Endeavor selected seven entrepreneurs leading five companies at the Fourteenth Virtual International Selection Panel (vISP) held April 20-21, 2021. Endeavor now supports 2,162 entrepreneurs leading 1,349 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 utilized Zoom breakout rooms to interview a small group of high-caliber entrepreneur candidates leading four companies about their businesses. In “deliberation rooms” — private Zoom meetings with only Endeavor staff and panelists — panelists evaluated the entrepreneurs on their potential for high-impact growth, discussed which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs, then voted unanimously to select the newest Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
Panelists at the ISP included: Chris Misner, Advisor & Investor, C2 Growth (Endeavor Global Ambassador); Christopher Schroeder, Venture Investor, Next Billion Ventures; Diego Piacentini, Board Member and Advisor, Former Commissioner for Digital Transformation, Italian Government, Former SVP of International Consumer Business, Amazon (Endeavor Italy Board Member, Endeavor Global Ambassador); Firat İşbecer, CEO, Commencis (Endeavor Entrepreneur, Endeavor Turkey Board Member); Francisco Alvarez-Demalde, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Riverwood Capital (Endeavor Global Ambassador); Gary Swart, Partner, Polaris Partners; Guibert Englebienne, Co-Founder and CTO, Globant (Endeavor Entrepreneur; Endeavor Argentina Board Chairman); Jewel Burks Solomon, Head of Google for Startups, US & Managing Partner of Collab Capital (Endeavor Atlanta Board Member); Keri Gohman, Partner, Bain Capital Ventures; Lisanne Dorion, Founder, Lisanne Dorion, LLC (Endeavor Puerto Rico Board Member); Nico Szekasy, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Kaszek (Endeavor Global Board Member, Alumni Endeavor Entrepreneur); and Pedro Arnt, Chief Financial Officer, MercadoLibre.
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: Martin Claure
Vertical: Education & Talent
Description: Aprende is the leading online education platform for vocational skills in Latin America and the United States’ Hispanic markets. That platform offers a wide array of courses and training, allowing its growing community of students to acquire high-demand skills. These skills empower learners to turn their interests into income by starting a new business or a new career. Aprende integrates technology and digital media with traditional instructor-led classroom activities, providing its students a flexible and customized learning experience, accessible on any device, that monitors students’ progress and promotes engaged learning, skill expertise, and course completion. The company plans to keep penetrating the $4.51B US & Latam Edtech market and reach over 150,000 active students by 2023.
Entrepreneur: Mateo Marietti
Vertical: Food & Beverage
Description: CookUnity is a developer of an online food delivery platform that provides a wide range of chef-special cuisines prepared by using farm-fresh ingredients by over 35 chefs who rotate 300+ dishes every week, enabling food lovers to order meals from independent chefs online. With just over 14K+ active users, and operations in the East Coast and Southern California, CookUnity aims to scale across the US, opening additional dark kitchens to serve the fast-growing ~$28.5B US food delivery market.
Entrepreneur: Haris Pylarinos
Vertical: Education & Talent
Description: Hack The Box is an online platform enabling individuals, teams, businesses and students to test their penetration testing (hacking) skills and exchange ideas and methodologies with other members of similar interests. It contains several challenges that are constantly updated, including simulated real world scenarios and gamified experiences. In less than 3 years, Haris and his team have created the largest and most promising global community of cyber security professionals. Hack The Box innovates by constantly providing fresh and curated hacking challenges, into a fully gamified, immersive and intuitive environment for security researchers, pen-testers, cyber security professionals, academia and students from all over the world.
Entrepreneurs: Jose Bonilla, Oscar Sarria, Carolina García
Vertical: Commerce: Retail & Consumer Tech
Description: Chiper is a digital shopping platform intended to streamline the supply chain to maximize wholesale savings through a tech-driven ecosystem. The company’s product allows store owners to eliminate the middle-man and shop from a diverse range of 1.5K+ SKUs and 400+ brands, enabling independent corner store owners to connect with producers directly and procure groceries and other items at a cheaper price. Founded in 2018, Chiper has raised $25M from notable investors including Kaszek and Monashees, and currently counts more than 12K active customers across Mexico and Colombia as it looks to scale in the estimated $330B LatAm retail market.
Entrepreneur: Robin Gregg
Description: RoadSync is the digital financial platform for the logistics industry. By removing paper and phone calls from business transactions, RoadSync offers a fast, convenient, and secure way to move and manage money and conduct business, dramatically reducing payment processing time and maximizing revenue collection. RoadSync offers payment products for warehouses, trucks/carriers, and repair/tow merchants, integrating and automating the financial systems fueling the logistics industry. Founded in 2015, Roadsync has grown to 550+ customer locations, and over 50 full-time employees.