Once selected, entrepreneurs are provided with customized services from a volunteer network of 3,000+ global and local business leaders who serve as mentors, advisors, connectors and role models.
An Advisory Board that consists of up to three local mentors is assigned to each company that joins Endeavor. Endeavor Advisory Boards act as sounding boards that have no decision-making authority and review the strategic plans, existing goals, priorities and actions of Endeavor Entrepreneurs and offer them constructive feedback at 3-4 regular meetings per year.
When Endeavor Entrepreneurs decide to raise equity capital, they can work closely with Endeavor to refine their financing strategy and their pitch materials for investors. To help entrepreneurs navigate the fundraising process, Endeavor connects them with a Global Mentor—typically an experienced US mentor or investor—who provides feedback on the entrepreneur’s financing strategy and pitch materials. Once an Endeavor Entrepreneur is ready to meet investors, Endeavor can provide introductions and connections to more than a hundred leading investment firms. Opportunities to connect with investors include Investor Network events—held 4 times per year around the world—as well as customized individual introductions. Endeavor Entrepreneurs raising equity rounds of US$5 million or more from institutional investors may qualify for passive co-investment by Endeavor Catalyst.
Endeavor Entrepreneurs connect with mentors and associates in the Endeavor Global Network, through a targeted and needs-based approach. Connections include mentoring, strategic advice, and introductions with a variety of organizations and individuals in a number of fields.
Endeavor Global has established partnerships with leading organizations, such as EY, in order to enhance the support offered to Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Moreover, Endeavor Greece has developed its own unique set of service offerings, partnerships, and programs aimed at providing local mentorship and support to Endeavor Entrepreneurs locally. Partner programs address key functional areas (e.g., finance, technology, marketing, HR) and are tailored to the specific needs of Endeavor Entrepreneurs. The duration of partner programs varies from a few days to several weeks and they include custom projects implemented by partner staff.
Each year Endeavor organizes networking events bringing together entrepreneurs, mentors and investors and encouraging new ideas, synergies and connections. Global events such as Endeavor Gala, Retreat and Investor Trek events include awards, roundtable and panel discussions, speed dating sessions with investors, networking dinners, and company visits. Local Endeavor offices organize local and regional events that constitute a great opportunity for Endeavor Entrepreneurs to connect with other entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and people from the local business community.
Harvard Business School and Stanford have partnered with Endeavor to offer weeklong programs every year, specially designed to help Endeavor Entrepreneurs successfully build larger and more successful businesses. Additionally, Endeavor recruits MBA students from leading US business schools (e.g. Stanford, Harvard, MIT-Sloan, Wharton, Columbia, Kellogg, Yale SOM etc.) to spend 10 weeks during the summer working with Endeavor Entrepreneurs on-site as “eMBAs”. The three primary areas of focus for the eMBA projects are strategy, operations, and financing. Typically 30–35 eMBAs are placed on the ground each summer.