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Endeavor Jordan Hosts Second Annual “Catalyzing Conversations” Event with Top Members of the Global Network

Endeavor Jordan hosted the second annual ‘Catalyzing Conversations’ event in collaboration with the 59th Endeavor International Selection Panel in Amman. ‘Catalyzing Conversations’ is a multi-tiered event featuring a series of interactive and motivational discussions with business leaders, entrepreneurs […]

June 30th, 2015 — by admin

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Egypt’s TA Telecom Wins Red Herring Top 100 Europe Award Recognizing Technology Innovation

Egypt’s TA Telecom, founded by entrepreneur Amr Shady, was honored with the Red Herring Top 100 Award, which acknowledges startups, scaleups and entrepreneurs that are transforming industries. Competing with hundreds of innovative companies, TA Telecom is the […]

April 23rd, 2015 — by admin

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Endeavor Marketing Retreat Convenes Staff from 16 Countries in New York City


Marketing staff members from 16 countries at the Global office

Marketing and communications staff from 16 of Endeavor’s countries spent three days in the Global offices in New York City for the organization’s first worldwide marketing retreat, which was comprised of  of workshops, speaker sessions, site visits and networking events.

Speakers with expertise in areas ranging from event planning to social media provided staff with strategic insight into their respective industries. On the first day, Ari Kuschnir of creative production company m ss ng p eces and Susan McPherson of social good consultancy McPherson Strategies addressed the topics of storytelling, brand awareness and digital marketing. With a focus on content creation and social media, the second day featured a visit to digital agency Barbarian Group and presentations from Drew Train, Business Director of brand agency OBERLAND, and Katrina Craigwell, Head of Global Digital Programming for General ElectricThe final day brought in Patricia Meier, former U.S. CEO of HSM, founded by Endeavor Entrepreneurs Eduardo Bruchou and Nelson Duboscqto discuss her experiences planning large-scale events. 

Ultimately, the retreat promoted internal discussion around global branding, content and event strategies in order to better serve Endeavor’s mission as the leading supporter of high-impact entrepreneurship worldwide. One key discussion item revolved around the usage of the Endeavor Entrepreneur seal, a logo designed to allow entrepreneurs to showcase their Endeavor distinction online or in print. For entrepreneurs interested in receiving a high-resolution version of the seal, please contact your local offices.  

Linda Rottenberg Discusses Lessons in Entrepreneurship for Stanford’s eCorner Series

In this talk for Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner, Linda Rottenberg shares smart lessons for cutting an entrepreneurial path in a turbulent world. Touching on elements from her upcoming book, Crazy is a Compliment, Rottenberg unpacks insights from her personal journey and explores Endeavor’s work driving high-impact entrepreneurship in growing markets worldwide.

Watch the full video below and by clicking here.

Mexico’s Tatiana Bilbao Profiled in The New York Times’ T Magazine

TMagazineMexico-based architect and Endeavor Entrepreneur Tatiana Bilbao, founder of her own eponymous design firmwas recently profiled in T Magazine, The New York Times‘ style publication. The article highlights Tatiana’s growing prominence in the architecture world and her distinct design style that the magazine identifies as “eco-Brutalism”, referencing a modern approach to the aesthetic of 1960s and ’70s design. 

With a focus on transforming underused, neglected and remote spaces across Mexico’s urban and rural areas, Bilbao’s portfolio of work includes everything from churches to public housing to academic research centers. In addition, the firm’s designs emphasize sustainability in water and waste management and energy usage. Building upon her growing success and recognition, Tatiana aims to turn her firm’s model into a scalable business that could provide similar environmental and socially conscious creations worldwide.

Since joining the Endeavor network in 2010, Tatiana has received tailored guidance on her firm’s growth and expansion plans from a team of local mentors. In addition to the T Magazine feature, Tatiana’s work was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article in March about open-source blueprint platform Paperhouses.

View the full T Magazine article by clicking here.


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Endeavor Insight’s “The 13-32 Report” Examines Scaleup Companies in Peru

LimaPeruEndeavor Insight‘s “The 13-32 Report“, released with support from Omidyar Network, spotlights the contributions of scaleup companies towards job creation and economic growth in the country of Peru. This is the third in a series of reports from Endeavor Insight that focuses on scaleup ecosystems worldwide and their significance in transforming emerging markets. The first two reports in the series focused on economies in Indonesia and Colombia.

