Endeavor Selects 1,000th Company at Final International Selection Panel of 2017 in Miami
MIAMI – December 14, 2017 – Endeavor selected 36 entrepreneurs leading 22 companies from 13 countries at the 76th International Selection Panel (ISP) in Miami, reaching a significant milestone at the end of the organization’s 20th Anniversary year: selecting its 1,000th company.
Endeavor now supports 1,599 entrepreneurs leading 1,000 companies in 30 growth markets around the world. Panelists at the event, held December 11-13, 2017, in Miami and hosted by Endeavor Miami, included top business leaders and investors who were drawn from Endeavor’s extensive network of board members, mentors, and supporters.
The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify innovative and driven entrepreneurs who are committed to advancing an ecosystem of entrepreneurship.
“Endeavor was founded 20 years ago with a belief in the power of high-impact entrepreneurs to change lives and transform entire cities and countries,” said Endeavor Co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “At each selection panel we hold, I’m reminded of just how true that is — and just how far that belief has spread across the world. The passion that entrepreneurs, panelists and staff brought to our final ISP of our 20th Anniversary year in Miami is a testament to the potential of this movement.”
At the Miami ISP panelists from around the world interviewed entrepreneur candidates about their businesses, evaluating them on their potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs gain access to comprehensive customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs.
Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, generating billions of dollars in revenues, and building sustainable growth models in their home countries.
Endeavor thanks Visa and Citi Private Bank for their generous support of the event. Endeavor will host next year’s ISPs in Dubai (February 20-22), Manila (April 4-6), Louisville (May 7-9), Milan (June 27-29), Detroit (July 30-August 1), Buenos Aires (September 5-7), Athens (October 24-26) and Cape Town (December 5-7). Learn more about the companies and entrepreneurs selected below.
Entrepreneur: Sergio Furio
Description: Creditas reduces interest rates by making secured loans mainstream. Using innovative credit scoring systems and borrowers’ home and auto assets as collateral, Creditas offers loans charging up to 50% less than rival domestic fintech companies. It funds loans using capital from investors or through partnerships with other, traditional financial institutions.
Entrepreneur: Marco Fisbhen
Description: Descomplica is a full service ed-tech platform that transfers Brazil’s education system online. As Brazil’s leading virtual classroom, Descomplica is a video-based learning system, offering more than 30,000 videos and live courses to help students prep for university exams and professional certifications.
Entrepreneur: Tiago Dalvi
Description: Olist is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that allows small and medium businesses (SMBs) to sell onto Brazil’s many online marketplaces and manage products, inventory, pricing, fulfillment, customer service, and payments from one single place.
Company: by FAR
Entrepreneurs: Sabina Gyosheva, Denitsa Bumbarova & Valentina Bezuhanova
Description: by FAR is a Bulgarian shoe brand by millennial women for millennial women, reflecting the modern woman’s busy yet stylish lifestyle. The insta-famous (70K+ followers), “affordable luxury” shoes are made from fine Italian leather, manufactured in Bulgaria, and shipped all over the world.
Entrepreneurs: Tatyana Mitkova & Alexander Sumin
Description: With its proprietary software, ClaimCompass helps passengers get up to $640 in compensation for delayed, cancelled or overbooked flights (protected by EU Regulation 261) with just a few clicks and completely free of charge. If the claim is successful, ClaimCompass retains 25% as commission.
Entrepreneurs: Cristina Navarro, Ximena Navarro & Claudio Bertin
Description: Bioled helps salmon farms increase the volume and quality of the fish they produce. Using specialized LED lamps and expertise in photoperiodic systems, Bioled technicians manipulate the speed of salmon maturation leading to massive savings for fisheries.
Entrepreneurs: Patricio Mansilla, Carlos Barceló & Daniel Seoane
Description: PricingCompass helps retailers and brands make faster and smarter pricing decisions by providing them with transparent reports on competitor’s pricing, product mix, and product availability. Using propietary web crawlers, PricingCompass tracks over 40 million products from 200+ websites and gives clients the tools to effectively position themselves in a highly competitive landscape.
Entrepreneurs: Jan & Sassa Akervall
Description: Akervall makes a sports guard and night guard that are 60% thinner and 30% stronger than conventional mouth guards, at 10% of the cost. The products’ innovative material and design enables users to breathe, drink, and talk without removing the guard, making the product practical and comfortable.
