A facial authentication platform Alcatraz AI is the newest Bulgarian company to join Endeavor Global Program. The co-founders, Tina D’Agostin and Vince Gaydarzhiev, were unanimously selected at Endeavor’s 25thVirtual International Selection panel (vISP), held March 21-23, 2022.
Alcatraz AI transforms access control by leveraging artificial intelligence and analytics to make powerful decisions at the edge, where your face becomes your credential. Alcatraz’s facial authentication technology and intelligent tailgating detection enable enterprises to innovate and future-proof their security strategy. In addition, its state-of-the-art product, the Rock, is designed to be easy to deploy on any access control system, providing an enterprise-grade security solution to protect businesses, people, and assets.
“At Alcatraz AI, we could not be more proud to join Endeavor and their impressive network of innovators,” said Vince Gaydarzhiev, President and Founder of Alcatraz AI. “We look forward to expanding our mission of leveraging facial authentication to make safer spaces possible, now with the support of Endeavor.”
“We are extremely excited to have Alcatraz AI, the innovation leader of the physical security world, join the global Endeavor family! We are ready to support the company with our unrivaled network in their global expansion and rapid growth,” commented Simona Nikolova, Entrepreneur Selection and Growth Manager at Endeavor.
This is an important step for Endeavor Bulgaria towards our strategic objective to attract and integrate more diaspora entrepreneurs into our ecosystem. With Alcatraz AI on board, Endeavor Bulgaria now supports 12 companies as part of Endeavor Global Program.
Endeavor selected 13 entrepreneurs leading 6 companies and the 25th vISP 2022 and now supports 2,302 entrepreneurs leading 1,428 companies in nearly 40 markets around the world (read more about the newly selected entrepreneurs below).
The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify high-impact entrepreneurs who demonstrate the potential to leverage Endeavor’s resources and mentorship to create large-scale wealth and jobs and are committed to reinvesting their time and money in their local entrepreneurship ecosystems to help others take off.
During the vISP, panelists interviewed a small group of high-caliber entrepreneur candidates about their businesses. Then, in “deliberation rooms,” panelists evaluated the entrepreneurs on their potential for high-impact growth, discussed which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and voted unanimously to select the newest Endeavor Entrepreneurs.
Panelists at the ISP included: Amr Shady, Tribal Credit (Endeavor Entrepreneur; Endeavor Egypt Board Chair); David Wells, Experienced Operating Exec, Board Member, & Advisor; Giorgio Tinacci, Casavo (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Guibert Englebienne, Globant X and Globant Ventures (Endeavor Entrepreneur; Endeavor Argentina Board Chair); Jasen Ko, Laborem (Endeavor Philippines Board Chair); Joanna Rees, West (Endeavor Global Ambassador; Fmr. Endeavor Global Board Member); Lynne Laube, Cardlytics (Endeavor Atlanta Board Member); Nicolás Szekasy, Kaszek (Endeavor Entrepreneur; Endeavor Global Board Member); Oliver Rippel, Asia Partners; Parker Treacy, Cobli (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Shailesh Rao, Venture Highway, and BigSpring; Yinglan Tan, Insignia Venture Partners.
As part of Endeavor’s network, the newly selected entrepreneurs will gain access to comprehensive, strategic, global support services, including introductions to local and international business mentors, investors, and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs.
Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of impact. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created more than 3.9 million jobs, generate combined revenues of over $28B, and help build sustainable growth models in their home countries.
Learn more about the companies selected below:
Entrepreneur: Tina D’Agostin & Vince Gaydarzhiev
Vertical: Enterprise Software + Services
Description: Alcatraz AI transforms access control by leveraging artificial intelligence and analytics to make powerful decisions at the edge, where your face becomes your credential. Alcatraz’s facial authentication technology and intelligent tailgating detection enable enterprises to innovate and future-proof their security strategy. In addition, its state-of-the-art product, the Rock, is designed to be easy to deploy on any access control system, providing an enterprise-grade security solution to protect businesses, people, and assets.
Entrepreneur: Jaime Arrieta, Felipe Sateler, & Santiago Lira
Vertical: Enterprise Software + Services
Description: Buk is a Chilean HR tech company, creating a more efficient tool for companies to automate their HR processes. Buk presents the entire life cycle, from the selection process to off-boarding. By reducing HR managers’ time spent on administrative tasks, Buk allows companies to focus on what is more important, people. Buk provides its services in Chile, Perú, Colombia, and Mexico. The company has grown from serving 50 to 2K clients in Chile within four years of operations and recently raised $50M.
Entrepreneur: Liviu Dragan, Andreea Plesea, Daniel Balaceanu
Vertical: Enterprise Software + Services
Description: DRUID is an end-to-end platform for building AI-driven conversational business applications designed to deliver next-level employee productivity and the total customer experience in the most intuitive way. DRUID intelligent virtual assistants enable fast, personalized, omnichannel, and hyper-automated interactions while speaking each organization’s language via open integrations with existing enterprise systems. Started in 2018, DRUID actively builds on its vision to provide each employee with an intelligent virtual assistant, establishing an extensive 130+ partner network, most notably with UiPath, and servicing 100+ clients from around the world.
Entrepreneur: Sebastián Kreis & Nicolás de Camino
Description: Xepelin is a Chilean & Mexican SMB-focused FinTech. Founded in 2019, the company’s mission is to become the digital CFO SaaS for SMEs across Latin America – user-friendly and “accessible to all.” It allows its 10K+ users to organize and view their finances in one platform as a single source of truth and provides them with B2B payments, AR/AP financing, and revenue-based financing. The company aims to centralize and automate all cash flow operations for SMBs across LatAm and is leveraging its payments network effects of servicing its users’ providers/suppliers to scale faster.
Entrepreneur: Rohan Monga
Description: Zenius is Indonesia’s leading online learning platform. Its mission is to “spark the love of learning in everyone, everywhere, to question everything”, and thus solve the education gap in Indonesia. The company has built a platform that enables students in K-12 and lifelong learners to develop critical, logical, rational, and integrated scientific knowledge by offering an extensive library of 200K+ educational videos that can be accessed on both desktop and Android phones. Founded in 2004, Zenius is a team of 911, which has acquired 11M users and raised $40M+ to date.
Entrepreneur: Allison Campbell & Sebastian Monroy
Vertical: Enterprise Software & Services
Description: Zubale empowers retailers across fashion brands, supermarkets, specialty stores, and pharmacies to compete and win against the B2C aggregators (Rappi, iFood, Cornershop)while keeping their most important asset: their customers. Its proprietary embedded software and its marketplace of independent workers who pick, pack and deliver e-commerce orders from the retailer’s stores to the final customer have completed over 6million jobs. Customers across six countries such as Walmart, AutoZone, Cencosud, and ABInBev have achieved better fulfillment rates, better execution times, and increased NPS and sales. Ultimately, Zubale is enabling retailers to win in e-commerce.