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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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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?
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