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Mexico’s Ver De Verdad Launches First Mobile Eyecare Network in Mexico

Ver de Verdad, founded by Endeavor Entrepreneur Hugo Moreno González, is a retailer of  affordable, high- quality and stylish eyeglasses and accessories primarily serving low-income Mexican consumers. The retailer recently announced that it is introducing […]

October 31st, 2014 — by admin

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President Obama meets with four Endeavor Mexico Entrepreneurs

Endeavor Mexico nominated four Endeavor Mexico Entrepreneurs to participate in a roundtable conversation on entrepreneurship with President Barack Obama during his visit to Mexico City in early May. Over two days, President Obama met with […]

May 10th, 2013 — by admin

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Linda Rottenberg discusses High-Impact Entrepreneurship at Saudi Fast Growth gala

On January 24 in Riyadh, Endeavor Co-Founder & CEO Linda Rottenberg delivered the opening keynote at the annual gala dinner for Saudi Fast Growth (SFG) 100 — a national initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in Saudi Arabia that ranks the fastest-growing emerging companies in the Kingdom.

Former US President Bill Clinton also spoke, as well as Endeavor Global Board member Arif Naqvi, CEO of Abraaj Capital.

“When I think about entrepreneurship taking root in the Kingdom and the MENA region,” said Linda, “I am actually struck by a lot of similarities with the landscape in Latin America just a decade ago.”

She elaborated on the conditions needed to foster an entrepreneurial culture in countries like Brazil and Mexico — factors such as mentors, role models, trust, and capital — and offered a series of tips to entrepreneurs and investors.

Linda encouraged up-and-coming entrepreneurs with an optimistic assessment: “I truly believe that the time is now for high impact entrepreneurship to transform the Kingdom and the region.”

The list of companies named to the SFG 100 was compiled by SAGIA with joint founding partners the National Commercial Bank and Al-Watan Arabic newspaper.

NYT: “How Latin American Startups Are Tapping Into Silicon Valley”

In a new article in the Times, VentureBeat contributor Alan Colmenares discusses what it will take to foster an entrepreneurial environment in Colombia, citing High-Impact Entrepreneurs including the Endeavor firm Pagosonline.

15 Endeavor Entrepreneurs graduate from ECLA exec education program

Earlier this week, 15 Endeavor Entrepreneurs formally presented their business growth plans to potential investors, marking a culmination of the yearlong “Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America” (ECLA) Program.

A partnership between Endeavor, Columbia Business School, and Escuela de Negocios, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, the Program is designed to help entrepreneurs achieve efficiency, business growth, and internationalization.

This year’s 15 ECLA entrepreneurs work across many sectors, including information technology, health & fitness, and telecommunications. Their participation in this executive education program included coursework, mentorship, and networking. In addition to taking foundational courses at Columbia Business School and specialized courses in Buenos Aires, they worked with industry coaches and faculty advisors to improve processes within their companies. They also took online classes and participated in group projects to create a regional support network of entrepreneurs, industry experts, academics, and business leaders.

Entrepreneurs in the program included Ariel Lijtenstein from ROBTEC, which has pioneered rapid prototyping technology in Uruguay and Brazil, as well as Ivan Barchese of Mextra, which plans to expand their metallic alloy tablet supply operations to both the US and China while rolling out new products in the Brazilian market.

Previous entrepreneurs have noted that the ECLA Program has been instrumental in improving their companies. For more information on the program and how to get involved, please email yuting.lien-at-endeavor.org.

It’s official: Endeavor expands to Lebanon

Please see the full press release below (also found on BusinessWire):

Endeavor to launch a new country affiliate in Lebanon focused on High-Impact Entrepreneurship

New York, January 5, 2011 – Endeavor announced today that it will launch a new affiliate office in Beirut, Lebanon, expanding its efforts to select and service high-impact entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

This will be Endeavor’s fourth regional affiliate, following successful launches over the past five years in Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.  Endeavor has already selected 65 entrepreneurs representing 41 companies in the region and provides a range of services including mentoring, providing access to key networks and introductions to sources of smart capital.

All Endeavor affiliates are spearheaded by a local board of leading businesspeople each of whom  share the organization’s vision for screening and selecting entrepreneurs and then providing them guidance to scale their businesses.

The Endeavor Lebanon founding board will be chaired by Fares I. Fares, Chairman and CEO of Wedge Alternatives.  He will be joined on the board by Charles El-Hage, retired senior partner of Booz & Company, Selim Ghorayeb, Chairman and CEO of Algorithm, Marwan Kheireddine, Managing Director of Al-Mawarid Bank, Sami Khouri, CEO of Teeba Holding and Azmi Mikati, CEO of the M1 Group. The office will be headed by Managing Director, Tarek Sadi. He will be aided by Desiree El-Chebeir, as Manager of Entrepreneur Services.

