Endeavor selected eight entrepreneurs leading six companies at the 21st Virtual International Selection Panel (vISP) held November 9-10, 2021. Endeavor now supports 2,245 entrepreneurs leading 1,397 companies in nearly 40 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: Andreas Stavropoulos, Threshold Ventures (Endeavor Greece Board Member); Bob Bechek, Bain & Company; David Wells, Former CFO, Netflix; Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Waverly Capital (Endeavor Global Board Chair); Gregoire Delpit, Checkout.com; Henri Asseily, Leap Ventures; Jean Michel Enríquez, Creel; García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, s.c.; Nicolás Szekasy, Kaszek (Endeavor Entrepreneur; Endeavor Global Board Member); Pietro Sella, Sella Group (Endeavor Italy Board Chair); Raoul Oberman, Artemis Impact Pte Ltd (Endeavor Indonesia Board Member); Vassil Terziev, Eleven Ventures (Endeavor Bulgaria Board Co-Chair); Veronica Serra, Innova Capital Fund (Endeavor Global Board Member).
As part of Endeavor’s network, the newly selected entrepreneurs will gain access to comprehensive, strategic, global support services, including introductions to local and international business mentors, investors, and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs.
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:
Entrepreneur: Sal Gentile & David Pinkert
Description: Large insurance companies historically have focused on large group, employer-based insurance, creating plans with high monthly premiums and complicated benefit packages. Friday Health Plans is purpose-built for individuals and small businesses who buy their own health insurance, offering simplified and consumer-centric plans at a low cost. Headquartered in Denver with substantial operations in Alamosa, the Company offers coverage to 90,000 people throughout Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas (and growing by 3-5 states per year).
Entrepreneur: David Peixoto
Vertical: Fintech & Education
Description: isaac is an all-in-one platform that offers schools a suite of services including payments, financial products, software, and communication tools to simplify school management. isaac manages and automates tuition payments receivables, eliminating financial risks for schools, allowing school owners to focus their attention on education, and providing a smooth payment experience for parents. Founded <15 months ago, isaac is growing rapidly and already serves more than 400 schools (~1% of the private schools’ market in Brazil) and 170K students.
Entrepreneur: Janan Knust
Vertical: Smart Cities
Description: KLog.co is a digital freight-forwarder with offices in Chile, Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico, that seeks to democratize international freight and trade in LatAm. The freight-forwarding and supply-chain industry, worth an estimated $54B in the region, is highly fragmented, analog, and has little transparency. Through its intuitive digital platform that integrates directly to ports, brokers, and others within the value-chain, its clients can quote, book, and manage their land, air, and sea freight services, purchase merchandise insurance, and comply with customs and taxes to seamlessly manage their international supply-chains.
Entrepreneur: Alfonso de los Ríos & Maximiliano Casal
Vertical: Smart Cities
Description: Nowports is a digital freight forwarder that helps companies improve their import and exporting process. It serves as a platform through which companies have visibility and real time notifications of their operations. It also offers automated insurance policies, managed customs brokerage, and inventory financing to its clients as well. With funding from global investors including YCombinator, Mouro Capital, Broadhaven Ventures, Monashees, Foundation Capital, and Base10, NowPorts seeks to reinvent the international supply-chain in LatAm in emerging markets through financial tools, protection, and technology that enhance its clients merchandise flow.
Entrepreneur: Miroslav Miroslavov
Vertical: Enterprise Software + Services
Description: OfficeRnD provides coworking spaces, flexible working spaces, and companies looking to implement a hybrid workplace with a space operating platform that increases operating efficiency and user engagement. Its holistic, fully integrated solution and its robust product offering help clients manage space, engage users, and drive financial performance. In the flexible workspace market, expected to be valued at ~$4B by 2021, OfficeRnD has been growing rapidly over the last 2 years (almost doubling its revenue YoY since 2019) and operates in 2K+ locations worldwide servicing more than 200K members. OfficeRnD is a leader within its industry and has been awarded with the 2021 Best Coworking Space Management Software award.
Entrepreneur: Peter de Caluwe
Market: Singapore / Indonesia
Description: Thunes is making the process of moving money across borders a simple endeavor. The company has built a proprietary interoperable global payments network that enables seamless and real-time movement of funds across borders and payments systems. Through a single API connection, it enables customers to reach new markets and multiple payment options in 124 countries in a cheaper, faster, and more transparent and secure way. It has a global network of 400+ banks, PSPs, MTOs, Mobile wallet operators, platforms, and FinTech companies, has raised $130M to date from leading global investors such as GGV Capital, Insight Partners, and Helios, and has doubled revenues and team size in the past year.