Who We Are

Endeavor

Established in 1997, Endeavor is leading a global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating High Impact Entrepreneurs worldwide. Twenty years later, Endeavor has selected 1,600+ entrepreneurs in 30 markets across Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, East Asia, Africa and the US. 

These entrepreneurs have created over 1.5 million high-value jobs and generated more than $15 billion in annual revenues. Endeavor’s network of High Impact Entrepreneurs and future-looking business leaders transforms economies, fuels job creation, and inspires future generations of leaders.

Endeavor Model

Endeavor Global works with local entrepreneurs and business leaders who pledge their time and money to open an office in a city, region or country.
Endeavor Egypt was launched in 2008.

Global Footprint

Endeavor Egypt

In Egypt, Endeavor launched its operations in 2008 with a mandate to drive sustainable economic development by supporting local entrepreneurs. Since its establishment, Endeavor Egypt has been a key player in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt and a pioneer of the High Impact Entrepreneurship movement in the country. Endeavor Egypt today supports 43 entrepreneurs leading 27 companies across various industries and sectors, and whose role model and inspiring status multiplies the impact of their reach and success.

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History

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Endeavor is founded by Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner in the midst of an emerging market currency crisis brought on by the collapse of the Thai bhat.

Launch in Chile and Argentina

Endeavor organizes its first venture forums, linking international investors with emerging market entrepreneurs.

Launch in Brazil & Uruguay.

• TIME Magazine recognizes Linda Rottenberg as a Top 100 Innovator for the 21st Century.
• Endeavor Launches in Mexico.
• The organization selects its 100th company.

• The first Harvard Business School case study about Endeavor is written and taught.
• Endeavor companies grow by 62% in revenues despite the Latin American currency crisis

• Endeavor launches in South Africa.
• Edgar Bronfman Jr. becomes Chairman of Endeavor’s Global Board.

• Endeavor launches in Turkey and Colombia.
• James Wolfensohn, former president of The World Bank, joins Endeavor’s Global Board.
• Endeavor Brazil initiates “Entrepreneur Give-Back” program to support Endeavor’s sustainability goals.

• Endeavor selects its first Entrepreneur in Egypt: Khaled Ismail, Founder of SysDSoft
• Argentina’s MercadoLibre becomes the first Endeavor company to go public on the NASDAQ.
• Endeavor celebrates its 10th anniversary.
• Stanford’s Graduate School of Business case study on Endeavor is written and taught.

• Endeavor launches in Egypt.
• Endeavor receives a $10 million commitment from Omidyar Network.
• Wences Casares joins the Global Board

• Andy Freire is the named the chairman of Endeavor Argentina becoming the first Endeavor Entrepreneur to serve as a country board chairman.
• Endeavor launches in Jordan and opens a San Francisco satellite office.
• Endeavor Insight is formed to study entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world

• Endeavor becomes a lead host of Global Entrepreneurship Week in ten countries.
• Endeavor hosts its first International Selection Panel in Cairo, Egypt.

• The Endeavor Investor Network is formed to connect entrepreneurs with international venture capital and investment firms.
• Endeavor launches in Lebanon and opens a satellite office in Singapore.

• Endeavor Catalyst makes its first investment in Argentina’s Globant.
• Endeavor launches in Saudi Arabia, Greece and Indonesia with the latter two marking the first entries into Europe and Asia

• Endeavor’s first U.S. affiliate launches in Miami, FL taking the organization’s focus beyond emerging markets.
• Endeavor launches in Malaysia, Morocco and the UAE.

• Endeavor launches in the Philippines, Spain and Peru.
• The organization selects its 1,000th Entrepreneur into the network.
• Argentina’s Globant goes public on the NYSE marking Endeavor Catalyst’s first investment to go public

• Endeavor is honored with the 2015 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership an honor akin to a Nobel Prize for the nonprofit sector.
• Endeavor launches in the U.S. cities of Detroit, MI and Louisville, KY, as well as in Bulgaria, marking a global footprint that spans 25 countries.
• Turkey’s Yemeksepeti is acquired for an industry record $589 million marking Endeavor Catalyst’s second investment to have an exit

Andy Freire was named Buenos Aires’ Minister of Economic Development demonstrating the potential for entrepreneurs to become influencers.

• Endeavor celebrates its 20th anniversary
• Endeavor launches in Italy, Kenya, Atlanta (U.S) and Tunisia

Endeavor launches in Nigeria.

1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

Endeavor is founded by Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner in the midst of an emerging market currency crisis brought on by the collapse of the Thai bhat.

Launch in Chile and Argentina

Endeavor organizes its first venture forums, linking international investors with emerging market entrepreneurs.

Launch in Brazil & Uruguay.

• TIME Magazine recognizes Linda Rottenberg as a Top 100 Innovator for the 21st Century.
• Endeavor Launches in Mexico.
• The organization selects its 100th company.

• The first Harvard Business School case study about Endeavor is written and taught.
• Endeavor companies grow by 62% in revenues despite the Latin American currency crisis

• Endeavor launches in South Africa.
• Edgar Bronfman Jr. becomes Chairman of Endeavor’s Global Board.

• Endeavor launches in Turkey and Colombia. James Wolfensohn, former president of The World Bank, joins Endeavor’s Global Board.
• Endeavor Brazil initiates “Entrepreneur Give-Back” program to support Endeavor’s sustainability goals.

• Endeavor selects its first Entrepreneur in Egypt: Khaled Ismail, Founder of SysDSoft
• Argentina’s MercadoLibre becomes the first Endeavor company to go public on the NASDAQ.
• Endeavor celebrates its 10th anniversary.
• Stanford’s Graduate School of Business case study : on Endeavor is written and taught.

2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

• Endeavor launches in Egypt.
• Endeavor receives a $10 million commitment from Omidyar Network.
• Wences Casares joins the Global Board

• Andy Freire is the named the chairman of Endeavor Argentina becoming the first Endeavor Entrepreneur to serve as a country board chairman.
• Endeavor launches in Jordan and opens a San Francisco satellite office.
• Endeavor Insight is formed to study entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world

• Endeavor becomes a lead host of Global Entrepreneurship Week in ten countries.
• Endeavor hosts its first International Selection Panel in Cairo, Egypt.

• The Endeavor Investor Network is formed to connect entrepreneurs with international venture capital and investment firms.
• Endeavor launches in Lebanon and opens a satellite office in Singapore.

• Endeavor Catalyst makes its first investment in Argentina’s Globant.
• Endeavor launches in Saudi Arabia, Greece and Indonesia with the latter two marking the first entries into Europe and Asia

• Endeavor’s first U.S. affiliate launches in Miami, FL taking the organization’s focus beyond emerging markets.
• Endeavor launches in Malaysia, Morocco and the UAE.

• Endeavor launches in the Philippines, Spain and Peru.
• The organization selects its 1,000th Entrepreneur into the network.
• Argentina’s Globant goes public on the NYSE marking Endeavor Catalyst’s first investment to go public

• Endeavor is honored with the 2015 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership an honor akin to a Nobel Prize for the nonprofit sector.
• Endeavor launches in the U.S. cities of Detroit, MI and Louisville, KY, as well as in Bulgaria, marking a global footprint that spans 25 countries.
• Turkey’s Yemeksepeti is acquired for an industry record $589 million marking Endeavor Catalyst’s second investment to have an exit

Andy Freire was named Buenos Aires’ Minister of Economic Development
demonstrating the potential for entrepreneurs to become influencers.

• Endeavor celebrates its 20th anniversary
• Endeavor launches in Italy, Kenya, Atlanta (U.S) and Tunisia

Endeavor launches in Nigeria.