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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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Oct 30, 2018

Johnni Kjelsgaard is the Founder and CEO of GrowthAfrica. Since starting GrowthAfrica, Johnni and his team have helped to accelerate 152 startups with $42 Million in total venture capital being raised by startups going through their accelerator.

He has spent most of his professional life in Africa, and has been directly involved in over 20 start-ups and joint ventures. Johnni represents various organisations and investors on a board level, advising on a policy and strategy level.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What opportunities does Johnni see in secondary cities in East Africa?

-What are the biggest differences between great seed investors in Africa and great Series A investors?

-What skills does Johnni see as most lacking in native entrepreneurs across Africa?

Oct 23, 2018

Zekarias Amsalu is the Founder & MD of Ibex Frontier, with presence in Ethiopia, London, and Washington DC. Zekarias started his career in the private Banking sector in Ethiopia followed by a regional Finance and Treasury role at Shell Oil East Africa Hub leading implementations in East Africa.

After a stint in high finance in London, he has re-tuned his focus on Ethiopia and Africa since 2014 and as a result has founded the London based Ibex Frontier in early 2016 and has been helping Ethiopian based companies raise capital and has led in sell side mandates and investor negotiations as well as providing advisory services for international investors moving to Ethiopia in buy side mandate and/or Route-to-Market.

 

 

On this episode you'll learn:

-Why has market data on Ethiopia's private sector historically been so scarce?

-What sectors outside of the startup world are attracting the most foreign direct investment?

-How much venture and angel capital has been activated locally in Addis Ababa?

 

Oct 16, 2018

This panel session was recorded at the Trade with Africa Business Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas over the summer. The topic of the panel was around what is driving the growth of startups and the emergence of innovation hubs across the African continent. Andrew is joined by Seye Bassir, Investment Director at the IFU, Marsha Wulff, Founding Director at Loftyinc Afropreneur Fund, and Akin Sawyerr, CEO and Cofounder of RocRemit.

Oct 9, 2018

Scott Phillips is the founder of Civic Ninjas, and co-founder/CEO of Isocentric Networks. Scott is the founder/organizer of multiple events connecting the Tulsa startup ecosystem including Ignite Tulsa, Tulsa Startup Weekend and Maker Faire Tulsa. Scott has been recognized in Tulsa People Magazine’s 40 under 40, received a Tulsey’s Above and Beyond Award for his proponency of entrepreneurship and in 2013 was one of eight people recognized nationally by the White House and President Obama as a Champion of Change in Civic Hacking.

On this episode you'll learn:
-How a robust maker space can provide an ecosystem advantages into the third wave of internet companies.</li>
-How did Tulsa achieve the #1 city for female entrepreneurs to start companies?
-How has Tulsa’s progressive open data policies benefited the local startup ecosystem?

Oct 2, 2018

Roberto Musso is the President at Digevo Group, a Chile-based organization that starts and groups innovative companies in the IT sector. Roberto is the founding partner of more than 25 companies in IT including, Izit, 3Gmotion, NCS Americas, and Beemox. He's had 3 successful exits and is one of the most prominent angel investor and mentor in the Chile startup ecosystem.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What attributes do startups in emerging economies have that make them more likely to be successful?

-Why haven't corporates in Latin America been active in the startup community?

-Considering the fact that there isn’t a healthy IPO or acquisition market in Latin America, How is startup success in emerging economies defined differently?

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