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Endeavor Hosts Retail, Food & Beverage Tour for Endeavor Entrepreneurs, Features Presentations from Top Industry Brands

Endeavor hosted a Retail, Food & Beverage Industry Tour for select entrepreneurs in its network, providing them with a rare look into the operations of  some top global brands in each industry. The two-day tour included a mix […]

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Endeavor Entrepreneurs Star at Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Conference

Endeavor Partner Ernst & Young hosted their annual World Entrepreneur Conference and World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program in Monte Carlo June 5 – 7 and a number of Endeavor Entrepreneurs were highlighted during […]

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26 new High-Impact Entrepreneurs selected at Mexico panel

Endeavor invited 26 High-Impact Entrepreneurs representing 14 companies from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Mexico and Turkey to join the organization at our 38th International Selection Panel, which was held from March 23rd-25th in Mexico City. Endeavor now supports 580 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 372 companies in 11 emerging market countries.

“Once again, our International Selection Panel highlighted the innovation and vibrancy of high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets,” said Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “I’m particularly inspired by the fact that despite the recent upheavals in Cairo, Endeavor Egypt and Egyptian entrepreneurs were able to attend this event. I also want to extend a special thank you to Endeavor Mexico’s Board of Directors, as well as Board Chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean, for hosting the panel.”

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. Endeavor’s next scheduled International Selection Panel will be held in London in May.

Entrepreneur(s)/Companies selected:

Argentina

PAEZ
Entrepreneurs: Francisco Murray, Tomás Pando & Francisco Piasentini
Description: The company designs and sells alpargatas, traditional Argentine shoes, in more than 30 countries on five continents.

Brazil

Caso do Construtor
Entrepreneurs: Expedito Arena & Altino Cristofoletti
Description: Tapping into the lucrative Brazilian civil construction market, Caso do Construtor provides homeowners, self-employed professionals, and small construction companies with equipment like scaffolding and concrete mixers.

ClearSale
Entrepreneurs: Pedro Chiamulera & Bernardo Lustosa
Description: ClearSale’s credit and fraud management solution enables e-commerce systems to identify suspicious behavior, assign a risk factor based on more than 280 variables, and reject or flag a risky order for manual review.

Chile

Buscalibre
Entrepreneurs: Boris Kraizel, Eduardo Stekel & Ricardo Wurgaft
Description: This e-commerce website for books sells a comprehensive collection of titles by unifying Latin America’s segmented book markets through a network of local publishers.

SIRVE
Entrepreneur: Juan Carlos de la Llera
Description: SIRVE designs, produces, and implements devices that protect structures from damages caused by earthquakes, a technology that was tested and proved during Chile’s 2010 earthquake.

Colombia

Sístole
Entrepreneur: Ricardo Leyva
Description: A fast-growing agency that specializes in “experiential marketing,” Sístole has managed campaigns in 15 countries for a client list that includes Procter & Gamble and Hyundai.

Egypt

E-Masary
Entrepreneurs: Omar El Sanhoury & Moatasem Osam
Description: In a country where roughly 75% of the population owns a cell phone but only about 6% have bank accounts, Omar and Moatasem aspire to use online and mobile payments technology, as well as a robust network of merchants, to turn cell phones into debit cards.

T.A. Telecom
Entrepreneur: Amr Shady
Description: A true pioneer in the mobile value-added services (VAS) industry, Amr founded T.A. Telecom in 2000 when Egypt still had single-digit penetration. Since the onset of Egypt’s revolution, T.A. Telecom’s Content & Alerts Platform has been surging.

Mexico

CitiVox
Entrepreneurs: Oscar Salazar & Jorge Soto
Description: CitiVox uses mobile and crowdsourcing technology to build and enhance the relationship between citizens and government, increasing civic engagement and government accountability and transparency.

Enova
Entrepreneurs: Jorge Camil, Moís Cherem & Raúl Maldonado
Description: Enova designs, builds, and operates small, cost-effective educational centers called the RIA, Red de Innovacíon y Aprendizaje, targeting populations that have slipped through Mexico’s notoriously deficient public education system in marginalized neighborhoods.

