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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 22, 2019

Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions. Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative Sharia compliant finance products, eCommerce, and logistics services to promote growth. Ovamba’s technology gives global accredited and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the fast-growing African private sector.

Oct 8, 2019

Martin Sajon is Co-founder and CEO at Neuralys. He is an entrepreneur and cybersecurity professional with 12+ years of extensive experience across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US.

At Neuralys, Martin oversees the overall management of the company, including strategic product and business development efforts. He also works cross-functionally by analyzing core operational and business functions to help organizations reduce their risk.

Before Neuralys, Martin founded a security consulting firm called ISNS focused on delivering cutting-edge penetration testing services across the continent to organizations such as Avery Dennison, Nokia, Glencore, Bunge, Oberthur Technologies, SGS, Coty, between others.
 

Sep 24, 2019

Adil Yalcin is the founder and CEO of Keshif, a software tool at the intersection of analytics, design, and engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland as a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. Through his research, he created the basis of Keshif as the next-generation data exploration platform. Adil's academic work in data visualization and analysis has been published and cited in various books, proceedings, and academic journals. At Keshif Adil leads technical, design, analytics, and consulting services alongside his cofounder Behar Xharra. Adil is passionate about providing refined, effective, principled solutions that lower barriers of complex tools and complex processes, i.e. solutions that are “as simple as possible, but not simpler”.

Sep 17, 2019

Akin Sawyerr is the co-founder of RocRemit, a blockchain remittance company, a director of Splash Mobile Money, a mobile payments company in Sierra Leone and the Africa Lead for Decred an open-source, Bitcoin fork that places emphasis on development funding, on-chain governance, and consensus mechanisms. Akin is a long time executive and entrepreneur operating in mobile money, remittances, and payments in sub Saharan Africa.

 

 

Sep 10, 2019
Sep 3, 2019

KGB (Kevin Gordon Barrow) is the Founder & CEO of Mark Labs, a software company which helps organizations effectively manage the risk associated with funding social impact projects. He is a serial social entrepreneur, having worked on startups dealing with education, environmental protection, campus safety, mobile health, and rural broadband access.

Prior to embracing his inner social entrepreneur, KGB earned his stripes in the fields of law (GE), banking (ABN AMBRO), and management consulting (Deloitte and Booz Allen Hamilton).

KGB completed his higher education in the UK earning an Honours Law Degree from Durham and an MBA from Oxford. He is an an avid reader, lover of Sufi poetry, and an aspiring surfer.

Aug 27, 2019

Moe Odele is a cofounding parnter at Vazi Legal and the founder of the widely popular community, Scale My Hustle. Moe is an international attorney experienced in Business and human rights, Innovative financing, Impact Investing, Gender & inclusive finance, ESG Advisory (Due diligence & Intergration), Private Equity and Venture Capital, FinTech, Startup advisory, and Social entrepreneurship. She has worked with entrepreneurs, funds, family offices and foundations who are dedicated to solving some of the most pressing challenges in emerging markets. 

Aug 20, 2019

Andrew Mack is the Founder and CEO of Agromovil, an app-based platform that helps make the match between producers, transporters and off-takers. It allows farmers to match with the transport they need, when they need it and to find buyers that use the platform (called the MATCH). It enables transporters to build optimized routes picking up from various small farmers, making transport more efficient and profitable, and getting crops to market when needed (the BATCH). And, it enables all parties to pay on the platform, avoiding the need to take large amounts of cash to the field, making transactions safer and helping bring small farmers into the banking system and building credit histories (the PAY). Today some 30% of crops in the global south that are harvested never make it to market -- they're lost, stolen, never picked up or arrive too late to be used. With initial support from Toyota and Carnegie Mellon, Agromovil is creating an app-based platform that will change that, bringing together micro insurance, cellphone banking and ride-hailing technologies (like Lyft) to get more food, and fresher food, to hungry tables around the world.

Aug 13, 2019

Rebecca Enonchong is founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppsTech, a leading global provider of enterprise application solutions. She is also cofounder of I/O Spaces, an inclusive coworking space in the Washington DC metro area.

She is Board Chair of Afrilabs, a Pan-African network of over 150 innovation centers supporting over 500,000 entrepreneurs in Africa. She chairs ActivSpaces (African Center for Technology Innovation and Ventures) supporting entrepreneurs from two tech hubs in Cameroon. She also sits on the board of Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa), of Salesforce.org, the African Media Initiative, Eneza Education and iamtheCODE.

She is cofounder of Cameroon Angels Network and cofounder and Vice-President of African Business Angels Network. Ms. Enonchong currently serves as a mentor/advisor to several technology startups.

