Endeavor is the only non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Our "mentor capitalist" model breaks down economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship through advising from our network of world-class business leaders. With their guidance, our 448 Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, South Africa, and the Middle East have created 100,000 high-value jobs and in 2008, generated $3.15 billion. "The best antipoverty solution of all" – Thomas Friedman.
New York,NY 10003
Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (Chairman)
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Endeavor Initiative, Inc.
Also Known As: Endeavor Global, Inc.
New York, NY 10003
Mission and Programs
Mission: Endeavor transforms emerging markets by establishing High-Impact Entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development.
Established in 1997, Endeavor (endeavor.org) is the global nonprofit that pioneered the concept of High-Impact Entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Headquartered in New York City, with 10 independently-run country affiliates, the organization transforms the economies of emerging markets by identifying and supporting high-potential entrepreneurs.
High-Impact Entrepreneurs dream of becoming the next great success story, but having launched in emerging economies, face considerable barriers to growth: few role models, a lack of trust, a limited pool of quality management, an inability to access smart capital, and insufficient contacts. Endeavor helps High-Impact Entrepreneurs unleash their potential by providing an unrivaled network of business leaders who offer the key ingredients to entrepreneurial success:
• MENTORSHIP: The most trusted, most experienced local private sector leaders devote their time to supporting the next generation. 82% of Endeavor Entrepreneurs say they could not have met their mentor(s) without Endeavor.
• NETWORKS: In every country, Endeavor has between 100-300 professionals with industry and functional expertise who address any pain point an Endeavor Entrepreneur might face.
• STRATEGIC ADVICE: Top global consulting firms provide pro bono hours to help with strategic projects. Endeavor also sends managerial talent from leading business schools and blue-chip corporations to work with Endeavor Entrepreneurs in the field. Endeavor is in the top 2% of recruiters at Stanford and Harvard Business Schools.
• SKILLS: Endeavor hosts local and international conferences and workshops tailored to the needs of Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
Working through a network of local business leaders, Endeavor identifies and screens a large number of entrepreneur candidates running high-growth companies. An international selection panel of experiences business people elect a new class of Endeavor Entrepreneurs–those individuals who demonstrate fulfillment of a specific set of values and conditions that match the organizations expectations and goals.
Who We Are
- S43 (Management Services for Small Business/Entrepreneurs)
- Q32 (International Economic Development)
- B99 (Education N.E.C.)
Goals and Results
Accomplishments for Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2007
- As of 12/31/08, 409 Endeavor Entrepreneurs supported over 98,000 jobs, pay on average 10-times the minimum wage, and generated over $3.15 billion in revenues.
- Through the eMBA program, MBA students from top-10 business schools provided our entrepreneurs over 4,247 weeks of on-site consulting.
- In 2006, Endeavor began operations in Turkey, and Colombia. In 2007, the organization will open offices in Egypt and India. Endeavor will enter Jordan in 2008, reaching 11 total countries.
Objectives for Fiscal Year Beginning January 1, 2008
- Launch operations in Egypt/India/Jordan.
- Host five International selection panels in Mexico City (April), Istanbul (June), South Africa (September), Argentina (October), and India (December).
- Develop new Foundation and Corporate relationships to assist in taking the Endeavor model to emerging markets around the globe.
On an aggregate basis we judge ourselves on several key metrics including number of entrepreneurs served, revenues and jobs generated. This quantitative assessment is published each year in our impact report and is available on our website at www.endeavor.org. In addition to this quantitative assessment we gather qualitative data through interviews and surveys, which will culminate in a new "Where are they Now?" initiative in early 2008. This project gathers input from staff, supporters, volunteers and Endeavor Entrepreneurs to track the progress and services provided to each entrepreneur from the point of selection. Each story aims to produce lessons learned that are then fed back to the program staff to assist in improving our performance.
Chief Executive Profile
Linda Rottenberg is Co-founder and CEO of Endeavor. Linda has been the subject of a Harvard Business School case study and recognized as one of 100 “Innovators for the 21st Century” (Time); one of 100 Bold Innovators of 2003 (MIT Technology Review); a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and “Young Global Leader” (World Economic Forum); one of 40 top global social entrepreneurs (Schwab Foundation); and the “Most Important Not-For-Profit Leader in Latin America” (Poder – BCG Business).Prior to co-founding Endeavor, Linda directed the Southern Cone expansion of Ashoka, which broke new ground in the field of Venture Philanthropy by financing social entrepreneurs in over 30 developing countries. Previously, she designed and launched the first interdisciplinary Masters of Law program in Argentina and managed the Yale Law School-U.S. A.I.D. Linkage Programs in Latin America. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, YPO Manhattan, Schwab Foundation Executive Committee, and Yale Law School Executive Committee.