About Endeavor

We are a global organization that selects, mentors and accelerates High-Impact Entrepreneurs.

Launch

Assemble a board of entrepreneurs and business leaders to provide financial and strategic support for the local office.

Select

Endeavor’s rigorous, multi-step selection process concludes with International Select Panels (ISPs) where business leaders interview and select the next class of Endeavor Entrepreneurs.

Scaleup

Post-selection, Endeavor provides its entrepreneurs with access to mentors and communities, talent, and smart capital through a series of customized local and global services. For eligible companies, Endeavor Catalyst may also serve as a source of capital.

Multiply

Endeavor helps successful entrepreneurs multiply their impact in the local ecosystem. Ninety percent of Endeavor Entrepreneurs go on to serve as angel investors, mentors, and active promoters of high-impact entrepreneurship.

Reinvest

To support Endeavor’s sustainability, Endeavor Entrepreneurs reinvest their financial gains, expertise, and time.

Selection Criteria

Endeavor focuses on the search and selection of entrepreneurs who possess the following qualities:

Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurial initiative
Has energy, passion, vision, and persistence to develop businesses into successful companies.

Ability to lead a team and execute
Inspires instinctive trust and knows how to attract and empower all-stars.

Role model potential
Possesses a strong personal presence, leadership qualities, and a “story” to inspire others in their industries, communities, countries, and even globally. Committed to knowledge-sharing.


Business

Potential to scale big
Innovative companies based on a solid business model with high-growth potential and the capacity to add substantial economic and shareholder value and create a significant number of high-value jobs.

Strong and talented team
We search for established businesses with a high-quality team that already demonstrates a certain level of revenues:

Tech companies: Series A fundraising stage or later.
Non-tech companies: Annual revenue of at least $2M USD with an annual growth rate of at least 30%.

Innovation
Demonstrates real innovation by either being the first in market or first of its kind. Has the potential to change the way an industry operates locally and/or internationally.

Timing
Business is at a pivotal inflection point in which it has the potential to scale up significantly in the short term.

Endeavor Fit

Open to feedback
Interested in accepting advice and support from Endeavor.

Ecosystem impact
Interested in contributing to the Endeavor network, locally and even globally, by becoming an influential role model/mentor/investor.

Give-back
Desire to eventually give back to the Endeavor organization.

Selection Process

Through a rigorous, multi-step selection process, candidates pass a series of local and regional mentor feedback sessions before presenting to panelists from our global mentor network at International Selection Panels held 6 to 8 times each year.

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International Selection Panel

Global business leaders and Endeavor mentors interview and select candidates to become official Endeavor Entrepreneurs by unanimous vote.

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Local Selection Panel

Local board members and mentors interview, deliberate, and select candidates that will advance to the International Selection Panel.

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Second Opinion Reviews

Endeavor PH mentors and network members conduct multiple valuable feedback sessions with each candidate, probing business strategy, growth potential, and individual qualities to review their high-impact potential.

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First Opinion Reviews

Staff conducts a one hour, in-person interview with candidates to assess their viability.

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Screening

Staff conducts preliminary research on and an initial evaluation of candidates and their businesses based on the Endeavor selection criteria.

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Proactive Research, Recommendations, Self-Nominations

Proactive research by Endeavor PH Staff, recommendations from our network, and self-nominations through the website or social media platforms lead us to Endeavor Entrepreneur candidates.

How We Help You Scale-Up

Post selection, we offer entrepreneurs an array of services—access to mentors and communities, talent, and smart capital—to help them achieve their high-impact potential. In doing so, we hope to support and sustain a robust ecosystem of entrepreneurs who pay it forward by mentoring, investing, and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. This is what we consider to be High-Impact Entrepreneurship, which is a key driver of long-term economic growth.

Access to Mentors and Communities

Custom Advisory Boards

Quarterly reviews with a customized team of volunteer advisors from the Endeavor Network that provides strategic advice and ongoing feedback on the business and growth challenges.

Regional and Global Mentors

Connect with local and global mentors who provide one-on-one support, based on the entrepreneur’s goals, needs, and interests. We also assist with facilitating connections to other entrepreneurs and Endeavor partners within the global network (See Endeavor Open). Mentor relationships are continuous and provide entrepreneurs with inspiration and support.

Global, Regional & Local Endeavor community events

Community gatherings, in the form of social and learning events, throughout the year bringing entrepreneurs, mentors, board members, and guests together for casual networking and idea sharing. Learning events enable Endeavor Entrepreneurs to learn from their peers, mentors, board members and guest lecturers about specific challenges and topics.

Industry Tours

Branding, Food & Beverage, Retail, Technology.

Access to Talent

MBA Fellows

Endeavor Entrepreneurs can recruit MBA students from world-class business schools, including Harvard, Stanford, MIT-Sloan, Yale, Columbia, and INSEAD to spend 6-10 weeks over the summer on-site, working on projects related to strategy, operations, financing, marketing and expansion.

