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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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Nov 6, 2018

Lisa Besserman,is the Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires (SUBA), a community organization and educational accelerator aimed to inspire, connect and support startups and entrepreneurship in Latin America. SUBA provides tools & resources to cultivate a strong and sustainable startup ecosystem in Buenos Aires, while serving as an outsourcing hub for Argentina's top tech talent.

Lisa is an active participant in the global startup community. She is a Google, Startup Weekend & The Next Web Mentor, and Internet Week Speaker.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How did Lisa and her team discover the revenue model for Startup Buenos Aires?

-At what stage do Argentine startups typically outgrow the domestic market?

-What role has the national government taken in supporting the local startup ecosystem?

Oct 30, 2018

Johnni Kjelsgaard is the Founder and CEO of GrowthAfrica. Since starting GrowthAfrica, Johnni and his team have helped to accelerate 152 startups with $42 Million in total venture capital being raised by startups going through their accelerator.

He has spent most of his professional life in Africa, and has been directly involved in over 20 start-ups and joint ventures. Johnni represents various organisations and investors on a board level, advising on a policy and strategy level.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What opportunities does Johnni see in secondary cities in East Africa?

-What are the biggest differences between great seed investors in Africa and great Series A investors?

-What skills does Johnni see as most lacking in native entrepreneurs across Africa?

Oct 23, 2018

Zekarias Amsalu is the Founder & MD of Ibex Frontier, with presence in Ethiopia, London, and Washington DC. Zekarias started his career in the private Banking sector in Ethiopia followed by a regional Finance and Treasury role at Shell Oil East Africa Hub leading implementations in East Africa.

After a stint in high finance in London, he has re-tuned his focus on Ethiopia and Africa since 2014 and as a result has founded the London based Ibex Frontier in early 2016 and has been helping Ethiopian based companies raise capital and has led in sell side mandates and investor negotiations as well as providing advisory services for international investors moving to Ethiopia in buy side mandate and/or Route-to-Market.

 

 

On this episode you'll learn:

-Why has market data on Ethiopia's private sector historically been so scarce?

-What sectors outside of the startup world are attracting the most foreign direct investment?

-How much venture and angel capital has been activated locally in Addis Ababa?

 

Oct 16, 2018

This panel session was recorded at the Trade with Africa Business Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas over the summer. The topic of the panel was around what is driving the growth of startups and the emergence of innovation hubs across the African continent. Andrew is joined by Seye Bassir, Investment Director at the IFU, Marsha Wulff, Founding Director at Loftyinc Afropreneur Fund, and Akin Sawyerr, CEO and Cofounder of RocRemit.

Oct 9, 2018

Scott Phillips is the founder of Civic Ninjas, and co-founder/CEO of Isocentric Networks. Scott is the founder/organizer of multiple events connecting the Tulsa startup ecosystem including Ignite Tulsa, Tulsa Startup Weekend and Maker Faire Tulsa. Scott has been recognized in Tulsa People Magazine’s 40 under 40, received a Tulsey’s Above and Beyond Award for his proponency of entrepreneurship and in 2013 was one of eight people recognized nationally by the White House and President Obama as a Champion of Change in Civic Hacking.

On this episode you'll learn:
-How a robust maker space can provide an ecosystem advantages into the third wave of internet companies.</li>
-How did Tulsa achieve the #1 city for female entrepreneurs to start companies?
-How has Tulsa’s progressive open data policies benefited the local startup ecosystem?

Oct 2, 2018

Roberto Musso is the President at Digevo Group, a Chile-based organization that starts and groups innovative companies in the IT sector. Roberto is the founding partner of more than 25 companies in IT including, Izit, 3Gmotion, NCS Americas, and Beemox. He's had 3 successful exits and is one of the most prominent angel investor and mentor in the Chile startup ecosystem.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What attributes do startups in emerging economies have that make them more likely to be successful?

-Why haven't corporates in Latin America been active in the startup community?

-Considering the fact that there isn’t a healthy IPO or acquisition market in Latin America, How is startup success in emerging economies defined differently?

