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Interviews with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors about the startup ecosystems and communities in their city.
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Interviews with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors about the startup ecosystems and communities in their city.






The Story of Dig South and the South Carolina startup ecosystem

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...


Ireland's VC and Angel capital ecosystem

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...


Catalyzing Haiti's startup ecosystem with Marc Alain Boucicault

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...


Techstars EIR Chris Heivly on the Raleigh-Durham Startup Ecosystem

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...


From Missionary to Africa's Startup Whisperer

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:...


Africa Fintech, Solar, and more with Leland Rice

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...


Founding and Scaling a Startup in Toronto with Mark Organ

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...


Ryan Carson on Leveraging Diversity & Inclusion to Create a Thriving Culture

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,...


Building Zambia's Innovation Hub with Lukonga Lindunda

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...


Providing Liquidity and Fair Pricing to Farmers in Emerging Markets with Quan Le

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...


Howard Tullman on Edtech, the Future of Education, and Building 1871

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...


A Deep Dive Into the Mexican Startup Ecosystem with Marcus Dantus

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'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...


The Estonian Unicorn Taking on Uber and Lyft

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?...


Activating African Corporate VC with Aubrey Hruby

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...


Village Capital's Allie Burns on Inclusive Entrepreneurship and Funding the 3rd Wave of Entrepreneurship

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...


Providing Universal Access to Financial Services in Emerging Markets with Tayo Oviosu

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...


Globalizing Venture Capital and the Story of 1776 with Donna Harris

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...


Ecosystem Development Strategies for Small and Mid-Sized Cities

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...


Venture Capital in Sub-Saharan Africa with Eghosa Omoigui

Eghosa Omoigui is the founder and Managing General Partner of EchoVC Partners. Before this, Eghosa was with Intel for nearly 10 years and his last role was as Intel Capital Director, Strategic Investments, Consumer Internet & Semantic Technologies, where he acted as a senior investment professional focused on platform-agnostic consumer web services and digital media-based investment opportunities. Omoigui also drove ICap's investment focus on next generation semantic technologies, smart data...


Cultivating the New Orleans and Broader Louisiana Startup Ecosystem with Professor Jon Atkinson

Jon Atkinson serves as Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development at Loyola University New Orleans, a program he helped found. In this role, he leads Loyola's efforts to provide nationally recognized entrepreneurship education that will help build an innovation-ready workforce that serves New Orleans and the Gulf region. Jon believes that professionalization of local early stage capital, focus on developing a local innovation-ready workforce and connecting...