Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2009 (Revised November 2010)

Endeavor: Creating a Global Movement for High-Impact Entrepreneurship

by William A. Sahlman


This case describes a critical inflection point in the growth of an international development "mentor capitalist" nonprofit, Endeavor. As Endeavor aims to scale its high-impact entrepreneurship model globally, founder Linda Rottenberg must determine what success looks like for the organization and which growth option will most effectively take Endeavor in that direction. The case begins with a panel of business leaders selecting a new class of Jordanian entrepreneurs to join the ranks of Endeavor's prestigious portfolio. Their decision forces them to wrestle with the following questions: "What is high impact entrepreneurship, and how will it contribute to the economic development of a country like Jordan?"

Keywords: Developing Countries and Economies; Social Entrepreneurship; Global Strategy; Corporate Social Responsibility and Impact; Nonprofit Organizations; Jordan;


Sahlman, William A. "Endeavor: Creating a Global Movement for High-Impact Entrepreneurship." Harvard Business School Case 810-049, September 2009. (Revised November 2010.)