Entrepreneur: Jason Wenk
Description: FormulaFolios is an algorithm-based money manager and software platform for financial advisers that helps them manage both their business and their clients’ investments. The platform also helps adviser clients manage investments, conduct trades, and supports with marketing, billing, and paperwork.
Entrepreneurs: Tom Brady & Danny Ellis
Description: SkySpecs has developed a revolutionary, automated drone-based technology that makes asset inspections faster, easier and more affordable, measurably minimizing downtime and maximizing lifespan.
Entrepreneurs: Andres Garzon, Santiago Castro & Mauricio Lopez
Description: Jobsity is a nearshore staff augmentation firm that scouts and trains software developers in South America to serve US clients remotely. The company continually educates programmers to help them keep pace with tech trends, and equip them with the soft skills needed to collaborate with clients from afar.
Entrepreneur: Hussein Aboubakr
Description: Plantform is a demand driven food processing company with three main product lines: canned food, pickles and dehydrated veggies. The agriculture company supplies American restaurant chains like Olive Garden and Little Caesar’s with key ingredients, and works with nearly 200 farmers to provide them with technical expertise and financing options.
Company: Indonesia Bike Works
Entrepreneur: Anne Widjaja Sekita
Description: Bike Works is the leading manufacturer of performance bicycles in Indonesia. Producing three lines of bikes – Thrill, Tabibito, and High-End – the company distributes to over 285 bike dealers in Indonesia and has been the brand of choice by various world cup and olympic level BMX racers.
Entrepreneur: Alessandro Petazzi
Description: Musement is an experience-finding platform that helps travelers and locals discover unique activities no matter where they are. Offering over 25K activities in over one thousand cities across the globe, Musement offers easy discovery and booking of top attractions and hidden gems alike.
Company: Seven Dreamers
Entrepreneur: Shin Sakane
Description: Seven Dreamers is an R&D company with a group of technologists creating and marketing products that are the ‘first of their kind’ in the world – with a focus on AI and design. Its current products include a high precision golf club, a snore reduction device, and a laundry-folding robot.
Company: Vivo Activewear
Entrepreneur: Wandia Gichuru
Description: Vivo Activewear is a Kenyan retail brand dedicated to designing and producing quality clothing for African women, with prints and fabrics designed to be worn comfortably in African climates and to be flattering on a range of body shapes and shades. Vivo has nine brick and mortar locations today.
Company: Commercial Insurance
Entrepreneur: Roger Zaccar
Description: Commercial Insurance is the Lebanese leader in a wide variety of insurance products ranging from life insurance to medical, property, automotive, and workman’s coverage.
Entrepreneurs: Carlos Diaz & Manny Rosendo
Description: Entic is a cloud-based analytics company enabling customers to tackle energy efficiency challenges within commercial real estate. The company’s customers are able to access advanced analytics which deliver real-time actionable insight into a building’s performance and energy efficiency, and ultimately generate significant savings through reduced energy consumption.
Entrepreneurs: Andrew Sturner & Jaclyn Baumgarten
Description: Boatsetter combines the rental mechanics of Airbnb with the on-demand labor dynamics of Uber to deliver a hassle-free boat rental experience for all stakeholders. Its peer-to-peer boat sharing platform connects individuals seeking a day out on the water with boat owners and captains looking to charter their goods and services.
Company: Mediconecta Miami
Entrepreneurs: Daniel Silberman & Salomon Simkins
Description: Mediconecta provides on-demand remote health services via video conference using inhouse physician networks and a platform accessible by web, mobile, and point-of-care kiosks. Mediconecta is the 1st mover in the Spanish language virtual health ecosystem, serving top tier insurers and health systems in the US, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.
Company: Tekton Labs
Entrepreneur: Kenneth Lopez
Description: Tekton Labs is a technology consulting and software development company helping businesses with the process of digital transformation. The company develops made-to-order products such as apps, sites, and bots for its clients with an added element of consulting to ensure that clients are pursuing the right kinds of solutions.
Entrepreneur: Peter Cauton
Description: Storm is an HR technology firm based in the Philippines that allows employees to convert their benefits (e.g. vacation, insurance) into points that can be used to purchase products from an online marketplace. This marketplace is made up of 15,000+ digital and physical products (e.g. gym memberships, gadgets, travel packages).