Endeavor selected 15 entrepreneurs leading seven companies at its 40th Virtual International Selection Panel (ISP) held September 18-20, 2023. We now support 2,506 entrepreneurs leading 1,540 companies in 42 markets around the world.
Each ISP is the culmination of a rigorous, multi-step selection process to identify high-impact entrepreneurs from all over the world. We seek founders with the greatest growth potential, as well as those who commit to reinvesting time and resources into their local entrepreneurial ecosystems to help build the next generation of entrepreneurs. When entrepreneurs help other entrepreneurs, their efforts compound. We call this the Multiplier Effect.
During the ISP, panelists interview a select group of candidate entrepreneurs about their businesses and evaluate their potential for high-impact growth. The panelists then discuss the candidates and vote to select which of them will become Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
Endeavor would like to thank our panelists:
Niall Horgan, Gym+Coffee (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Mateo Marietti, CookUnity (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Brynne McNulty Rojas, Habi (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Julian Torres, OnTop (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Jerónimo Uribe, La Haus (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Henri Asseily, Leap Ventures; Ruby Gadelrab Tudor, MDisrupt; Allison Light, Lightweight; Enrique Linares, Letgo; Drew McElroy, Transfix; Andy Tsao, Silicon Valley Bank; Bruno Wauters, Planet NetZero
Our New Entrepreneurs
Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of impact. They have helped build sustainable growth models in their home countries by creating more than four million jobs. Endeavor’s active portfolio companies generated combined revenue of nearly $50 billion in 2022.
Learn more about our new Endeavor Entrepreneurs below.
Entrepreneurs: Xing Xian Ang, Darrel Ang, and Edwin Tan
Endeavor Office: Malaysia
CapBay is a platform that connects investors and banks to small and medium businesses in need of financing.
Through its proprietary credit-scoring algorithm, CapBay provides businesses with the financing they need to grow, and offers banks and investors the opportunity to participate in high-quality financing opportunities. The company has funded more than $550 million since its founding in 2016. CapBay’s three founders—Xing, Darrel, and Edwin—met while attending Oxford University and have all held notable financial positions at blue-chip banks, fintech startups, and consulting firms.
Entrepreneur: Wissem Souissi
Industry: Enterprise Software and Services
Endeavor Office: Tunisia
Dasseti provides a simple and holistic platform for institutional investors to streamline their operational and investment due diligence processes.
Traditional due diligence tasks take unnecessary time and effort, often leveraging legacy tools including Word, Excel, PDFs, and email. Founded in 2019, Dasseti provides institutional investors, investment consultants, and investment managers with a simple and holistic subscription platform to scale operational and investment due diligence, and to identify and manage risks in the investment process. It helps save time and meet the rigorous demands for data collection, analysis, exchange, reporting, and compliance at every stage of the investment lifecycle.
Founder and CEO Wissem Souissi was born and raised in Tunisia and has more than 20 years of professional experience, including a dozen in the financial software industry. During his time at investment software companies owned by Nasdaq and Blackrock, Wissem began to notice how frustrated clients were with collecting operational and investment due diligence from fund managers. He pitched an idea to streamline it, but it was not approved due to resource constraints. He consequently took matters into his own hands and built Dasseti.
Entrepreneurs: Bela Gupta D’Souza and Nishant D’Souza
Endeavor Office: Philippines
Edamama is a community and e-commerce platform for parents, offering support and making shopping for children simple and trustworthy.
Founded in 2020, the platform offers parents a personalized shopping experience for affordable and reliable family products, and provides access to educational articles and parenting communities. Edamama also launched an omnichannel strategy through partnerships with the three top retailers in its country and two pop-up shops. Before starting their company, co-founders (and life partners) Bela and Nishant were parents struggling to find safe, reliable products for their kids. Bela’s experience as a serial entrepreneur kicked in and the two decided to create their own retailer to ensure that parents could find reliable, high quality kids products and family essentials.
