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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 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?

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?

 

Feb 26, 2019

Matt Hottle is a Partner at Redhawk Advisory and and Principle of the Alabama Futures Fund. The Fund seeks to be the first significant investment in an early-stage venture that can reach attainable milestones leading to series A financing within 12-24 months. They look for companies that have adaptable and coachable founding teams who have identified a significant customer problem and are working towards product market fit. This includes companies at the minimum viable product, pre-revenue and early revenue stages.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What is the Alabama Futures Fund

-How can other midwest cities replicate the AFF model?

-Where is the most startup activity happening in Alabama

Feb 12, 2019

The session is a preview of a Roundtable Discussion from Latin America day of The Global Startup Summit, our upcoming 7 day Virtual Conference featuring 35 expert speakers from around the world. Host Andrew Berkowitz is joined on the panel by Ramphis Castro, Cofounder of ScienceVest, Michael Edwards, Professor at the University of the Bahamas, and Jorge Vargas, Founder at Venture.do.

Register for The Global Startup Summit for free at globalstartup.tv.

Feb 5, 2019

Mike Quinn is the CEO of Zoona, A Zambian born money transfer service. Zoona charges money senders between two and eight percent per transaction, with the recipient not being charged for a cash-out. Building money transfer networks across its markets, Zoona targets young women and aims to make on-boarding new agents as female-friendly as possible. Seventy percent of their outlets are owned by women and 85% of those staff are women. The company has over 1000 entrepreneurs running over 1500 outlets, who have created 2500 jobs. Since launching, the company has processed over US$1-billion in transactions with over US $20-million a month in transactions.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What has Mike's experiences been raising all types of capital including venture capital, grant money, and corporate investments

-How similar or different are the Zambian and Malawian markets?

-How does Zoona hedge against the risk of currency value fluctuation?

Jan 29, 2019

Yele Bademosi is a Director at Binance Labs a fund and initiative to incubate, invest and empower top blockchain and cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, projects, and communities.

Yele is Focused on developing the blockchain ecosystem in Africa, as well as sourcing/investing in blockchain projects and leading the Africa chapter of Binance Labs Incubation Program. Previously he was the Founder at Microtraction, a micro-vc firm funding Africa’s most remarkable teams with technical founders at the earliest stages of their venture and helping them build enduring companies.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What are the most immediate applications of blockchain and cryptocurrency in Africa?

-What does Yele mean he talks about the problem of market context in Africa?

-What lessons did Yele learn during his time as the managing partner of Microtraction?

 
Jan 22, 2019

The Global Startup Summit 2019 (globalstartup.tv) is a free to attend 7 day Virtual Conference from February 18-24th, 2019, featuring 35 global leaders in tech providing insight into early stage investment opportunities and technology adoption trends around the world. Each day of the event will feature expert talks on a different region of the world.

Today's session is a clip from our Asia Pacific day keynote featuring William Bao Bean the General Partner of SOSV & Managing Director of Chinaccelerator.

Jan 15, 2019

Austen Allred is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lambda School. Lambda School trains people online to be software engineers at no up-front cost. Instead of paying tuition, students can agree to pay a percentage of their income after they're employed, and only if they're making more than $50k per year.

On this episode you'll learn:

-Why have investors and VC's avoided investing in Edtech during this last wave of startups?

-When and why we reached peak university.

-What does the future model of education and workforce development look like?

 

Jan 8, 2019

Chris Olsen is the Cofounder and Partner at Drive Capital. Chris started Drive Capital in 2012 after serving as a partner at Sequoia Capital for six years, where he focused s investments in growth stage opportunities. Chris and his cofounding partner were early on the trend of investing into the next wave of startups coming out of the midwest and his thesis turned out to be true in a big way having recently closed on a second fund totaling $300 Million.

On this episode you'll learn:

-Why did Chris decide to launch his fund in Columbus, Ohio?

-How does Chris think the new Opportunity Zone legislation will affect venture capital in the midwest?

-Where in the midwest does Chris think the hottest startup scenes are?

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