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MIAMI, FL (Dec. 13th, 2018) – Endeavor Miami announced today that Elma Farms is now the 23rd active Endeavor Miami company, after being selected at Endeavor Global’s 84th International Selection Panel (ISP), held in Cape Town, South Africa from December 11th-13th. The company was founded by seasoned entrepreneurs Cetin Amato and Antonio Ellek and is another addition to the growing F&B entrepreneurial community.
Elma Farms is a fast-growing Miami-based company with the mission to provide a healthy and nutritious snacking alternative at affordable prices. In the past few years, Elma Farms has developed, launched or marketed several innovative snacking brands including DIPIN, OLOVES, AIR CHEESE, and THE PROTEIN BALLS, solving for bringing fresh, nutritional snacks to consumers in more convenient packaging with longer shelf life. Elma Farms with a loyal, passionate and experienced management team, has reached significant sales levels for a young venture with double-digit growth from year to year and has earned notable Fortune 100 clients including American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Publix, CVS, Walmart, Starbucks. The founders will be launching their latest innovation during the first quarter of 2019 with POSHI (Power of Simple and Healthy Ingredients) which offers freshly marinated vegetables. Elma Farms is headquartered in Miami and will begin receiving services to further accelerate their scale, including mentorship and access to capital, global markets and talent.
“We’re excited to welcome Cetin and Antonio, both seasoned entrepreneurs, to the Endeavor Miami scale-up family,” said Laura Maydón, Managing Director of Endeavor Miami. “Elma is at the right inflection point to further accelerate its growth and we’re looking forward to working with them.
“Elma Farms is in an exciting critical growth stage, and being selected into the Endeavor network will greatly influence our growth and help us get to our goals faster,” said Antonio Ellek, co-founder of Elma Farms.
Endeavor’s International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous selection process where panels composed of top global business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors interview candidates about their business traction, leadership potential and timing to further scale. In order for an entrepreneur to be selected, they must receive a unanimous vote from the entire panel. Each panel consisted of sets of six world-class business leaders, who interviewed Antonio and Cetin, giving them targeted and thorough feedback.
Endeavor Miami launched in September 2013 with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as the first U.S. affiliate of Endeavor Global. Endeavor Miami’s entrepreneurs generated close to $200 million in revenues and 2,000 jobs in South Florida in 2018. With the addition of its newest companies, the affiliate currently supports 23 companies and 43 entrepreneurs.
For more information on Endeavor Miami or to nominate Miami entrepreneurs, please visit www.endeavormiami.org.
Established in 1997, Endeavor is leading the global high-impact entrepreneurship movement and promoting economic growth and job creation by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. To date, Endeavor has screened more than 47,000 entrepreneurs and selected more than a thousand individuals leading over 800 high-growth companies. With support from Endeavor’s worldwide mentor network, these high-impact entrepreneurs have created over 1.5M jobs, generated $15 billion in revenues in 2018 and have inspired future generations to innovate and take risks.
Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in 34 markets throughout Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
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