El Mashrou3 has also featured a number of Endeavor mentors as guests.

Since Azza Fahmy’s selection in 2008, Fatma and the company has been active members of the Endeavor network, receiving introductions to designers and potential partners as well as strategic business advice through the G-Lab Program.

Watch the entire episode in Arabic below:

2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit Video: Alex Asseily and Fadi Ghandour

From Endeavor’s invitation-only 2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco (June 20, 2013).

In this fireside chat, Alex Asseily, STATE Founder & Executive Chairman and Jawbone Co-Founder, talks with Fadi Ghandour, Founder of Aramex and Endeavor board member, about the relationship between and intersection of revolution and entrepreneurship — both across industries and geographies.

Looking to transform the consumer electronics industry with Jawbone, Alex Asseily’s company became a leader in the mobile lifestyle field with products like the Jawbone Icon & Era headsets, the Jambox wireless speaker line and UP personal health solutions. In addition to his role as Jawbone Chairman, he has also been lauded for his work with the software company STATE, a global opinion network, and with  organizations like General Assembly.

One of the Middle East’s leading businessmen and entrepreneurs, Fadi Ghandour founded Aramex, the region’s premiere logistics and transportation company, and served for over 30 years as the company’s CEO. As both an active supporter of the Endeavor network and a well-recognized investor, he has become a noted figure in the world of entrepreneurship and social innovation. 

Watch the playlist of excerpts from their discussion:

Endeavor Entrepreneurs Silvina Leibenberg and María Noel Ache Featured on CNN en Español

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Endeavor Uruguay Entrepreneurs Silvina Leibenberg and María Noel Ache were both  featured on CNN en Español for their work as successful female entrepreneurs.

Silvina Leibenberg appeared on the channel’s “America Latina: Fuerza En Movimiento” series, which spotlights successful  business leaders and entrepreneurs across Latin America. Silvina and her husband and partner Michel Cohen have grown Lolita, their Uruguay-based women’s apparel company, from a small family store to a multi-national retailer operating across 17 countries. In the interview, Silvina offers insight on the company’s success thus far and why Latin America is proving to be a vital market and economy.

Selected in 2002, Silvina and Michel have been active entrepreneurs in the Endeavor network, utilizing Endeavor programs like G-Lab and eMBA to support expansion, management, and product organization efforts.

Watch Silvina’s Spanish interview:

 

María Noel Ache was featured as the founder of AIVA, a company that provides  technology and outsourcing business services to investment and insurance companies in the Latin American, Caribbean and Pacific Rim regions.

In the interview, María acknowledges Endeavor’s role in supporting the growth and success of AIVA and the need to foster a larger entrepreneurial network within the region. As the first female entrepreneur selected by Endeavor Uruguay, she also explains that being a woman has not been an obstacle; rather, it has allowed her a unique perspective on the business world that she hopes to share with other female entrepreneurs. Since their selection in 2007, María and her son Frederico Cella have been active supporters of Endeavor’s network and events, including participation in the Ernst & Young Fellows program.

Watch Maria’s Spanish interview:

Endeavor Board Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. Discusses the Impact of Entrepreneurship with Reuters

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Reuters reporter Jennifer Rogers sits down with Endeavor Board Chairman and former Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. for its “Wealth Effect” video series to discuss his passion for philanthropy and Endeavor’s mission. The series regularly features “in-depth conversations with CEOs, high-profile investors and celebrities about how they give back to the world around them.”

In the interview, Bronfman cites his family as inspiration for his charitable efforts, and describes his investment in Endeavor as “not just about creating jobs, but about changing perceptions.” He also highlights the example of Leila Velez, whose success after her selection as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2005 demonstrates the potential of high-impact entrepreneurs to transform their communities and local economies.

Watch the entire interview to learn more about Bronfman’s take on the selection process, what has surprised him most about the organization, and how he plans to pass on the spirit of philanthropy to his kids.

 

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