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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.






Nigeria's Digital Banking Environment

Dr. Konstantinos Tsanis is currently leading the innovation and transformation arm of the first digital bank of Africa, Alat, created by WEMA Bank. He is a seasoned financial technology and digitalization executive, with 12+ years hands of experience across different continents and industries [FinTech, Energy (Oil, Gas and Utilities), Consulting, High Tech, Academic, Military and Financial], having worked on several market wide FinTech projects such as the E-Bond or FX trading platforms in...


From Poverty to Multinational Entrepreneur with Peter Karenge

Peter Karenge is the President and Founder of BizSolutions 360, a full service architectural, engineering and consulting firm, that has designed, built, financed, operated and managed projects and programs around the globe. He's an architect and entrepreneur who is passionate about creating sustainable solutions that transform communities and power growth. Born in the economically poor Eastlands Estate in Kenya, and raised by determined parents who believed in hard work, discipline and the...


How the Puerto Rico Startup Community bounced back after Hurricane Maria

This panel discussion features two startup ecosystem builders in Puerto Rico Carlos Jiménez of YEES PR! and Denisse Rodríguez Colón of Colmena66 and the Puerto Rico Science Technology and Research Trust. We discuss the story of the startup community in Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria and how the community bounced back more resilient than before. With YEES PR! Carlos focuses on educating Puerto Rico's future entrepreneurs. Denisse leads Colmena66, an ecosystem building initiative looking to...


VC in Cape town with 4Di's Justin Stanford

Justin Stanford is the co-founder and managing director of 4Di Group an early-stage technology venture capital fund based in Cape Town, South Africa. Having founded his first startup attempt at the age of 18, Justin has been involved in tech startups and entrepreneurial endeavours ever since. In 2009 Justin co-founded the Silicon Cape Initiative, an organization designed to highlight and catalyze South Africa's nascent emerging tech startup ecosystem. On this episode you'll learn: -What...


Building the Foundation of Lisbon's Startup Ecosystem with Pedro Vieira

Pedro Vieira is co-founder and CEO of Beta-i - an platform dedicated to build innovation ecosystems that is leading the transformation of a new humanised digital innovation and is the Managing Partner of LC Ventures a pre-seed / seed Venture Capital Firm. Pedro was the host and a mentor of SeedCamp Lisbon, a facilitator and co-director at Startup Weekend Lisbon, and was the co-director and a mentor of the first Founder Institute Lisbon, in addition to several other mentoring...


The Buenos Aires Startup Ecosystem with Lisa Besserman

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...


Accelerating Africa's High Potential Entrepreneurs

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...


The Emergence of Ethiopia's Sheba Valley

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...


Panel - Current State of Africa's Startup Ecosystems

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.


How the Midwest can thrive in the 3rd Wave of the Internet

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...


An Entrepreneurship Methodology for Emerging Economies

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...


Grassroots Startup Community Building with Laís De Oliveira

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 ( to, 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...


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,...