Ingenia Muebles
Entrepreneurs: Christian, Ernesto & Patrick Vidal Flores
Description: The Vidal Flores brothers are bringing modern, stylish furniture to the masses through an innovative business model that allows them to deliver products faster and cheaper than their competitors.

Vicky Form
Entrepreneur: José (Pepe) Zaga Saba
Description: Using a sales model similar to Avon, over 120,000 Vicky Form salespeople — almost all women — sell Vicky Form lingerie, cosmetics, and clothes to their friends and neighbors; this model, along with provocative advertising and department store sales, has given Vicky Form nearly universal brand recognition in Mexico.

Vidrios Marte (VIMA)
Entrepreneur: Hugo Hernández Basulto
Description: VIMA’s highly technical product, Thermak®, offers an insulated glass unit alternative to traditional glass panes: when installed as skyscraper windows or refrigerator doors, it reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent.

Turkey

Vistek
Entrepreneur: Aytül Erçil
Description: Serving a client list across a broad range of industries, Vistek delivers “smart” camera-based automation systems that can quickly and effectively scan various processes, and then output statistical analyses.

Globant receives $15 million in expansion capital

Congratulations, Globant! The high-impact technology company has just raised $15 million in expansion capital from Riverwood Capital and FTV Capital. This is the third investment in Globant from Riverwood Capital and second from FTV Capital.

Selected by Endeavor in 2005 and based in Argentina, the technology outsourcing firm has attracted major global clients across industries, including Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, LinkedIn, and Nike. Globant recently created eight new studios showcasing the breadth and depth of their services, including “High Performance Computing,” “Consumer Experience,” and “Luminous Gaming.”

Over 2,000 employees strong, Globant spans offices in Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, the US and the UK with ambitions to go public in the next few years. According to the Wall Street Journal, Globant anticipates between $80 to $90 million in sales and growth to over 3,000 employees in 2011. The present round of funding will accelerate Globant’s expansion in the Americas through acquisition and fuel growth opportunities in mobile computing.

With Globant, Endeavor Entrepreneurs Martin Migoya (CEO), Martín Umaran (COO), Guibert Englebienne (CTO) and Néstor Nocetti (EVP Innovation Labs) sought to establish Argentina as an outsourcing powerhouse. A founding partner of Riverwood Capital, one of the firms providing the investment, said that Globant is “becoming the leader provider of software product development services from Latin America and now a global reference in the space.” Globant was recently named a “Rising Star” in of the Global Outsourcing 100® list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.

Endeavor selected Globant from over 7,000 companies in 2005, connecting Globant to its first round of funding, helping streamline the company’s HR strategy, and facilitating its first acquisition, Openware (another Endeavor firm). The entrepreneurs currently sit on Endeavor Argentina’s board and give their time as speakers, panelists, and mentors.

Find more on the financing on TechCrunch and on Globant’s site.

Top 10 rules of entrepreneurship (by Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn founder & Endeavor Global board member)

Last week at the South by Southwest conference, Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and a member of Endeavor’s Global Board of Directors, shared his top 10 rules for entrepreneurship. They are pasted below, and can also be found on the Greylock Partners blog.

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Rule #1: Look for disruptive change.

If you’re about to start on a new venture, ask yourself: What is becoming possible or necessary that wasn’t possible before? Is a new product or service able to take over an existing market or create a new market? When I co-founded LinkedIn the tech industry was in a deep depression. I looked at all the opportunities created by the Internet and had the idea that eventually everyone would need a professional profile online. The disruption was that people were able to directly reach the best candidates rather than hoping for responses from a listing in the paper or an ad on a Web site.

Rule #2: Aim big.

Regardless of whether a start-up is targeting a big idea or a small one, it will still require the same amount of blood, sweat and tears—so aim big! What is “big?” It is a new product or service that creates or dominates a significant market.

