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On May 22nd, the Endeavor Investor Network hosted a one-day event in London that brought together over 60 Endeavor Entrepreneurs, candidate companies and investors from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Endeavor Entrepreneurs from Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the UAE attended, with over 200 entrepreneur-investor connections made by the end of the day. The intimate event is the culmination of Endeavor’s efforts in EMEA to select and connect the best entrepreneurs with mentors and equity partners from the region and beyond.
The event kicked off with an “investors-only” round table, giving local venture capital representatives from Endeavor’s markets the chance to connect with their London-based counterparts. Much of the discussion focused on the latest developments in the Turkish market, with Istanbul-based investors Ali Karabey (212 Ventures), Berkin Toktas (Revo Capital), and Cankut Durgun (Aslanoba Capital) all weighing in.
Allen Taylor – Vice President at Endeavor and the head of the Endeavor Catalyst co-investment vehicle – noted that Turkey has been a particularly active market.
“Since launching Endeavor Catalyst in January 2012, we have made more co-investments in Turkey than any other Endeavor market – including AirTies; Yemeksepeti.com (with General Atlantic); Peak Games (with Hummingbird Ventures and Earlybird Venture Capital); and, most recently Lidyana.com.” A number of London-based firms have also been active in Turkey and agreed that the market has solid fundamentals and strong growth prospects for the long-term.
Along with the round table, a panel was held for all of the Endeavor Entrepreneurs and candidates in attendance. Chris Grew, Partner at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe and Tom Johnson, Head of UK Equity Capital Markets at Barclays, discussed topics ranging from legal best practices for raising capital to the evolving investment climate in emerging markets.
The afternoon consisted of three more consecutive panel discussions. In the first, Jordan’s Ala’ Alsalla of Jamalon and the UAE’s Mona Ataya of MumzWorld took the stage with Pamir Gelenbe (Hummingbird Ventures/MarkaVIP) and Berkin Toktas (Revo Capital) to discuss the state of e-commerce in EMEA. A fireside chat followed featuring Peter Cummins (Monitise) and Turkey’s Firat Isbecer of Pozitron, whose company was acquired by Monitise earlier this year for $100 million.
The final panel spotlighted liquidity in EMEA’s capital markets and featured Chris Caulkin (General Atlantic), Mark Read (WPP Digital), Ali Karaby (212 Ventures), Sean Yu (Parasut) and Lebanon’s Herve Cuilivez of Diwanee. Together, these panelists represent the value chain in EMEA’s capital markets, which led to an engaging discussion among attendees on ways to build better companies across the region.
The day ended with two rounds of one-on-one speed-networking between Endeavor Entrepreneurs and Investor Network members including teams from Amadeus Capital Partners, Accel Partners, General Atlantic and EBRD Ventures. In total, 18 firms and entrepreneurs connected for 10 minutes each, resulting in the impressive 200+ entrepreneur-investor connections.
View the event booklet here for a list of all of the entrepreneurs and investors in attendance and learn more about the Endeavor Investor Network by clicking here.
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