Aug 6, 2019

Host Andrew Berkowitz unveils our new studio at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. Each week from here on out will feature in person interviews with leaders in business and entrepreneurship in frontier and emerging markets. Each month will feature a live event panel session at USIP. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter to catch all of our livestreams and new video content.

Jul 30, 2019

Idriss Al Rifai is the founder of Fetchr. Ecommerce in the Middle East is still nascent – local and international brands have a challenging time navigating the market in which inefficient processes and the lack of post addresses lead to long delivery times and high return rates. Fetchr (formerly, MENA360) provides businesses a solution for entering the ecommerce space in the region and for reaching customers via their mobile devices.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • What are differences between the GCC countries and the North Africa ecosystem?
  • How developed is Ecommerce in the Middle east?
  • What platforms are Ecommerce happening on in the region?
Jul 23, 2019

Lanre Akinlagun is the Founder & CEO Drinks.ng, a Lagos, Nigeria based e-commerce company specializing in drinks with an extensive range of beverages comprising both alcohol and soft drinks. Before starting Drinks.ng, Lanre was an early executive at Iroko, where he worked alongside Jason Njoku before discovering the problem of finding wholesale liquor in Lagos. Trying to purchase bulk liquor at an open air market on Lagos Island is what inspired Lanre to leave to start Drinks.ng.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • Why is Nigeria's e-commerce market so fragmented?
  • How mature is the e-commerce ecosystem in Nigeria
  • What other African markets does Lanre view as similar to the Nigerian market?
Jul 16, 2019

Eric Osiakwan is the Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital, a growth capital firm investing both capital and mentoring in high-tech startups and scaleups in Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa (KINGS) – these countries make up the "KINGS" of Africa's digital economy.


Eric is a serial Entrepreneur and Investor with 15+ years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs and high-tech startups. He co-founded Angel Africa List, Angel Fair Africa and Chanzo Capital.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What African countries are catching up to the big 5 KINGS markets?

-How does ICT infrastructure in North Africa and Subsaharan Africa compare?

-What are the challenges regarding last mile internet infrastructure across the African continent?

Jul 9, 2019

Andile Masuku is a former Zimbabwean broadcaster and entrepreneur based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Andile produces a portfolio of popular audio podcasts covering tech and innovation on the African continent— including the African Tech Round-up, the African Tech Conversations series, and #AndilesTake , as well as developing and executing content strategy and tactical media plays for leading companies. He also writes a weekly syndicated tech column for Business Report and African Independent.

Dotun Oloworopoku is a General Partner at Ventures Platform. He is also the Managing Partner at Starta, a platform that makes it easier to build, discover and track high growth businesses in Africa. He is the founder of Yhello Technologies (previously meals.co.uk) an on-demand food delivery platform in the UK. He exited the business after successfully partnering with Just-eat.co.uk, the no.1 food ordering platform in Europe.

Dotun advises funded startups such as YC-backed Flutterwave on growth marketing, helping them build a growth team that can execute. Dotun is an active mentor at other accelerator programmes including Ignite in the UK, and the World’s Bank XL Africa programme.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What are the best channels to reach a consumer audience for audio content in Africa?

-Who will drive the last mile internet infrastructure in the least developed countries in Africa?

-What countries are the most ahead in terms of universal internet penetration?

Jul 2, 2019

On this episode we dive into our top 5 episode that we've ever done with leaders in the African startup ecosystems. Featured guests include Eghosa Omoigui, Zekarias Amsalu, Johnni Kjelsgaard, Osarumen Osamuyi, Konstantin Tsanis.

Jun 25, 2019

Alex Barrera is the CEO at The Aleph Report (thealeph.com) where he writes about the strategic implications of cutting-edge technology and help companies understand how to survive the future.

Prior to Aleph, Alex cofounded two major startup accelerators, tech.eu, and Press42. He is a regular mentor at several accelerators worldwide, and closely works with a couple of international conferences helping run their startup competitions and pitching training. I'm also an international speaker in multiple conferences, including keynote speaker at several TEDx Events, The Economist Summits or Global Shaper by WEF.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • What technology does Alex think will cause the most change over the coming years?
  • Why did Alex start spending the majority of his time traveling to Eastern European startup ecosystems
  • Why is the US dominance in global startups fading?
Jun 18, 2019

Dr. Mark Lutter is Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Governance Research, a nonprofit creating the ecosystem for charter cities. Prior to launching the Center for Innovative Governance Research, he was Lead Economist for NeWAY Capital, an asset management firm which made early stage investments in charter cities. During graduate school, he consulted on several new city projects and special economic zones. He has a PhD in economics from George Mason University where his research focused on charter cities. He has been published in several newspapers and magazines including CityAM, the Daily Caller, and Cato Unbound.

 

On this episode you'll learn:

-What's the difference between a special economic zone and a charter city?

-Where in the world can the charter city model have the most impact?