Rule #3: Build a network to magnify your company.

People tend to think that behind every great start-up is a single entrepreneur with a whiz-bang idea. The reality is great companies are built by a number of people with talent who are surrounded by amplifying networks. The most successful entrepreneurs bring in advisors, investors, collaborators and early customer relationships.

Rule #4: Plan for good luck and bad luck.

You should always assume you will have both good luck and bad luck with your new company. Good luck is not as simple as “it worked out.” Rather, this is when you discover a great opportunity and can quickly shift to go after it. Bad luck is what happens when your first idea doesn’t work. It doesn’t mean failure; it means you need to pursue plan B.

Rule #5: Maintain flexible persistence.

Very often entrepreneurs are given conflicting advice: “Be persistent! Stay committed to your vision!” or “Pivot on key data! Know when to change!” The challenge is to follow them both, but know which advice is most appropriate for which situation. You must know how to maintain flexible persistence.

Rule #6: Launch early enough that you are embarrassed by your first product release.

With my first startup, Socialnet.com, it took us nine months to launch the first product. That was a disastrous mistake. We wanted to have all the detailed functionality right away, including social controls to people could decide to connect or not with the people in their networks. We wanted everyone to “Ooh” and “Aaah” about how terrific the product was. We wasted a bunch of time and it put us months behind on more important problems that needed to be solved, such as how to get our product in the hands of millions of people. From that I learned, if you are not embarrassed by your first release, you’ve launched too late!

Rule #7: Aspire, but don’t drink your own Kool-Aid.

Target excellence, but be very careful about blind trust or belief in your theories. It is important to launch as early as you can in order to learn how your customers use your product or service. It is equally important to identify metrics that tell you if your aspirations and vision are on target. You should also get feedback from your network in order to iterate or pivot on the target, the product and/or the service. In other words, maintain your aspiration but always look for good perspective on how you are doing. It is very easy for creative innovators to get caught up in their own story rather than learning where they should be headed.

Rule #8: Having a great product is important but having great product distribution is more important.

I meet a lot of entrepreneurs who think the best product is the most important thing and that the best product should always win. What a lot of people fail to realize is that without great distribution, the product dies. How will you get your product in the hands of millions or hundreds of millions of people?

Rule #9: Pay close attention to culture and hires from the very beginning.

Your first hires set your culture, so make them good ones. These first people hire the next people and so on. The old wisdom was that you needed people with a decade more of experience in your start-up. The things a smart person learned a decade ago won’t help you now – you’re doing things that have never been done before, and the world and the competitive landscape are changing at hyper speeds. What you really need are people who can learn fast.

Rule #10: Rules of entrepreneurship are guidelines, not laws of nature.

Do not pay too much attention to rules set by other people. Entrepreneurs are inventors. They are successful when they make something work for the very first time. Sometimes in order to make something work, you will drive over the guardrail of one of these rules. Entrepreneurs sometimes just make new rules.

Ahmed Ezzat, Director of Endeavor Egypt, to run presidential campaign of Mohamed ElBaradei

Ahmed Ezzat, Managing Director of Endeavor Egypt, has announced he will run the presidential campaign of Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei — the first multi-candidate elections in the history of Egypt.

Says Ahmed: “We will run an ethical and professional campaign to be a model for all successive elections. We intend to measure up to standards set by the youth of Egypt from Jan 25th 2011 onwards.”

Currently, Endeavor Endeavor is being run by interim Managing Director Ahmed El-Bedawy.

Click here to read more about Endeavor Egypt during this period of national transition, including descriptions of current Endeavor Entrepreneurs.

Cairo-based Endeavor firm SySDSoft acquired by Intel

Today, it was announced that SySDSoft, the Egyptian 4-G wireless software company run by Endeavor Entrepreneur Khaled Ismail, was largely acquired by Intel through its stand-alone subsidiary, Intel Mobile Communications. For further details, check out the Intel press release and an article on TechCrunch. Also, check out the March 21 article from All Things Digital, “An Exit in Egypt,” which discusses the deal and its larger resonance in Egypt post-Mubarak. Khaled was selected in 2007 as the first Endeavor Entrepreneur in the Middle East.

