The 28 entrepreneurs were chosen at a panel held from October 17 – 19 in Amman, Jordan. Endeavor now supports 631 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 399 companies in 12 emerging growth countries.
South Africa’s contribution to the network are Luvuyo Rani and Lonwabo Rani, founders of Silulo Ulutho Technologies. Silulo has grown from a single internet café to a company that offers computer training courses, Internet café and business center services, and IT retail and repair. In the process, the Rani brothers have matured from two township kids selling refurbished computers out of their truck, to nationally recognised businessmen and role models.
“This panel in Amman is proof that despite the economic challenges around the world, entrepreneurs continue to innovate, create new jobs and build high-growth companies,” said Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg. “We continue to be impressed by the caliber of entrepreneurs we’re seeing. By the time they arrive at an International Selection Panel, these entrepreneurs have already passed through a rigorous 12-18 month screening process including numerous local panels. Thousands of entrepreneurs participate each year, and throughout the process they receive concrete feedback that helps them build their businesses.”