Sep 25, 2018

Laís De Oliveira has built some of the fastest growing startup communities in Malaysia on behalf of Startup Grind, Techstars (Startup Digest), TheList.KL and MaGIC (Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre). She founded and sold her first business (8spaces.co) to Flyspaces.com, Southeast Asia's largest marketplace for workspace and spaces for professional activities, where she worked as Malaysia Country Manager and Chief Community Officer.

She is currently writing about her experience in her first project of a book, called Hacking Communities, a result of 11 years building different communities offline and online.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What are the first steps and initial to do list for getting a startup community off the ground and running?

- How does an ecosystem builder maintain momentum and keep the community together over the long run?

-What's the story of the growth in Malaysia's startup ecosystem since 2014?

Sep 18, 2018

Stanfield Gray is the CEO of Dig South Tech Conference, DIG SOUTH Media, ETC South, and the co-host of South Pod: Rise of a Region. In 2018, he was named one of Time magazine’s “31 People Changing the South.DIG SOUTH is the South's Tech Conference, the first and foremost event elevating the region's digital economy. The Conference connects leading brands to the top 500 tech companies in the South, focusing on innovation in technology, business, marketing, media, and entertainment.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How did Stanfield organize and fund the first Dig South Conference?

-How did availability of early stage capital in South Carolina evolve since Stanfield started Dig South?

-What gaps were in the South Carolina ecosystem back in 2011?

Sep 11, 2018

Alan Costello is the Venture Investment Leader for NDRC where he sources startups, supports them, pushes them towards customer validation and then think about scaling globally. He is also a Board member of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors as well as the Co-Chair of The Mill Enterprise Centre.

On this episode you'll learn:

-How much early stage capital is available in country relative to mainland Europe?

-How has the VC ecosystem evolved since Alan entered the space 6 years ago?

-What's the current sentiment towards cryptocurrencies in Ireland?

Sep 4, 2018

Marc Alain Boucicault is the founder of Banj, a local entrepreneurship hub in Port-au-Prince. He's worked in international development for 8 years based in Port-au-Prince and in Washington, DC at the World Bank then with the Inter-American Development Bank. In 2010, Marc co-founded Groupe ECHO Haiti, an organization valorizing the potential of young adults in development in Haiti through which he created and lead several innovative projects including ELAN Haiti, a platform that brings together a community of students, young leaders and entrepreneurs from Haiti, its diaspora and the world focused on taking joint actions in Haiti. He is also co-founder and chief external relations officer at HFund, a closed-ended micro-venture capital firm based in Haiti offering new modern and tailored financial instruments that bring capital to innovative businesses and contribute to the emergence of a new category of entrepreneurs in Haiti.

On this episode you'll learn

-How Marc originally raised sponsorship money for the Banj

-What does entrepreneurship mean to the average person in Haiti?

-What are currently the missing pieces in the Haiti Startup Ecosystem?

Aug 28, 2018

Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies. Chris founded MapQuest in 1988 and served in leadership positions for global brands such as Rand McNally and Accenture. His latest book Build the Fort provides insight into getting through the earliest micro-steps of starting your own business through the lense of Chris’s 30 years of experiences in startups, investments, big-company entrepreneurship and community development. On this episode you'll learn: What it means to Chris to be an ecosystem builder? What have been the most important institutions and initiatives in the ecosystem that have catalyzed and created the increased startup activity in Raleigh-Durham? What are Chris' thoughts on how a university can implement an EIR role?

Aug 21, 2018

Richard Chowning is the Director of Africa Mentor, solving customers' entry and growth problems by providing sound guidance to navigate the cultural and business challenges in specific regions. This includes
generating and vetting leads, providing entrepreneurs and business owners with business research related to their entry into the African marketplace, and mentoring business owners in developing strategies and business models that are culturally appropriate. On this episode you'll learn: What was the story and inspiration behind Africa Mentor? How does cultural nuance impact the VC conversation around Africa? What are the biggest sectors and opportunities Richard currently sees in Africa?

