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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.






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...


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...


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...


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...


All Things Crypto Panel - Blockchain, Crypto & Beyond Conference

Host Andrew Berkowitz moderates an All Things Crypto panel session at the Blockchain, Crypto, and Beyond conference in Arlington, Virginia. BCBcon is a full-day conference focused on blockchain technology and crypto. Panelists include Akin Sawyerr, CEO of RocRemit, Jenny Q. Ta the CEO / Founding Partner of VCNetwork.Co as well as the Founder & CEO of Squeaky, Joshua Boles, Senior Managing Director, Savage Funding, and Paul Mcneal the Founder of CryptoMarkets360 and the President of The...


Quebec Tech Week - AIWorx

Alexandre Vallieres is the Vice-President of AIWorx. AIWorx uses artificial intelligence to help generate data, understand what’s hidden in the data and act on it to unlock its potential. They simplify work and generate value by providing strategic insights and opportunities to optimize productivity. They master the four axes of artificial intelligence: perception, reasoning, learning and action. On this episode you'll learn: What does the talent pool for AI engineers in Quebec look like?...


Quebec Tech Week - LeddarTech

Charles Boulanger is the CEO of LeddarTech. LeddarTech is the developer and owner of Leddar, a patented solid-state LiDAR sensing technology that constitutes a novel approach in light detection and ranging. Developed over 10+ years of R&D, Leddar is a unique combination of advanced light wave digital signal processing and software algorithms that enable the production of solid-state LiDARs delivering superior performance and reliability at the highly competitive price. LeddarTech’s sensors...


Increasing B2B engagement between the US and Africa with Toyin Umesiri

Toyin Umesiri is the CEO and Founder of Nazaru and the convener of the Trade with Africa Business Summit. After over a decade working in corporate America; at Fortune 1 (Walmart) & Fortune 150 (Whirlpool Corporation), she made the leap to full time entrepreneurship to follow her passion for Africa. Following a trip to Africa in 2015 she committed to using her skills and global networks built as leverage in empowering people on the African continent. As CEO of Nazaru (, she...


Unlocking liquidity for Africa's SME Sector with Viola Llewellyn

Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions. Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative Sharia compliant finance products, eCommerce, and logistics services to promote growth. Ovamba’s technology gives global accredited and institutional investors the opportunity to invest in the fast-growing African private sector. On this episode you'll learn: The difference between...


Why Thames Valley has become London's Palo Alto

Phin Mpofu is a globally connected entrepreneurship evangelist. He is the Founder & Chairman of Global Symbiotic Partnerships a venture firm founded to create strategic partnerships with various stakeholders across all sectors. It's portfolio of ventures and affiliations include HOMESPLACE, a FinTech startup working to provide a hybrid residential mortgage leveraging crowd funding ; Tech Beach Retreat, an annual gathering of 250 tech influencers held in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Startup Grind,...


A deep dive on Quebec's Startup Ecosystem with Carl Viel

Carl Viel is the CEO of Québec International, the economic development agency in Québec City's region. The agency contributes to the economic development in the Quebec City metropolitan region and enhance its international status. It fosters business growth and development, supports key clusters and attracts talent and investment to the region. Originally from Quebec City, Carl Viel received his bachelor's degree in economics and a corporate governance certificate from Laval University....


Hong Kong's Ecosystem, Sustainabilty, and the growth of Metta

Alice Schutt is the General Manager for Metta. Metta was created by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, with the purpose of driving knowledge sharing, innovation, and business. After working for Goodyear Tires in Shanghai for two years, Alice left the corporate world and began working in the F&B industry, managing boutique restaurants and events in both Shanghai and Hong Kong. She particularly enjoyed the entrepreneurial energy she found in this competitive and engaging environment. She...


Reflecting on 2 years studying the global startup ecosystems

Host Andrew Berkowitz reflects on 2 years of traveling around the world meeting with and interviewing startup ecosystem leaders. Andrew also announces his upcoming travel schedule which includes Quebec, Lagos, New Orleans, and more!


Crypto - Luis Cuende on the future of Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

Luis Cuende returns to the show to give us an update on Aragon. Aragon is everything you need to run your company on Ethereum. This includes cap table, governance, fundraising, payroll, accounting, bylaws, and more. Aragon companies are extremely customizable, and you get everything in a unified, beautiful interface. Aragon was born to disintermediate the creation and maintenance of companies and other organizational structures. They are inspired by Nobel prize Ronald Coase and his paper...


Live from the iHub in Nairobi with the Founders of Kwangu Kwaku

Kwangu-Kwako works with local people to provide opportunities to invest in and improve their own communities. Their precast concrete panel solution benefits the home owner, the landlord and the tenant, everybody wins. They provide a safer, simple, cost effective alternative to Mabati structures (corrugated iron sheet & bush pole). The concept is a self-generating upgrade of the slums, through a robust investment argument it produces a win for owner/occupiers, landlords and the tenant...


Strengths and Weaknesses of Nigeria's Tech Ecosystem with Chika Umeadi from Tiphub

Chika Umeadi is a partner at Tiphub, an impact driven investment manager built upon a community of entrepreneurs in Africa and the African Diaspora. Tiphub's mission is to support the launch of the next generation of African and African Diaspora ventures. On this episode you'll learn: Outside of access to capital, what are the common challenges for Nigerian entrepreneurs Chika works with? How has deal flow coming out of Nigeria evolved since Chika started Tiphub? Has Chika seen an uptick...


Crypto - District0x Founder, Joe Urgo on building a network of decentralized markets and communities.mp3

Joe Urgo is a cofounder of district0x, where he is helping to decentralize the world's marketplaces. He previously founded Sourcerers in 2016 with the goal of supporting the top minds and teams building Ethereum-based projects. He was an early employee at Coinbase, serving as a Support Operations Manager.


The Kingdom of Bahrain's Startup Ecosystem, with Bahrain Economic Development Managing Director, Simon Galpin

Simon Galpin has over 25 years experience of economic development and a track record of delivering thousands of foreign direct investment projects. From Scotland to Hong Kong and now in Bahrain. Simon is hoping to replicate the energy and success of the StartmeupHK campaign in Bahrain in order to attract more angel investors, founders and entrepreneurs to the Middle East. On this episode you'll learn: How Bahrain has become a significant fintech player in the MENA region -In Simon's...