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Business: Nine entrepreneurs join Endeavor global corps


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Endeavor South Africa hosted its fifth International Selection Panel from 9th – 11th September at the Kievits Kroon Country Estate near Gauteng. The Panel interviewed 14 entrepreneurs, 10 from South Africa, two from Mexico, and one entrepreneur each from Columbia and Jordan.

After a rigorous nomination and selection process, the top entrepreneurs were interviewed by three groups of Panelists comprised of top international business leaders and executives. After intense Panel deliberations, 11 entrepreneurs representing nine companies, all of which are transforming the industries in which they work, were invited to join the global ranks of Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Winning companies included Altis Biologics, iSlices, Anamazing, Shona Quip, Disa Vascular, Refinancia (Colombia), Acento Mexicano (Mexico), Javna (Jordan) and AliBio (Mexico).

“For Endeavor South Africa, this Panel represents one of the most important steps on our journey to become the Gold Standard of Entrepreneurship in South Africa”, said Greg Durst, MD of Endeavor South Africa.

“We aim to attract, select and serve the best Endeavor Entrepreneurs in the country to inspire other entrepreneurs to be role models and to make a lasting impact in terms of job creation and development.”

Durst explained that with Endeavor’s support, entrepreneurs are able to surpass the obstacles facing most emerging-market entrepreneurs and realise their full potential.

The selected candidates will have access to mentors and coaches, strategy assistants from global consulting firms and top businesses. They will also have the opportunity to work with a network of MBAs from Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago and other institutions that work with the Endeavor Entrepreneurs on key strategic and operational issues.

“We offer our Entrepreneurs access to a network of the best business minds in the world,” said Durst. “The aim is for these entrepreneurs to eventually give back to their communities through donations of time, money and knowledge.”

Adrian Gore, Chairman of the South Africa Endeavor Board commented, “The international Endeavor staff, local and international panelists and observers applauded South Africa on the quality of our candidates. South Africa continues to meet and exceed the Endeavor global standards.”

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