Endeavor Entrepreneurs hailing from more than 30 markets convened in New York City this November for a week of curated programming tailored to industry and stage of scale, providing them with unique opportunities to learn from and network with their peers and NYC-based CEOs, founders and leaders in their fields. The week featured the EndeavHer gender and diversity summit; industry tours for Endeavor Entrepreneurs leading Retail, Food & Beverage (F&B), and Fintech companies; an Endeavor Outliers gathering; and culminated in the 2019 Endeavor Gala honoring PayPal President and CEO Dan Schulman on November 21.
Kicking off the week, the EndeavHer Global Summit gathered network members and New York City business leaders for conversations around gender and inclusivity in entrepreneurship. The event featured a workshop on Inclusive Leadership led by Equifax COO Robin Moriarty, a panel discussion on Gender and Raising capital with speakers such as Jordana Klier (Co-founder, LOLA) and Ellen DaSilva (Rough Draft Ventures, hims), and a keynote address on Diversity & Inclusion by Medici Group Director Deepali Bagati.
Highlights of the vertical tours included intimate talks with industry leaders such as Mariah Chase (CEO, Eloquii), Steve Kessel (SVP Physical Stores, Amazon), Christina Tosi (Founder, Milk Bar), Rachel Drori (Founder, Daily Harvest), Nicolas Kopp (US CEO, N26), Aaron Karczmer (EVP, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, PayPal), and Matt Harris (Managing Partner, Bain Capital Ventures and Endeavor Board Member). From approaches to innovation at companies like Amazon and MasterCard, to challenge-specific sessions such as branding, customer experience, and compliance, the industry tours covered topics designed to help Endeavor Entrepreneurs think bigger and learn tangible skills they apply to their companies as they scale. Core to the gatherings was also designated time for entrepreneurs to network and develop relationships with each other.
“Synergies among fellow participants was quite substantial as we’re almost all facing similar problems in different markets and stages around the world. Sharing experiences and discussing how we manage to overcome certain challenges (or not) is a unique opportunity,” reflected a Fintech Tour participant.
Tailored to stage of scale, rather than industry, the Endeavor Outliers event gathered 13 entrepreneurs from some of the fastest-growing companies within Endeavor’s network for discussions and speakers focused on leadership, growth, and functional challenges. Entrepreneurs participated in roundtable discussions with Josh Silverman (CEO, Etsy), Danny Meyer (Founder & CEO, Union Square Hospitality), and Kevin Ryan (Chairman & Founder, MongoDB, Nomad Health, Zola), with some attending a private session with Dan Schulman before the Gala on Thursday.
The week’s events were part of Endeavor’s ongoing initiative to help entrepreneurs leverage the full power of Endeavor’s network by providing opportunities to build community with peers across geographic borders, and learn from relevant experts in intimate settings. In 2019, Endeavor hosted similar events around the world, including a Fintech tour in China, market-entry tours in Brazil, and a multi-day Endeavor Outliers gathering in San Francisco.