DUBAI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Endeavor selected 20 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from Egypt, Turkey, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico at its 42nd International Selection Panel. Endeavor now supports 676 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 422 companies in 12 emerging market countries. The entrepreneurs were chosen at a Panel held from March 27 – 29 in Dubai.
“This panel was one of the most international events we have ever held, both from the point of view of entrepreneurs represented and panelists,” said Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg, who noted the attraction of Dubai’s strategic location. “Our panelists came from as close as Saudi Arabia and as far as Silicon Valley and were incredibly impressed by the global spirit of entrepreneurship represented by the candidates, including the first nominated company from our newest affiliate in Indonesia.”
Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of creating thousands of jobs and building sustainable growth models in their home countries. The International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step Search & Selection process where top local and international business leaders interview and then offer guidance to entrepreneur candidates. Post-selection, Endeavor provides entrepreneurs with customized services provided by local business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 companies, consulting firms and top U.S. business schools. Additionally, Endeavor’s Catalyst program co-invests in Endeavor Entrepreneurs’ professional funding rounds.
The Dubai International Selection Panel was also an excellent opportunity to showcase Endeavor’s close ties with Abraaj Capital, which Rottenberg noted has been an indispensable partner for Endeavor in the region. Abraaj has supported Endeavor’s expansion to new countries in MENASA and senior Abraaj managers have served as professional mentors for Endeavor Entrepreneur companies. Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive of Abraaj Capital and a member of Endeavor’s Global’s Board of Directors, served as one of the 18 judges on the Panel and personally hosted the delegates at the opening night reception. “I can’t thank Arif and his team enough for the warm welcome they provided our global organization in Dubai,” said Rottenberg.
Endeavor will host four more International Selection Panels this year in Cartagena, Colombia (May); London (June); Istanbul (October) and Miami (December).
Entrepreneurs: Dr. Amina Hassab and Mohamed Azab
Company: Hassab Labs
Description: Hassab Labs provides accredited, fast and accurate medical test results to individuals, health professionals and medical institutes in Egypt.
Entrepreneur: Dr. Ahmed Farouk
Company: Imtenan Health Shop
Description: Founded in 2005, Imtenan Health Shop imports, manufactures and sells more than 200 natural health products. With 13 retail locations in Cairo, Alexandria, and Assiut looks to become Egypt’s leading provider of health food and all-natural supplements.
Entrepreneur: Levent Yılmaz and Feridun Tuncer
Description: Founded in 2006, Baydöner is a fast-food chain serving traditional Turkish “doner” at 48 locations throughout the Middle East, employing 749 people. Former veterinarians and pharmacists, Levent and his partner Feridun are bringing new standards for quality and efficiency to the industry.
From LATIN AMERICA
Entrepreneurs: Marcelo Castanha, Guilherme Kümmel, Edson Bastos, Helcio Maciel and Frederico Rocha de Araujo
Description: Founded in 1993, Novaprolink is the leading ERP provider to the Brazilian legal industry, helping law firms access millions of legal documents, streamline internal operations, and manage client relationships.
Entrepreneurs: Marcelo Amado and Marcelo Di Giorgio
Company: Touch Watches
Description: Founded in 2009, Touch Watches is a watch and accessories retailer based in Rio de Janeiro. Rolling out more than 700 new designs every year to its 88 franchises, Marcelo Amado and Marcelo Di Giorgio are bringing the fast-fashion concept to Brazil.
Entrepreneurs: Tomas Pollak and Carlos Yaconi
Company: Prey Project
Description: Prey Project is a Santiago, Chile-based anti-theft software company that helps individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations find and recover stolen computers and mobile phones.
Entrepreneurs: Rene Freudenberg & Roberto Iberri
Description: Founded in 1983 by Rene’s father, Interlub provides specialized lubricants to large manufacturing companies in the glass, steel, and automotive sectors in 20 countries.
Entrepreneurs: Jorge & Juan Carlos González Olvera
Description: Founded in 2006, 4e is a Mexican manufacturer of liquid soaps and gels. The third company founded by the Olvera brothers, 4e has won 57% share (by volume) of a market historically dominated by multinationals.
Entrepreneurs: Andrés Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Vera
Description: Founded in 2007, BlueMessaging allows businesses to improve the quality, efficiency, and scalability of their interaction with customers by providing user-friendly mobile and web communication platforms.
Hailed by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman as “the best anti-poverty program of all,” Endeavor is leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. To date, Endeavor has screened more than 30,000 entrepreneurs and selected 672 individuals leading 422 high-impact companies.
With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, these high-impact entrepreneurs:
-Have created over 156,000 jobs
-Generated over $4.5 billion in revenues in 2010
-Inspire future generations to innovate and take risks
Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in 15 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. As the high-impact movement expands globally, Endeavor will continue to prove that anyone with a big idea can succeed, from Silicon Valley to Latin America, the Middle East, and beyond.