Endeavor Selects Eight Entrepreneurs From Five Markets at the 34th Virtual International Selection Panel
Endeavor selected eight entrepreneurs leading five companies at the 34th Virtual International Selection Panel (ISP) held February 22-24, 2023. Endeavor now supports 2,423 entrepreneurs leading 1,497 companies in 41 markets around the world.
The ISP was presented by General Atlantic, with additional support from AXA, Bain, Cooley, EY, HSBC, Silicon Valley Bank, Brown Rudnick, and Zoom.
The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify high-impact entrepreneurs from all over the world. During this process, we seek founders who demonstrate the potential to leverage Endeavor’s resources and mentorship to create large-scale wealth and jobs, as well as those who commit to reinvesting time and resources into their local ecosystems to help build the next generation of entrepreneurs.
During the ISP, panelists interview an exclusive group of candidate entrepreneurs about their businesses. Then, panelists evaluate the entrepreneurs on their potential for high-impact growth, discuss which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and ultimately, vote to select new Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
Endeavor would like to thank our panelists: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Waverly Capital (Endeavor Global Board Chair); Jason Green, Emergence Capital Partners (Endeavor Global Board Member); Vassil Terziev, Eleven Ventures (Endeavor Bulgaria Board Co-Chair); Mohamad Ballout, Kitopi (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Kelvin Teo, Funding Societies (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Samuel Dennigan, Strong Roots (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Matt Tucker, Squarespace; Bruno Wauters, Planet NetZero; Drew McElroy, Transfix; Samantha Skey, SHE Media; Gregoire Delpit, Checkout.com; and Selina Tobaccowala, Openfit.
Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of impact. They have helped build sustainable growth models in their home countries by creating more than 4 million jobs, and Endeavor’s active portfolio companies generated combined revenue of nearly $50B throughout 2022.
Learn more about our new Endeavor Entrepreneurs below:
Entrepreneurs: Paulo Silveira, Guilherme Silveira, & Adriano Almeida
Vertical: Education & Talent
Description: Alura is the leading technology learning ecosystem in Brazil. Founded in 2013 with the mission to democratize access to technical learning across LatAm, Alura offers 1.4K+ technology and computer science courses to students across all stages of their learning journey. Alura has built the largest community of technology learners in Brazil, with 340K+ subscribers to its YouTube channel and 1M messages and 3M monthly viewers on its Java community portal. Next to fostering a community of technology learners, the company’s focus is to deliver high-quality and up-to-date educational content to its base of 800K+ active paying students. On its mission to democratize access to such learning, Alura has recently acquired FIAP, the leading private university focused on technology learning with 10K+ students. With this recent acquisition, the company has become the largest provider of technology education in Brazil
Entrepreneurs: Bill Vo & Silver Nguyen
Vertical: Retail and Consumer Tech
Description: Amanotes is a Vietnamese mobile game developer and publisher specializing in hyper casual, music mobile games. Bill, Amanotes’s founder, is a lifelong musician and computer scientist aiming to make interactive music experiences accessible to all audiences. Hyper casual mobile games account for 50% of revenue within the $92.2B mobile gaming market, and Vietnam has emerged as the #1 hub for mobile game development in the ANZSEA region. At the intersection of these markets is Amanotes, ranked as the #1 music game publisher globally and the #1 mobile game publisher in ANZSEA in terms of downloads. Despite being a bootstrapped company, Amanotes has established itself as the main player in the music mobile game space with 2.7B+ cumulative downloads and 120M+ monthly average users.
Entrepreneur: Garrett Langley
Vertical: Smart Cities
Description: In the US, more than half of all crime goes unsolved due to insufficient evidence. Founded in 2017, Flock Safety is a public safety operating system that helps cities, businesses, schools, and law enforcement in thousands of communities work together to stop crime, protect privacy, and mitigate bias. The company builds hardware and writes software that captures the objective evidence police need to solve crime. Across the US, Flock Safety’s technology is used to solve over 5 percent of all reported crime
Entrepreneur: Ahmed Wadi
Description: Launched in 2016, Money Fellows is a collaborative and trusted group lending and savings platform. The company is based on the traditional and informal method of micro-financing known as a ROSCA (rotating savings and credit associations), a concept used around the world in which a group of individuals act together as an informal financial institution and make pre-determined financial contributions to a common fund that is then received by one participant at the end of every period on a rotating basis. Today, Money Fellows has raised $42M+ in capital to digitize the ROSCA process in addition to providing credit and savings services to become the go-to financial well-being platform targeting both banked and unbanked populations across Egypt.
Entrepreneur: Fabián (“Fancho”) Gómez Gutiérrez
Vertical: Smart Cities
Description: In Latin America, food moves around in chaos – Frubana’s mission is to make the food supply chain follow tech and data. Frubana is a one-stop-shop for restaurants in Latin America – a B2B marketplace to buy directly from producers of food (e.g., cattle farmers, tomato growers) and manufacturers of restaurant products (e.g., kitchenware, plastic packaging). Latin America represents a huge, untapped opportunity, with $300B in annual restaurant sales and a highly fragmented market – 86% independent restaurants,compared to 47% in the US – lacking scale players that can streamline supply chains. Frubana has raised nearly $300M from top investors such as DST, Tiger, and Monashees.