Endeavor selects SA’s Retail Engage at Dubai ISP

Endeavor selects SA’s Retail Engage at Dubai ISP

Retail Engage in Johannesburg has recently been selected by Endeavor, an entrepreneurship organisation that mentors and accelerates high impact entrepreneurs, to form part of their global network. Andrew Weinberg, CEO of Retail Engage was one of 22 selected entrepreneurs from eight countries who attended the 77th International Selection Panel (ISP) in Dubai.

Retail Engage currently offers a shopper rewards programme, bonsella®, which is targeted at 2nd tier independent FMCG retailers and benefits all stakeholders in this environment, including customers, store owners, brands and other 3rd party service providers. This accolade will benefit all stakeholders not only on a local, but also on a global scale. Weinberg took some time to share his experience of the journey to the ISP with Endevor South Africa.

Andrew Weinberg, CEO of Retail Engage

How did you find out about Endeavor?

We are always looking at increasing our global networks with leading individuals, and Endeavour provided an excellent platform to serve this purpose.

Comment on your journey leading up to the ISP.

Endeavor challenged us from both an internal and external perspective, with regards to ensuring that our business model was not only robust, but most importantly that we can deliver on our aggressive growth forecasts.

What other value have you received from Endeavor in the process, and how did it equip you for the ISP?

The support and mentoring in how to position our business was great. Being exposed and meeting industry leaders/champions has provided very useful insights. Once such example was accelerating our growth ambitions, to ensure we captured a global audience at an early stage of the model.

Comment on your experience of the ISP, and the value you received.

Exposure to international business people, leaders, and innovators has made me look at our business with more a global view. The ISP was very useful in the feedback from these international business people. Looking forward, this network will facilitate the business with regards to funding, strategic positioning and potential operational partnerships.

Why are you proud to be an Endeavor entrepreneur?

The Endeavor process has shown that my business can really be global and the development to date has potential for massive growth. I am proud to be part of an organisation that shares the business drive and support of others, of which I would like to support other businesses.

What are you most looking forward to on you Endeavor journey?

The interaction and guidance from experienced people and sharing my learnings with others. The network link to industry leaders and support companies like funding and mentorship is exciting.

What is in store for your company for the next five years?

We have set-up our business for accelerated growth on an international scale over this period, with a diverse and customised range of services and products, that will satisfy a number of stakeholders with regards to direct access to an ever-maturing LSM 3-8 consumer base.

Do you have some sound advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

If your business concept is not supported by main line corporate businesses in that it is too bold or ambitious, but you believe in it, then do it, as it will be a transformer in your industry. Also ensure you have specific goals in terms of funding and revenue targets that are achievable.

On a personal note, what is your motto and how did it influence your Endeavor journey?

Never give up or slow down! Every obstacle has a way round it, you just need to persevere in finding it. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, generating billions of dollars in revenues, and building sustainable growth models in their home countries.

Endeavor will host ISPs in 2018 in Manila (April 4-6), Louisville (May 7-9), Milan (June 27-29), Detroit (July 30-August 1), Buenos Aires (September 5-7), Athens (October 24-26) and South Africa (December 11-13).

ENDEAVOR SOUTH AFRICA – A CULTURE OF BIG THINKING

Endeavor South Africa’s values are deeply entrenched in “A Culture of Big Thinking”, what this means is the ability to think, work, act on ideas and philosophies that encompass the magnitude of a dream. For many, dreaming big is a fantasy, a myth, but at Endeavor South Africa no dream, idea, innovation or concept is too ambitious to realise.

Endeavor South Africa opened its offices in 2004 and has lead high-impact entrepreneurs to success by catalysing long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs South Africa has to offer.

March 2018. This report and Q&A by Endeavor http://endeavor.co.za/

 

Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, generating billions of dollars in revenues, and building sustainable growth models in their home countries. Endeavor will host ISPs in 2018 in Manila (April 4-6), Louisville (May 7-9), Milan (June 27-29), Detroit (July 30-August 1), Buenos Aires (September 5-7), Athens (October 24-26) and South Africa (December 11-13).

ENDEAVOR SOUTH AFRICA – A CULTURE OF BIG THINKING
Endeavor South Africa’s values are deeply entrenched in “A Culture of Big Thinking”, what this means is the ability to think, work, act on ideas and philosophies that encompass the magnitude of a dream. For many, dreaming big is a fantasy, a myth, but at Endeavor South Africa no dream, idea, innovation or concept is too ambitious to realise.

Endeavor South Africa opened its offices in 2004 and has lead high-impact entrepreneurs to success by catalysing long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs South Africa has to offer.

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