On August 4th, the Endeavor Investor Network convened leading investors and growth-market founders for a day of networking and learning. The invitation-only event brought together 120+ participants representing 17 different markets.
The day kicked off with a series of TED-style talks by some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Endeavor’s network, including Adalberto Flores (Kueski), Diego Meller (Jampp), Barbaros Özbugutu (Iyzico), and Romero Rodrigues (Buscapé). All four speakers shared their experience of building successful companies in Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, and Brazil, respectively.
This was followed by an Investor Roundtable, where global investors had a chance to connect with their regional counterparts to discuss investment trends and opportunities in global growth markets. Participating funds included globally-minded Silicon Valley firms like Accel Partners, Lumia Capital, USVP, e.Ventures, Richmond Global, and Rise Capital, among others. A number of leading corporate venture groups also participated, including Intel Capital, AMEX Ventures, Telefonica Ventures, AXA Strategic Ventures, and Google Capital.
“We see more interest today than ever before in Endeavor’s markets,” shared Allen Taylor, the Managing Director of Endeavor’s co-investment fund, Endeavor Catalyst, who led the Investor Roundtable discussion. “There was not an empty seat in the place for the roundtable; this investor discussion was literally standing-room-only — and the investors were super engaged. Venture is becoming more of a global phenomenon, and these are the firms leading the way.”
Taylor added that the participation of leading local and regional firms also enhanced the event noting the contributions from ALL VP (Mexico), Leap VC (Lebanon), Revo Capital (Turkey), and Wavemaker VC (Singapore).
Simultaneous to the Investor Roundtable, David Frazee (Richmond Global) led a session for entrepreneurs on the “Secrets of Silicon Valley: How VCs Think About Investment,” where he provided attendees with candid advice on the fundraising process.
In the afternoon, over 500 formal speed-networking connections were made during three hours of one-one-one conversations between entrepreneurs and investors.