The Emergence of Ethiopia’s Sheba Valley

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 … Keep Reading »

Panel – Current State of Africa’s Startup Ecosystems

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 … Keep Reading »

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

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 … Keep Reading »

An Entrepreneurship Methodology for Emerging Economies

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. … Keep Reading »

Grassroots Startup Community Building with Laís De Oliveira

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 (8spaces.co) to … Keep Reading »

Ireland’s VC and Angel capital ecosystem

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 … Keep Reading »

Catalyzing Haiti’s startup ecosystem with Marc Alain Boucicault

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 … Keep Reading »

Techstars EIR Chris Heivly on the Raleigh-Durham Startup Ecosystem

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 … Keep Reading »

From Missionary to Africa’s Startup Whisperer

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 … Keep Reading »

East African Emerging Markets with Leland Rice

East African Emerging Markets 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 … Keep Reading »

Founding and Scaling a Startup in Toronto with Mark Organ

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 … Keep Reading »

Building Zambia’s Innovation Hub with Lukonga Lindunda

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 … Keep Reading »

A deep dive into the Mexican Startup Ecosystem with Marcus Dantus

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. He also founded Mexico.com, Mexico’s first online community and internet portal, as … Keep Reading »

The Estonian Unicorn Taking on Uber and Lyft

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 … Keep Reading »

Activating African Corporate VC with Aubrey Hruby

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 … Keep Reading »

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

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 … Keep Reading »