Malaysian F&B and cloud kitchen enterprise, Pop Meals has been selected by Endeavor, as one of the 13 entrepreneurs at the 33rd Virtual International Selection Panel (vISP), held January 23-25.
Endeavor now supports 2,415 entrepreneurs leading 1,492 companies in 41 markets around the world, Pop Meals being one of them, representing Malaysia.
Formerly known as dahmakan, Pop Meals strives to serve affordable food in the fastest and most convenient ways through an omnichannel approach with a network of smart outlets.
The vISP was presented with partner support from General Atlantic, AXA, Bain, Cooley, EY, HSBC, Silicon Valley Bank, and Zoom. The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step selection process to identify high-impact entrepreneurs from all over the world.
During this process, Endeavor seeked founders who demonstrated the potential to leverage Endeavor’s resources and mentorship to grow their business at least 10x, while also committed to reinvesting time and resources into their local ecosystems to help build the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Announcing the thrill of marking Malaysia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem on the global map, Adlin Yusman, the Managing Director of Endeavor Malaysia commented, “This win is a significant accomplishment and testament to not only Jonathan and Jessica, but also to Endeavor Malaysia. As our first Endeavor Entrepreneurs selected after three years, they have set an inspiring example for our community and empowers us to strive for bigger dreams, putting back on the global lens of high-impact entrepreneurs.”
Jonathan Weins and Jessica Li (Co-founders of Pop Meals), who are now Endeavor Entrepreneurs after a unanimous vote from the panel, believe everyday food should be more affordable, convenient and exciting through data-driven product development by incorporating technology into the low-tech F&B industry.
This removes inefficiencies, food waste, and uses data to make the best and most relevant food for customers. To date, Pop Meals operates 35 smart outlets with a consistent 94% food rating from customers and is on a fast expansion course across Southeast Asia.
Upon becoming an Endeavor Entrepreneur Jonathan added, “I am beyond grateful for winning the hearts of Endeavor’s high-impact global panel and the opportunity to join the network of high-impact entrepreneurs. Passing the International Selection Panel was a challenging yet rewarding experience, and I am honored to have been selected. I am excited to embark on this new journey with Endeavor and to work alongside other visionary entrepreneurs who are driving visionary changes and making a lasting impact.”
Pop Meals will now be supported by Endeavor through access to comprehensive, strategic support services, including introductions to global business mentors, and investors who will help them address key needs; scaling their companies bigger and faster.
Panelists involved in the vISP: Monica Brand Engel (Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Quona Capital), David Wells (Former CFO of Netflix), Chris Miller (Founder & CEO of Everside Health), Larry Chu (Partner, Co-Chair, Technology M&A of Goodwin Law), Francisco Alvarez-Demalde (Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Riverwood Capital), Luis Arbulu (Partner of Salkantay), Cesar Carvalho (Co-Founder & CEO of Gympass), Terry Hanold (Former VP, International Technology of Amazon), Amr Shady (Co-Founder & CEO, Tribal Credit), Susan Anderson (CEO of Cannonball Capital Inc.), Obi Ozor (Co-Founder and CEO of KOBO360) and Firat Isbecer (Founder & CEO of Commencis).