Endeavor selected 18 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mexico, Turkey and Saudi Arabia at its 47th International Selection Panel. Endeavor now supports 784 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 489 companies in 14 emerging market countries. The entrepreneurs were chosen at a panel held from March 11-13 in Athens, Greece.
“It’s very exciting to have so many new companies join the Endeavor community,” said Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “And I’m particularly pleased that the selection panel took place in Greece, where, amidst much economic chaos, we launched an office in September. I often say that when economies turn down, entrepreneurs look up!”
The International Selection Panel (ISP) is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process. At the ISP, top local and international business leaders interview candidates about their businesses and high-impact potential, and then vote on whether or not candidates become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Post-selection, Endeavor provides entrepreneurs with customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of creating thousands of jobs and building sustainable growth models in their home countries.
Endeavor’s next International Selection Panel will be held in Buenos Aires this May.
Entrepreneurs: Gamal El Din Sadek, Mohamed Rafea
Company: Bey2ollak (www.bey2ollak.com/desktop.html)
Bey2ollak aims to help individuals in congested cities like Cairo avoid traffic, ultimately improving people’s quality of life by saving them time and money. As a simple, user-generated traffic tracking system, Bey2ollak’s cross-platform mobile application helps users find the fastest and safest routes.
Entrepreneur: George Patsis
Company: Obrela (www.obrela.com/home/)
Obrela is an IT security outsourcing company that offers comprehensive “security as a service” packages to enterprise clients and SMEs. Clients are able to buy the packages that match their needs–anything from a single software license to a fully-integrated suite of outsourced services–and Obrela will step in to optimize almost any IT security environment.
Entrepreneurs: Kerstin Trikalitis, Daphne Loukas
Company: Out There Media (www.out-there-media.com)
Out There Media (OTM) offers advertisers and mobile operators the technology and know-how to execute efficient and highly targeted advertising campaigns on mobile phones. OTM’s mobile advertising development and sales unit offers brands convenient and specialized end-to-end solutions for generating ads best suited to mobile and brands’ core audiences. The company’s Mobucks platform connects operators, publishers, brands and their agencies to distribute targeted ads across mobile channels to end users.
Entrepreneur: Sugianto Tandio
Company: Tirta Marta (www.tirtamarta.com)
Tirta Marta was established in 1971 as a pioneer in flexible packaging material. In 2010, Tirta Marta launched two groundbreaking eco-friendly technologies: OXIUM® (a natural additive to plastic that ensures rapid degradation) and ECOPLAS® (a biodegradable plastic polymer made from tapioca). Through these products, Sugianto hopes to provide a long-term answer to the problem of waste accumulation and pollution. Today, over 90% of Indonesian modern markets and convenience stores exclusively stock OXIUM® plastic shopping bags.
Entrepreneur: Omar Onsi
Company: Nymgo (www.nymgo.com)
Nymgo is making the world smaller by connecting under-privileged immigrants with their families back home. Nymgo’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software offers immigrant communities a low-cost and high-quality solution for calling landlines and mobile phones in regions where Internet and broadband infrastructure remain scarce. Nymgo’s VoIP calls are a fraction of the cost of its competitors. The product can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and tablets and offers a very simple design to make cheap calls to landlines and mobile phones around the world.
Entrepreneurs: Claudio del Conde, Claudia de Heredia, Paul Marquard
Company: Kichink! (www.kichink.com)
Kichink! is an ecommerce solution that is designed and built to be as simple, intelligent, personal and safe as possible to allow anyone to start selling in minutes, without upfront investment.
Entrepreneur: José Luis Cisneros
Company: La Zarza (www.lazarza.com.mx/directorio.php)
La Zarza makes classic Mexican desserts and pastries from the highest-quality ingredients and distributes them across Mexican states through 61 proprietary and franchise stores. The company is planning an aggressive expansion of both its geographic reach and its portfolio dessert options.
Entrepreneurs: Manuel Villarreal, Jorge Bouffier
Company: Sin Secretos (www.frutosdevida.com, www.holasmoothie.com)
Sin Secretos produces 100% natural and preservative-free fruit juices and smoothies under brands Frutos de Vida (Fruits of Life), Frutos de Vida for Kids, and HOLA Smoothie. The juices are available on the shelves of most major Mexican supermarkets and price clubs, and will soon be at convenience stores. The company emphasizes the positive nutritional benefits of its products for adults and children alike.
Entrepreneur: Manolo Diaz
Company: Yogome (www.yogome.co)
Yogome develops educational tablet and mobile games to help kids ages 4 -10 learn in a fun way through technology. The multi-lingual games are among the top 10 in the Apple App Store’s education category, are developed by pedagogical experts, and cover a range of school subjects taught by engaging “Yogotar” characters. The company aspires to become a global kids’ brand.
Entrepreneurs: Abdulmohsin Alrabiah
Company: Shawarmer (www.shawarmer.com)
Shawarmer has transformed the way Saudis think about and eat shawarma, the most popular Arabic sandwich. This chain of fast-casual restaurants, with 28 locations throughout Saudi Arabia, is devoted to serving shawarma and other Arab foods, freshly prepared with high-quality ingredients and served with Arab hospitality.
Entrepreneur: Naif Alqahtani
Company: LSS (www.lss.com.sa/)
Logistics Solution Services (LSS) is a leading logistics provider in Saudi Arabia offering storage, distribution, and supply chain management services. LSS operates state-of-the-art warehouse technology and has achieved international logistics standards. LSS prides itself in serving some of the most significant clients in the region, including Halliburton, DB Schenker, and Saudi Aramco.
Entrepreneur: Murat Özler
Company: KobiMaster (www.kobimaster.com)
KobiMaster provides small and medium businesses with an integrated software and services solutions to build and manage their ecommerce presence. The company also aims to fulfill various integration solution demands such as supplier integration, inventory management, accounting, and user traffic integration solutions.
Entrepreneur: Kaan Aykaç
Company: Gezlong (www.gezlong.com)
Gezlong’s localized hotel bookings platform – the first of its kind for Turkish travelers-has disrupted the largely untapped online travel and hotel accommodation market in Turkey. Gezlong offers travelers flash deals as well as season-long sales to premium and boutique hotels in Turkey and across Europe.