Endeavor is a non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. Our “mentor capitalist” model breaks down economic and cultural barriers to entrepreneurship through advising from our network of world-class business leaders. With their guidance, our 1500+ Endeavor Entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the U.S. have created nearly 700,000 high-value jobs and generated $10 billion in 2016.
In Africa, Endeavor has representation is South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.
With the support of an unrivaled network of seasoned business leaders, Endeavor works to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs.
Endeavor South Africa’s values are deeply entrenched in “A Culture of Thinking Big”, what this means for us is the ability to think, work, act on ideas and philosophies that encompass the magnitude of a dream. For many, dreaming big is a fantasy, a myth, but at Endeavor South Africa, we believe that no dream, idea, innovation or concept is too ambitious to realise.
Endeavor South Africa opened its offices in 2004 and has lead high-impact entrepreneurs to success by catalysing long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs South Africa has to offer.
Endeavor’s unique value proposition is to give entrepreneurs:
Access to markets
The market provides Endeavor Entrepreneurs the platform to sell their goods and services to the right targets at the right time. Programmes such as Endeavor eMERGE, global, regional and local events such and a regional advisory board all ensure entrepreneurs have access to the market they need.
Access to talent
Endeavor Entrepreneurs gain access to industry tours, networking events, leadership (Stanford and Harvard) programmes and an Endeavor Advisory Board all headed by some of the most influential business luminaries in the world.
Access to capital
Endeavor has a Mentor CapitalProgramme, and Investor Network and Endeavor Catalyst which all leverage the power of investments and investing in high-impact, innovative businesses and entrepreneurs.
For its Endeavor Programme, Endeavor seeks entrepreneurs at varying stages in their business life-cycle who own a business with a turnover of +R8million annually. The intention is that they should be at a “tipping point”, where Endeavor can help the entrepreneur reach new levels.
For its Excellerator Programme, Endeavor Excelerator seeks 51% Black-owned start-up businesses with a turnover of +R2million annually, led by entrepreneurs who are willing to participate in a 24-month programme with businesses that are at a key inflection point in growth trajectory.