At the recent Endeavor Summit awards ceremony, Mexico was recognized as the country with the Highest Portfolio Representation, a testament to the country’s strength in the Endeavor network. Founded in 2002 as one of Endeavor’s earliest offices, Endeavor Mexico continues to thrive, and operates numerous affiliate offices throughout the country. Endeavor Aguascalientes (Facebook / Twitter), which opened in 2007, has been particularly noteworthy in its recent accomplishments.
Like Mexico’s eight other regional offices, Endeavor Aguascalientes supports a range of mostly early-stage entrepreneurs, some of whom enter the selection process to become official Endeavor Entrepreneurs. In 2010, Endeavor Aguascalientes selected 21 entrepreneurs, engaged 76 mentors who donated 2,744 combined hours in mentorship and oversaw $1,400,000 in grants to entrepreneurs, 14 board members and 6 staff members. Beyond these quantifiable achievements, the Aguascalientes office has also been a leader in fostering community around their entrepreneurs, which is evident in recent efforts.
Recently, Endeavor Aguascalientes Mexico hosted its second Gala Dinner to bring together the state’s top business leaders; days before, the office published The New Face of Aguascalientes, which features seven inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the region. Highlights of the gala and the publication are included below.
Endeavor Aguascalientes Gala
On June 23, Endeavor Aguascalientes Mexico and the Development Entrepreneurs AC held its annual Gala dinner, bringing together 400 prominent local business leaders and honoring their role as economic change agents. In keeping with an environmental theme, the Center of Interactive Science and Technology was vibrantly adorned in green.
Five awards were given out. Jose Arteaga Niepmann, whose business La Huerta creates 100% natural products and employs over 1,500 families, received the award for “Business Growth.” Meanwhile, “Mentor of the Year” went to Enrique López Vázquez and Raul Adames Carbajal, acknowledging their active role in local selection panels and their commitment to social change. The law firm Arellano, Zavala & Igartúa won “Partner of the Year.”
The “Social Commitment” award went to Jose Luis Garcia, whose arts and crafts workshop “Polvo de Agua” (Dust Water) promotes Mexican tradition and artistic expression. Finally, Gonzalo Padilla Gallardo of Electro GP was selected as the year’s top entrepreneur, who participated most actively in the network.
One of the sponsors for the event was Endeavor Entrepreneur firm Tequila Milagro.
La Nueva Cara de Aguascalientes (The New Face of Aguascalientes)
All Gala guests received a copy of The New Face of Aguascalientes, a new book which shares the stories of seven entrepreneurs (supported by Endeavor) that are transforming the state of Aguascalientes into a region of growth, optimism, and economic welfare. The book includes numerous case studies highlighting the entrepreneurs’ growth, obstacles, and accomplishments—along with insights from Deloitte. Companies include the company Mex Q, selected by Endeavor in 2010.