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Endeavor Hosts Retail, Food & Beverage Tour for Endeavor Entrepreneurs, Features Presentations from Top Industry Brands

Endeavor hosted a Retail, Food & Beverage Industry Tour for select entrepreneurs in its network, providing them with a rare look into the operations of  some top global brands in each industry. The two-day tour included a mix […]

November 19th, 2014 — by admin

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Endeavor Entrepreneur Companies Featured in The Economist Ranking of Top Internet Companies

The Economist recently charted the top three internet and technology companies in 50 countries based on data from the World Startup Report. The ranking demonstrates the number of emerging markets with growing tech scenes that are succeeding outside of the […]

July 14th, 2014 — by admin

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Endeavor Company- Dynamo, becomes part of a PanAmerican Film Initiative

Endeavor Colombia company Dynamo has joined Participant Media’s PanAmerican Film Initiative, a five-year agreement to produce 10-12 Spanish-language films in Latin America. Dynamo will be joined in the Initiative by two other premier Latin American production companies, Canana (Mexico) and Fabula (Chile).

Participant Media, founded in 2004 by eBay’s first employee Jeff Skoll, finances and develops media campaigns for movies with a social message. Notable titles include “An Inconvenient Truth” (2006), “The Help” (2011), and “Lincoln” (2012).  According to Participant’s website, the company is currently in discussions with Dynamo to finance the supernatural thriller “Aguas Rojas,” to be co-produced by Spanish firm Apaches.

Dynamo was founded by four Endeavor Entrepreneurs, Andrés Calderón Rodríguez, Cristian Conti Walli, Rodrigo Guerrero Rojas, and Diego Ramírez Schrempp, in 2006. The company has two distinct arms: Dynamo Capital, the only private equity fund for film financing in Latin America; and Dynamo Productions, a screenwriting, production, and distribution business. DynamoProductions’ film “The Undertow (Contracorriente)” won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Audience Award in 2010.

Dynamo executive Cristian Conti Walli said that the company is excited to begin its work with the PanAmerica Film Initiative. “For Dynamo this alliance presents a superb framework to create, improve and bring to life our projects,” Conti Walli said. “We look forward to growing with and learning from great partners and friends like Canana, Fabula and Participant.”

eMBA Alumni Gather Over Wine and Cheese for Reunion in NYC

Alumni of Endeavor’s eMBA Program – which places business school students at Endeavor companies worldwide – mingled at Moore Bros. Wine Co. to network and exchange stories of their educational experiences overseas. Here are short interviews of some of the attendees:

 

 

Endeavor Company-Movile, invests 5.5 Million in iFood

Movile, a Brazilian software development company for mobile phones that was founded by three Endeavor entrepreneurs, has decided to heavily invest in a new start-up. The company is investing USD $5.5 million in iFood, a site that manages food delivery. Created in 2000 by Marcelo Sales, Rafael Duton, and Eduardo Bernardes, Movile exclusively offers access to mail applications, remote file management and infotainment for more than 23 million mobile phone users. This new partnership with iFood hopes to expand the company’s services to allow 1 million people in Brazil to purchase food through the internet and smartphones in the next year.

Since its inception in 2011, iFood has gathered thousands of restaurants in eight cities around the country. The start-up plans to use Movile’s funding to further expand throughout Brazil and increase to 5,000 partner establishments by 2015. Franco Bloisi, Movile CEO, believes that mobile commerce has the potential to move $1 billion dollars in Brazil over the next two years.

For more information, see here.

 

 

Endeavor Lebanon featured in L’Orient Le Jour, Daily Newspaper in Beirut

Endeavor was featured in an article in the French-language daily newspaper, “L’Orient le Jour” based in Beirut, for its potential to improve Lebanon’s economy. According to Endeavor’s calculations, the country’s GDP could increase by 1% by creating 12,000 new start- ups, or supporting the growth of 100 small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Since the launch of Endeavor Lebanon in 2011, 10 entrepreneurs from 8 companies have been selected and connected to mentors and investors. These businesses span the fields of computer and internet companies to advertising and high-end interior design firms.

The Managing Director of Endeavor Lebanon, Tarek Sadi, speaks in the article about the promising progress thus far. Mr. Sadi warns that it will take time, but is confident that Lebanon will really see the great impact of Endeavor’s model in the next five to ten years.

Read the full article in French here.

Endeavor Brazil Releases Documentary Series Trailer

Endeavor Brazil put together a preview video for their new documentary series, “Go For It”. The series will focus on six Brazilian start-up businesses, as well as the entrepreneurial environment in the country.

The trailer below, which has English subtitles, introduces these high-impact entrepreneurs and their stories.

 

 

 

Going big for impact: more entrepreneur-support organizations should help large businesses maximize growth

Endeavor Insight releases a new report, “Creating Capacity: Comparison of Organizations Supporting Entrepreneurship Across the World”.

Organizations that support high-impact entrepreneurs help to create new jobs and economic growth. However, not all companies are created equally. A new micro-enterprise may employ one to three people but a small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) that becomes large will go from 20 to 35 employees to over 250. With the support of mentors, investors, and advisors, these growing SMEs can reach this threshold even faster. Despite the potential for impact, Endeavor Insight’s survey of 42 member organizations of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) shows that too few organizations focus on these high-impact entrepreneurs, leaving valuable opportunities to incubate economy-changing companies untapped in the process.

A 2012 survey by Endeavor Insight shows that only 26 percent of development entrepreneurship organizations are focusing on businesses that can become large and make a meaningful impact. Fifty percent may work with high-growth companies with revenue or job growth above 20 percent annually, but nearly half of these work predominately with micro-enterprises. Even a five-employee firm, on the upper end of the micro-enterprise scale, would take almost two years to make a sixth hire at these growth rates. A 250-person firm growing at the same rate would add over 100 jobs in the same period.