Scaleup companies, defined as companies more than three years old with a minimum of 20% average annual employment growth, are becoming a critical component of economic and social development in Peru. The report found that these businesses represent just 13% of the country’s total number of firms but created 32% of net new jobs in the past three years. For a nation like Peru in particular, where the workforce is projected to grow by more than 2.5 million people by 2020, the demand for new jobs has never been higher. A reported 400,000 young people in Peru are currently unemployed, making up two-thirds of the national rate.

With the demand for new jobs continuing to climb, scaleup companies are critical to creating an environment for continued growth, addressing the challenge of unemployment by driving innovation, strengthening value chains, and paving the way for long-term expansion. As the largest job creators in the country, scaleups need access to the sort of services Endeavor works to provide, promoting the right mix of talent, funding and networks to accelerate high-impact entrepreneurship that can transform the region.

Endeavor officially launched its Endeavor Peru affiliate in 2014. To read the full report and learn more about the research, click here.


2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit Video: Roy Gilbert & Gina Bianchini

This video was filmed during Endeavor’s invitation-only 2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco (June 2013).

Entrepreneurs rarely examine any one issue in isolation, and this fireside chat is no different: recruiting, investors, growth, product-market-fit, more growth, shifting products, inspiring the team successfully and more will be covered in this session. Join Gina Bianchini, CEO and founder of community platform Mightybell (and Ning before it) and Roy Gilbert, CEO of online social learning company Grockit and former head of Google’s Global User Operations as they dive deep into these topics.

GINA BIANCHINI is the Founder and CEO of Mightybell, the first community platform built to support networks of groups. Before Mightybell, Bianchini and Marc Andreessen co-founded Ning, the largest social platform for communities of interests and passions online. She served as CEO of Ning from its inception in 2004 to March of 2010, at which time Ning had 90 million monthly unique visitors, 46 million registered users and 300,000 monthly active communities across entertainment, politics, education and interests. Gina and Mightybell have been featured in Fast Company, Bloomberg Business Week, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

ROY GILBERT is Grockit’s CEO. Prior to joining Grockit, Roy was the Director of User Operations and Policy for Google, and launched and led Google’s operations in India. Before moving to India, Roy was the business operations manager for the launch of Gmail. Roy began his career as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served onboard the attack submarine USS MIAMI (SSN-755) for several classified missions. Roy graduated with a BS in computer science from the US Naval Academy as well as an MBA from Stanford.

Endeavor Launches Seventh Latin American Affiliate in Peru


Lima, Peru – April 29, 2014 – Endeavor announced that it Endeavor Peru (web small)will expand its presence in Latin America with the launch of Endeavor Peru, the organization’s seventh office in the region. The launch is supported by some of the country’s most influential and successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, who see the potential for Endeavor’s model to boost the local economy, create jobs, and transform the region.

With a population of over 30 million, Peru has become a driver of economic and social change within Latin America, overcoming past decades of instability and fiscal uncertainty. According to data from the World Economic Forum, Peru has nearly tripled its GDP in the last decade with 6% average annual growth, boosted by government-led reforms and a rise in market-friendly policies. With new national initiatives focused on diversifying local industries, Peru is primed to enter a new era of growth as consumer spending and foreign investment continue to rise.

For Peru to continue its trajectory, providing support for local entrepreneurs and their high-impact ventures has never been more critical. The country’s burgeoning ecosystem makes it an attractive target for the Endeavor model, which will provide the country’s top entrepreneurs with access to resources that will help them realize their scale-up potential. With Peru’s workforce expected to grow by more than 2.5 million workers by 2020, Endeavor Entrepreneurs will create thousands of jobs, stimulate the local economy and become role models for future generations.

“We are excited to build our presence in Latin America and continue the momentum in the region, where the outlook for entrepreneurship has never been brighter,” said Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “In Peru especially, which is becoming one of the region’s big economic players, Endeavor’s model can have a tremendous impact.”

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 high-impact entrepreneurs from 20 countries around the world in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, and Southeast Asia. In 2012, these entrepreneurs generated US $6.0BN in revenue and had created 250,000 jobs. Endeavor affiliates already operate in six other Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.

All Endeavor affiliates are spearheaded by a local board of leading business people, each of whom believes that high-impact entrepreneurship can spark economies. The Endeavor Peru founding board includes: Oswaldo Sandoval, Chairman of the Board of Sandoval Group.; Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, Chairman of Intercorp; Ernest Bachrach, Managing Partner of Advent International; Diego de la Torre, President of La Viga S.A.; Alex Fort Brescia, CEO of Brescia Group; Mario Alvarado Pflucker, CEO of Graña y Montero; Juan Carlos Verme, Chairman of Inversiones Centenario S.A.A.; Jorge Medina Méndez, Managing Partner of EY Peru; Luis Felipe Castellanos, CEO of Interbank; and Eduardo Hochschild, Executive Chairman of Hochschild Mining.

