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Co-Founders of Chicago-based Cameo selected to join Endeavor’s growing Great Lakes portfolio
DETROIT, May 20, 2021 — Endeavor is excited to announce Steven Galanis, Co-Founder and CEO of Cameo, and Devon Townsend, the company’s Co-Founder and Head of Product, have been selected to join Endeavor’s portfolio of entrepreneurs. Galanis and Townsend were selected at Endeavor’s 15th virtual International Selection Panel (ISP). The ISP is the culmination of a rigorous multi-step interview and selection process to identify entrepreneurs who demonstrate the potential to leverage Endeavor’s resources to create large-scale wealth and jobs and are committed to reinvesting in their local entrepreneurship ecosystems.
Chicago-based Cameo connects fans directly with their favorite pop culture icons via personalized video messages, live calls, and direct messages. The company operates through a website and mobile app and currently works with over 40,000 members of the “talent” community, including athletes, actors, digital influencers, and others, to sell personalized content to fans. For fans, the app provides unprecedented direct access to top celebrities and influencers. Cameo has received numerous awards and recognition, including one of the 50 Genius Companies of 2018 by Time Magazine and Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. Cameo recently announced that it has raised $100 million in Series C funding at a valuation of over $1 billion. Including this funding round, the company has raised over $165 million.
As part of Endeavor’s network, newly selected entrepreneurs gain access to comprehensive, strategic, global support including introductions to local and international founders, business leaders, investors, and advisors from Fortune 500 companies.
“We’re extremely excited and humbled to join Endeavor’s global network of high impact entrepreneurs,” said Galanis and Townsend. “We look forward to growing and increasing our impact through the influence of this unique group of passionate founders.”
Townsend and Galanis, who currently live in Miami, will work closely with Endeavor’s Detroit and Miami offices to tap into Endeavor’s unrivaled global peer network and pay it forward to other future high-growth entrepreneurs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Steven and Devon into our portfolio of entrepreneurs,” said Diana Callaghan, Managing Director of Endeavor’s Detroit-based affiliate. The co-founders’ tremendous success with Cameo is yet another example that category creators and influential high-growth companies are not just found on the coasts. We look forward to working with Steven and Devon on their international expansion efforts and to helping more entrepreneurs across the Great Lakes to dream bigger, scale up, and pay it forward.”
Endeavor now supports over 2,175 entrepreneurs leading 1,356 companies in nearly 40 markets around the world. The organization’s entrepreneurs have created more than 3.9 million jobs, generate combined revenues of over $28B, and help build sustainable growth models in their home countries.
Established in 1997, Endeavor is leading the leading global community of, by, and for high-impact entrepreneurs. Endeavor supports its entrepreneurs with access to an unrivaled global network, peer-to peer community and demand-driven services. The organization also works to elevate Endeavor Entrepreneurs as aspirational role models and provide avenues for them to mentor and inspire others to reimagine what is possible.
Headquartered in New York City, Endeavor currently operates in nearly 40 growth markets throughout Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. The Endeavor Detroit affiliate was established in 2015 and works with Entrepreneurs and mentors throughout the Great Lakes region. Endeavor’s Detroit affiliate currently works with 34 entrepreneurs leading 20 companies, such as Altruist, Banza, Bloomscape, Floyd, and The Lip Bar.
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