Madrid, Spain – July 14, 2014 – Earlier this year, Endeavor announced that it has expanded its European presence with the launch of Endeavor Spain, marking the organization’s second affiliate in Europe. Supported by some of Spain’s most influential entrepreneurs and business leaders, Endeavor’s launch has the potential to transform the Spanish economy and create much-needed jobs in a nation unsettled by rising unemployment. Endeavor first expanded in the region in 2012 with the formation of Endeavor Greece.
Between 2008 and 2013, Spain’s GDP saw minimal or negative growth year-over-year according to data from the The World Bank. Youth unemployment rates reached nearly 56% in 2013, making it the second most challenging economy for new graduates in the European Union, after Greece. With an increasing number of young people entering the workforce with few traditional job prospects, entrepreneurship has been on the rise – an estimated half of Spain’s entrepreneurs are currently between the ages of 18 and 34. Spurred in part by necessity, the rate of new startups in the region has increased over 8% and registrations of self-employed individuals increased by over 20,000 in the beginning of 2013. At the same time, however, only 5% of these startup companies reported employing 10 or more people, demonstrating the lack of proper resources and support for entrepreneurial growth. This is where Endeavor sees the potential for its model to transform the economy and foster an ecosystem of entrepreneurs whose businesses are able to move beyond the startup stage to become high-impact, pioneering ventures.
Given access to the right mix of mentors, business networks, capital and strategic advice, Endeavor Entrepreneurs have the potential to attract top talent and investments to the regions that need it the most. With a favorable environment for entrepreneurial growth, Spain has the necessary infrastructure to build a support network for businesses that can not only boost the economy, but also create a key market for jobs. In addition, an ecosystem of successful entrepreneurs will serve as vital role models and investors for future generations, creating a solid foundation for economic recovery and empowerment for years to come.
“We are excited to help unlock the potential of Spain’s growing pool of entrepreneurs,” said Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “We know from our work in Greece and other challenged markets that entrepreneurship thrives in down economies, and Spain right now is primed for a major boom.”
Founded in 1997, Endeavor selects and supports high-impact entrepreneurs who have the potential to scale from promising SMEs into companies that create hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs and generate significant revenues. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs are given world-class strategic mentoring advice, access to key networks and other tools and talent programs that can catapult them to success.
In the past 16 years Endeavor has selected 917 entrepreneurs from over 20 countries around the world in Latin America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. In 2012, these entrepreneurs generated US $6.0BN in revenue and had created 250,000 jobs.
All of Endeavor’s global affiliates are spearheaded by a local board of business leaders, each of whom believes strongly in the ability of high-impact entrepreneurship to transform economies. The Endeavor Spain founding board includes: Jaime Carvajal Urquijo, Special Partner & former Managing Director of Advent International; Jose Maria Alvarez Pallete, CEO & COO of Telefonica S.A.; Angel Cano Fernandez, President of BBVA; Sabina Fluxà, Executive Vice President & CEO of Grupo Iberostar; Javier Monzon, Chairman & CEO of Indra; Javier Perez Dolset, Chairman & CEO of Zed; Jose Luis Perelli, Audit Managing Partner, Audit Services of Ernst & Young Spain; and Francisco José Riberas Mera, Chairman & CEO of Corporacion Gestamp. Alvaro Lopez-Jorrin, Corporate Law Partner of Garrigues, will serve as secretary of the board.
“The Board of Endeavor Spain truly looks forward to being able to make a significant and lasting impact in the creation of a consolidated entrepreneurial ecosystem in Spain,” said Board Chairman Jaime Carvajal.
The board has selected Adrian Garcia-Aranyos as Managing Director to oversee the successful launch of Endeavor Spain. Mr. Garcia-Aranyos served previously as Vice President of Media Relations for Latin America at J.P. Morgan Chase and as the Americas Marketing Director and Latin America co-head for The Economist Group. As MD of Endeavor Spain, he will lead the day-to-day operations of the office in Madrid and will be involved in screening local entrepreneurs for selection into the network.