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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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Dec 18, 2018

Toro Orero is the Founder and Managing Partner at Draper Dark Flow, a silicon valley venture capital fund (backed by Tim Draper; Founder, DFJ) for African startups that can change the world. More recently he is the Founder at TravelGee.AI, a startup looking to combine Artificial Intelligence with Adventure and Travel.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What lessons has Toro learned investing in African startups over the years?

-What traits do African founders need to have that differ from their Western counterparts?

-What are the common misperception western VC's still have about investing in African startups?

Dec 11, 2018

Dr. Konstantinos Tsanis is currently leading the innovation and transformation arm of the first digital bank of Africa, Alat, created by WEMA Bank. He is a seasoned financial technology and digitalization executive, with 12+ years hands of experience across different continents and industries [FinTech, Energy (Oil, Gas and Utilities), Consulting, High Tech, Academic, Military and Financial], having worked on several market wide FinTech projects such as the E-Bond or FX trading platforms in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya, among others.

In his past roles he focused on the growth of the corporate incubator within Thomson Reuters, with a particular focus in FinTechs, Start Ups and SMEs across MENA.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How do the Nigerian banks and regulators view Fintech startups?

-What are the biggest differences between startup ecosystems in the MENA region and the GCC region?

-How is the Nigerian economy viewed by international investors?

Dec 4, 2018

Peter Karenge is the President and Founder of BizSolutions 360, a full service architectural, engineering and consulting firm, that has designed, built, financed, operated and managed projects and programs around the globe. He's an architect and entrepreneur who is passionate about creating sustainable solutions that transform communities and power growth.

Born in the economically poor Eastlands  Estate in Kenya, and raised by determined parents who believed in hard work, discipline and the importance of education, Mr Karenge now is determined to leverage his capabilities to innovate  economic empowerment solutions that alleviate poverty  and create employment, especially for the more vulnerable people on a BIG scale.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How would Peter advise a US-based investor interested in making their first investment in Africa?

-What was it like growing up in poverty in Kenya

-How has his experience with sports affected Peter's business career?

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