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The Global Startup Movement - Startup Ecosystem Leaders, Global Entrepreneurship, and Emerging Market Innovation

Host Andrew Berkowitz interviews startup founders, ecosystem builders, investors, emerging market players, and economic development thought leaders about the startup ecosystems in their cities.
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Jun 26, 2018

Martin Villig is co-founder of Taxify, a leading ride-hailing platform in 40 cities across Europe and Africa. Taxify has over 10M riders and 120K drivers worldwide. Martin is passionate about community initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and help people in Baltics and Estonia to build tech startups. On this episode you'll learn: Having raised just 2 Million Euro before Taxify's latest fundraise, how does Martin think about capital efficiency vs. speedy growth into international markets? What is Martin's secret sauce when it comes to launching a successful community hub for Estonia's startup ecosystem? How did Martin and Taxify approach market research when approaching their expansion strategy into Africa?

Jun 19, 2018
Aubrey Hruby is a Co-Founder of Insider, the Africa Expert Network (AXN) and an advisor to investors and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Africa. She designs market entry strategies, sources opportunities and facilitates transactions. As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, she speaks regularly on African business issues. She writes regularly for the Financial Times and Newsweek. Aubrey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Invest Africa USA, Young Leader at the Milken Institute and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). On this episode you'll learn: What opportunity do African Corporate's have in accelerating internal innovation by partnering with local startups? How should entrepreneurs approach their PR strategy? How does the newly signed African free trade agreement help Africa's markets interoperate more efficiently?
Jun 12, 2018

Allie Burns is the Managing Director at Village Capital and brings more than 16 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators at the intersection of tech and social change. Allie works across Village Capital's program in emerging markets including Nairobi, Bangalore, and Mexico City. She previously ran Communications for Startup America, Revolution, the Case Foundation, and AOL.

On this episode you'll learn:

-Why are we seeing a resurgence of funds reentering the Cleantech market?

-Why do CEO's need to spend more time early on in recruiting top talent?

-Why does Village Capital conduct their due diligence process differently than traditional venture capital?

Jun 5, 2018
Tayo Oviosu is the Founder and CEO of Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile payment service. Prior to Paga he was Vice President at Travant Capital Partners where he was responsible for executing the firm‘s investment strategy in West Africa. He is currently an active angel investor and advisor in ReelFruit, a Nigerian fruit processing agribusiness; and ChopUp, a mobile gaming start-up. Alongside Paga’s numerous achievements, Tayo has been nominated for the West African Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2013 All African Business Leaders Awards. On this episode you'll learn: As a founder that’s actively making angel investments, how does Tayo think about constructing his angel portfolio and the strategy behind his investments? What has been Tayo's biggest lessons learned when it comes to fundraising and looking back, which round was the hardest to raise? Why does Tayo think international investors should seek out a local partner when investing in Nigerian startups?
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