On a quiet Thursday evening in January, we held our 2nd Annual Network Gathering in Lagos. 2020 was off to a busy start, and we saw this as an opportunity to bring together our local network and friends of Endeavor who make our success possible. Our diverse network of board-members, mentors, entrepreneurs and partners, exemplify high-impact entrepreneurship in Nigeria and we are thankful for their support of Endeavor’s mission. At the Annual Gathering, we also highlighted the individual contributions of some of the outstanding Nigeria network members who most embodied three of Endeavor’s values in 2019 (“One Endeavor”, “Paying It Forward”, and “Going Big”).
Thank you to all attendees! We look forward to multiplying our impact in the Nigerian ecosystem in 2020. To view the complete photo album, click here.
Read on to learn about Endeavor’s values and our network members who were honored this year.
Recipient: Bukky George (Founder & CEO, HealthPlus and Endeavor Entrepreneur)
Endeavor Value: GOING BIG
WE SEE CRAZY AS A COMPLIMENT AND AIM TOWARD ASPIRATIONAL GOALS
In our work, we aspire to be the best while also pursuing meaningful change and innovation. We embrace ambiguity and agility, welcome critical questions and opposing perspectives, and continually challenge ourselves to expand our dreams. We view success as a lifelong pursuit, and we constantly look for ways to improve ourselves and our organization. As emerging and aspiring leaders, we recognize the importance of being authentic, aware and accessible.
Bukky George’s unmistakable passion, grit and tenacity embody the Endeavor Value of Going Big. In 2019, HealthPlus celebrated its 20th anniversary; since its launch in 1999, it has grown it into the largest pharma-retail concept in Nigeria with 90 stores spread across the country. Powered by a $20M fundraise, the first of its kind for a pharma-retail concept in Nigeria, Bukky has set an ambitious target of expanding to over 200 stores within the next 3 years.
Recipient: Tayo Oviosu & Jay Alabraba (Co-Founders, Paga and Endeavor Entrepreneurs)
Endeavor Value: ONE ENDEAVOR
WE ARE BORDERLESS, UNIFIED BY A PASSION FOR HIGH-IMPACT ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
Brought together by a common mission, we honor our differences and push one another towards ever more aspirational, unifying goals. We welcome opportunities to work with one another across borders and dedicate ourselves to facilitating valuable connections among our network. We celebrate our global successes as local victories. As one unified organization, we are far greater than the sum of our already strong parts.
As Endeavor Entrepreneurs, Tayo Oviosu and Jay Alabraba have been selected as Endeavor Outliers for 2 consecutive years for promoting financial inclusion as the country’s largest multi-channel mobile money operation. Outliers the top 5% of Endeavor Entrepreneurs who are demonstrating that impact at scale has no geographic or industry barriers. Tayo and Jay actively leverage the power of Endeavor’s global network, building connections with Endeavor Entrepreneurs, mentors and Endeavor offices across the world, embodying our value of a borderless organization.
Recipient Sean Hsu (Group President & CEO, Netcom and Endeavor Mentor)
Value: PAYING IT FORWARD
WE STRIVE TO MULTIPLY OUR IMPACT
We feel a deep obligation to magnify change and innovation. We willingly commit ourselves to mentoring and investing in the next generation of leaders, both within and beyond our own team. We seek to lift those around us, widening the circle of opportunity. Giving back is essential to who we are, and we look for meaningful and measurable ways to maximize our influence.
Endeavor mentors are at the core of what we do at Endeavor. Through mentoring sessions, Second Opinion Reviews and Local Selection Panels, Sean Shu gives his time, expertise and critical feedback consistently and generously to Endeavor Entrepreneurs. In 2019, Sean donated 10% of total mentor hours in Nigeria.