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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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Apr 30, 2019

Osarumen Osamuyi is the author of the Subtext, an Entrepreneur in Residence at Africa's Talking labs in Nairobi, and a great thinker in Africa's Tech Community. He was previously based in Lagos and served as head of investment and ecosystem research at Ventures Platform a leading source of capital, capacity building, support and advocacy for entrepreneurs across Africa. He started his foray into tech with TechCabal.

On this episode you'll learn:

-Is there enough quality deal flow for the incoming venture capital funds to invest in?

-What's the state of consumer-facing tech on the continent?

-Should startups change their approach in working with banks?

Apr 23, 2019

Kelly Lapierre is the cofounder and partner at Venture Catalysts, a non-profit with the mission of building an inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in Detroit through strategic large scale entrepreneurship events and targeted growth programs. We provide leadership, training, and mentorship for founders and ecosystem leaders. Kelly has been an active ecosystem builder in Detroit since moving back in 2013.

On this episode you'll learn:

  • You moved back to Detroit in 2013 right as the city was declaring bankruptcy, how did the startup community evolved throughout those years?
  • What kind of work is being done to connect the Ann Arbor and Detroit ecosystems? Anything in particular that's worked well or lessons on what hasn't worked?
  • What sectors present the biggest opportunity for startups in Detroit?

 

Apr 16, 2019

Yariv Lotan is the Head of Strategic Sector Development for Startup Nation Central. Start-Up Nation Central is an independent non-profit that builds bridges for Israeli innovation. They connect business, government, and NGO leaders from around the world with Israeli innovation, offering Israeli innovators access to high-potential and previously inaccessible markets, through highly customized business engagements, and through Start-Up Nation Finder – an easy to use, up-to-date, free online platform for discovering and connecting with the thousands of relevant innovators.

Yariv previously headed the primary private-equity investment arm of a major insurance group in Israel where he Invested $100m in private-equity, venture-capital and real-estate.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What sectors are Israel leading and where are their gaps in the ecosystem?

-What countries have been most active in investing in the Israeli ecosystem?

-What are the other ecosystems besides Jerusalem and Tel Aviv that are growing startup hubs in the country? 

Apr 9, 2019

Brian Park is a startup evangelist, advisor, and angel investor. He is the director for Startup Grind DC and Managing Director at the SparkLabs Cyber+Blockchain (formerly Fishbowl Labs), which is the premiere startup accelerator in the Washington DC area.

He was also formerly the global COO of Startup Grind, which is the one of the largest hi-tech startup communities in the world with over 1,000,000 startup entrepreneurs in 600 cities.

He has been featured in Forbes as “17 Top Business Gurus to Follow on Snapchat” and other publications such as TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Business Insider, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Politico, and Washington Business Journal.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How did Fishbowl Labs originally get started?

-What similarities do the Cyber and Blockchain industries share?

-Why DC hasn't emerged as a top startup ecosystem on a global scale?

Apr 2, 2019

Leland Rice is the co-founder and CEO of Dedalus Global, an investment advisory firm focusing on emerging markets and emerging technologies. Chairment of the African Fintech Summit, is a global initiative to bring the issues, entrepreneurs, and opportunities revolutionizing finance in Africa to the world’s stage. This bi-annual event occurs each April in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF, and each November in a different African city. 

On this episode you'll learn:

-How has the African Fintech Landscape evolved in the past year?

-What does Leland think about African startups going to SE Asia or Latin America?

-How is data aggregation creating opportunities for Africa's SMEs?

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