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People told us we were crazy. We took it as a compliment.
In 1997, Linda Rottenberg and Peter Kellner sat down and, like many entrepreneurs before and after, sketched their vision on the back of a napkin. Peter had just returned from a Harvard Business School trip to China, where he had witnessed first-hand the boom in entrepreneurship that would transform that country.
For Linda, the light bulb moment for Endeavor came in the back of a taxi cab in Buenos Aires. She struck up a conversation with the driver and was shocked to learn he had a PhD in Engineering. She asked if he hadn’t considered becoming an entrepreneur instead of driving a taxi. “An empresario?” he said dismissively, using the Spanish word for a big businessman. It suddenly occurred to her that there was no Spanish word for “entrepreneur.”
The “business plan” that began on the back of a napkin has become a shared vision, cultivated and expanded by board members, staff and entrepreneurs around the globe. Their passion and commitment have created a movement and transformed Endeavor into something far bigger than the founders could have imagined.
as a local affiliate, set up as an independent non-profit organization under the leadership of six founding board members who championed Endeavor’s mission in Lebanon. It is Endeavor’s 11th country of focus, and its 4th in the MENA region.
during the 39th International Selection Panel in London.
to connect entrepreneurs with international venture capital and investment firms.
as Endeavor’s neutral, innovative and rule-based impact investment fund that co-invests in Endeavor Entrepreneurs alongside qualified institutional investors.
to celebrate three years of high-impact entrepreneurship in the country.
to showcase successful local entrepreneurs and encourage Lebanese diaspora to invest in them. The Summit was organized in collaboration with LIFE (Lebanese International Finance Executives).
24 companies supported. 29% job growth per year. 1,185 global connections and 905 hours of local mentorship
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