MBA Fellows may be part of a structured program such as MIT Sloan - Global Entrepreneur Lab, Harvard Business School FIELD, and Stanford GMIX, which requires teams of students to complete a substantial project with an Endeavor Entrepreneur within a set timeframe.

Harvard and Stanford Executive Education Opportunities

Endeavor partners with Harvard Business School and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business to organize a week of programming focused on leadership, innovation and management training for select groups of high-impact Endeavor Entrepreneurs. During the two programs, the entrepreneurs stay on campus to engage in a week of guest lectures and discussion groups custom-designed by university faculty. Participants are given access to the world-class resources and expertise of each leading institution while also networking and sharing insights with peers.

Bain & Co. Externship Programs

High-performing consultants from offices worldwide work closely with Endeavor Entrepreneurs on a variety of business development and operational projects.

Talent Bank

Coming Soon: Endeavor Entrepreneurs gain access to a bank of resumes of top talents that are collected and vetted internally.

Access to Smart Capital

Investor Network

Endeavor Investor Network extends our entrepreneurs' access to equity capital by connecting leading venture capital and growth equity firms from Endeavor’s operating markets with Endeavor Entrepreneurs through exclusive one-on-one meetings. The network also organizes a few regional treks every year that convene top Endeavor Entrepreneurs with investors from Silicon Valley and around the world. By extending the global reach of leading firms, Investor Network helps foster competitive venture ecosystems across Endeavor’s markets.

Mentor Capital Program

Endeavor’s Mentor Capital Program (MCP) connects entrepreneurs pursuing capital with designated mentors focused on the fundraising process. MCP mentors typically have a strong venture capital, banking, or finance background and assist entrepreneurs with honing their strategy and pitch decks. In effect, the MCP helps entrepreneurs improve their overall understanding of the capital raising process—identifying both opportunities and challenges—as they seek to raise smart capital locally, in Silicon Valley or in other international markets.

Endeavor Catalyst

Endeavor Catalyst is our rules-based, co-investment fund set up to invest exclusively in Endeavor Entrepreneur-led companies and to sustain Endeavor’s long-term operations in a mission-aligned way. This is available for Endeavor Entrepreneurs seeking to obtain at least US $5M in funds, where Endeavor acts as a passive investor alongside other prominent investors.

VC Roadshows

Presentations and pitches to potential investors set up with the help of Endeavor staff.

FAQ

What is Endeavor? It is a catalyst for change It is a non-profit organization It is a model to fight poverty It is a global network It promotes entrepreneurial culture It considers all business industriesWhat is NOT Endeavor? It is not an incubator It is not a consultant It is not exclusive to startups

Although selection is based on Endeavor criteria, Endeavor considers ‘High-Impact’ candidates from different industries at varying stages in their business life-cycle. The intention is that they should be at an inflection point, where Endeavor can help the entrepreneur reach new levels. An early stage venture may be risky but also show tremendous growth potential, while a successful later-stage company may appear beyond the need for Endeavor resources but provides the strongest role model potential.

We believe that High-Impact Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in creating thriving companies that generate hundreds, even thousands of jobs and millions in wealth for our local ecosystem. Additionally, as they seize opportunities to innovate, they have the power to inspire countless others as leading role models. Together, these entrepreneurs hold the key to sustained economic growth in emerging markets.

High-Impact Entrepreneurs dream of becoming the next great success story, but having launched in emerging countries, face considerable barriers to growth:

  • Cost of failure
  • Lack of contacts or mentors
  • Limited management expertise
  • Lack of trust
  • Lack of role models
  • Limited access to smart capital

Endeavor Philippines helps High-Impact Entrepreneurs unleash their potential by providing critical support to overcome these challenges and facilitate entrepreneurial success.

Endeavor is not a fund. However, through the Endeavor Investor Network, we extend the reach of leading investment firms by providing access to high-growth companies and local investment partners in all of Endeavor’s markets. Endeavor has successfully supported 80 Endeavor companies raise USD350M+ in equity capital in the past 24 months. In addition, Endeavor launched the Endeavor Catalyst – an innovative, passive investment fund that uses donated capital to co-invest alongside qualified lead investors in Endeavor Entrepreneur funding rounds through a neutral, rules-based process.

The selection process is designed to provide candidates with valuable advice at all stages. The panelists – industry experts and mentors – conduct an in-depth analysis of each enterprise and candidates are provided with individual feedback. Additionally, candidates are encouraged to review their businesses in line with the recommendations given to them and are encouraged to re-apply.

Post ISP-selection, you are officially an Endeavor Entrepreneur “for life.” Endeavor provides you with services that are relevant on an ongoing basis. All official Endeavor Entrepreneurs give back to the community by advancing the cause of entrepreneurship and may also act as mentors for the newly selected entrepreneurs.

Endeavor relies on donors and a network of business leaders to support and stimulate entrepreneurship. We welcome new mentors who are industry experts, leading executives, academics, and experienced entrepreneurs. Our mentors screen, analyze, and engage with our entrepreneurs. Mentors also gain immense value from their association with Endeavor by having access to a global network of business leaders, potential clients, as well as the satisfaction of contributing to the development of the Philippines. Feel free to reach out to us and view our mentors here.

