Louisville, KY – May 10th, 2018 – Endeavor Louisville announced today that Kaveh Zamanian, Ph.D, Founder & CEO of Rabbit Hole Spirits, was selected into the Endeavor Global network at the 79th International Selection Panel in Louisville, KY. Kaveh was selected by a panel of global business leaders including: Guibert Englebienne (Argentina), David A. Jones Sr. (USA), Mike Hennessey (USA), Gabriel Manjarrez (Mexico), John Willmoth (USA), and Doug Galen (USA).
Rabbit Hole Spirits is a Kentucky-based bourbon and whiskey distillery inspired by modern approaches to whiskey making. Operating in the $3.4B US whiskey market, Rabbit Hole currently sells across 10 states in the United States. A hometown hero in Kentucky, where 95% of the world’s bourbon comes from, Rabbit Hole hopes to bring a Renaissance of both quality and vision to the industry.
Convening business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs spanning 30 countries, the International Selection Panel (ISP) – three days of interviews, deliberations, and networking – is the culmination of a rigorous search and selection process and represents the heart and soul of the Endeavor experience. At the Louisville ISP, panelists from around the world interviewed entrepreneur candidates about their businesses, evaluating them on their potential for high-impact growth, and then deliberated on which candidates should be selected to become Endeavor Entrepreneurs. Once selected, Endeavor Entrepreneurs gain access to comprehensive customized services, including introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune 500 consulting firms who will help them address key needs.
Panelists were excited about Kaveh and his modern and ambitious vision for the future, one referring to Rabbit Hole as the “Tesla of the spirit industry.” Another panelist noted that: “Kaveh is disrupting a space that ten years ago people said couldn’t be disrupted because of its history. He’s coming in and creating a new history.”
“We are proud to welcome Kaveh and his big vision for Rabbit Hole to the global Endeavor family,” said Jackson Andrews, Managing Director of Endeavor Louisville.
Kaveh Zamanian joins a select network of high-impact entrepreneurs from across the globe that in 2017 generated $15B in revenue and have created nearly 1.5 million jobs.
Rabbit Hole Spirits is the 8th Endeavor Entrepreneur led company selected into Endeavor Global from the Louisville area, joining Rivera Group (Joey Rivera, Ph.D), Red e App (Jonathan Erwin & Patrick Goodman), El Toro (Stacy Griggs), SkuVault (Andy Eastes & Slav Ivanyuk), Edj Analytics (Sean O’Leary), Healthcare Asset Network (Kyle Green), and MXD Process (Mark Franco).
Since the launch of Endeavor Louisville, Endeavor has supported local entrepreneurs with programs at Harvard Business School & Stanford and additionally with services from global partners EY and Bain. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have been appointed Endeavor advisory boards, have been offered new market expansion and partner opportunities, have been taken on investor network roadshows, and have been provided over 400 hours of mentorship locally & globally to date from network members.