“Endeavor’s launch demonstrates the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that has been developing in Peru,” said Board Chairman Oswaldo Sandoval. “Entrepreneurship will be critical to the country’s growth as we look to spark innovation and spotlight Peru on the global stage.”

The board has nominated Ana Sofia Valdivia as Managing Director to oversee the successful launch of Endeavor Peru. Ms. Valdivia served previously as a manager at McKinsey with a focus on consumer goods segmentation, go-to-market strategies and transformational programs. She will lead the day-to-day operations of the Endeavor office in Lima and will be involved in screening entrepreneur candidates for consideration.

Endeavor Launches Seventh Latin American Affiliate in Peru; Releases “The 13-32 Report” on Local Scaleups

Endeavor Peru (web small)
Endeavor announced that it will expand its presence in Latin America with the launch of Endeavor Peru, the organization’s seventh country affiliate in the region. The launch is supported by some of the country’s most influential and successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, who see the potential for Endeavor’s model to boost the local economy, create jobs, and transform the region. Read the full announcement by clicking here.

In addition, Endeavor Insight’s “The 13-32 Report“, released with support from Omidyar Network, spotlights the contributions of scaleup companies towards job creation and economic growth in Peru. This is the third in a series of reports from Endeavor Insight that focuses on scaleup ecosystems worldwide and their significance in transforming emerging markets. Read more about the report by clicking here.

Highlights From Endeavor eMBAs In The Field

eMBA_webEach year, Endeavor recruits graduate students from leading U.S. business schools to spend 10 weeks during the summer working on-site with Endeavor Entrepreneurs as part of the eMBA Program, which is generously supported by Barclays. The three primary areas of focus for the eMBA projects are strategy, operations, and financing.

Over the years, hundreds of MBA students — after a highly competitive application process — have been placed with entrepreneurs across Endeavor’s affiliate countries. Endeavor ranks among the top 2% of recruiters at Harvard Business School and Stanford, and recruits from other leading schools including MIT, Penn, Columbia, Northwestern, Yale, and INSEAD.

Endeavor’s eMBAs often catalog the diverse professional and personal experiences they have during their placements for friends, family members and the general Endeavor network. Below are highlights of these write-ups that have been posted on the Endeavor Blog as part of the ongoing “eMBA Field Report” series.


eMBA Field Report: A Global Business Project Journey in Brazil 

Tammy Wu, Cornell-Queen’s School of Business

eMBA Field Report: Mobile in Mexico… and Loving It

Leire Borderias, London Business School 

eMBA  Field Report: Becoming One with Acesso Digital — An Adventure That Was Anything But Ordinary

Amanda Wu, Cornell University’s Johnson School of  Business 


eMBA Field Report: Explosive IT Growth, Exuberant Dancing and a Steak that Will Make You Cry In Bogotá

Manuel Alvarez Ortega, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

eMBA Field Report: Research and Teamwork in Egypt

Nate Wong, Yale University’s School of Management

eMBA Field Report: Spreading Innovative Design from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia

Abulaziz Baroum, Babson College’s F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business


eMBA Field Report: Two Voices from Jordan

Andrea Zuluaga, London Business School

eMBA Field Report: The Emerging Giant in Santiago

Chris Zefferys, Thunderbird School of Management

eMBA Field Report: From Hong Kong to Uruguay

Rufino de la Rosa, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Endeavor and Linda Rottenberg Profiled in The Christian Science Monitor

christianscienceThe 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 attention to Linda and co-founder Peter Kellner’s inspiration for starting Endeavor, after the pair noticed a discernible lack of support for many skilled entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Endeavor Entrepreneurs Ramzi Halaby, co-founder of  Jordan-based social media agency The Online Project, and Wences Casarescurrent founder of Xapo and serial entrepreneur, were both quoted in the piece discussing the effect that Endeavor has had on their own high-impact ventures. 

“Just by getting Endeavor’s feedback on our business plan, and by being challenged by different mentors and board members, our whole mind-set shifted,” Halaby says in the article reflecting on his selection. “I can tell the difference between how Jordan was before Endeavor and after. It has played a major role in building the ecosystem for entrepreneurs [here] and has made it easier for people like us to succeed.”

Read the entire Monitor article by clicking here.

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