Endeavor South Africa — supporting the craziest, most creative entrepreneurs out there

Endeavor is the leading supporter of high-impact entrepreneurs around the world. By high-impact we mean individuals with the biggest dreams, the greatest potential to create innovative companies that matter and grow, and the highest likelihood to inspire others. We are the only organisation to focus on the scale-up, not the start-up, because that is where we know the highest job and wealth creation happens. 

Endeavor Entrepreneurs are innovative business leaders who have crazy dreams about disrupting the industries and markets within which they operate, both locally and globally. They join Endeavor because it gives them access to world-class services and programmes, including introductions to best-in-class local and international mentors and volunteers who will assist them in realising their dreams. 

Endeavor has selected 1 082 high-impact entrepreneurs from 684 companies across the 23 markets in which it operates. Only 2% of candidates assessed are selected to join the prestigious Endeavor programme, as we rigorously search for and select entrepreneurs who will become role models for the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs. 

Working with FNB to select the winner of the FNB Business Innovation Awards 2015 has provided Endeavor with the perfect opportunity to further identify and celebrate a new generation of inventive South African entrepreneurs. As the most innovative bank in the world, FNB is fostering the growth and development of this new generation of innovative entrepreneurs, and it is ensuring that they will continue to transform the economy and create high-value jobs. 

These are the entrepreneurs who will emulate the business founders who have already built extraordinarily creative, high-growth entities operating in the South African and global markets.

“Our mission is to ensure that our entrepreneurs’ crazy dreams result in tremendous success, both for them and for their communities,” says Catherine Townshend, managing director of Endeavor South Africa. “We take their dreams and help them to think bigger, and help them develop the roadmaps that will allow them to succeed. We back this up by giving them, among others, access to the best mentors and talent; the university courses designed specifically for us by Harvard and Stanford; and global networking events where they meet some of the most exciting entrepreneurs from around the world.” 

Endeavor South Africa at a glance: 2014

• 4 947+ jobs created by 22 companies run by Endeavor Entrepreneurs 

• 74% of those jobs were employment equity jobs

• 54% were for youth (18-35 years)

• R1.24-billion in revenue generated by these companies

• R2.54-million Enterprise Development credits earned.

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Guest Author

Meet the doctor leading Africa’s fight to contain the coronavirus...

Dr Matshidiso Moeti’s father helped to eliminate smallpox. Now she’s leading Africa’s efforts against the coronavirus

Stella set to retain her perks

Communication minister will keep Cabinet perks during her two months of special leave

Covid-19 grounds Nigeria’s medical tourists

The country’s elites, including the president, travelled abroad for treatment but now they must use the country’s neglected health system

Press Releases

Rahima Moosa Hospital nursing college introduces no-touch facial recognition access system

The new system allows the hospital to enrol people’s faces immediately, using artificial intelligence, and integrates easily with existing access control infrastructure, including card readers and biometrics

Everyone’s talking about it. Even Kentucky

Earlier this year South African fried chicken fast-food chain, Chicken Licken®, launched a campaign for their wallet-friendly EasyBucks® meals, based on the idea of ‘Everyone’s talking about it.’

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world