As part of the deal, Intel plans to hire approximately 100 employees from SySDSoft, which designs cutting-edge products for the wireless broadband market–including various technologies such as WiMAX, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wireless USB, and LTE.

“The acquisition of engineering and design talent from an Egypt-based company in the field of cutting-edge wireless and communication technology is the first of its kind for Intel in the Middle East,” said Arvind Sodhani, president, Intel Capital and executive vice president, Intel, in the company’s press release.

World Resources Institute to host investor forum on green entrepreneurs (NYC; April 6)

On April 6, NYU Stern School of Business and Citi Foundation in New York City will hold “New Ventures Global Investor Forum: Green Opportunities in Tomorrow’s Markets,” hosted by The World Resources Institute’s New Ventures program. While not an official Endeavor event, we are pleased to make our network aware of this opportunity to join leaders from the investment, business, and philanthropic communities in meeting innovative environmental entrepreneurs in Latin America and Asia. Click here to find out more.

Endeavor March 2011 newsletter

To view Endeavor’s March newsletter, a recap of all the top news stories from the previous month, please click here.

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La Nación editorial highlights Endeavor Argentina

La Nación, one of Argentina’s leading newspapers, just published an editorial on the role of Endeavor Argentina and its selected High-Impact Entrepreneurs in fostering an entrepreneurial culture. Click here to read the original article (en español).

An English translation appears below:

The Culture of Entrepreneurship
La Nación, March 5, 2011

We have enthusiastically highlighted the activity of Argentine entrepreneurs and the organizations that support their work more than once in this newspaper. Neither the entrepreneurs nor those who support them get the recognition they deserve. Society ignores the invaluable contribution of those who are building an “entrepreneurial culture” in this country.

Entrepreneurship is a social phenomenon that continues to grow in Argentina. Endeavor has selected 98 Argentine entrepreneurs whose work has created over 45,000 jobs directly and indirectly. Last year, the organization attracted over 100,000 people to mass events. It has worked to build entrepreneurial ecosystems in six provinces. It is evident once again that all of the people inspired by Endeavor are what the country needs to grow and develop sustainably.

After twelve years of focusing on entrepreneurs, Endeavor has gained invaluable insights. The Endeavor Entrepreneurs have a strong sense of what still needs to be done if our country wishes to create more positive examples: We must improve the social perception of the role of entrepreneurship; We must improve access to capital, information and networks of high-impact entrepreneurs; We must spell out the role of the public and private sectors in supporting entrepreneurship. And we must make this a national priority.

The balance for Argentina has many positives. Argentina is among the 20 most entrepreneurial countries in the world. One in seven Argentines is involved in some type of entrepreneurial activity. And six out of ten young people say they would prefer to start their own business rather than work for someone else.

However, there are also less encouraging signs. Many new ventures are neither sustainable nor scalable businesses. Only a small number focus on developing clients abroad. And the general economic context is not favorable: Short-term economic thinking, continually changing and unfriendly legislation, insufficient government programs and weak protections for intellectual property.

The world is changing too fast for us to continue ignoring the huge potential of Argentine entrepreneurs, who are building the companies today that will make for a better country tomorrow. The social, human, intellectual and cultural capital of Argentina is huge as entities such as Endeavor prove each day. The private sector is making great strides, but the public sector needs to build bridges and essential networks so that this [entrepreneurial] culture begins to assert its positive presence in every corner of our community.

In the midst of change, Endeavor Egypt holds strong

A year ago this month, Endeavor Egypt held its official launch and inaugural International Selection Panel. Since then, the office, headed by Managing Director Ahmed Ezzat and supported by Board Chairman Naguib Sawiris (Chairman, Orascom Telecom Holding), has grown considerably and currently supports 10 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from seven companies.

