Miami hosts 56TH Endeavor International Selection Panel
MIAMI – December 11, 2014 – Endeavor Miami announced today that Anabel Perez, Co-founder of NovoPayment and Kairos Founder, Brian Brackeen, are the latest additions to its portfolio of selected Endeavor Entrepreneurs; they join six other previously selected Miami entrepreneurs. The new additions were chosen by panelists at Endeavor Global’s 56th International Selection Panel (“ISP”), which was held in Miami from December 8-10th.
The three Miami entrepreneurs join a total of 40 high-impact entrepreneurs representing 22 companies in 13 countries, who were also selected at this panel. To celebrate the incoming entrepreneurs, Endeavor Miami hosted an event at the New World Center last night, bringing together all ISP participants, Endeavor Miami entrepreneurs, Board Members, mentors, as well as top leaders from the Miami community.
NovoPayment connects banked and unbanked individuals with multiple institutions across the Americas. It provides consumers with increased access to cashless payments, and provides companies with the infrastructure to deploy their own prepaid and mobile wallet programs. “Endeavor Miami mentors have really challenged me to think bigger,” said Anabel Perez, and “I’m thrilled to be recognized as an Endeavor Entrepreneur”.
“I’ve been pursuing the opportunity to be part of this selected group of high-impact entrepreneurs and I’m thrilled not only to make it big but also to build Miami”, said Brian Brackeen. Kairos provides clients with an affordable facial recognition API that allows them to recognize individuals in an easy, secure, and accurate way. Kairos’ 2D to 3D facial recognition software verifies peoples’ identities with 99% accuracy.
Endeavor Miami board members and mentors are really active helping entrepreneurs strive. During this ISP, Board Members Maurice Ferré, Sean Wolfington, Andres Moreno, and Ernest Bachrach along with Endeavor Miami mentors Gustavo Cisneros, Jocelyn Cortez-Young, Daniel Heise, and Lisa Raggiri, participated as panelists interviewing entrepreneurs from 15 countries of the Endeavor world.
Endeavor Miami Co-Chair, Adriana Cisneros, who participated as an observer said: “We’re excited to close this year with two more companies – which along with the other six companies we had already selected, will play an important role representing Miami and building its entrepreneurial community”.
Endeavor’s International Selection Panel is the culmination of a rigorous selection process, where panels composed of top business leaders interview candidates about their businesses, high-impact leadership potential, and timing. In order for an entrepreneur to be selected, they must receive unanimous vote from all six panelists.
Endeavor Miami launched its operations on September 2013 with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a very active local board of business leaders, each of whom believes that high-impact entrepreneurship can transform Miami.
“The strength of ideas and enterprise in Miami continues to grow—both within the city and beyond its borders,” said Matt Haggman Knight Foundation program director for Miami. “These new additions to Endeavor’s global network, along with those selected previously, reveal this potential and provide a view into the future of Miami as a high-impact innovation hub.”
Endeavor Entrepreneurs receive targeted services including mentorship, access to capital, access to markets, as well as access to talent. For more information on Endeavor Miami or to nominate entrepreneurs, please visit www.endeavormiami.org.