Endeavor UAE is proud to announce that Kim Thompson & Matt Toogood of RAW Coffee Company were selected as Endeavor Entrepreneurs at the 68th International Selection Panel (“ISP”), which was held in Palo Alto, California from December 7th to 9th. Kim & Matt join Endeavor UAE’s growing portfolio now composed of 25 entrepreneurs from 17 companies. The ISP is the last selection stage to the Endeavor process, where the UAE-based entrepreneurs join a total of 37 high-impact entrepreneurs representing 20 companies from 13 countries, who were also selected at this panel.
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. At the event, panelists from around the world interviewed entrepreneur candidates about their businesses, evaluating them on their potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Once selected, Endeavor 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.
The UAE’s first roastery to offer 100% organic and fair-trade coffee, Raw is trailblazing the “Third Wave” specialty coffee movement in the Middle East. The company sources and roasts Grade 1 specialty beans from around the world to produce five premium blends and fifteen single origin coffee strains. Through an efficient logistics operation, the company delivers its coffee to commercial cafes and restaurants weekly to ensure freshness. As an end-to-end solution, Raw supports the sale of coffee beans through the provision of hands-on barista training, customer service, equipment and maintenance to ensure raw perfection in every cup.
Endeavor’s board members in the UAE, mentors, and staff have been actively engaged with helping high-impact entrepreneurs strive to reach and surpass their current potential. Endeavor UAE aims to create a cultural impact on the ecosystem by providing more opportunities and innovation for fledgling entrepreneurs.
Endeavor has announced 2017 ISPs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (February 20-22), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 15-17), London, United Kingdom (May 15-17), Lima, Peru (June 28-30), Beirut, Lebanon (24-26), New York City, United States (September 13-15), Istanbul, Turkey (October 23-25), and Miami, United States (December 11-13).
For more information on Endeavor UAE or to nominate entrepreneurs, please visit http://www.endeavoruae.org.