Aug 14, 2018

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. How niche does Leland feel a conference should be? How niche does Leland feel a conference should be? What are the biggest questions and challenges Dadalus is solving? What is the current conversation about blockchain in East Africa?

Aug 7, 2018

Mark Organ is the CEO and Founder of Influitive, which helps B2B companies mobilize their army of advocates for more rapid and profitable revenue growth. They leverage partners' past successes to produce massive increases in referral leads, reference calls, social media participation and more. Mark first revolutionized B2B marketing as the founding CEO of Eloqua, a world leader in marketing automation software, which was acquired by Oracle for $871M. Throughout his life, Mark has lived in Toronto, Silicon Valley, Chicago and Singapore. He has founded 6 companies, raised more than 15 rounds of financing, hired over 250 people, and built 7 offices around the world. On this episode you'll learn: What are some of the differences in starting a company the second time around? What are the differences in funding impact when obtained via angel investors vs local capital? What advice does Mark have to entrepreneurs navigating exiting a company for the first time?

Jul 31, 2018

Ryan Carson is the CEO & Founder of Treehouse, an online technology school that takes people from zero experience to job-ready in as little as six months. Ryan also founded Carsonified and DropSend. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. He then moved to the United Kingdom, where he ended up meeting his wife. He and his wife and two boys now live in Portland, Oregon. On this episode you'll learn: How did Ryan and his company end up in Portland, Oregon? What has Ryan learned about creating and scaling a company culture? What is Ryan's stance on internal workforce development?

Jul 24, 2018

Lukonga Lindunda is co-founder and Executive Director of BongoHive, supporting the launch and growth of enterprises while making Zambia the next hotbed of innovation in Africa. His mission is to elevate Lusaka and the rest of Zambia as a top destination to live, work, learn, and play by helping entrepreneurs, startups, and growth companies to start, stay, and prosper in the local ecosystem. He has previously provided technical assistance in educational projects and programs by building sustainable and affordable ICT infrastructure and support systems. On this episode you'll learn: Back in 2011, what did Lukonga see that made him think Lusaka and Zambia needed an incubator or innovation hub? What niches are thriving locally in Lusaka? What is the sentiment towards bitcoin in Lusaka and how has it has evolved over the past year?

Jul 17, 2018

Quan Le is the Founder of Binkabi, a cross-border agricultural trading platform that leverages blockchain technology. Binkabi's core innovation empowers people in developing countries to trade securely and cheaply without the use of a hard currency. Quan also worked with PWC for almost 17 years in London, Sydney, and Hanoi. On this episode you'll learn: What impact can drone technologies have on farmers in emerging markets? What impact can drone technologies have on farmers in emerging markets? What was the innovation in the Barter Block protocol that Quan created? How are the challenges different between African farmers and farmers in South East Asia?

Jul 10, 2018

Howard A. Tullman is the former CEO of 1871 and serves as the General Managing Partner for G2T3V, LLC and for the Chicago High Tech Investors, LLC; he is a Director of SnapSheet, Keeper Security, Dibit and VEHCON. 1871 is a non-profit startup hub located in Chicago. 1871 was founded in May 2012 and is home to over 495 digital startups. On this episode you'll learn: Does Howard see Edtech as a disruptive force, or a supplementary force to the current infrastructure? As a community incubator hub, is it better to focus your resources on a select number of outperforming startups, or to deploy more of a "spray and pray" approach? Where is the future of Edtech headed?

Jul 3, 2018

Marcus Dantus is the CEO and Founder of Startup Mexico, a facility specially designed to host aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, professional services, seed capital funds, university initiatives and corporations in Mexico. He also founded Mexico.com, Mexico's first online community and internet portal, as well as several other successful Mexican tech companies. He is also a shark on the show "Shark Tank Mexico". On this episode you'll learn: Why have Mexican corporates been slow to become a part of the local startup ecosystem through investment and acquisitions? Are there any unique challenges in building a startup in Mexico? Marcus has said before that "in Latin America we are very creative but not innovators", what does he mean by that?

