Endeavor has worked with corporate partner EY to provide tailored business services to Endeavor Entrepreneurs through the EY Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program, which recently welcomed back its 2013 class from their time abroad. Through the program, EY dedicates the talents and resources of its employees to working alongside Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout the Americas. In 2014, the CR Fellows Program was integrated into the EY Vantage Program, which will provide enhanced services through its new classes of EY Vantage Advisors.
Last year’s Fellows spent seven weeks assisting their entrepreneurs and working with them to identify and address key business challenges, at no cost to the businesses served. In its ninth year, the program’s 2013 class of 15 Fellows returned from their assignments in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia after providing more than 4,400 hours, or more than $500,000, worth of services. Since completing the program, the 2013 class continues to gain media attention for their innovative work with Endeavor’s emerging market entrepreneurs. To learn more, read EY’s full press release by clicking here.
AccountingWeb, a website that provides accounting industry news, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette highlighted the work of Fellow Elise Saur during her seven-week fellowship in Brazil with Endeavor Entrepreneur company Tecverde, founded by entrepreneurs Caio Bonatto, Beto Justus and Lucas Maceno. Saur leveraged her expertise to advise on the specific business needs of Tecverde, which offers eco-friendly building and construction solutions, while also gaining experience across an international market.
“EY offers an opportunity to help entrepreneurs at the most important time in their growth and I really wanted to be a part of that,” Saur said on her decision to join the program. Read the full AccountingWeb article by clicking here and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette feature by clicking here. Elise’s story was also covered by CPA Practice Advisor, Lakeland, FL’s The Ledger and Knoxville, TN’s News Sentinel.
Accounting Today, another accounting industry news site, featured EY Senior Manager Karen Correa’s work as a Fellow with Mexico-based Endeavor Entrepreneur company Gruindag, founded by Armando Tortoledo and Pedro Zarur Ménez. In the article, Correa applauds Endeavor and EY’s partnership for allowing entrepreneurs the opportunity to access professional services free-of-charge while also providing Fellows with the chance to gain hands-on field experience. With Gruindag in particular, a chemical products company, Correa helped to create a system for tracking growth while also helping to streamline its strategic business approach.
“As I look back at the program, I realize that I had a very limited understanding of the impact of the entrepreneurial community on the economies and growth of emerging countries,” Correa reflects. “The entrepreneurs work with tremendous integrity and passion, fueled by love for what they do, their people and their country.” Read the full post on Accounting Today by clicking here.
Culver City, CA’s local news outlet, the Culver City News, profiled the work of Fellow and local resident Priyanka Garg while also highlighting the over 30,000 hours donated by Fellows to entrepreneurs in the Endeavor network since 2005. Garg, an advisory manager at EY, worked with Chile-based Endeavor Entrepreneur company Inzpiral, founded by Pablo Godoy, to develop a sales strategy and define a value proposition for the growing software business.
In reference to Endeavor and EY’s corporate partnership, Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg said: “Together, EY and Endeavor help unleash the tremendous social and economic value of high-impact entrepreneurs, particularly in creating jobs and generating significant revenues.”