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Endeavor eMERGE Dubai Convenes 40+ Entrepreneurs and Network Members to Highlight Human Capital

Endeavor hosted an Endeavor eMERGE event in Dubai this month, bringing together top members of the network from the MENA region for two days of networking, workshops and discussion. With a particular focus on the development […]

September 25th, 2014 — by admin

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New York Times’ Thomas Friedman Cites Endeavor Mexico Companies As Part of “Just Do It” Generation

During a recent visit to Mexico, New York Times’ columnist Thomas Friedman spent time visiting with Endeavor Mexico MD Pilar Aguilar and a number of Endeavor Entrepreneurs. These visits strongly influenced a column he went […]

March 4th, 2013 — by admin

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Acquisition update: Three Melons to become a Disney company

On July 27, the Walt Disney Company announced it had agreed to acquire Playdom Inc., one of the fastest social gaming companies in Silicon Valley, for up to $763.2 million. On March 31, Playdom itself had acquired Three Melons, an Endeavor firm selected in 2008.

As a participant in Endeavor’s 2009 Mentor Capital program pilot, Three Melons founder Mariano Suarez Battan attended workshops and received specialized coaching, key introductions, and assistance pitching the business to potential investors and evaluating terms—ultimately leading to the firm’s acquisition by Playdom.

Elmira Bayrasli interviewed by Dowser

Elmira Bayrasli, VP of Policy and Outreach at Endeavor, was recently interviewed by Dowser about her previous experiences working on the connection between economic growth and social transformation, as well as Endeavor’s approach in fostering entrepreneurial spirit.

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11 new Entrepreneurs selected at Turkey ISP

From June 13 – 15, Endeavor Turkey held its third International Selection Panel and selected 11 new Endeavor Entrepreneurs, representing eight companies from all four participating countries at the ISP. This brings our total to 517 Entrepreneurs selected from 336 companies.

Congrats to our newest Endeavor Entrepreneurs!

Jeeran (Jordan) – A vibrant web community platform that provides the Arab world with the latest web technologies and the means to communicate and connect. Jeeran was founded by Omar Koudsi and Laith Zraikat and is now the leading online community for user-generated content in Arabic.

Mastretta (Mexico) – The first Mexican sports car company, developed by a Mexico City based transportation design company with 20 years experience in the field of specialized vehicle design and led by Carlos Mastretta.

MexQ (Mexico) – Founded by Oscar Carillo Munoz, MexQ provides quality control services for the automotive and industrial manufacturing industries.

Mutfak Sanatlari Akademisi (MSA) (Turkey) – MSA is the first private culinary school in Turkey and the only culinary school with both international and domestic accreditation, offering courses certified by the UK’s City & Guilds Agency as well as the Turkish Ministry of Education. Surprisingly, founder Mehmet Aksel is not a cook!

Previta (Mexico) – Provider of timely and effective disease prevention and management services that curb the onset and progression of poor health in Mexico. Previta was founded by brothers Dr. Morgan Guerra Gea and Christian Guerra Gea.

Rafinera (Turkey) – Didem Altinbasak Tulgan founded Turkey’s first packaged daily meal plan service, which caters to clients with special dietary needs and goals.

Socomal (Chile) – Agricultural company founded by Patricia Cuevas that cultivates, processes and sells lupin to Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

Youtholding (Turkey) – Youtholding consists of three youth-specialized agencies: The Uniclub ( Youth marketing), Egitisim (youth-development and campus recruiting), and Youth Media (digital youth marketing and market research). Youtholding was founded by Emrah Kaya who has since joined forces with Aslı Caner.

PricewaterhouseCoopers partners with Endeavor Argentina

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the world’s largest professional services and auditing firms, has announced a partnership with Endeavor Argentina to provide Endeavor Entrepreneurs with ongoing strategic support. PwC will offer training modules and workshops on proper auditing practices and issues related to effective management and growth preparation. PwC partners and professionals have also offered hours of mentoring and support on strategic issues such as tax planning, international trade, corporate law, HR management, and information security.

“The great challenge of our entrepreneurs is to generate sustainable, long-term businesses, and think big,” said Endeavor Argentina MD Alejandro Mashad. “We’re honored to have the support of PwC to help our entrepreneurs achieve these important goals.”

