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Mexico’s Travesias Media Selected By Banamex to Publish Corporate Magazines

Mexico’s Travesias Media, founded by entrepreneur Javier Arredondo, announced that it was selected by Grupo Financiero Banamex, one of the largest banking operations in Mexico, to publish the group’s corporate magazines. Travesias has evolved to become a […]

January 30th, 2015 — by admin

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Colombia’s Bodytech Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Colombia

Nicolas Loaiza Galeano and Gigliola Aycardi Batista, Colombian entrepreneurs and founders of Bodytech, were recently named EY Entrepreneurs of the Year in Colombia, recognizing the company’s innovative business model and impact on the region’s economy. The chain […]

October 29th, 2014 — by admin

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Endeavor Entrepreneurs and Staff Members from Latin America Visit the Endeavor Global Offices


Entrepreneurs, candidates and staff from Endeavor’s affiliate offices in Latin America, including  Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile, visited the Endeavor offices in New York City for a networking reception with Global staff members. The visitors were participating in Columbia University’s Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America (ECLA) program, a 13-month intensive program focused on providing participants with the skills and direction necessary to implement and lead change within their organizations through a combination of classroom training, distance learning and project-based education.

“The professors and classes have been very interesting so far, and the project immersion aspect is important to entrepreneurship courses like this,” said Guillermo Zedan who works with Endeavor Entrepreneurs David Basulto and David Assael at ArchDaily, “We also get to learn about parts of our businesses we don’t always know about.”

The group stopped by the Endeavor offices after a day of courses to meet with members of the Global entrepreneur services team over cocktails and food. Entrepreneurs from Cinemagic, IQS, LiSim, and IPETH were also in attendance.

Learn more about the ECLA program by clicking here.

Endeavor Global President Fernando Fabre to Keynote EOE3 Summit

EO_primary_CMYKThe Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global business network of over 9,500 business owners across 40 countries, will be convening  nearly 400 entrepreneurs from around the world at its 2014 E3 Summit this March. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to connect and learn from each other, with the mission to create a  globally influential entrepreneur community.

The 2014 E3 Summit, with the theme “Experience the Entrepreneurial Energy”, will provide a platform for participants to discuss business and industry development through conferences, workshops, discussion panels, and more. Endeavor Global President Fernando Fabre will be among the keynote speakers at this year’s event alongside other top business leaders and entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the Summit, including registration details, click here.

January 2014 Newsletter

Jan2014 NewsletterTo view Endeavor’s January newsletter, a recap of all the top news stories from the previous month, please CLICK HERE.

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2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit Video: Alex Asseily and Fadi Ghandour

From Endeavor’s invitation-only 2013 Endeavor Entrepreneur Summit in San Francisco (June 20, 2013).

In this fireside chat, Alex Asseily, STATE Founder & Executive Chairman and Jawbone Co-Founder, talks with Fadi Ghandour, Founder of Aramex and Endeavor board member, about the relationship between and intersection of revolution and entrepreneurship — both across industries and geographies.

Looking to transform the consumer electronics industry with Jawbone, Alex Asseily’s company became a leader in the mobile lifestyle field with products like the Jawbone Icon & Era headsets, the Jambox wireless speaker line and UP personal health solutions. In addition to his role as Jawbone Chairman, he has also been lauded for his work with the software company STATE, a global opinion network, and with  organizations like General Assembly.

One of the Middle East’s leading businessmen and entrepreneurs, Fadi Ghandour founded Aramex, the region’s premiere logistics and transportation company, and served for over 30 years as the company’s CEO. As both an active supporter of the Endeavor network and a well-recognized investor, he has become a noted figure in the world of entrepreneurship and social innovation. 

Watch the playlist of excerpts from their discussion:

The National Spotlights Endeavor’s Growing Presence in the Middle East


The UAE news outlet The National recently profiled Endeavor’s work in the region, including the formation of the Endeavor UAE affiliate in 2013.

In the article, contributor Neil Parmar highlights the growing interest in scale-up entrepreneurship in the Middle East, evidenced by some of the region’s top business leaders and investors volunteering to join the governing board of Endeavor UAE. Given the success of the Endeavor model in Latin America, many saw an opportunity to expand the concept in the Middle East where the ecosystem of entrepreneurship is not only helping to bring stability and change, but also showcasing regional talent to the world.

The article also discusses the 51st Endeavor International Selection Panel which took place in Dubai in December 2013 and highlights Duplays and PropertyFinder, the first UAE entrepreneurs to be selected at the panel. Other Endeavor Entrepreneurs mentioned include Anghami from Lebanon, TalentS  from Saudi Arabia, and Konut Kredisi and Pozitron from Turkey. 

Endeavor currently operates affiliates across the region in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE. Read the full article from The National by clicking here.

Endeavor Entrepreneurs Silvina Leibenberg and María Noel Ache Featured on CNN en Español


Endeavor Uruguay Entrepreneurs Silvina Leibenberg and María Noel Ache were both  featured on CNN en Español for their work as successful female entrepreneurs.

Silvina Leibenberg appeared on the channel’s “America Latina: Fuerza En Movimiento” series, which spotlights successful  business leaders and entrepreneurs across Latin America. Silvina and her husband and partner Michel Cohen have grown Lolita, their Uruguay-based women’s apparel company, from a small family store to a multi-national retailer operating across 17 countries. In the interview, Silvina offers insight on the company’s success thus far and why Latin America is proving to be a vital market and economy.

