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By Hamza Shad and Martin Pickering

A new report by Endeavor Insight, with support from the Lemelson Foundation and Small Foundation, draws on the experiences of successful founders to understand how entrepreneurial agriculture companies can maximize their impact in developing countries. The study provides a data-backed assessment of the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs, based on original data from more than 250 companies operating in sub-Saharan Africa and India.

Building on a growing body of research in the international development and social investment communities, Endeavor Insight’s unique approach applies two lenses to its analysis: a focus on the types of…


Adolfo Babatz, Founder and CEO of Clip, raised Mexico’s first $100 million venture capital round backed by General Atlantic and Softbank in 2019, before becoming the country’s third unicorn. He is an investor in Endeavor Catalyst, and is a Board Member of Endeavor Mexico.

By Jackie Carmel, Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst

On June 10th, Mexico minted its third unicorn: Clip. The Mexican payments fintech targeting small and midsize companies, led by Adolfo Babatz, raised $250 million from SoftBank’s Latin American fund and Viking Global Investors, achieving a $2 billion valuation. The news broke merely five weeks after Mexico ushered in its second unicorn: Bitso. The Latin American cryptocurrency platform raised a $250 million Series C that boosted its valuation to $2.2 billion, five months after it had announced a record-breaking $62 million Series B, the largest in the region for a digital asset…


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By Marc Cho, Jackie Carmel, Brynn Chavez

May is mental health awareness month.

In a cinematic retelling of the panicked early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, future audiences may gawk at a world of overnight travel bans, a run on toilet paper, and an NBA Finals played in front of cardboard cutouts of fans. Less foreign to young cinemagoers might be the sight of our protagonist, moving the entirety of his or her professional and personal life to a video conferencing program: a board meeting, a first date, an appointment with their therapist.

A May 2021 McKinsey survey suggests that our newly-adopted digital behaviors, in particular the…


A cohort of the top founders in Endeavor’s portfolio

Endeavor is thrilled to announce the 2021 class of Outliers, a year-long experience that brings together a cohort of the top founders in Endeavor’s portfolio for curated opportunities to connect with each other and top mentors in the network. The Outliers experience combines intimate peer groups and leadership coaching with tailored strategy sessions led by the best company builders from Endeavor’s network, all designed to help founders scale their company, grow as a leader and multiply their impact.

Endeavor Outliers are Endeavor Entrepreneurs that are leading the fastest growing scale-up companies; or those that have meaningfully exited their companies and…


By Kirk Benson, Endeavor Chief of Staff

Lessons from Selection is an essay series in which we explore some of the most poignant advice our founders receive during Endeavor’s International Selection Panels.

Depth Not Breadth: Why Focus Is Important.

OG Endeavor mentor and Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, Bill Sahlman, likes to say that the world has unlimited problems, and luckily for us, entrepreneurs view those problems as opportunities. What can often happen to ambitious, well-meaning founders, however, is that they can’t choose just one opportunity, and pursue too many revenue streams at once. …


By Kirk Benson, Endeavor Chief of Staff

Lessons from Selection is an essay series in which we explore some of the most poignant advice our founders receive during Endeavor’s International Selection Panels.

Providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to make peer-to-peer connections is a key part of Endeavor’s model. Photo by Kieran Kesner.

There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. It has nothing to do with barriers to entry, access to capital, or even access to high speed internet, but of course all of those things are important. Now is the time, because there have never been more networks that seek to support entrepreneurs on their journey. Accelerators and incubators abound: There were over 7,000 incubators in 2019, and the number keeps growing. Most…


An interview with Aldi Haryopratomo by Jackie Carmel, Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst

With recent investments from Google, Facebook, and Microsoft making headlines, Indonesia’s tech scene has exploded onto the world stage in 2020. Meanwhile, the country’s digital economy is taking off with 40 million new internet users last year alone, leading many — including us — to predict that international attraction to Southeast Asia’s largest economy is only just getting started.

Whether or not the rumors of an $18B Gojek and Tokopedia merger become reality, we believe 2021 is the year that more US investors “discover” what is happening in Southeast Asia’s digital economy — and particularly in Indonesia. Following in the…


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By Jackie Carmel and Sophie Kronk

They say if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. While this maxim generally holds true, it has proven inaccurate in the context of education for workforce readiness and development. If we were to rewrite this ancient proverb for the modern-day, it would go something like this: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. …


By Jackie Carmel, Managing Director, Endeavor Catalyst

Tomatoes growing in AppHarvest’s Morehead, Ky., tech-powered greenhouse facility. | Photo credit: AppHarvest

The United States is one of the world’s leaders in fresh tomato production. In 2015, the U.S. produced 2.7 billion pounds of fresh tomatoes, mostly in Florida and California, which only satisfied around 40% of the (growing!) domestic demand.

The United States is also one of the world’s leaders in venture capital investing. Of the $100+ billion deployed into venture capital in the United States last year, nearly 60% was deployed in California alone, with Massachusetts and New York following (not too closely) behind. These three states account for ~75% of all venture capital investment in the United States, but…


Rural communities face unprecedented challenges and are in need of new solutions to strengthen their economies.

A new report by Endeavor Insight with support from Google for Startups draws lessons from successful rural founders to better understand their pathways to scale.

Entrepreneurship is a key pillar of rural economic development as it offers a more reliable and robust alternative to traditional strategies.

As rural leaders look to address the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, traditional economic development strategies such as incentives to attract businesses may not be sufficient. Few policymakers may realize that efforts to recruit businesses to rural areas often come at a high cost and fail to produce the desired results. Workforce development or innovation initiatives are unlikely to make significant improvements to local productivity on their own in the short term.

Locally…

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