In a year of ups and downs in the global outlook, our theory of change remains resolute: remarkable entrepreneurs change the world by building great businesses and paying it forward — inspiring, training, and mentoring those who come after them.
In this recap, you will read about the 81 companies selected into Endeavor in 2023, including what real-world problems these businesses are helping to solve, and the amazing Endeavor Entrepreneurs behind them.
On its face, the selection journey into Endeavor’s community of entrepreneurs looks a lot like VC due diligence: we fill a founder’s calendar with meetings, request that they share more data than anyone could possibly need, and ask them to pitch their business yet again. And, after all of that, only 1% of the entrepreneurs we meet each year become Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
So, what could possibly compel some of the busiest people on the planet to dedicate dozens of hours to this process to earn the title of Endeavor Entrepreneur? Our selection process is more than strictly business; it’s about curating moments that are etched into our entrepreneurs’ memories. We like to say that we’re in the business of running “selection as a service” — a selection journey that is just as additive to founders as it is evaluative for us. We strive to put someone on the other side of the table that will create an “a-ha moment,” and potentially become a mentor for life. We ask our selection panelists to go deep, create value, and be generous with their feedback. We believe it works, but take it from:
• The entrepreneur from one of Endeavor’s most nascent markets, who found himself in the room with one of his personal heroes: the founder synonymous with entrepreneurship in his country
• The expat digital bank founder who sat across the interview table from her mirror image — another foreigner crazy enough to build a digital bank in a country far from home — and dissected the challenges she would soon be facing with someone who had been there, done that.
• The pair of retail tech entrepreneurs who successfully pivoted their growth strategy the month after their selection panelists recommended that they focus on going up-market in a specific category.
These stories unfold even before founders join our community, setting the bar for the impact they can expect from our global network. They also embody the magic of Endeavor — the output of extraordinary people meeting, connecting, and supporting each other.
One of the most profound and simple ways of explaining Endeavor comes courtesy of our very own Allen Taylor’s four-year-old daughter: “[We] make entrepreneurs lucky.” To the entrepreneurs of tomorrow: keep building, and with any luck, we’ll see you at the next International Selection Panel.