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Endeavor has announced the four companies that will participate in the second cohort of the 2022 Scale Up program across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. In partnership with EY, Scale Up is a non-dilutive network and growth accelerator that supports high-potential, fast-growth entrepreneurs by giving access to the resources, successful founders, and mentors in Endeavor’s regional network to scale to the next level. In 2022, Endeavor is running two cohorts (from March to June and from August to December) and each cohort will have a maximum of four companies.


Scale Up Program

Through Endeavor’s 5-month Scale Up program, entrepreneurs will receive direct mentorship from current Endeavor Entrepreneurs, Board Members, and Mentors. Founders are able to access workshops like GrowthX’s Product Market Fit Workshop and EY’s 7 Drivers of Growth to complete deep-dive assessments of their companies. Entrepreneurs will also receive an in-depth Financial Review from EY. The program includes tailored workshops, including a Behind the Scenes VC Pitch with Venture Capital investors. Finally, Scale Up Entrepreneurs will pitch at the Scale Up Acceleration Panel to receive tactical, meaningful feedback from a group of top regional mentors. 

Leading regional organizations, including Innovatemap (Indianapolis), GrowthX (Nashville), VentureFirst (Louisville & Cincinnati), Element Three (Indianapolis), Fleur de Lis Communications (Louisville), On Plane (Louisville), and more provide mentoring to Scale Up entrepreneurs through the program. 

“This next cohort of high-growth companies is fantastic. Endeavor is excited to open our network to these phenomenal high-potential entrepreneurs in our Scale Up program” shared Endeavor’s Founding Managing Director, Jackson Andrews. “Through Scale Up, we connect founders to Endeavor’s network of high-growth entrepreneurs, board members, mentors, and partners. The Scale Up entrepreneurs are the next generation of founders who will make an exponential impact on our region – creating jobs, building wealth, and then ultimately giving back to new entrepreneurs themselves.”

Endeavor launched their regional Scale Up program in 2019. Since then, 24 regional companies including Authenticx (Indianapolis), GoWild (Louisville), EZ Chow (New Albany), Native (Cincinnati), ZeroCarb LYFE (Evansville) and Costello (Indianapolis) have completed Scale Up. 

The goal of Scale Up is to accelerate the growth of high-potential entrepreneur-led businesses and further Endeavor’s mission of scaling up, going big, and giving back.


Scale Up 2022 Cohort #2 Entrepreneurs

The four companies selected to participate in this cohort are:

Company: Symba

Entrepreneurs: Evan Knowles (Co-founder, CEO), Ryan Harris (Co-founder, Head of Growth), and Tanner Wilcox (Co-founder)

Location: Lexington, KY

Industry: Real Estate Tech

Overview: Symba empowers real estate agents to be better entrepreneurs with the only platform in the industry that combines customer relationship management with embedded banking. By giving agents more financial transparency and matching their unique, on-the-go lifestyles, we help them grow their business more effectively from anywhere.

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Company: BrainStem

Entrepreneurs: Ricky Mason (CEO)

Location: Louisville, KY

Industry: EdTech

Overview: Leveraging metaverse technology, BrainStem provides a community for students to learn skills and succeed. The BrainStem Metaversity increases student engagement and creates a safe social space for K-12 students to connect with peers. Targeting K-12 school systems, BrainStem is on a mission to increase access to STEM education for all students.

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Company: Repaytient

Entrepreneurs: Chris Blakely (COO), Aaron Crowell (Head of Growth), and Tim Rooney

Location: Louisville, KY

Industry: HealthTech

Overview: Repaytient simplifies the billing process and provides increased cash flow and increased patient satisfaction by enrolling patients in interest free payment plans. The plans provide budget-friendly payment options to patients and allow them to get access to the care they need when they need it without making sacrifices to their health due to cost.

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Company: Carroll Media

Entrepreneurs: DJ Carroll (CEO)

Location: Louisville, KY

Industry: AdTech

Overview: Carroll Media builds local brands faster, better, and cheaper than anyone else. Primarily working within the insurance industry, Carroll implements their Vortex Formula to build advertising systems on social media platforms for agents to promote their work and gain customers.

Learn more at: https://Carroll.Media


About Endeavor: Endeavor is the leading global community of, by, and for High-Impact Entrepreneurs — those who dream bigger, scale faster, and pay it forward. Driven by our belief that High-Impact Entrepreneurs transform economies, Endeavor is on a mission to build thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging and underserved markets around the world. Endeavor creates a Multiplier Effect by inspiring high-growth founders to dream bigger, supporting and investing in them to scale faster, and providing a platform to pay it forward — thereby compounding their individual impact.