JOHANNESBURG, South Africa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Endeavor invited 11 high-impact entrepreneurs from South Africa, Jordan, Colombia and Mexico to join its network last week at an International Selection Panel in Kievits Kroon Country Estate, near Pretoria, South Africa.
These entrepreneurs represent nine companies operating in fields ranging from digital animation, medicine (coronary devices), and cosmetics (eye therapy) in South Africa, wireless software and mobile media services in Jordan, financial services in Colombia and biotechnology and home décor from Mexico.
Mansour Mansour is Endeavor Jordan’s first high-impact entrepreneur. Endeavor Jordan expects to officially launch in early 2009.
“These entrepreneurs represent the high-impact potential necessary to jumpstart economic growth throughout emerging markets world-wide and transform their cultures,” said Endeavor Co-founder & CEO Linda Rottenberg.
Endeavor’s International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous Search & Selection process in which candidate companies are considered for their innovation, potential for growth and ability to serve as a role model.
Endeavor provides selected entrepreneurs with customized services including high-level business mentors, consultants from Fortune 500 firms as well as top business school talent. The goal is to help these entrepreneurs scale their businesses and reach their high-impact potential.
Endeavor breaks down barriers that prevent emerging-market entrepreneurs from reaching their high-impact potential. Hailed by NYT columnist Thomas Friedman as the "mentor capitalist" model, Endeavor identifies entrepreneurs leading high-growth innovative companies in emerging markets. These entrepreneurs are given world-class strategic advice, access to key networks and other tools that will catapult them to success. With Endeavor's guidance they become “high-impact” – expanding employment, generating wealth and inspiring others to innovate. Often overlooked, these local entrepreneurs are now jumpstarting private sector development in their countries.
As of 2007, Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, South Africa and Turkey have created 86,000 new jobs and generated over $2.4 billion in revenues. For more information, visit www.endeavor.org.