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2015

34 Entrepreneurs from 23 Companies Selected at 60th International Selection Panel in San Francisco

Endeavor selected 34 high-impact entrepreneurs representing 23 companies from 15 countries at its 60th International Selection Panel. Endeavor now supports 1 136 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 717 companies in 23 emerging and growth market countries around the world. The entrepreneurs were chosen at a panel held from 5–7 August in the heart of San Francisco, where Endeavor has a support office. Panellists ranged from Silicon Valley venture capital executives to top business leaders, drawn from Endeavor’s extensive global network.

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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) hosted an Endeavor South Africa event, which showcased early-stage, black-owned businesses that have grown substantially, and in some cases, doubled their number of employees over a period of two years. 

The event marked the graduation of the founders of businesses from the Endeavor Excelerator Programme, for which they were selected in 2012.  Mohlakoana Mokoena of Drift Brands, Ashley and Tania Mulligan of Kushesh; and Tsakani Mashaba of Michael Mikiala Men, were declared Endeavor Alumni in celebration of their success.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange host and sponsor, Donna Oosthuyse, Director, Capital Markets, welcomed all the guests, while Catherine Townshend, MD of the Endeavor SA, and Endeavor Mentor, Clive Butkow, Non-Executive Director, Grovest Venture Capital, provided an insight into the determination and grit that these entrepreneurs had shown in working with Endeavor to grow their businesses. Guests experienced the thrilling count down to the opening of the market and the sounding of the Kudu Horn, which on this occasion, was done solely in honour of the Endeavor guests.

The graduating entrepreneurs are exceptional role models for other business owners who wish to build their entrepreneurial skills. Tsakani Mashaba says, “Being part of Endeavor is the best thing that entrepreneurs can do because it sharpens your business acumen. You also get to meet other entrepreneurs, so you do not feel alone.”

Tania and Ashley Mulligan, who, like their fellow graduates, were provided with services that included access to a business road map, an advisory board, legal advice, access to investors and markets, are extremely proud of their company’s 67% growth in turnover since joining the Endeavor Excelerator Programme in 2012. “Through Endeavor we have had great access to opportunities and have been able to meet people we would not have otherwise met,” says Tania.

Endeavor SA has replicated the success achieved globally with the Endeavor model through its unique Excelerator programme, which is aimed at black-owned businesses that have not yet reached the high-growth stage of the typical Endeavor Entrepreneur. The programme applies Endeavor’s global best practices to earlier-stage businesses that have the potential to become high-growth companies within a defined timeframe. “We believe that developing high-impact entrepreneurs is the best way to promote an economy in South Africa that is sustainable and creates jobs,” says Catherine Townshend, MD of Endeavor SA.

Endeavor further believes in pushing these earlier-stage entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the point where they not only become Endeavor Entrepreneurs, but also Endeavor Board members and leading role models in the South African entrepreneurial space.

Many of the Endeavor Mentors who had worked with these entrepreneurs to build their businesses were present at the event. The core of the Endeavor model is mentorship, which means that Endeavor Entrepreneurs are supported by a network of world-class CEOs, business leaders, investors and academics in thinking bigger, making better decisions and multiplying their influence.

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Johannesburg, 21 June 2015 – Twenty high-impact entrepreneurs representing 15 companies and 10 countries were welcomed into the Endeavor network after the 59th Endeavor International Selection Panel (ISP).

Gys Kappers, founder of Wyzetalk is one of the entrepreneurs who was selected unanimously in Amman. Endeavor South Africa will now provide Kappers with access to world-class services and programmes, including introductions to local and international mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key business needs. Since 1997, Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created hundreds of thousands of jobs and built sustainable and transformative growth models in their home countries. In turn, they become crucial role models for future generations of entrepreneurs.

“I am so thrilled to formally welcome Gys to the Endeavor family,” said Catherine Townshend, MD of Endeavor SA. “We look forward to working closely with him as he builds Wyzetalk and realises his incredibly big dreams!”

Wyzetalk assists companies that employ hundreds, even thousands of workers, to establish clear channels for communication and collaboration — from the C-level executives to entry-level workers. Wyzetalk breaks down communication silos with its mobile-based business communication platform that allows enterprises to drive effective collaboration and innovation. Its tools allow users to broadcast announcements, deploy surveys, and upload files, among other tasks. CNN listed Wyzetalk as one of the top 10 African Start-ups that rocked 2014 and Kappers intends to keep up the momentum to become the premier collaboration platform in Africa.

“I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Endeavor family,” Kappers said after his selection. “Meeting the panellists, the other candidates and going through the selection process in Amman was a life-changing experience. I am looking forward to the Endeavor journey.”

Press Release fnb business innovation awards

Johannesburg, 5 June 2015 – Last night FNB Business in association with Endeavor SA announced the CEO of GreatSoft CRM, Bruce Morgan, the overall winner of the inaugural FNB Business Innovation Award 2015.

As the recipient of the Award, Bruce will have an opportunity to gain valuable business insights from world renowned business leaders at Endeavor’s prestigious International Selection Panel (ISP) in San Francisco later this year.

“The FNB Business Innovation Award is a fantastic achievement for us. It validates the work that our team continues to do on a daily basis. Five years ago we reviewed the course of our business and it is great to see our efforts paying off. We are thrilled with this accolade and look forward to the opportunities ahead,” said Bruce Morgan, CEO of GreatSoft CRM.

FNB Business Innovation Awards 2015

Johannesburg, May 2015 – FNB Business has announced the entrepreneurs that have been shortlisted for the FNB Business Innovation Awards 2015, organised in partnership with Endeavor South Africa. The announcement follows an intense judging process where all the qualifying entrepreneurs went through a series of interviews by a panel of business experts.

“We would like congratulate the entrepreneurs that have been shortlisted for the final stage of the competition. Over the last eight months, the judges have interviewed some of South Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs and made tough choices to ensure that only the best candidates make it to the final round. The remaining candidates have demonstrated exceptional innovation and remarkable potential to scale their enterprises,” said Michael Vacy-Lyle, CEO of FNB Business. 

20150209 Singapore-ISP-Social 1Singapore – February 6, 2015 – Endeavor hosted its 57th International Selection Panel (ISP) in Singapore from February 4-6th, convening top international business leaders, industry experts and entrepreneurs in the Southeast Asian city. Twenty-one entrepreneurs from fifteen companies and nine countries were selected into the network  at the panel. Endeavor now supports 1,051 entrepreneurs from 666 companies across the 22 markets where it operates.

With support from Barclays and EY, the ISP is the conclusion of a rigorous multi-step selection process that is at the core of the Endeavor model. In Singapore, panelists were from 10 countries interviewed entrepreneur candidates about their businesses and potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on whether or not the candidates should become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Some top names in venture capital, investment and entrepreneurship participated, including Edgar Bronfman Jr. (Endeavor Global Chairman and Accretive General Partner); Eugenio Lopez III (Endeavor Philippines Chairman and Chairman of ABS-CBN Corporation); Afzal Abdul Rahim (Endeavor Malaysia Chairman and CEO of TIME dotcom Berhad); and Husodo Angkosubroto (Endeavor Indonesia Chairman and Chairman of PT Gunung Sewu Kencana).

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