Florianópolis, Brazil – April 10, 2014 – Endeavor selected 29 high-impact entrepreneurs leading 16 companies in 9 countries at its 53rd International Selection Panel.
Endeavor now supports 917 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 585 companies across 20 countries. The entrepreneurs were chosen at a panel held from April 7 – 9th in Florianópolis.
The International Selection Panel (ISP) is the conclusion of a rigorous multi-step selection process that is at the core of the Endeavor model. At the Florianópolis ISP, top business and industry leaders from eight countries interviewed candidates about their businesses and potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on whether or not the candidates should become Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
“I am very excited to welcome these promising entrepreneurs to the network,” said Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “Many are innovating industries in their local markets and demonstrating the potential for high-impact growth, especially in Latin America where our presence continues to expand.”
After their selection into the Endeavor network, the entrepreneurs are given access to customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key business needs. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created thousands of jobs and built sustainable growth models in their home countries, transforming local economies and becoming role models for future generations of leaders.
Endeavor will be hosting three more International Selection Panels in 2014. Locations will be New York, NY; Istanbul, Turkey and Miami, FL.
Brief descriptions of the newly selected entrepreneurs and companies follow.
Registration at the 53rd ISP
Entrepreneur: Parker Stanberry
Company: Oasis Collections (www.oasiscollections.com)
Now you can make every destination an Oasis. Parker Stanberry founded Oasis Collections to offer travelers a curated, online platform of high-end, short-term rental properties across Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, and Miami. While individual property owners typically offer limited services to short-term renters, Oasis provides a complete hospitality experience that includes support from an around-the-clock, on-the-ground team, and social perks such as access to Oasis’ private members’ clubs and exclusive events. With over 700 properties in its portfolio, and a network of exclusive members’ clubs, Oasis has received international recognition in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and the Financial Times, among others.
Entrepreneur: Mauro Bono
Company: Savant (www.savant.com.ar)
Given the lack of innovation in Argentina’s pharmaceutical industry, Mauro Bono has the perfect prescription for his country – Savant. Savant manufactures and distributes a variety of pharmaceuticals, using an innovative manufacturing process that results in higher margins for pharmacists and more affordable drugs for end consumers. From its factory in the remote 2,500-person town of El Tío in central Argentina, Savant produces over 100 million drug tablets annually for thousands of pharmacies in Argentina and exports to 16 countries, including Vietnam, Lebanon, and Mozambique.
Entrepreneurs: Cristiano Brega, Guarany Guimarães, Fernando Magero & Bruno Braga
Company: Confiance Medical (www.confiancemedical.com.br)
Scar no more! Through its video surgery equipment, Confiance helps doctors perform minimally invasive surgeries that leave smaller scars and have quicker recoveries than traditional open surgeries. While video surgery is a relatively standard practice in US hospitals, only premier hospitals in Brazil can afford the equipment. Awarded High-Impact Company of the Year by Brazilian’s leading SMB magazine in 2013, Confiance dreams of closing the gap between the elite and second-tier hospitals by making video surgery accessible to a broader population.
Entrepreneur: Rafael Ribeiro Madke
Company: Grupo RPH (www.gruporph.com.br)
Grupo RPH has the power to bring Brazil’s medical imaging techniques to electric new heights. The company sells cold kits, which are connected to radioactive products that illuminate patients’ organs under scans, creating precise, dynamic images that aid in medical diagnosis and treatment. Until recently, the Brazilian government dominated the highly regulated, US$80 million nuclear medical market, leading to inefficient business practices and stagnant growth. Grupo RPH is the first private company in Brazil licensed to manufacture and sell cold kits, and has already signed on major clients such as Hospital Sírio Libanês, Albert Einstein Hospital, and Beneficiência Portuguesa.
