AnyMind Group, an end-to-end commerce enablement platform for brands, influencers and publishers, and the company’s CEO and co-founder, Kosuke Sogo, have been selected by Endeavor, the world’s leading community of high-impact entrepreneurs, to join Endeavor’s prestigious network of entrepreneurs as part of its 20th Virtual International Selection Panel.
Kosuke Sogo and AnyMind Group were selected together with 11 other entrepreneurs leading six other companies, including companies from the Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil, the United States, Italy, and Ireland, across industries such as enterprise software and services, healthcare and food & beverage.
The Virtual International Selection Panel (vISP) was presented by General Atlantic, with additional support from AXA, Bain, Cooley, EY, HSBC, Silicon Valley Bank, and Zoom. The selection is a 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.
Since starting operations in April 2016, AnyMind Group has continuously expanded and established products and offerings across areas such as cloud manufacturing, e-commerce enablement, influencer marketing and digital marketing, logistics management, publisher monetization and creator monetization.
Each platform by the company has been built for depth, and the entire suite of platforms provide a highly unique breadth of value that enables brands, influencers and publishers to tap on next-generation commerce. Offerings include:
- AnyFactory: A cloud manufacturing platform that connects users with over 200 manufacturers across Asia and enables the designing of products on the platform
- AnyShop: E-commerce enablement, including the development of e-commerce stores and integrations with various AnyMind Group platforms and payment integrations
- AnyManager: A platform for web and app developers, along with e-commerce and direct-to-consumer brands for features including web and app analytics, site build optimization and user engagement
- AnyLogi: A logistics management platform for integrated management of shipping, delivery, receipts, storage and inventory
- AnyTag and AnyDigital: Platforms for data-driven influencer marketing and social media analytics, along with web, app, social media, and DOOH advertising
- AnyCreator: A mobile application and influencer network that provides tools and resources to enhance content creation and strategy, monetization, channel and account growth
Ryoko Manabe, Managing Director, Endeavor Japan, said: “We are thrilled to have Kosuke Sogo join as the newest Endeavor Japan Entrepreneur! Japan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has been growing and many great entrepreneurs already exist in Japan. However, there are not many entrepreneurs who have succeeded outside of Japan. Kosuke has gone against all odds and demonstrated success in the global market. AnyMind now operates across 17 offices in 13 markets. The addition of a “born global” entrepreneur like Kosuke to Endeavor Japan’s network will play a critical role to accelerate our mission “to create borderless entrepreneurship in Japan”.”
Kosuke Sogo, CEO and co-founder of AnyMind Group, said: “Going through Endeavor’s rigorous selection process and our ultimate selection affirms the impact we have made across Asia and our direction as an end-to-end commerce enablement platform. Having access to Endeavor’s global network and support services will undoubtedly help us as we embark on our next stage of growth as a company.”
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 now supports 2,237 entrepreneurs leading 1,391 companies in nearly 40 markets around the world.
Panelists at the vISP included: Bruno Wauters, Former CEO, Sibelco Asia; Dan Caruso, Managing Director, Caruso Ventures (Endeavor Colorado Board Chair); Gonzalo Costa, Founding Partner, NXTP Ventures; John McIntire, Director, Open Education Holding; Mariana Donangelo, Partner, Kaszek; Matt Harris, Partner, Bain Capital Ventures (Endeavor Global Board Member); Melissa C. Guzy, Founder & Managing Partner, Arbor Ventures; Melvyn Lubega, Co-founder, Go1 (Endeavor Entrepreneur and Endeavor South Africa Board Member); Mohamad Ballout, Co-founder, Kitopi (Endeavor Entrepreneur); Nabyl Al Maskari, Executive Chairman, Al Maskari Holding (Endeavor UAE Board Chair); Patrick J. McGinnis, Founder, Dirigo Advisor; Steve Frazier, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co., Fmr. VP, Amazon.