Responding to the recent events, Ahmed Ezzat had this to say: “In the last few weeks, Egypt was all about entrepreneurial spirit. And it was certainly as high-impact as they come! Endeavor Entrepreneurs, mentors, board members and staff were in the streets participating in what they saw as the best thing that has ever happened to their country in so many years. The moment was historical and stakes were high, yet everyone thought it can only get better from here for them, their families and their business. When Naguib Sawiris was asked about the effect of the current events on his business and the country’s economy at large, he replied without hesitation – ‘Freedom is priceless.'”


L to R: Khaled Bichara (CEO, Orascom Telecom; Endeavor Egypt board member) and Ahmed Ezzat in Tahrir Square

In the midst of Egypt’s historic transformational period, Endeavor Egypt remains in active operation and is slowly getting back to business. The office will send two candidate companies to Endeavor’s International Selection Panel in Mexico City later this month. Additionally, the office is planning a roundtable discussion where network members will discuss the best ways to deal with the impact of the current events on their businesses, and adapting to the new business environment.

The following is a recap of the companies that Endeavor Egypt currently supports:

Azza Fahmy Jewelry (Fatma Ghaly)
Internationally recognized as the leading jewelry designer of the Arab world, Azza Fahmy Jewelry (AFJ) is a family business that has evolved into the first Egyptian designer brand.

Divine Worx (Omar Fathy)
Divine Worx has become the first home-grown, multi-branded restaurant chain in Egypt–with four unique brands and 18 restaurants in four major cities, which employ more than 350 Egyptians.

Diwan Bookstore (Hind Wassef, Nadia Wassef)
Sisters Hind and Nadia stand out as leaders of a new generation in Egypt, founding Diwan as a modern bookstore (with 10 locations across Cairo) that blends Western and Eastern literature and style.

El Matbakh (Hiba Jammal, Tarek Khaddaj)
Led by a dynamic husband-and-wife duo, El Matbakh is the first full-service lunch solutions company catering to the rapidly growing corporate market in Cairo.

Hindawi (Ahmed Hindawi)
Hindawi is one of the three largest Open Access publishers worldwide, having developed a portfolio of 250+ English-language scholarly journals.

SySDSoft (Khaled Ismail)
SySDSoft is an innovative Egyptian business that specializes in developing cutting-edge wireless communications technology.

Timeline (Ahmed Metwally, Mostafa Hafez)
Founded in 2005, Timeline develops video games that can be purchased and downloaded online instead of from a physical store. In 2009, Timeline released CellFactor, the first downloadable video game to use sophisticated 3D visuals and game play physics. Check out Ahmed’s editorial on Egypt’s entrepreneurial and gaming environment, as reprinted on our blog.

Fast Company highlights Endeavor’s role in Turkey

In a blog for Fast Company, “Entrepreneurship Provides Opportunities for Talented Young Turks,” Rob Salkowitz spotlights a growing entrepreneurial trend in Turkey. Salkowitz, a keynote speaker of the recent Endeavor Turkey Summit and author of Young World Rising: How Youth, Technology and Entrepreneurship are Changing the World from the Bottom Up (Wiley, 2010), identifies “young people, united and empowered by technology,” at the forefront of this entrepreneurial movement.

In the article, Salkowitz offers the following description:

“The Turkey office opened in 2006 and helps recruit, train and build entrepreneurial startups into high-impact businesses. They then showcase the success stories as role-models and mentors, fostering the development of an ecosystem that can sustain itself.

‘Two recent Endeavor entrepreneurs from Turkey are PI Works, provides automated optimization services for GSM operators, and Pozitron, which develops mobile apps for business, lifestyle and entertainment. Both companies (along with 20 others) qualified in Endeavor’s rigorous global certification process and are currently receiving intensive business development guidance from a network of seasoned experts.

‘Advocates hope that companies like this will create innovations that Turkey could not only peddle to the nearby wealthy markets of Europe, but also assume a leadership role among new, possibly more democratic, regimes in the Arab Middle East and Turkic Central Asia.”

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