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On April 26, 2018, Endeavor Catalyst held its third annual investor meeting in San Francisco, California. The meeting convened nearly 200 members of the Endeavor Catalyst community, including many of the major investors and donors behind the $115MM+ Endeavor Catalyst funds, as well as entrepreneurs from its 76 portfolio companies.
The event provided an opportunity for investors to learn more about the fund’s progress, connect with one another and with Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and get inspired.
“It’s amazing to see the early impact Endeavor Catalyst has had just a few years after its launch,” said Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “With Endeavor Catalyst, we can support our high-impact entrepreneurs by participating in their financing rounds, which has given the fund access to the most coveted co-investment opportunities in every market where Endeavor operates. Endeavor Catalyst investors get to share in the upside, while also helping to support and scale Endeavor’s operations.”
A fireside chat with Marissa Mayer and Reid Hoffman was one of the highlights of the event.
During the invite-only meeting, Endeavor Catalyst Managing Directors Jackie Carmel and Allen Taylor gave updates on the Fund’s performance to-date. Details on the investments may be found in the recently released 2017-2018 Endeavor Catalyst Annual Report.
Highlights of the day included fireside chats with Reid Hoffman (Co-Founder, LinkedIn & Partner, Greylock) and Marissa Mayer (Former President & CEO, Yahoo), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (Partner, Greylock) and Dara Khosrowshahi (CEO, Uber), and Arjuna Costa (Partner, Omidyar Network) and Aldi Haryopratamo (Co-Founder, Ruma & CEO, Go-Pay). Attendees also heard from impressive Endeavor Catalyst portfolio entrepreneurs Idriss Al Rifai (Founder and CEO, Fetchr) and Emiliano Kargieman (Founder and CEO, Satellogic).
Endeavor Entrepreneur, and Endeavor Catalyst investee Idriss Al Rifai spoke during the event.
“It was energizing to convene the Endeavor Catalyst community for such a fun and important event. We are proud of the work we are doing at Endeavor Catalyst and are appreciative of everyone who supports the fund and shares our vision,” said Jackie Carmel. “With such an amazing lineup of speakers this year, the biggest question on my mind is: How will we top this next year?”
The Endeavor team concluded the meeting by thanking the investors, donors, and other stakeholders who have made Endeavor Catalyst possible and by previewing possible timing for the launch of Endeavor Catalyst III.
Dates have not yet been announced for the 2019 Endeavor Catalyst Investor Meeting, but the team confirmed it is likely to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area in early Q2 2019.
Endeavor Catalyst is the innovative co-investment fund of Endeavor, set up to invest exclusively in Endeavor Entrepreneur-led companies and to sustain Endeavor’s long-term operations in a mission-aligned way. Since launching in January 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has raised $115MM+ in philanthropically donated and invested capital, and has invested in 76 Endeavor companies across 21 local offices to date. Endeavor Catalyst has co-invested alongside a number of leading venture capital and growth equity funds, including Accel Partners, General Atlantic, NEA, Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global. Investments include Globant (NYSE: GLOB) in Argentina; Yemeksepeti.com (acquired by Delivery Hero) in Turkey, and Ruma in Indonesia (acquired by Go-Jek).
For more information, please contact Jackie Carmel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Allen Taylor (email@example.com).
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