Entrepreneur: Julian Rios
Endeavor Office: Mexico
Eden (formerly Eva) is a software provider for radiology and medical imaging departments within healthcare institutions around the world.
Founded in 2015, Eden’s core product, the Eden PACS (picture archiving and communication system), provides radiologists with a virtual workspace, processing more than 400 million medical images a year for them. Roughly 50% of radiologists in Eden’s home market of Mexico use the PACS on a daily basis. Founder Julian Rios dropped out of college at the age of 16 to pursue Eden full-time, and has since been awarded multiple accolades such as a Thiel Fellowship, two Cannes Lions Awards for Healthcare and Innovation. He’s also a published scientific researcher in multiple peer-reviewed publications.
Entrepreneurs: Hugo Rodríguez De Prada, Bruno González Calvo, and Jorge Blas Boville
Industry: Food and Beverage
Endeavor Office: Spain
Grosso Napoletano is a pizza restaurant chain, offering authentic Neapolitan pizzas with hand-picked Italian ingredients.
The company was founded in 2017 with the goal of bringing authentic Neapolitan pizza to the Iberian peninsula. Today, the company operates 35 full-service restaurants, including several gluten-free locations, across 21 cities in Spain. In 2022, Gross Napoletano was recognized as the best artisan pizza chain in Spain and the third best in the world by 50 Top Pizza.
Co-founders Hugo and Jorge were inspired to start Grosso Napoletano after they witnessed how Andoni Goicoechea (Endeavor Entrepreneur) was able to bring gourmet burgers to Spain, successfully launching and scaling Goiko. Inspired by Goiko’s story, Hugo and Jorge wanted to do something similar for artisan Neapolitan pizza.
Entrepreneurs: Yuyo Llamazares Vegh and Federico D’Alvia Vegh
Endeavor Office: Argentina
Stämm is a biotechnology company that aims to make biomanufacturing easy, scalable, and repeatable.
Biomanufacturing, or the process of using living cells to produce materials such as pharmaceutical drugs, is experiencing rapid growth. However, it requires the use of bioreactors—large steel tanks that cultivate cells under controlled conditions—which creates a bottleneck for scaling up production. Founded in 2016, Stämm uses proprietary 3D printing technology and microfluidics to develop a desktop-sized bioreactor that optimizes biomanufacturing productivity while reducing costs, democratizing access to biotechnology products. It’s in the process of commercializing its patented technology with its first client partners.
Co-founder and CEO Yuyo is a scientist with expertise in microbiology, synthetic biology, microfluidics, and more. His co-founder and COO Federico has a background in sales. The duo originally wanted to use biomanufacturing to produce yeast for craft beer brewers, but realized that the process to produce yeast was extremely expensive. This inspired them to invent an innovative desktop bioreactor and start Stämm to hopefully bring prices down for biomanufacturing.
Entrepreneurs: Douglas Storf, Ury Rappaport, and Mateus Furini
Endeavor Office: Brazil
Swap is a Banking-as-a-Service platform, creating the financial infrastructure to enable other B2B fintech companies to thrive within the Brazilian market.
Founded in 2018, Swap has positioned itself as the leader in specialized solutions for companies looking to offer flexible benefits, corporate expenses, and other adjacent financial services. And there are a lot. Brazil’s benefits market is governed by regulatory requirements that make it uniquely expansive, requiring companies to provide benefits that are seen as perks in other Western markets. Swap offers prepaid cards, digital accounts, bank transfers, payment slips, and management platforms, distributed through their white-label model.
All three of Swap’s founders are a part of the Multiplier Effect of 99, a vehicle for hire company known as the “Uber for Brazil,” and the country’s first unicorn. They held director and executive-level positions, leading strategy, business development, and finance. Douglas and Ury helped construct 99’s digital wallet during their tenures at the company, where they encountered many challenges working with existing Banking-as-a-Service providers. They later reached out to Furini, who was 99’s CFO when Swap was founded and had moved on to become CFO of Wildlife, another unicorn and Endeavor company.