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Endeavor and Linda Rottenberg Profiled in The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor, a U.S.-based international news publication, recently profiled Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg and the story of Endeavor, spotlighting the organization’s journey and its rapidly growing global impact. In particular, the article calls […]

April 16th, 2014 — by admin

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Argentina’s Belatrix Software Partners with Silicon Valley-Based kernel; Highlights Endeavor’s Multiplier Effect

Endeavor Entrepreneur company Belatrix Software, founded by entrepreneurs Alex, Luis and Federico Robbio, was recently named a Co-Innovation Partner for kernel, a Silicon Valley-based software venture co-founded by Endeavor Mentor Avikk Ghose. This unique partnership is […]

February 26th, 2014 — by admin

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Harvard Professor Donates Proceeds of New Book to Endeavor

Endeavor recently received notice that Thomas Eisenmann, the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, will donate to Endeavor the proceeds of his new book, Managing Startups: Best Blogposts.

The book is a collection of blog posts about startup ventures, covering important topics such as: Funding Management, Business Models, Lean Startup, Customer Discovery and Validation, Branding, and Product Development. Managing Startups will be published on May 15th, but is available here for pre-order on Amazon. Eisenmann said he chose Endeavor because of our focus on entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Endeavor Mexico’s Fairtrasa Expands in Europe

Last week, Endeavor Mexico company, Fairtrasa, which produces and distributes high-quality organic and fair trade fruits and vegetables, acquired an established organic trading company in Holland to increase its sales in Europe.

With this acquisition, Fairtrasa is becoming a leading organic and fair trade fruit supplier in the European market. This will enable it to keep growing its farmer network and increase its economic and social impact. The company will now be called Fairtrasa Holland B.V.



MBLM-led creative workshop helps WeHostels focus on brand building opportunities

International marketing agency MBLM, a longtime Endeavor supporter, recently convened senior leaders for a day-long brand innovation workshop around WeHostels. Founded by Endeavor Colombia Entrepreneur Diego Saez-Gil, WeHostels is a mobile application that allows travelers to book hostels and budget accommodations around the world. Diego plans to build his company into the largest community of young travelers in the world.

MBLM’s workshop yielded a number of innovative ideas on how to reinforce WeHostels’ unique value proposition, as well as activation strategies to increase awareness of the brand. One idea led to the creation of the video “Where do you want to go before you die,”  in which Saez-Gil and NYC pedestrians shared their dream vacation.

For a summary of the workshop, see video below.


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Endeavor Brazil hosts Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Rio de Janeiro

Last week, Endeavor Brazil welcomed non-profit executives, entrepreneurs, and policy makers from over 100 countries to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Rio de Janeiro.

The GEC is the main planning event for Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration and promotion of entrepreneurship that takes place each November in 115+ countries around the world. During GEW, NGOs, universities, and corporations host events that are designed to build their countries’ entrepreneurial ecosystems and to raise awareness of entrepreneurship as a viable career option. GEW was launched in 2008 by former Kauffman Foundation President Carl Schramm. Since that time several Endeavor affiliates have served as GEW lead delegates, planning events and recruiting partner organizations.

Each March, these lead delegates come together for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, where they discuss best practices for planning GEW and for supporting entrepreneurship in their local markets. Past Global Entrepreneurship Congresses have taken place in Liverpool, Shanghai, Dubai, and Kansas City. This year, as lead host of the GEC, Endeavor Brazil managed all conference logistics, including fundraising and speaker recruitment.

Over the conference’s four days, attendees had the opportunity to hear from global policy and entrepreneurship experts including Endeavor executives and entrepreneurs.

Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor’s co-founder & CEO, moderated a panel discussion on the challenges of scaling a start-up to become a global player.  She was joined by Endeavor Entrepreneur Hernán Kazah, Co-Founder, MercadoLibre.com and Co-Founder, Kaszek Ventures; Dave McClure, Founding General Partner, 500 Startups; and Alexandre Hohagen, VP of Sales, Facebook LatAm and former LatAm Managing Director, Google. Hernán, Dave, and Alexandre spoke about the challenges of building a company in growth markets like Brazil, the importance of founders developing the skill sets needed to run large organizations, and best practices for hiring talent.

Linda also delivered- to a packed audience- an “Endeavor Day One Talk” about the moments that forever changed her path as an entrepreneur. Linda’s “Day Ones” included the day when, as an Ashoka fellow in Argentina in the late 90s, she had her “eureka moment” and first thought up the Endeavor model; the day when Argentina business tycoon Eduardo Elsztain agreed to fund the launch of Endeavor’s first office in Buenos Aires; the day when Endeavor Global Board Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. pushed Linda to ratchet Endeavor’s global presence up to 25 countries by 2015; and finally, the day when she realized that in order for Endeavor to lead a global high-impact entrepreneurship movement, she needed to hire senior leaders, thereby  transforming her team from a rock star into a rock band.

Throughout these experiences, she stuck to one basic belief: crazy is a compliment. In fact, Linda told the audience, “If you’re not being called crazy, then you’re probably not thinking big enough.”

In addition to Linda, GEC attendees heard “Endeavor Day One Talks” from Endeavor Entrepreneur Edivan Costa, Founder, SEDI; Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; and Luciano Huck, TV star, entrepreneur, and the first Brazilian to garner one million twitter followers.

After four days at the beautiful Lagoon in Rio,  the GEC ended with a celebration on Sugar Loaf Mountain that was catered by Endeavor Brazil company Spoleto.