Jun 26, 2018

Martin Villig is co-founder of Taxify, a leading ride-hailing platform in 40 cities across Europe and Africa. Taxify has over 10M riders and 120K drivers worldwide. Martin is passionate about community initiatives to promote entrepreneurship and help people in Baltics and Estonia to build tech startups. On this episode you'll learn: Having raised just 2 Million Euro before Taxify's latest fundraise, how does Martin think about capital efficiency vs. speedy growth into international markets? What is Martin's secret sauce when it comes to launching a successful community hub for Estonia's startup ecosystem? How did Martin and Taxify approach market research when approaching their expansion strategy into Africa?

Jun 19, 2018
Aubrey Hruby is a Co-Founder of Insider, the Africa Expert Network (AXN) and an advisor to investors and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Africa. She designs market entry strategies, sources opportunities and facilitates transactions. As a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Advisor to the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, she speaks regularly on African business issues. She writes regularly for the Financial Times and Newsweek. Aubrey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of Invest Africa USA, Young Leader at the Milken Institute and the co-author of award-winning The Next Africa (Macmillan, 2015). On this episode you'll learn: What opportunity do African Corporate's have in accelerating internal innovation by partnering with local startups? How should entrepreneurs approach their PR strategy? How does the newly signed African free trade agreement help Africa's markets interoperate more efficiently?
Jun 12, 2018

Allie Burns is the Managing Director at Village Capital and brings more than 16 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and innovators at the intersection of tech and social change. Allie works across Village Capital's program in emerging markets including Nairobi, Bangalore, and Mexico City. She previously ran Communications for Startup America, Revolution, the Case Foundation, and AOL.

On this episode you'll learn:

-Why are we seeing a resurgence of funds reentering the Cleantech market?

-Why do CEO's need to spend more time early on in recruiting top talent?

-Why does Village Capital conduct their due diligence process differently than traditional venture capital?

Jun 5, 2018
Tayo Oviosu is the Founder and CEO of Paga, Nigeria’s leading mobile payment service. Prior to Paga he was Vice President at Travant Capital Partners where he was responsible for executing the firm‘s investment strategy in West Africa. He is currently an active angel investor and advisor in ReelFruit, a Nigerian fruit processing agribusiness; and ChopUp, a mobile gaming start-up. Alongside Paga’s numerous achievements, Tayo has been nominated for the West African Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2013 All African Business Leaders Awards. On this episode you'll learn: As a founder that’s actively making angel investments, how does Tayo think about constructing his angel portfolio and the strategy behind his investments? What has been Tayo's biggest lessons learned when it comes to fundraising and looking back, which round was the hardest to raise? Why does Tayo think international investors should seek out a local partner when investing in Nigerian startups?
May 29, 2018

Donna Harris is co-founder of 1776, a major initiative which convenes and accelerates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellectual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique. Donna is also a Founding Member of the K Street Capital angel network and is an active angel investor. She is a Board Member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a Board Member of the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University and an alumna of Springboard Enterprises.

On this episode you'll learn:

-What did Donna see while traveling to startup ecosystems around the world?

-What advantages do early stage entrepreneurs in emerging markets have over entrepreneurs in the US?

-What was the vision for 1776 when Donna and Evan first started?

 

May 22, 2018

This panel session is recorded from the ecosystem summit at Collision in New Orleans a couple weeks ago. The topic of the panel was around strategies for small and mid-sized cities to foster and support the growth of their startup ecosystem. Joined by Stanfield Gray, the CEO and Founder of Dig South, Tiffany Linke-Boyko, the CEO of Startup Edmonton, and Matt Wolfe, the Brand and Marketing Director for Greater New Orleans inc. Here is Stanfield, Tiffany, and Matt talking ecosystem building strategies, tips, and tools for small and mid-sized cities. On this episode you'll learn: What metrics does edmonton focus on in quantifying the growth of its ecosystem? How does a large conference like Collision in New Orleans benefit the cities startup scene? What are some strategies Stanfield used to make Dig South one of the largest tech conferences in the South East?

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