Endeavor: 5 Years of Impact in Greece
Endeavor, global non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurship in 30 countries, has been actively supporting fast growing SMEs for five years in Greece. Endeavor presented its impact so far and its goals for the future at a special anniversary event, on Tuesday, October 3rd at the Hilton Athens Hotel. Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman, Endeavor Global was the honored guest. The Ambassador of UK, The US Ambassador, all Endeavor network members and top tier business leaders were among the attendees.
Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Managing Partner at Accretive LLC and Executive Chairman at Global Thermostat LLC, who has served for many years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Warner Music, shared the global Endeavor experience and highlighted the significance of supporting SMEs as the backbone of Greek economy that can lead growth and job creation.
Endeavor Greece Chairman, Michael D. Chandris shared Endeavor Greece mission to build the prototype of the new growth model that Greece needs and showcase successful companies that move forward, expand globally and grow during challenging times for the economy. He also acknowledged the highly signifoicant contribution of all network members to the Endeavor mission and expressed his gratitude to Mareva Grabowski, who is the founder and Vice – Chair of the Greek affiliate, Dr. John Coustas, President & CEO, Danaos Corporation; Leonidas Fragkiadakis, CEO, National Bank of Greece, Marily Frangista, Managing Director, Franco Compania Naviera; Theodore M. Kyriakou, Group CEO, Antenna Group; Johanna Papadopoulou, President & Managing Director, E.J. Papadopoulos; Costantza Sbokou Constantakopoulou, Architect T.E.MES; Yiannis N. Stassinopoulos, Viohalco and Melina Travlou, Chairman and CEO, Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises.
Haris Makryniotis, Managing Director, Endeavor Greece, mentioned that since 2012, 23 Greek companies have joined Endeavor network that supports more than 1,500 entrepreneurs globally. Today, Endeavor Greece supports Hellas Direct, Papadimitriou, HotelBrain, Insurance Market, ERGON, Brainbox, Think Digital Group, Green Cola, Travelplanet24/Tripsta, blueground, FREZYDERM, Avocarrot, Sychem, Workable, CHB Group, Forky, KONBA and Yodiwo. These companies have created more than 17,000 direct and indirect jobs. 80% of these jobs are in Greece’s rural areas supporting Greek periphery. Their revenues reach €251 million in total and they have raised investment of €106 million. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have a significant global presence in 95 countries.
Through a powerful network of 1,000 Endeavor entrepreneurs and more than 3,000 business leaders worldwide and strategic partners in Greece and globally (NBG, ΕΥ, Accenture, DDB/Tribal Worldwide Athens, Korn Ferry), Endeavor Greece supports entrepreneurs to grow and expand globally as well as gain access to debt and investment.
This year’s Endeavor awards were given to blueground for Fastest Growing Company, CHB Group for Top Job Creator and Evi Andrianou, Miltos Kornaros and George Mavridis from Rea Capital Advisors for Mentors of the Year. The event was sponsored by Aegean Airlines, ΕΥ and Volvo and supported by: Hilton Athens, Theopetra Estate, Green Cola, Christodoulou Family and Bombay Saphire.