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

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.




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 - Le Camp

Sébastien Tanguay is the General Manager of Le Camp, Québec International's incubator. Le Camp is an incubator-accelerator dedicated to tech businesses growth and mentorship, and offers a diversity of services adapted to a company’s development stage, from pre start-up to internationalization. Sébastien oversees all activities in this sector, including entrepreneurship competitions such as Devtech 50, individual coaching meetings and business financing initiatives. He strives to place his...


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...


Crypto - CEO of London-based Funfair, Jez San

Jez San is the CEO and Cofounder of Funfair, a developer of smart contract based real money games & the platform to run them. Funfair has developed technology to enable new classes of realtime games on top of the Ethereum network utilising smart contracts, state channels and advanced RNG's. The games that funfair are producing are some of the first that are fully realtime and are competitive with existing online games, yet are provably fair and lower cost to operate.


Taiwan's leading hardware startup, Alchema

Oscar Chang is the co-founder and CEO of Alchema, a smart home connected fermenter to empower anyone to turn fruits into his or her favorite alcoholic beverage with ease. Oscar and his company have been featured in Forbes, Techcrunch, ELLE, Engadget, The Spoon, Mashable, and medias outside of the U.S. including UK, France, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, etc. This past year he was selected by Forbes on 30 under 30 Asia lists for his work in the smart home fermentation space. On this episode...


Crypto - LBRY CEO, Founder Jeremy Kauffman

Jeremy is responsible for the packing, presentation, and strategy of LBRY, as well as some design aspects. He is a longtime supporter of decentralized technology and freedom of information. Jeremy founded TopScore, a startup that processes millions of dollars monthly in event and activity registrations. On this episode you'll learn: Has a specific niche taken on the role of early adopter for the content platform? What's the difference between the LBRY protocol and application layer? What...


Fireside chat with the Founder of the Startup Ecosystem Summit, Anne Driscoll

Anne Driscoll is a seasoned Silicon Valley executive and a leading figure in the startup ecosystem space. She is currently the founder of The Ecosystem Summit, an annual gathering of startup ecosystem leaders from all over the world, as well as the COO for Launchpad, a network of co-working and incubator spaces across the US. On this episode you'll learn: What does Anne see as the biggest challenge startup ecosystems around the world face. What comprise a nascent startup scene vs. a more...


India's Early Stage Startup and VC Landscape with Aspada's CFO, Kushal Agrawal

Kushal is the Chief Financial Officer at Aspada Investment Advisors. Kushal is passionate about working with organizations in their formative phase and is closely involved with portfolio companies in their strategic and financial planning, process implementation, performance management and risk management. He currently serves on the Boards of Schedulers Logistics and Allfresh Supply Management. On this episode you'll learn: From a venture capital perspective what kind of disparity is there...


The Brazilian VC Ecosystem with Rodrigo Baer of Redpoint eventures

Rodrigo is one of the founders of venture capital for early stage Internet in Brazil. He joined the Redpoint eventure’s investment team in June 2014, bringing 5 years of on the ground experience in tech investing in Latin America. In 2010, Rodrigo co-founded Warehouse Investimentos, one of Brazil’s pioneering Venture Capital firms, where he led deal-sourcing efforts. Rodrigo also advised early stage and middle market tech companies in Brazil with Centria Partners, and worked with Aurora...


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