Entrepreneurs: Sergio Bertucci & Milena Satyro Bertucci
Company: Star Think Uniforms (www.staruniforms.com.br)
While professional uniforms often look generic and fit poorly, Star Think Uniform’s custom- designed collections combine high fashion and functionality to ensure that employees always look their best. Founded in 2005 by Milena and Sergio Bertucci, Star Think Uniforms has designed unique collections for over 30 clients and is constantly adapting to increasing demand: having started in a 70 m2 production facility, the company has since outgrown five additional plants and now outsources production. In the next few years, Star plans to introduce new business intelligence tools and a proprietary clothing sizing technology.
Entrepreneurs: Marco Carvalho & Ivan Zorn
Company: Toys Talk (www.toystalk.com)
Toys Talk is setting out to prove that you can build a successful global business out of fun and games! Founded by Marco Carvalho and Ivan Zorn in 2008, Toys Talk creates, develops, and brings to market high-quality and high-tech toys for children. With headquarters in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Shantou, China, Toys Talk has a global presence and has been recognized by international industry magazines including Toys World and Toys News. The company’s explosive growth over the past two years has been driven by sales of existing product lines including Spark Dogz, one of the “Top 10 Most Wanted Toys in 2011” according to industry press.
Entrepreneurs: Gabriel Bottós & Rafael Bottós
Company: Welle (www.wellelaser.com.br)
Hoping to dominate a niche market in the manufacturing sector, Welle is innovating the Brazilian laser-cutting industry by providing reliable and efficient equipment to clients that will, in turn, provide better products and services to consumers. Currently, most laser machines on the market are needlessly expensive and energy-consuming. Welle manufactures cost-effective, durable, and precise laser cutting, tracing and cleaning machines that better fit the needs of most of the firms it serves. Barely six years-old, Welle is already Brazil’s leading laser technology supplier, with clients including Whirlpool, Bosch, and Petrobras, among others.
Entrepreneurs: Juan Pablo Marín & Francisco Marín
Company: Eco-Lógica (www.eco-logica.cl)
Chile’s trash is Eco-Lógica’s treasure. Based in Santiago, where 98% of companies fail to comply with environmental policies, Eco-Lógica helps its industrial clientele reduce, reuse, and recycle. Juan Pablo and Francisco Marín have developed a comprehensive, end-to-end corporate waste management solution that allows clients to dispose of waste safely and efficiently. As the only player in Chile with its unique blend of waste disposal services, Eco-Lógica is uniting Chile’s formerly distinct waste management sectors for solid waste, hazardous waste, and recycling.
Entrepreneurs: Victor Vargas & Alex Parnas
Company: Urbano Design (www.urbanodesign.com)
Though its products are designed to protect, Urbano Design is breaking the mold of the mobile accessories industry. In the early 2000s, Latin Americans looking to personalize their electronic devices were limited to a few bland color options. Victor Vargas and Alex Parnas transformed this market with Urbano by combining function and fast fashion, quickly replicating catwalk trends and popular graphic designs to add aesthetic appeal to the latest tech accessories. Through its fully integrated supply chain, Urbano produces smartphone cases, laptop and tablet sleeves, headphones, and chargers that reach its 14 kiosks across Chile, Peru, and Argentina, as well as Latin America’s largest retail outlets, in as little as 20 days.
Attendees at the first night’s Welcome Dinner
Entrepreneurs: Pablo Atuesta, Nicolás Borda & Juan Rebolledo
Company: Groncol (www.groncol.com)
With only 5m2 of green space per inhabitant, Bogotá is far from meeting the World Health Organization’s standard of 15m2 per resident for a healthy urban environment. Groncol seeks to reverse this trend and transform Colombia by designing, producing, and installing green walls and rooftops made of real plants and vegetation. Operating in a global US$6 billion market for vegetated infrastructure products, Groncol has built the largest green wall in the country (360 m2) and over 45,000 m2 of rooftops. It has added millions of dollars in economic value to its clients’ buildings, creating a measurable environmental impact with projects that compensate for CO2 emissions produced by thousands of individuals.