Endeavor Turkey Company Peak Games releases new game, War of Mercenaries

Following the incredible success of games like Happy Farm and Kofsu Ciftlik (the Turkish & MENA version of Barn Buddy), Peak Games has released War of Mercenaries, a strategy game set in the Middle Ages.

Though the game hasn’t yet launched commercially, an alpha version of the game that is available on Facebook has received favorable reviews and feedback from users. Gaming blog Awesomecheats.com, for example, wrote that WoM, “has great potential to qualify as one of the best strategy games on Facebook.”

Sidar Sahin founded Peak Games in late 2010 and was selected by Endeavor the following year. Just 270 days after launch, their company had 10 million daily users. By mid 2012, Peak Games had become the third largest gaming company in the world.

To check out War of Mercenaries in alpha, click here.


Endeavor Mexico Entrepreneur Javier Okhuysen interviewed on BBC World Service

The BBC News World Service Business Daily Radio featured Endeavor Mexico Company Sala Uno in  “The Healthcare Timebomb,” a segment on healthcare efficiency in the face of financial crises and aging populations.

Sala Uno utilizes innovative surgical techniques and a vertically-integrated supply chain to provide high-quality, affordable cataract surgery and eye care to low-income Mexicans. In 2012, when founder Javier Okhuysen was selected by Endeavor, the company completed more than 2100 cataract surgeries.

BBC reporter Ed Butler spoke to Okhuysen about the barriers Mexicans face to receiving crucial eye treatment and care. Sala Uno’s private vision centers and clinics in Mexico City are preventing avoidable blindness in older, previously untreated Mexicans.

Listen to the segment here.


PandoDaily features Endeavor Turkey Entrepreneur Nevzat Aydin

Leading web publication PandoDaily recently featured Endeavor Turkey Entrepreneur Nevzat Aydin, the co-founder & CEO of online food delivery platform Yemeksepeti.com. Nevzat spoke with reporter Chris Schroeder about his journey as an entrepreneur, which began in 2000 when he quit graduate school in San Francisco, returned to Istanbul, and founded Yemek Sepeti. By the end of its first year, Yemek Sepeti processed 150 orders per day; 12 years later the platform processes 150,000 orders per day. To read about how Nevzat and his team grew their company from 150 orders per day to 150,000 orders per day, read the full PandoDaily article here.

Selected by Endeavor in 2007, Nevzat and his co-founder Melih have received strategic guidance from and introductions to Endeavor mentors, and have attended and participated in Endeavor events around the world. Endeavor’s sustainability vehicle Endeavor Catalyst participated in Yemek Sepeti’s recent $44 million funding round, led by General Atlantic Partners.


Register TODAY for the 2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco

Registration the 2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit, taking place this June 19–21 in San Francisco, is now open.

The biennial Summit is a two-and-half day, invitation-only conference around High-Impact Entrepreneurship.

Since 1997, Endeavor’s entrepreneurs have not only become among the most impactful players in their markets, but also have started to assume the role of mentor, investor, and board member within and beyond Endeavor’s network. This Summit’s theme, “Of, By, and For Entrepreneurs,” is a tribute to, and examination of, the high-impact entrepreneur’s many roles to play in his or her ecosystem.

Expect inspiring keynote speakers from a variety of industries, interactive workshops, and networking dinners. Entrepreneurs will refine the tools needed to propel their companies to the next level. Endeavor Board Members, mentors, and partners will meet some of the most exciting entrepreneurs from growth markets around the world.

This is, quite simply, a not-to-be missed event!

Early bird prices for Endeavor Entrepreneurs and Endeavor network members are available until Monday, April 15.

To purchase a ticket for the 2013 Endeavor Summit, please click here.


Endeavor Chile company ComparaOnline.com signs strategic alliance with Buscapé Group

Endeavor Chile company ComparaOnline.com, Latin America’s main comparison site for financial products and insurance, recently signed a strategic alliance with Buscapé, founded by Endeavor Brazil Board Member Romero Rodrigues. ComparaOnline.com will acquire Buscape’s financial and insurance oriented brand, Corta Contas.com.br.

Since its launch in 1999, Buscapé has emerged as Brazil’s E-Commerce leader, connecting customers to the products and services of retail companies, financial market and advertising agencies, distributors, and consumer good providers. Under this agreement, Buscapé will join the ComparaOnline board of directors. The companies expect a complete human resource and product merge by the end of the year.

“We’re very excited with this association. ComparaOnline.com is the best operator in this segment in the region, and has been adding a great amount of value to its customers through the efficiencies it generates,” said Romero Rodrigues, CEO and founder of the Buscapé Group.

This alliance is the latest in a string of achievements for ComparaOnline.com. Sebastián Valin Acuña founded the company in 2009 and was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2012. That same year, ComparaOnline.com received funding from Kaszek Ventures, a leading LatAm Venture Capital firm founded by two MercadoLibre alums: co-founder & Endeavor Argentina Entrepreneur Hernán Kazah and former CFO & Endeavor Global Board Member Nicolás Szekasy. Today, ComparaOnline.com employs over 90 people and is empowering customers to make informed decisions about insurance products and rates. Valin Acuña hopes to one day take the company public on the NASDAQ.

“We are convinced that together both companies will offer the best service in the industry to both end users as well as insurance or financial companies,” he said. “Buscapé’s decision to form an alliance with us after an in depth market analysis confirms the leading position ComparaOnline has in Latin America.”

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