Our Entrepreneurs

High-impact entrepreneurs are committed not only to scaling their companies, but also to growing their local ecosystems. Historically, Endeavor Entrepreneurs typically grow their companies more than twice as fast, and create jobs more than five times as quickly as their peers.

Our Entrepreneurs

High-impact entrepreneurs are committed not only to scaling their companies, but also to growing their local ecosystems. Historically, Endeavor Entrepreneurs typically grow their companies more than twice as fast, and create jobs more than five times as quickly as their peers. They are also four times more likely to inspire and invest in the next generation of founders.

“Talent may be equally distributed, but opportunity certainly isn’t.”

Entrepreneurs everywhere face obstacles in scaling their businesses, but in emerging markets like Nigeria, they face additional barriers including high costs of operation, poor infrastructure, limited talent pools and management capacity, fewer role models and mentors, and constrained access to smart capital. Over more than 20 years, Endeavor has developed and honed a multi-local model that delivers critical access to mentorship, talent and expertise, capital and new markets for our entrepreneurs. Endeavor’s 300+ staff and 4,000+ Endeavor Network members support Endeavor Entrepreneurs in Nigeria and over 30 other high-growth markets to successfully grow their companies and become important nodes for wealth and job creation in their local economies.

Our Portfolio

Bukky George

(HealthPlus)

HealthPlus provides consumers with safe, affordable and convenient access to medicines and related products. With one in five medicines in circulation estimated to be substandard or fake, HealthPlus Group brings Nigerians pharmacy and beauty products they can trust. Between HealthPlus, a chain of pharmacies, and CasaBella, a chain of beauty stores; the company has almost 90 retail outlets across Nigeria.

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Elizabeth Rossiello

(BitPesa)

BitPesa is a digital foreign exchange and payment platform that offers businesses a fast, easy and low-cost way to make payments to and from Africa. Elizabeth Rossiello began to incubate the idea for BitPesa in 2011, while living in Kenya. Her work as Deputy Director at Planet Rating and as an Investment Advisor for the Grameen Foundation and Acumen Fund gave her insight into the challenges African businesses face trading across borders.

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Etop Ikpe

(Cars45)

Cars45 is disrupting Africa’s used car industry by bringing a world-class buying and selling experience to Nigeria, Africa’s largest national economy. After founding a series of technology ventures, including 3-stitches Nigeria’s first fashion ecommerce website, and, holding top management positions in DealDey and Konga, Etop determined that his next venture would have an inherently defensible model.


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Gbenga Agboola

(Flutterwave)

Flutterwave provides payments technology and infrastructure to enable people and businesses in Africa to connect with the global economy. Its solution enables banks and merchants to replace multiple payment integrations with one simple API, which enables processing of any form of payment (e.g. credit/debit cards, mobile money, USSD, ACH, QR code) anywhere on the continent.


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Kene Okwuosa & Moses Babatope

(FilmHouse & FilmOne)

FilmHouse and FilmOne are building platforms to support the thriving Nigerian film industry (Nollywood). FilmHouse is Nigeria’s largest chain of cinemas, screening Hollywood blockbusters alongside premium Nollywood films. FilmOne is the production and distribution arm of the company. It is the exclusive regional distributor for 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros., and co-produces a number of premium Nollywood films.


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Tayo Oviosu & Jay Alabraba

(Paga)

Paga is promoting financial inclusion across Nigeria as the country’s largest multichannel mobile money operator. In addition to its easy-to-use mobile wallet platform, Paga has built the country’s widest physical financial services distribution network (2.5x that of Nigeria’s 23 banks combined) by training and deploying 18K+ agents across convenient service points in all 36 states in Nigeria.

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