Model

Endeavor’s model works in six parts to Launch, Select, Support, Multiply, Give-Back and Sustain the high-impact entrepreneurship movement worldwide.

Our portfolio of high-impact entrepreneurs help to drive innovation, produce role models, and maximize wealth and job creation. Endeavor selects and supports a group of extraordinary entrepreneurs who have the potential to transform industries, communities and countries. Through a rigorous, multi-step selection process (12-18 months), candidates pass a series of local and regional interviews before presenting to panelists from our global business network at International Selection Panels held five to six times each year.

We select individuals of all ages, ethnicities and educational backgrounds, delivering a meritocratic message to the developing world: through hard work, creativity and values-driven leadership, individuals living anywhere, from any background, can turn an entrepreneurial idea into a world-class venture. Learn more about the high-impact entrepreneurs in our network.

Our multi-step selection process involves:

Pro-Active Research

Conducted by Endeavor staff.

Recommendations

Made by the Endeavor network.

Self-Nominations

Made through the website.

Screening

Endeavor staff assesses entrepreneur’s application and conducts preliminary research to determine whether to interview the candidates.

First Opinion Reviews

Endeavor staff conducts a one-hour interview to assess the candidate’s viability.

Second Opinion Reviews

Senior-level Venture Corps conduct multiple interviews with each candidate, probing the business’s strategy, innovation, growth-potential, and entrepreneur’s personal qualities.

Local Selection Panel

10–15 Venture Corps and local Board Members interview, deliberate, and select candidates for an international panel.

International Selection Panel

International business leaders serve as panelists to interview candidates, deliberate, and select a new class of Endeavor Entrepreneurs by unanimous vote.

We help our entrepreneurs’ companies grow throughout their business “life-cycle” by developing and providing a comprehensive, unparalleled array of demand-driven services and programs. At the heart of Endeavor’s innovative model is our world-class network built to support Endeavor Entrepreneurs.

Once selected, entrepreneurs are provided with customized services from a volunteer network of more than a thousand global and local business leaders who serve as mentors, advisors, connectors, investors, and role models. These services take place on both the affiliate and global levels. Learn more about the global programs and services Endeavor offers.

Endeavor focuses on providing access to:

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Endeavor’s impact is exemplified by showcasing Endeavor Entrepreneurs as role models who influence education and policy reform, spur local investment, and inspire others to take risks. In each country and city where Endeavor operates, we highlight our entrepreneurs as role models, helping them to transform social norms around entrepreneurship and to inspire future generations to innovate, take risks, and “think big” – the multiplier effect.

Learn more about how entrepreneurs multiply their impact in ecosystem studies conducted by Endeavor Insight.

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Endeavor has always been an organization of, by and for entrepreneurs. To support Endeavor’s goal of long-term sustainability, Endeavor Entrepreneurs are motivated to pay it forward, reinvesting their financial gains, expertise, and time.

In support of Endeavor’s long-term goal of sustainability, Endeavor Entrepreneurs are expected to give the organization an annual service fee and, in the event of an acquisition, are asked to donate 2% of their personal cash out to the organization. Today, we proudly count dozens of Endeavor Entrepreneurs among our LPs in Endeavor Catalyst—investing to grow the next generation of high-impact entrepreneurs and completing the cycle.