-What does Mark think of China's $4 Trillion commitment to their Belt  Road Initiative?

Jun 11, 2019

Sajith Pai is a Director at Blume Ventures, one of India’s leading early-stage venture firms with $150M under management. After a two-decade long stint in Media & Entertainment, much of it in The Times of India Group, across Strategy & Corp Dev roles, Sajith moved to Blume Ventures in 2018.

At Blume, Sajith focuses on supporting their investments in the Media, EdTech, Commerce space, in addition to helping build up the Research function.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • What does the total funding funnel look like for Indian startups?
  • What are the differences between India1, India2, and India3 and why has almost all VC gone into India1 focused startups?
  • How has the Indian ecosystem evolved over the past 5 years?
Jun 4, 2019

Uwem Uwemakpan is the Programme Manager for the Tony Elumelu Foundation, one of the largest Pan-African Entrepreneurship Programs which convenes the biggest gathering of African Entrepreneurs yearly. Uwem is also the Lagos Chapter Director of Silicon Valley based Startup Grind and manages the community team and initiatives. He drives 'The Afropreneur Network', an initiative dedicated to growing the African Entrepreneur and also sits on the 2018 Advisory Board of the South By Southwest (SXSW) Accelerator, Injini (Africa's EdTech Incubator), and the Lagos ambassador for Startupbootcamp. He believes entrepreneurship is key to Africa's development and as such invests his time and resources in initiatives that help the African Entrepreneur grow.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • Besides fintech, what sectors do Uwem think are most ripe for disruption in Nigeria?
  • What can the nonprofit sector do better in catalyzing development in Africa?
  • Why is it important for Africa to move up the value chain and decrease the amount of products it imports?
May 28, 2019

Andrew Rowan is the Author of Startup Vietnam, an American entrepreneur, and an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Swiss Entrepreneurship Program, currently living in Peru. Andrew has previously lived in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for one year where he worked as a tech consultant and plunged into Vietnam’s startup scene. As Director of GKTA Group, he established a partnership with the €11 million ($13.1 million) Finland-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), which accelerates growth for startups originating in Vietnam and is supported by the Governments of Vietnam and Finland until 2018. Andrew regularly collaborates on innovation initiatives in Vietnam with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, as well as with Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

On this episode you'll learn:

  • What are the Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Da Nang ecosystems like?

  • Why is Vietnam one of Southeast Asia's fastest growing economies?
  • What do American entrepreneurs need to know in order to successfully do business in Vietnam
May 21, 2019

Xiaochen Zhang is the Cofounder and President of Fintech4good and brings more than 16 years of thought leadership and global experience to build impactful solutions and enable innovative ideas in North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. FinTech4Good introduces cutting edge fintech and blockchain solutions to emerging markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. In working with partners, FinTech4Good launched Insurance Blockchain Lab, Inclusive Finance Blockchain Lab, and Smart City Blockchain Lab. He also serves as a founding partner of New Development Ventures, on the Crowdfunding Professional Association Board of Directors and UN ESCAP Digital Economy Task Force. Xiaochen advised government agencies and multinational organizations on innovative finance in positions at the World Bank, United Nations, and other international partnership platforms.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What the current state of the blockchain startup ecosystem in China?

-What country's blockchain ecosystems are advancing the quickest?

-How is blockchain being used to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?

May 14, 2019

Kari Gordon is the Executive Director of Startup Calgary. She is a champion of the startup community, bringing together diverse people, skills, and experiences to foster innovation. She has been instrumental in leading Alberta to transform economic downturn into entrepreneurial opportunities.

Under Kari’s leadership, Startup Calgary became a founding member of the Calgary Innovation Coalition, a collective of 17 organizations representing the innovation community to the Alberta government.

Hannah Cree is the co-founder of CMNGD (COMMONGOOD) and a leading Alberta advocate for social enterprise and compassionate business innovation.

In her work, Hannah combines experience in entrepreneurship, finances and marketing with a passion for ending poverty and homelessness in Canada.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • How should Social Good startups direct their capital raising efforts?
  • What sectors is Calgary gaining traction in their startup ecosystem
  • What does the angel and VC ecosystem look like in Calgary?

 

May 7, 2019

Troy Vosseller is the Co-Founder of gener8tor, A Concierge Startup Accelerator and has run accelerators in partnership with Allianz, American Family Insurance, and more. His first company was a dorm room t-shirt brand, Sconnie Nation (www.sconnie.com). That has since spawned multiple companies including Sconnie Beer (www.sconniebeer.com) and SCONNIEBAR (www.sconniebar.com).

On this episode you'll learn:

-How does gener8tor's accelerator for musicians measure success?

-At what stage does Troy think it's best for a startup to establish a board?

-What international market excites Troy the most outside of the US?

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