Evan Chen

Evan Chen

I first heard about Endeavor through a social impact fellowship called StartingBloc in 2009. One of Endeavor’s VPs talked to the fellows about Endeavor and it just clicked with me. At that point, I was completing my undergrad business degree and I was heavily involved with social impact and social entrepreneurship clubs and initiatives on campus. But I always felt something was missing. While laudable, many social entrepreneurship efforts stayed small and had difficulty scaling. When I heard about Endeavor, an organization focused on helping businesses and entrepreneurs scale – I felt that I found a missing piece to long-term economic development. After graduating in 2012, Endeavor wasn’t in the Philippines yet. When I heard about the office opening in 2014-2015, I knew I needed to work with Endeavor.

I decided to work with Endeavor because I believe in Endeavor’s vision mission and model – partly because of personal experience. My family started a business in the Philippines which grew from a mom and pop operation /SMB into a sizable corporation. I how scaling a business can benefit not only my family, the owner-entrepreneurs but also our ecosystem of suppliers and partners who grew with us as well. Because I saw the growth of our family’s business, I resonate with Endeavor’s model. I wished that my uncle who is now CEO could’ve benefited from Endeavor if it were here earlier. When I leave Endeavor to join the family business I plan to bring all the lessons I’ve learned and the pay-it-forward mindset of Endeavor to the family business. Hopefully I can also influence the family business leaders to be more Endeavor-like (grow and support entrepreneurs we work with, paying-it-forward, etc.) as we grow.

Endeavor has allowed me to be part of a great community. The entrepreneurs that I meet always inspire me to be better as they solve problems and scale businesses. Their mindset and attitudes are an inspiration for the next phase in my career. Our mentors and board members are also future role models – I hope I can develop my own skills to their level of success but I also hope I can embody their give back / pay it forward attitude. Every mentor I’ve worked with has always been out to support our candidates. While I initially thought ‘think bigger’ was something we helped our entrepreneurs do, I realized that I’ve also started to personally think bigger because of my work at Endeavor.

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