“I speak for the whole board in saying that we are very excited about this effort to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs & entrepreneurship in Lebanon,” said Mr. Fares.  “We hope to select an impressive array of entrepreneurs who are running companies that will not only change industries, but also create value-added jobs that are necessary for growing our country’s economy.”

“Endeavor’s job is to identify the most promising entrepreneurs in emerging markets and help them scale their businesses. Through our work with high-impact entrepreneurs in the MENA region, we hope to inspire a culture of entrepreneurship, leading to innovation and wealth generation.” said Endeavor Co-founder & CEO Linda Rottenberg.  “We’re very excited to be starting work in Lebanon.”

Further Information:

For further details on the selected entrepreneurs or Endeavor’s entire portfolio of High-Impact Entrepreneurs please contact david.wachtel-at-endeavor.org or Joanna.harries-at-endeavor.org

Save the date (June 28-30): Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit (San Francisco)

For the first time ever, the Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit heads to the City by the Bay. Join Endeavor’s global network for three days of inspirational speakers, high-impact workshops and intimate networking opportunities. Bringing together leading entrepreneurs and investors from Silicon Valley, don’t miss this event! Registration opens February 14.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Endeavor January 2011 newsletter

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

Endeavor co-founder Peter Kellner delivers Endeavor’s message of corporate citizenship in China

On December 2, Endeavor Co-founder Peter Kellner delivered the keynote address at the 7th Annual China Corporation Citizenship Forum & China’s Best Corporate Citizenship Award Ceremony. The event was hosted by the 21st Century News Group, an influential financial media group (“China’s Wall Street Journal“), in Beijing.

CLICK HERE to watch Peter’s 30-minute keynote in full. In the speech, Peter introduces the Endeavor’s mentoring model to over 200 senior Chinese business leaders. In addition to highlighting various entrepreneur success stories, including characteristics of Endeavor’s highest performers, Peter offers insights into the role and future of corporate citizenship.

Also, be sure to check out Peter’s interview with the News Group’s social innovation journalist (text version here).

Learn more about Endeavor: attend an info session!

If you’d like to learn more about Endeavor, consider attending one of our public information sessions.

These relatively informal one-hour sessions, hosted at our main office in New York City at 900 Broadway (3rd floor), consist of a slide presentation which covers the basics of Endeavor’s model, our impact, and our entrepreneurs. In the past, everyone ranging from students and journalists to industry professionals have attended to get the “101” on Endeavor and ask questions. (Note: if you are interested in job or internship opportunities, please continue to check the endeavor.org website.)

To learn more about these info sessions or to RSVP (required), please email justin-at-endeavor.org. If you belong to a group that wishes to arrange a private session, kindly email to discuss further.

Endeavor Entrepreneurs meet top designers and execs at New York fashion tour

By Karen Martell


Among the services that Endeavor offers to Endeavor Entrepreneurs are special tours and events. On November 10-11, Endeavor hosted its first-ever “Fashion and Design Spotlight,” a two-day event in New York City.

Why fashion and design?

Endeavor’s 2010 Gala, the capstone of the tour, honored Gilt Groupe, a popular e-commerce site that sells luxury brands for up to 70% off retail. In the spirit of fashion, Canem Arkan, Goldman Sachs fellow and member of Endeavor’s Entrepreneur Services team, organized the Fashion & Design Spotlight catered to fashion and design entrepreneurs.

What did the event entail?

4 Tours/Site Visits: Tour of Ralph Lauren’s new flagship store on Madison Avenue and “Behind the Seams” with Angel Sanchez, Cynthia Rowley, and Dennis Basso
2 Keynotes: Keith Miller, Partner at Goode Partners (consumer goods investor) and Maureen Case, President at Estee Lauder Companies.
3 Panels: Building Your Public Image; Global Expansion; and E-Commerce
Breakfast with the Founders of Gilt Groupe
Lunch with Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

The presenters included:

Julia Leach, Founder of Chance and former Creative Director, Kate Spade
Miki Berardelli, Chief Marketing Officer, Tory Burch
Ellen Rodriguez, SVP International & Licensing, Juicy Couture
Ersin Akarlilar, CEO, Mavi Jeans
Jennifer Fleissl, Co-founder and President, Rent the Runway
Demet Mutlu, Founder and CEO, Trendyol.com (Gilt Groupe of Turkey)
Margaret Mager, Consultant, Liz Claiborne
Vanessa von Bismarck, Co-founder, Bismarck Phillips (Agency)

What were the key takeaways?

Some of the main themes highlighted were:

– Use technology to reach your customers, better understand your existing and potential markets, and streamline operations while cutting costs

– Define your authentic niche and when ready, carefully craft an effective global expansion strategy through retail, wholesale, and e-commerce

– When pursuing fashion/design ventures, don’t limit your sights to the US alone, but use local expertise to identify niches and opportunities in emerging markets as well

Endeavor December 2010 newsletter

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

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