SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2022 – Endeavor, the largest global community supporting high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging and underserved markets, announced the final closing of Endeavor Catalyst Fund IV, a $292M venture capital fund through which it plans to continue to invest in the companies led by entrepreneurs selected to Endeavor’s network (“Endeavor Entrepreneurs”) globally. The closing of Endeavor Catalyst Fund IV represents Endeavor’s largest fund to date, surpassing the fund’s initial $200M-$250M target. It also brings Endeavor Catalyst’s total assets under management (“AUM”) up to $500M+.
“We are thrilled to have such strong support from our LP community with this fourth fund,” shared Silicon Valley-based Managing Partner Allen Taylor. “The quality of entrepreneurial talent today across the 40+ markets where Endeavor operates is the highest we’ve ever seen, and we can’t wait to invest more in these places.”
A fund of, by, and for entrepreneurs
The community of Limited Partners (“LPs”) behind Endeavor Catalyst IV includes iconic founders like Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Marcin Żukowski (Snowflake), and Kevin Ryan (DoubleClick, MongoDB), as well as more than 100+ of Endeavor’s own entrepreneurs. In fact, Endeavor Entrepreneurs account for > 30% of the LPs for this fund, a high in Endeavor Catalyst’s 10-year history and a testament to the way in which Endeavor Catalyst has become a powerful platform for Endeavor Entrepreneurs to reinvest their success in their peers, building one of the world’s leading communities of, by and for entrepreneurs.
As Mudassir Sheika, CEO of Careem (acquired by Uber for $3.1B) sees it, investing in Endeavor Catalyst is a “great way to ‘pay-it-forward’ and invest in high-quality entrepreneurs in emerging markets!”
Outsized belief in emerging markets, outsized returns
Established in 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has demonstrated over the past decade that betting on emerging market entrepreneurs works. So far, 49 investees of Endeavor Catalyst funds have reached the billion-dollar mark in valuation, including several IPOs and acquisitions. This means almost 1 out of 5 of the investees have reached “unicorn” status, ranking Endeavor Catalyst among the top 5 most prolific “unicorn” investors in the geographies where Endeavor operates, according to data from CB Insights.
As of today, Endeavor Catalyst has made 260+ investments in 35+ different markets across Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, as well as underserved places in Europe and the United States. Collectively, these companies have created nearly 2 million jobs and generated $17B+ of revenue in 2021. The Endeavor Catalyst funds are designed as rules-based, co-investment funds that invest exclusively in companies led by Endeavor Entrepreneurs raising priced equity rounds from venture capital and growth equity funds, primarily at Series A, B and C. Among its portfolio, the most common investments are in the Fintech (26%), Retail & Consumer Tech (23%), and Enterprise Software & Services (18%) sectors.
A self-sustaining business model
As with previous funds, the carried interest earned on Endeavor Catalyst IV’s investments will be used to fund Endeavor’s future sustainability, fueling its mission to support more high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging and underserved markets. This key characteristic has drawn a diverse set of investors who believe that their investment will generate a competitive financial return and continue to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. For Endeavor’s co-founder and CEO, Linda Rottenberg, it is this self-sustaining, long-term business model for Endeavor that is most exciting:
“Endeavor will celebrate our 25 year anniversary later this year,” Rottenberg shared, “and I couldn’t be more proud of all of the amazing entrepreneurs we support, and our 500+ person team around the world. But for our own business model, I am most proud of the fact that Endeavor Catalyst has put us on a path to make Endeavor self-sustaining over the next decade.”
With this fourth fund, Endeavor Catalyst will continue to co-invest alongside professional venture capital and growth equity firms into companies selected into the Endeavor network. Following an initial close earlier this year, Endeavor Catalyst has already made investments out of this fund alongside a16z, General Atlantic, Insight Partners, Lightspeed and Softbank, among others.
“We’re off to a great start with Fund IV,” added Taylor, noting that the current fundraising environment does not change anything about the fund’s core thesis. “We believe talent is everywhere, and we are building this for the very long-term. With Fund IV, we continue to double-down on the markets that have been most active for us over the past few years – Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia – and are excited about the opportunity to invest in new Endeavor markets like Pakistan.”
With venture capital developing as an asset class in emerging markets throughout Latin America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, and more VC dollars flowing to Africa and the Middle East than at any point in history, Endeavor Catalyst is excited to continue partnering with Endeavor Entrepreneurs across all of these regions. —-
Endeavor is the leading global community of, by, and for High-Impact Entrepreneurs — those who dream bigger, scale faster and pay it forward. Driven by our belief that High-Impact Entrepreneurs transform economies, Endeavor is on a mission to build thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging and underserved markets around the world.
Endeavor creates a Multiplier Effect by inspiring high-growth founders to dream bigger, supporting and investing in them to scale faster, and providing a platform to pay it forward – thereby compounding their impact.
About Endeavor Catalyst
Endeavor Catalyst provides Endeavor Entrepreneurs investment capital and supports Endeavor’s long-term sustainability in a mission-aligned way. Endeavor Catalyst is an innovative, series of co-investment funds that participates in Endeavor Entrepreneur funding rounds through a neutral, rules-based investment process. Returns generated by Endeavor Catalyst go towards supporting Endeavor’s operations and investing in the next generation of Endeavor Entrepreneurs.