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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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Mar 26, 2019

Toni Eberhart serves as Executive Director for Alabama’s leading non-profit ideation accelerator, Urban Engine. Toni's past achievements focus on economic impact primarily within the Southeast Region of the United States spanning across diverse industries such as medicine, energy infrastructure, higher education, and federal program & policy operations. Toni is known as a distinguished leader in the evolution of robust and dynamic innovation ecosystems, often advocating for burgeoning business & technology communities in the State of Alabama.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What are the advantages and disadvantages of structuring your local innovation hub as a 501c3 

-What are Urban Engine's successes for other small town ecosystems to replicate?

-What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Huntsville startup ecosystem

Mar 19, 2019

Scott Resnick is a founder and Entrepreneur in Residence of StartingBlock Madison, a 50,000 sq foot entrepreneurial hub opened in 2018. StartingBlock connects startups to corporate partners clustered in the healthcare, manufacturing, insurance and gaming industries, and provides links to mentors and capital partners. 

Scott is also the cofounder of Hardin Design & Development, a startup focused on full cycle software development and enterprise web creation. He currently is the company's Chief Operating Officer. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, he grew the company to an eight figure revenue.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How did the founding team of StartingBlock Madison put the pieces together to secure funding?

-What metrics besides venture capital can be used to gauge a startup ecosystems health?

-What are the biggest strengths of the Madison Startup Ecosystem?

Mar 12, 2019

Cédric Giorgi is the Director of Experience Design for SIGFOX, who’s building a global LPWAN wireless network for the Internet of Things. 

Before that, Cédric was the co-founder of Cookening, founded in 2012 and sold in 2015, a global marketplace that brings locals with foreigners during home cooked meals. Cédric worked at several startups during his early years of his carreer: he was Europe Director for Seesmic and Marketing Director for Goojet/Scoop.it.

Cédric has been highly involved in the startup ecosystem since 2009, as Co-Editor and Conference Organizer for Techcrunch France in 2010/2011, curator and host of LeWeb Brands Track between 2011 and 2014. He's since 2014 co-founder of NYC-based event La French Touch Conference.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How has Cedric made the French startuper Facebook group so successful?

-Why has Toulouse has become a hotbed for IOT startups

-Why is venture capital so concentrated in Paris?

Mar 5, 2019

Ali AbuKumail joined the World Bank as a Private Sector Specialist in 2012 in the Finance and Private Sector Unit of the Middle East and North Africa Region. Prior joining the World Bank, he worked as Development Adviser to the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair, from 2009 to 2012. In this capacity, he led policy dialogue and provided multi-level analyses and advice in socioeconomic Issues.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What are the most important infrastructure components needed in the majority of underdeveloped countries in the MENA region?

-Whats the state of Kuwait's entrepreneurial ecosystem

-How can governments across MENA collaborate to make international expansion for startups in the region easier?

 

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