Two Northwest Arkansas entrepreneurs have been selected by Endeavor as part of its 7th Virtual International Selection Panel (ISP).
Kevin Clark and Jeremy Wilson, representing NowDiagnostics, were selected to join Endeavor’s international network of entrepreneurs. In total, nine entrepreneurs were selected, out of 1,310 companies from 37 international markets.
Clark is the CEO of NowDiagnostics while Wilson is the founder and chairman of the company.
“We are excited to be part of a network of transformational entrepreneurs. This will enable us to access Endeavor’s international presence and take advantage of their broad-reaching peer-to-peer network. This extraordinary group of leaders will challenge us to develop more cutting-edge products that will help solve some of today’s most challenging global health issues – like COVID-19. I look forward to being part of such a supportive, innovative and impactful ecosystem,” Clark said in a statement.
Based in Springdale, NowDiagnostics is a diagnostic health testing company that was incorporated in 2014 but that has had its technology under development for more than 15 years, according to its company website. Through its ADEXUSDx product line, NowDiagnostics uses a drop of blood to provide point-of-care testing for a range of illness and conditions, including food intolerance, allergies, STIs and respiratory/chronic illnesses.
In total, NowDiagnostics has eight tests that are CE Marked with one that is FDA 501K cleared for use in the United States. The company has 36 more tests that are in development, including COVID-19 related tests.
To be selected for Endeavor’s network, entrepreneur must go through a multi-stage selection process, with the International Selection Panel serving as the final stage. Entrepreneurs must go through local and regional interviews, including first and second opinion reviews with Endeavor staff members. The International Selection Panel will then interview the entrepreneurs and make their selections. Panelists must unanimously agree on panelists in order for entrepreneurs to be selected.
Once selected, entrepreneurs will have access to more than 3,500 mentors in the Endeavor network, as well as increased access to capital, such as the Endeavor Catalyst program and investor networks.
Endeavor members will also have access to leadership and fellows programs.
“As a global company, accessing a global mentorship network from right here in Northwest Arkansas is exciting and gives us that opportunity to collaborate with other talented entrepreneurs. The Endeavor process has reinforced how important it is to not just think big but also to give back and strengthen your local community. We look forward to working with the entire Endeavor team,” Wilson said.
According to Endeavor NWA managing director Canem Arkan, NowDiagnostics is poised to disrupt the health care industry, making it an ideal company to join the organization’s network.”I firmly believe NOWDiagnostics has the capacity to revolutionize healthcare. We are so excited to be working with them to scale faster and reach the furthest markets. We know they will inspire future Heartland leaders, scientists, and innovators to transform healthcare in our region and beyond,” she said.
This is the second group of Arkansas entrepreneurs selected to join Endeavor’s global network. In 2019, Endeavor selected four members of the Field Agent team to join the network. This group included Rick West, Henry Ho, Kelly Miller and Marc Yount.
Field Agent is a crowdsourcing platform that offers data collection and digital marketing services for businesses.