Egyptian, South African entrepreneurs become Endeavor Entrepreneurs

Endeavor, a non-profit that supports high-impact entrepreneurs around the world, has announced the selection of two African entrepreneurs as Endeavor Entrepreneurs.

The entrepreneurs are Egyptians, Yaseen Abdel-Ghaffar, who founded SolarizEgypt, a solar startup, and Waguih Iskander & Emad Iskander, founders of leading transport company, Family Corporation.

The others are South African entrepreneurs, Paul O’Linn & Crispin Russell, founders of biotech startup ArcAqua.

They were selected, together with 32 high impact entrepreneurs from across the world, by an international panelist at Endeavor’s 68th International Selection Panel (ISP) held December 7 – 9, 2016 in Palo Alto, California.

The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify innovative and driven entrepreneurs who are committed to advancing an ecosystem of entrepreneurship.

As Endeavor Entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurs gain access to comprehensive customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs.

“It was great to bring the network and entrepreneurs together in one of the country’s great innovation centers for the last International Selection Panel of 2016,” said Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor co-founder and CEO.

She added, “It’s especially exciting to see our newest offices in the U.S., Italy, and Japan, continue to grow as we prepare to expand further in 2017.”

This selection brings to 1,403 entrepreneurs the total number of entrepreneurs Endeavor is currently supporting. These entrepreneurs lead 875 companies in 25 growth markets around the world.



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