Be a Role Model

  • Promote an entrepreneurial culture that ties into Endeavor’s model
  • Practice the highest ethical standards and be transparent in all actions

Act as a Mentor for Endeavor Entrepreneurs and candidates

  • Support Endeavor Entrepreneurs and candidates by providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs
  • Promote Entrepreneurship and Endeavor in media interviews and conferences
  • Participate in conferences and other programs designed by Endeavor to reach the wider community

  • Mentoring - A typical Endeavor Mentor spends an average of 2 to 4 hours/month on mentoring
  • Referrals - We ask that each mentor refers 2 to 3 entrepreneurs every year

To support Endeavor’s sustainability, Endeavor Entrepreneurs pay an annual service fee and reinvest their financial gains, expertise, and time.

What criteria should I meet to become an Endeavor Entrepreneur?

Although selection is based on Endeavor criteria, Endeavor considers ‘High-Impact’ candidates from different industries at varying stages in their business life-cycle. The intention is that they should be at an inflection point, where Endeavor can help the entrepreneur reach new levels. An early stage venture may be risky but also show tremendous growth potential, while a successful later-stage company may appear beyond the need for Endeavor resources but provides the strongest role model potential.

Why ‘High-Impact’ entrepreneurs?

We believe that High-Impact Entrepreneurs play a crucial role in creating thriving companies that generate hundreds, even thousands of jobs and millions in wealth for our local ecosystem. Additionally, as they seize opportunities to innovate, they have the power to inspire countless others as leading role models. Together, these entrepreneurs hold the key to sustained economic growth in emerging markets.

High-Impact Entrepreneurs dream of becoming the next great success story, but having launched in emerging countries, face considerable barriers to growth:

  • Cost of failure
  • Lack of contacts or mentors
  • Limited management expertise
  • Lack of trust
  • Lack of role models
  • Limited access to smart capital

Endeavor Philippines helps High-Impact Entrepreneurs unleash their potential by providing critical support to overcome these challenges and facilitate entrepreneurial success.

Can Endeavor provide financial assistance?

Endeavor is not a fund. However, through the Endeavor Investor Network, we extend the reach of leading investment firms by providing access to high-growth companies and local investment partners in all of Endeavor’s markets. Endeavor has successfully supported 80 Endeavor companies raise USD350M+ in equity capital in the past 24 months. In addition, Endeavor launched the Endeavor Catalyst – an innovative, passive investment fund that uses donated capital to co-invest alongside qualified lead investors in Endeavor Entrepreneur funding rounds through a neutral, rules-based process.

What happens to Entrepreneurs who participate in the selection process but are not selected?

The selection process is designed to provide candidates with valuable advice at all stages. The panelists – industry experts and mentors – conduct an in-depth analysis of each enterprise and candidates are provided with individual feedback. Additionally, candidates are encouraged to review their businesses in line with the recommendations given to them and are encouraged to re-apply.

When does the program end?

Post ISP-selection, you are officially an Endeavor Entrepreneur “for life.” Endeavor provides you with services that are relevant on an ongoing basis. All official Endeavor Entrepreneurs give back to the community by advancing the cause of entrepreneurship and may also act as mentors for the newly selected entrepreneurs.

I’m a business leader/entrepreneur who wants to be involved with Endeavor. What can I do?

Endeavor relies on donors and a network of business leaders to support and stimulate entrepreneurship. We welcome new mentors who are industry experts, leading executives, academics, and experienced entrepreneurs. Our mentors screen, analyze, and engage with our entrepreneurs. Mentors also gain immense value from their association with Endeavor by having access to a global network of business leaders, potential clients, as well as the satisfaction of contributing to the development of the Philippines. Feel free to reach out to us and view our mentors here.

What are the roles of Philippine mentors?

Be a Role Model

  • Promote an entrepreneurial culture that ties into Endeavor’s model
  • Practice the highest ethical standards and be transparent in all actions

Act as a Mentor for Endeavor Entrepreneurs and candidates

  • Support Endeavor Entrepreneurs and candidates by providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs
  • Promote Entrepreneurship and Endeavor in media interviews and conferences
  • Participate in conferences and other programs designed by Endeavor to reach the wider community

What does Endeavor expect of its Philippine mentors?

  • Mentoring - A typical Endeavor Mentor spends an average of 2 to 4 hours/month on mentoring
  • Referrals - We ask that each mentor refers 2 to 3 entrepreneurs every year

How can I join as an entrepreneur or nominate an entrepreneur?

NOMINATE YOURSELF


NOMINATE AN ENTREPRENEUR

Does it cost anything to become an Endeavor Entrepreneur?

To support Endeavor’s sustainability, Endeavor Entrepreneurs pay an annual service fee and reinvest their financial gains, expertise, and time.