Endeavor Entrepreneurs featured in Latin Trade

Several Endeavor Entrepreneurs are featured in “Ten Under Ten” in Latin Trade, a premier regional business publication. The article highlights ten promising Latin American companies started in the past ten years, including Endeavor firms Globant, AliBio, and Intizen. “A number of the executives at the helm,” the article affirms, “have received crucial support and guidance from the likes of Endeavor.”

Citi Foundation awards $100,000 grant to Endeavor

The Citi Foundation granted $100,000 to Endeavor, specifically focused on Endeavor’s work in Egypt, Turkey and South Africa.

“The Citi Foundation has long recognized that real growth in the developing world will ultimately come from robust private sectors that encourage investment and innovation,” said Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg. “Citi has done so much to jumpstart private sector development worldwide. This grant reinforces their commitment to expanding employment and wealth across the emerging and developing world.”

Pam Flaherty, President and CEO of the Citi Foundation said, “We recognize the importance supporting small and growing businesses in developing markets. Not only do these businesses lead to the economic growth and development of their communities, but they provide increased employment opportunities for the residents of those communities as well. We are honored to support Endeavor’s outstanding work to identify and nurture high-potential entrepreneurs to achieve their business goals in Egypt, Turkey and South Africa.”

Endeavor cited in Ad Age: “Why Your Brand Should Have Purpose”

In a recent article in Ad Age about purpose-driven work, Dell executive Erin Mulligan Nelson spotlights Dell’s “Take Your Own Path” campaign—highlighting the example of Linda Rottenberg and the work of Endeavor. Stay tuned for the rollout of the Brazilian version of this global Dell campaign.

HSBC spotlights our mentor program & Entrepreneurs

The financial services company HSBC recently published and distributed to major UK newspapers the “100 Thoughts” [PDF], a series of publications focused on innovative business practices.

Thought #90, titled “Get a Mentor,” highlights the experience of Brazilian Entrepreneur Ivan Calia Barchese of Mextra. Endeavor introduced Barchese to Fausto Moreira, the retired president of Alcoa Brazil, whose guidance changed the way Barchese ran his business and helped accelerate its growth; in just three years, Mextra increased sales from $6M to $35M.

Chile’s Karina von Baer was also cited in Thought 84, “Turn Commodities into Specialties.” Her business, Oleotop, buys the rape crop from Chilean farms and transforms it into specialty oils to use as feed for the burgeoning salmon farming industry.

Reid Hoffman, Matt Brown and Michael Ahearn join Endeavor’s Global Board

We are pleased to announce that three new members of our Endeavor Global Board of Directors — Reid Hoffman, Matt Brown, and Michael Ahearn — were inducted at our Global Board meeting in New York last week.

Reid Hoffman is the Co-Founder & Chairman of LinkedIn, and partner at Greylock Partners. Prior to LinkedIn, Hoffman was Executive VP of Paypal, and held management roles at other significant technology companies. In addition to LinkedIn and Endeavor, Hoffman serves on the Board of Directors for SixApart, Kiva.org, and Mozilla.

Matthew C. Brown is a Founder and Managing Principal of Capital Integration Systems LLC (“CAIS”), and brings 20 years of experience in financial services with a focus on global marketing and distribution of alternative investment funds. Over his career, Brown has built and managed investment firms and platforms and has represented industry-leading investment managers. No stranger to Endeavor, he has previously served for a number of years on Endeavor’s Global Advisory Board and on the boards of Endeavor South Africa and Endeavor Turkey.

Michael J. Ahearn serves as Executive Chairman of First Solar, after serving as CEO from 2000-2009. Ahearn was previously a Partner and President of the equity investment firm, JWMA, and practiced law as a partner at Gallagher & Kennedy. He has served on numerous boards including those of Homeward Bound and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Endeavor network members honored as top outsourcing execs

Nearshore Americas, a media website covering the global services outsourcing industry, released its Top 50 Power Ranking of Most Influential Executives for 2010.

Gabriel Rozman, Chairman of the Board of Endeavor Uruguay and EVP Emerging Markets of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), earned the number one position. The report highlights Rozman’s success in expanding TCS’s global presence by employing over 7,000 Latin Americans, as well as his philanthropic involvement with Endeavor.

Endeavor Entrepreneur Martin Migoya, CEO and Co-Founder of Globant, was awarded the number ten spot and is the youngest executive in the top 10 ranking. The publication highlights Migoya’s vision of outsourcing as a means “[to] promote the professional development of people without [them] having to emigrate from their place of birth, and thus contributing to a sustainable growth of their communities.”

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