Supporting small entrepreneurs will always be an important element of the entrepreneurship and development toolkit, but as economies grow, entrepreneur-support organizations should be ready to build large companies with 250+ employees and strong revenue growth. Doing so will lead to greater GDP growth and will create inspirational examples for future high-impact entrepreneurs. For the 74 percent of organizations focused exclusively on micro-entrepreneurs and SMEs, thinking bigger can entrench and multiply their impact.

For more information, please read the full report here.

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Endeavor February 2013 newsletter

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Endeavor Turkey holds second Good Investment Summit

Endeavor Turkey held its second Good Investment Summit on January 10th to target potential angel investors in the country.  220 people attended this summit in Istanbul, at which consultants from Angel Resource Institute (ARI) worked with investors and entrepreneurs. Angel Investors John May and Robert Okabe spoke on fundamental topics such as pitching to investors, angel portfolio strategy, due diligence and valuation.

A second summit was held the following day for 50 people in Ankara, Turkey’s capital and second largest city.

“In addition to delivering technical training, this program is a live and interactive showcase of top angel investors and angel-funded entrepreneurs to inspire and guide potential angels, early stage entrepreneurs and other community partners,” said Didem Altop, Endeavor Turkey’s Managing Director. “This know-how and experience exchange platform is crucial in building effective angel investor networks for Turkey’s emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

These events were made possible with the partnership of TUSIAD and ARI and the sponsorship of Akbank and Turkcell.

 For more information, see here .

Want to intern with Endeavor this summer? Internship applications now open.

Endeavor seeks strategic global thinkers to join its team for 6-10 weeks this summer in our New York office.  Interns will have the opportunity to learn about every component of Endeavor’s model, spend time with Endeavor’s President and CEO, and present their final research projects to the entire Endeavor organization.

Examples of past projects conducted by interns include:

·         Mapping connections among 200+ Argentinean VCs and entrepreneurs to understand network effects in entrepreneurial ecosystem, culminating in a YouTube video with 8,000+ views: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g95QGhqAus&hd=1.

·         Conducting interviews with Endeavor Entrepreneurs who have a direct social impact (e.g., extending financial services to “bottom of the pyramid” clients) to understand the key drivers of growth and expansion for firms in the social enterprise sector.

·         Investigating common characteristics and needs among specific types of Endeavor Entrepreneurs (e.g. social entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs).

·         Writing and editing sections of the 6-8 page profiles (case studies) that are the culminating representation of Endeavor’s search process.

Qualifications

·         Passionate about entrepreneurship and economic development in growth markets.

·         Current top students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, with a strong academic record in any field.

·         Exceptionally strong English language writing skills

·         A creative thinker who can execute complex quantitative and qualitative research projects.

·         Strong cultural and interpersonal skills for working with international team members.

·         Self-starter who is independent and able to meet or beat tight deadlines.

Timeframe

Interns will be interviewed beginning in February/March and notified of final decisions by mid-April.

Compensation

Although Endeavor cannot offer compensation for this internship, we will support qualified candidates to seek out external funding. In past years, the majority of our interns have been able to secure funding either through their university or through external sources that support social enterprise.

How to apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the deadline of April 1, 2013.  All applicants should prepare a cover letter explaining why they want to work at Endeavor and why they are the best candidate for this position. Applicants should submit this cover letter and a resume through our online application at www.endeavor.org/talent. Due to the overwhelming amount of applications, we can only respond directly to select applicants. No calls please, and best of luck!

Endeavor Middle East affiliates featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

A feature article on Endeavor’s impact in Egypt and Jordan was published in the current issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). SSIR is a Stanford University magazine and website written to inform and inspire social change. The award-winning Review spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in tackling a diverse range of global challenges.

In this article by Jamil Wyne entitled “Investing in Arab Entrepreneurs”, the success of Endeavor’s model is demonstrated through the stories of several inspiring entrepreneurs in the emerging market of the Arab world.

Investing in Arab Entrepreneurs

Endeavor’s expansion to Egypt and Jordan is helping to create thousands of jobs.

By Jamil Wyne | Winter 2013

” In 2011, Amin Amin was stuck: His primary investor threatened to take over his company, Change Agent for Arab   Development and Education Reform (CADER). The CADER model was unique, providing professional training to teachers to improve educational capacity in the Arab world. It had also turned a profit, nearly doubling its revenues annually between 2005 and 2011. CADER provided a financially sustainable solution for the region’s educational challenges, but this could not prevent Amin from losing the institution he had built from the ground up. He had two options: relinquish control for a fraction of the company’s valuation or purchase it for a price beyond its value.

In need of sound legal counsel and strategic guidance as well as moral support, Amin turned to the Jordanian arm of Endeavor, a nonprofit that identifies and supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. In 2009, Amin had become one of the first Jordanians to be selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur. Throughout the dilemma with his investor, Endeavor provided him with pro bono consulting and legal advice, guiding him to a resolution. Although Amin left CADER, he assumed a new position as CEO of ASK for Human Capacity Building, a company that designs tailor-made training programs to improve the region’s education system and labor market—and where Amin continues to receive Endeavor support.

Endeavor operates similarly to a venture capital firm, but takes no equity in its entrepreneurs’ companies. Instead, it pairs its entrepreneurs with top-notch business development services, a practice that New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman termed the “mentor capitalist” model. The nonprofit—which was founded in 1997 by Americans Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner and has offices in 14 developing countries, with headquarters in New York City—selects, mentors, and accelerates those rare individuals who can grow an innovative idea into a globally competitive enterprise.”

Reprinted from the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Read the full article here.

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