Selected in 2002, Silvina and Michel have been active entrepreneurs in the Endeavor network, utilizing Endeavor programs like G-Lab and eMBA to support expansion, management, and product organization efforts.

Watch Silvina’s Spanish interview:


María Noel Ache was featured as the founder of AIVA, a company that provides  technology and outsourcing business services to investment and insurance companies in the Latin American, Caribbean and Pacific Rim regions.

In the interview, María acknowledges Endeavor’s role in supporting the growth and success of AIVA and the need to foster a larger entrepreneurial network within the region. As the first female entrepreneur selected by Endeavor Uruguay, she also explains that being a woman has not been an obstacle; rather, it has allowed her a unique perspective on the business world that she hopes to share with other female entrepreneurs. Since their selection in 2007, María and her son Frederico Cella have been active supporters of Endeavor’s network and events, including participation in the Ernst & Young Fellows program.

Watch Maria’s Spanish interview:

Endeavor Entrepreneur Company Cinemagic Announces Expansion Plans in Mexico


Endeavor Entrepreneur Company Cinemagic recently announced plans to begin a four-year expansion of its theaters throughout Mexico. The Puebla-based chain was founded  in 2005 by Endeavor Entrepreneurs Jose Ignacio Irigoyen and Roberto Quintero with the aim of bringing high-tech, modern movie complexes to smaller cities with populations of 50,000 to 150,000 throughout Mexico. Discovering that the small city demographic often lacked access to the same entertainment facilities as their larger urban counterparts, Jose and Roberto sought to bring affordable entertainment options and democratize the movie experience for all Mexicans.

With 70 theaters currently in operation and plans to expand to 200 screens over the next four years, Cinemagic’s growth strategy was announced on the heels of  a capital injection by Agersa Group, a Mexico-based real estate development operation. In addition, the company is moving towards digitizing all of its movie screens, becoming the second exhibition company in the country to achieve this status.

After their selection by Endeavor in 2010, Jose and Roberto have been active participants in a number of networking and mentoring events within the Endeavor network, including work with the Endeavor eMBA Program.

Endeavor Entrepreneur and Global Board Member Wences Casares’ LemonWallet Aquired by LifeLock

Endeavor Entrepreneur and Global Board Memberlemon Wences Casares‘ most recent venture, LemonWallet, recently announced its $50 million acquisition by LifeLock, a U.S.-based identity theft protection company. As one of the first entrepreneurs selected by Endeavor, Wences has been involved in numerous successful companies including Patagon.com, MECK, and Wanako Games, and is a prime example of the Endeavor model, transitioning to serve as an influential mentor and angel investor for the network. Raised on a sheep farm in Patagonia, Argentina, Wences was selected by Endeavor in 1998 for creating Patagon.com, an electronic brokerage site, and subsequently raised $4 million through the Endeavor network. In 2000, he sold a 75% stake in the business to Banco Santander for $750 million, instantly transforming him into one of Endeavor’s top success stories.

The LemonWallet acquisition is adding to his portfolio of entrepreneurial achievements. Launched in 2011 as a free cloud-based receipt organizer and spending tracker, the service allows users snap images of debit, credit, loyalty, health insurance and ID cards, as well as receipts, tickets and coupons, then upload these to a secure account in the cloud. Looking to expand its mobile offerings, LifeLock naturally gravitated towards LemonWallet to round out its security products, acquiring the company and subsequently launching an integrated app that offers customers a primary touch point for managing and protecting their digital identities.

For over a decade, Wences has worked closely with Endeavor, initially to access capital and mentorship through the Endeavor Investor Network and VentureCorps, and then to serve as an investor, mentor and Board member himself.

Read the full press release about the acquisition by clicking here.

Endeavor Entrepreneur Company ComparaOnline Receives $3 Million Investment

comparaonline_logoEndeavor Chile Entrepreneur Company ComparaOnline.com recently announced the addition of Simon Nixon, founder of the financial services price comparison site MoneySupermarket, to its Board of Directors, along with a $3 million investment. Now serving as Deputy Chairman of the $1.6 billion MoneySupermarket business, Nixon became a leader in the price engine industry after founding the company back in 1993 and growing it as CEO until 2008. The announcement of Nixon’s investment certifies ComparaOnline’s growing presence as one of the top insurance and financial product distributors in Latin America.

Selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2012, ComparaOnline founder and CEO Sebastian Valin sought to provide a digital platform for Latin American consumers to find and compare financial products simply and efficiently, while helping insurance companies and banks expand their distribution networks. Since his selection, Sebastian has been an active participant in Endeavor services like the Endeavor Investor Network and Endeavor Catalyst.

Read the full press release from ComparaOnline by clicking here.

Endeavor Entrepreneur Mauricio Hoyos Named a Top “Innovator Under 35″ by MIT Technology Review


Endeavor Entrepreneur Mauricio Hoyos was recently named to MIT Technology Review’s “Innovators Under 35 – Colombia” ranking, which recognizes ten local leaders who are finding innovative solutions to regional challenges.

As founders of the Colombia-based technology company Conexred, Mauricio and his brother (and fellow Endeavor Entrepreneur) Andrés Alban sought to bring accessible financial and payment services to under-served communities around the country through their PuntoRed Network. Available at thousands of points-of-sale, the network allows users to make financial transfers, purchase mobile minutes and access a variety of other services right in their neighborhood stores and shops. Mauricio and Andrés were selected as entrepreneurs in 2012, and have been active participants in Endeavor events and programs including the Endeavor Investor Network.

Read the full profile on Mauricio in MIT Technology Review by clicking here.

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