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Lebanese Entrepreneur Jean-Marc Ingea, CEO of Elcir

zLebanese Entrepreneurs Jean-Marc Ingea, CEO of Elcir and Jamil Corbani, founder of Green Studios, selected to Join the Endeavor Global Network as High-Impact Endeavor Entrepreneurs

Endeavor, the non-profit organization leading the global
movement supporting High-Impact Entrepreneurs, selected Jean-Marc Ingea, CEO of
upscale interior furniture and woodwork company Elcir , and Jamil Corbani, founder of
floral walls and roof gardens company Green Studios, to join its global network of highimpact entrepreneurs. The selection took place at Endeavor’s 52nd International
Selection Panel (ISP) held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in February 2014. Jean-Marc Ingea
and Jamil Corbani are the 16th and 17th Endeavor Lebanon Entrepreneurs.

Elcir : Like the legend of the Phoenix

Founded in 1956, Elcir is a family business with longstanding wood crafting heritage
which Jean-Marc successfully took into the 21st century with the assistance of his father
René and brother Paul. Elcirdesigns, manufactures and installs interior woodwork and
furniture for upscale hotels, high-end residential units, offices and public buildings
around the globe. The business was severely hit following the loss of two of its factories
during Lebanon’s civil war, before Jean-Marc and his family managed to turn the
business around and grow its annual revenues three-fold.
The company’s portfolio explains its outstanding global success, with impressive multimillion dollar projects for clients in a dozen countries across five continents. Its clients
include the One & Only Ocean Club and the Atlantis Hotel The Cove in the Bahamas,
Qatar Petroleum Headquarters in Doha, the St. Regis Hotel in Cairo, Four Seasons

Our selection to join Endeavor’s network is a delightful recognition for the Elcir team

Jean-Marc Ingea

CEO – Elcir

Hotels in several countries, the very exclusive Laennec residential project in Paris 7th
and Turkmenistan’s Presidential Palace. Targeting the $400 billion global hotel
construction market and 1,900 luxury hotels set to open in 2014, with recurrent clients
such as Bouygues, Vinci, Saudi Oger, CCC or Besix Elcir is neatly making its way up to
become a worldwide leader in finishing works.
“Our selection to join Endeavor’s network is a delightful recognition for the Elcir team of
120 highly qualified designers, engineers, architects and craftsmen who are working
seamlessly to deliver our world-class service to clients. Endeavor will offer us valuable
support and mentorship at the exciting times ahead of us, as we work to institutionalize
the management of our family business, develop our growth strategy and strengthen
our marketing efforts worldwide”, said Jean-Marc Ingea.

Green Studios: A Business Built for the Future

Founded in 2010, Green Studios produces floral walls and roof gardens. A first-of-itskind in the Middle East, the company reintroduces nature into the increasingly concrete
landscape of cities. By combining stylish designs from a choice of 200 plants and a
pioneering proprietary technology to build beautiful botanic structure that are compatible
with various weather conditions, Green Studios is well-positioned to compete globally in
a market valued at $6 billion. The company’s system is the only one designed for
extreme hot weathers and is filed for a US patent in New York.
Over a short three-year period since its inception, Green Studios has attracted premier
clients such as Lebanon’s leading real estate developer SOLIDERE and completed
outstanding projects including an 812 square meters roof garden on the top of the
Central Bank in Beirut. In 2013, the company opened an office in Egypt and won a bid
to construct a 380 square meters green wall in Egypt’s first smart business complex
Raya Plaza. The firm has also strengthened its presence through an exclusive
partnership with Zinco, one of the world’s leaders in green roof technology. Green
Studios has also signed one of the world’s biggest high-rise residential green wall
projects, designed by Pritzker Price awards winners, international architects Herzog &
De Meuron in Solidere.

Green Studios takes a position as a revered corporate citizen, by sponsoring
scholarships for architecture students in Lebanon. Behind this remarkable success,
Jamil Corbani stands as an inspiring role model for the coming generation of Lebanese
entrepreneurs. “The Endeavor selection process was both exciting and helpful for us as
we were able to look at our business from a new perspective and with a more critical
eye. We see tremendous growth opportunities as a result of Endeavor’s mentorship and
networking support in the future, as we face up to the challenges of entering new
countries and developing our marketing strategy in order to meet our $10 million
revenue target in 3 years”, said Corbani.

52nd ISP: 16 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 7 Countries Join the Endeavor

The entrepreneurs were chosen at a panel held in Jakarta, Indonesia from February 19

  • 21, where panelists from nine countries interviewed candidates about their businesses
    and high-impact potential. The panel then voted on which candidates should become
    Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and selected 16 High-Impact Entrepreneurs leading 11
    companies from Lebanon, Egypt, , Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, and
    Mexico. Brief descriptions of the selected entrepreneurs and companies are available
    through this link. Endeavor now supports 888 High-Impact Entrepreneurs from 569
    companies in 19 countries.
    Post-selection, Endeavor provides entrepreneurs with customized services, including
    introductions to local and international business mentors and volunteers from Fortune
    500 consulting firms. Endeavor Entrepreneurs have had a significant track record of
    creating thousands of jobs and building sustainable growth models in their home
    countries. Endeavor will host four additional International Selection Panels in 2014.
    Locations will be Florianopolis, Brazil; New York, NY; Istanbul, Turkey and Miami, FL.

About Endeavor

Endeavor breaks down barriers that prevent entrepreneurs from reaching their highimpact potential. Hailed by NYT columnist Thomas Friedman as the “mentor capitalist”
model and “the best anti-poverty program of all,” Endeavor identifies entrepreneurs
leading high-growth innovative companies around the world. These entrepreneurs are
given world-class strategic advice, access to key networks and other tools that will
catapult them to success. With Endeavor’s guidance they become “high-impact” –
expanding employment, generating wealth and inspiring others to innovate. Often
overlooked, these local entrepreneurs are now jumpstarting private sector development
in their countries.
For more information, please visit, or to request an interview
with Mr. Tarek Sadi or one of the Endeavor Lebanon Entrepreneurs.
© Press Release 2014

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