Endeavor selected six entrepreneurs leading four companies at the 31st Virtual International Selection Panel (vISP) held October 24-26, 2022. Endeavor now supports 2,369 entrepreneurs leading 1,469 companies in 41 markets around the world (read more about the newly selected entrepreneurs below).
The vISP was presented by General Atlantic, with additional support from AXA, Bain, Cooley, EY, HSBC, Silicon Valley Bank, and Zoom.
The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify high-impact entrepreneurs who demonstrate the potential to leverage Endeavor’s resources and mentorship to create large-scale wealth and jobs and are committed to reinvesting their time and money in their local entrepreneurship ecosystems to help others take off.
During the vISP, panelists interviewed a small group of high-caliber entrepreneur candidates about their businesses. Then, in “deliberation rooms,” panelists evaluated the entrepreneurs on their potential for high-impact growth, discussed which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and voted unanimously to select the newest Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
Panelists at the ISP included: Andy Tsao, Silicon Valley Bank (Endeavor Mentor);
Bob Bechek, Bain & Company (Endeavor Mentor); Chris Misner, C2 Growth (Endeavor Global Ambassador); Drew McElroy, Transfix (Endeavor Mentor); Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Communications (Endeavor Northwest Arkansas Board Member); Giorgio Tinacci, Casavo (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Gregoire Delpit, Checkout.com (Endeavor Mentor); Guillaume Pousaz, Checkout.com (Endeavor Entrepreneur, Endeavor Global and Endeavor UAE Board Member); Matthew Tucker, Olo (Endeavor Mentor); Shailesh Rao, Venture Highway and BigSpring (Endeavor Mentor); Steve Frazier, McKinsey & Co. (Endeavor Mentor); and Veronica Allende Serra, Innova Capital Fund (Endeavor Global Board Member).
Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of impact. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created more than 3.9 million jobs, generate combined revenues of over $28B, and help build sustainable growth models in their home countries.
Learn more about the companies selected below:
Entrepreneurs: Victor Lazarte
Vertical: Retail & Consumer Tech
Wildlife Studios aims to connect the world with the fun of gaming through its 60+ mobile games and over 3B downloads. Wildlife games are built in alignment with the company’s six core values to create games that stand the test of time, including its most notable games, such as Racing Penguin, Bike Race, and Sniper 3D, and most recent hits Tennis Clash and Zooba. Wildlife was launched in Brazil in 2011 and today has grown to nine global offices and raised over $260M in funding. After achieving large-scale success as an independent casual game creator, Wildlife is taking on its next journey to become the most established and state-of-the-art collection of studios for game production and innovation across the world.
Entrepreneurs: Filip Victor & Meghna Mann
Vertical: Enterprise Software & Services
MetaMap helps companies extend financial and employment opportunities to everyone in the world. The MetaMap platform enables individuals to share their verified information to companies, so they can access services they otherwise would be excluded from. Over 570 companies rely on MetaMap to build trust with their users and employees, so they can grow without worrying about privacy, security, or compliance. Customers include the likes of Binance, Mercado Bitcoin, Kudabank, and Allianz. Founded in 2017, the company now operates in over 55 countries globally with 350 employees. It has raised $80M+ from leading VCs to date, and was most recently valued at $700M. MetaMap’s vision is a borderless world where meaningful opportunities are accessible to everyone.
Entrepreneurs: Liz Giorgi
Vertical: Enterprise Software & Services
soona is the content creation platform for commerce. Their innovative virtual product photography studio makes it easy and affordable for e-commerce & retail companies to launch and scale their brand. The company enables e-commerce vendors to book photo shoots from anywhere, attend them live virtually, and receive high-quality photo and video content in as little as 24 hours. Launched in Colorado in 2018, soona has opened its fifth studio location (Denver, Los Angeles, Austin, Minneapolis, and Seattle), accommodates over 250 shoots per day, and has achieved over $53M in funding, including its recent $35M Series B led by Bain Capital.
Entrepreneurs: Dayu Dara Permata & Ahmed Aljunied
Vertical: Commerce – Proptech
Pinhome taps into the growing market of 150M Millenials and Gen Z that will become first-time home buyers in the next 20 years by offering a full-stack property transaction platform for first-time homebuyers in Southeast Asia, starting with Indonesia. Founded in Indonesia in 2019, the company aims to create better livelihoods by simplifying the property buying value chain through the digitization of property data, home transactions, and home financing. Pinhome is pioneering the industry and today has over 700K properties across 20 cities in Southeast Asia and has raised over $110M, most notably including its recent $50M Series B closed in April 2022.