Entrepreneurs: Sotiris Papantonopoulos-Mantopoulos & Manolis Marsellos
Company: Money-Market (www.money-market.gr)
With multiple insurance providers and offers to choose from, determining the right insurance policy can be tiresome, difficult, and costly. Sotiris Papantonopoulos-Mantopoulos and Manolis Marsellos established Money-Market, an online insurance aggregator, to create an easier and more affordable way for Greeks to compare and purchase automobile, motorcycle, boat, and home insurance policies. Money-Market currently operates the leading online insurance aggregator in Greece’s US$6 billion insurance market, facilitating tens of thousands of active policies in 2013. To continue to accelerate its growth, Money-Market plans to expand beyond auto insurance into health insurance in 2014, and pensions in 2015.
Entrepreneur: Eymard Arguello Mancilla
Company: Agua Inmaculada (www.aguainmaculada.pe)
Agua Inmaculada has made a splash in the clean-water technology market. Since founding the company in 2002, Eymard Arguello Mancilla has been developing new ways to bring clean, potable water to the base of the pyramid in Mexico. Today, over 50 million people in Mexico lack access to clean water. By selling water purification systems to small business owners, Agua Inmaculada (Immaculate Water) seeks to offer a low-cost, high-quality alternative to bottled water and the market-leading systems offered by multinational CPG companies. Nearly 5,000 small businesses have purchased Agua Inmaculada’s equipment, installing water purification systems that provide countless individuals access to clean water.
Entrepreneur: Mateo Dornier
Company: Campo Vivo (www.campovivo.com.mx)
All vegetables are not created equal. With the amount of chemical fertilizers and pesticides sprayed on produce, even the most nutritious fruits and vegetables can have negative effects on consumers’ health. Campo Vivo solves this problem by bringing high-quality certified organic produce and processed grocery goods to the Mexican consumer. With a commitment to offer farmers fair market prices and offer consumers high-quality, affordable, organic foods, Campo Vivo distributes the country’s largest selection of organic products to more than 800 supermarkets and coffee shops across Mexico, including Walmart and Starbucks outlets. Over the next few years, Campo Vivo plans to accelerate new product development, add additional big-name retail clients, and begin exporting to European markets.
Entrepreneurs: Lionel Carrasco & Marcela Henao
Company: Leapfactor (www.leapfactor.com)
Some products sell themselves; for everything else there’s Leapfactor. Too often, field sales teams selling 21st century products rely on 20th century tools: pen-and-paper contracts, paper brochures, and antiquated CRM systems. Moreover, the old methods fail to create the engaging, interactive experience that customers expect in the digital era. Lionel Carrasco and Marcela Henao founded Leapfactor in 2009 to reinvent field sales execution; Leapfactor’s mobile app, Salesfactor, is a sleek and intuitive product that provides the tools to increase revenues and efficiency. Operating in the US$25B B2B mobile app market, Leapfactor has succeeded in attracting premier clients across industries, such as Avon, AstraZeneca, L’Oreal and HD Supply.
Entrepreneur: Bevan Ducasse
Company: wiGroup Pty Ltd (wigroupinternational.com)
The world of mobile transacting is growing so rapidly that merchants are unable to keep up with, integrate to, and update their stores for each of the ever-increasing transaction applications the market has to offer. wiGroup simplifies this process through its cloud-based software, the wiPlatform, which enables mobile transacting from any application at any merchant through a simple integration with a retailer’s POS system. Since launching its platform in 2011, wiGroup has already processed over three million transactions worth over US$200 million and expects to continue this rapid growth on the back of South Africa’s booming m-commerce sector.
Entrepreneurs: Carolina Bañales & Agustina Sartori
Company: AdviseMeTech (www.advisemetech.com)
Whether shopping online or in stores, three quarters of female consumers find the process of finding and choosing the right makeup frustrating. Fortunately, Carolina Bañales and Agustina Sartori are revolutionizing cosmetics for the 21st century through AdviseMeTech, a web-based program that allows women to virtually try on makeup through their own uploaded images. The company’s B2B software is embedded in retailers’ websites, while its B2C ecommerce platform, GlamST.com, allows women to directly try on and purchase products online.
Observers during an entrepreneur interview panel