GSE- World’s Largest Digital Accelerator Announces Fall 2017 Agenda, Speakers, & Judges (Asia)

November 22, 2017, Mumbai, India- The Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) has announced the agenda and speakers for the 2nd annual Asia digital accelerator. Founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Christine S. Ntim, the Asia cohort features finalists from over 11 different countries.

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE)  launched the 1st annual digital startup accelerator for entrepreneurs residing in or seeking to launch a company in Asia.  GSE digital accelerator programs are open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers. Each application round is rolling admission until the top 100 are selected to complete the program. From the finalist pool, 10 will be selected to pitch investors and influencers on demo day. The top 3 are announced at the conclusion of the program to receive partner prizes, media features, and potential investment.

GSE digital accelerators are organized by 7 regional directors who will be hosting all programs this fall. Startups can apply for admission to a digital accelerator via our partner platform F6S.  The 2017 accelerator dates are:

  1. Caribbean October 17-19
  2. Africa October 24-26
  3. Europe October 30- November 1st
  4. America November 7-9
  5. Middle East November 19-21
  6. Asia November 22-23
  7. Latin America November 22-23

Speaker, partnership and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to the GSE team via


November 22, 2017 Day 1

  • 6:00-6:15 pm Orientation + Benefits & Perks Post Program
  • 6:15-6:30 pm  Speaker Keynote Romil- The third wave of internet innovation 
  • 6:30-6:45 pm Speaker Keynote Ruth- ICOs – what are they, and why should you care
  • 6:45-7:00 pm Speaker Keynote – Saad Hamid “skills of the future”
  • 7:00-7:30 pm Speaker Keynote  Hambardzum “Customer Development”
  • 7:30-8:00  pm Speaker Keynote Gene EME China Consultants
  • 8:00-8:15 pm Speaker Keynote Charitharth Reddy “From Asia to Silicon Valley”
  • 8:15-8:30 pm Speaker Keynote  Sidra Qasim “Lessons on crowdfunding and getting into YC”
  • 8:30-8:45pm  GSE Ideation and Product Development
  • 8:45-9:00pm GSE Closing Remarks & Q/A

November 23, 2017 Day 2/3

  • 6:00-6:05 pm GSE Review and Remarks
  • 6:05-6:15pm GSE Customer Acquisition & Growth Hacking
  • 6:15-6:30 pm GSE Funding: How to Raise $250k+ in 6 Months
  • 6:30-6:45 pm GSE Marketing: Press Hacking, Social Media, Content Strategy
  • 6:45-7:00 pm Judge 5 Minute Introductions + Keynotes
  • 7:00-7:45 pm Top 10 Demo Night (Pitch) Each have 1 Minute to Pitch/2 Minute Q/A
  • 7:45-8:00 pm Q/A Forum with the Judges + GSE Closing Remarks & Next Steps
Siri Srinivas
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Sidra Qasim


Global Startup Ecosystem Accelerator Co- Founder/ GSE Boot Camp Host 

Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more.  She started her career as the founder of Vendedy- a social network connecting people to street markets with the aim of digitizing a $10 trillion dollar black economy and centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets. Today, Christine is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google For Entrepreneurs and a partner at the which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year.


Saif Akhtar

10xC – Startup Seed Fund

My drive to succeed is fueled by a need to leave a positive impact on my community. At 24 and in college, I designed a hybrid computer (touch, keyboard, pen mouse) for hospital patients in non-emergency rooms when my dad was admitted for 2 months. It was meant to keep patients connected to their loved ones. The iPad beat me to the punch despite lining up 3 test facilities. Today, my interests lie in the startup incubator/accelerator market as I continue to advocate for entrepreneurship, education and employment through technology. Software is eating the world, and I’m the guy giving tomorrow’s best a platform to build the future.That experience led me to the Nerditorium, a micro-budget live/work incubator founded by two friends after they sold their first company to Microsoft. This is where I learned how to hustle and simplify big problems into small solutions. They showed me what it takes to create.

Siri Srinivas

Daniel Lee

 CMO of KIC Silicon Valley-

Daniel Lee is a serial entrepreneur and startup accelerator. He has been serving Korea Innovation Center Silicon Valley as Chief Marketing Officer 3 years by now since 2015 when it is launched.KIC is Korean governmental agency based on San Jose, specifically dedicated for business acceleration of ICT and engineering tech basis businesses in Silicon Valley. Before serving KIC, he was in charge of the startup acceleration as executive director in Kotra Silicon Valley. Since actively started public startup incubation in 2013, he has been mentoring more than 1000 startups including about 150 Korean startups per year. He designed and operated startup acceleration in highest field level until 2016, and now working at strategical executive ground.He also planned and organized so many events including bi-annual batches, students training program, investor meetings, and corporate joint program including Draper University, Plug and Play, and large corporations in Silicon Valley.Daniel is a co-author of Silicon Valley Startup Guide, published by Kotra in 2013, and did many time interviews with radio and agencies. He also rendered many speech including IOT monetization at IOT worlds event, at Moscone Center 2014. Before running startup incubator he used work for large US law firm assisting for many patent and business litigation including smartphone, advanced material, and so on. Before law school, he was working at the federal subsidiary company working for east Asian affair.He majored accounting in Southeastern University, studied MBA at George Washington University, and achieved Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University.


Guest Speakers

Siri Srinivas is an Analyst at Draper Associates, the VC firm founded by Tim Draper. Siri formerly worked with the Venture team at FundersClub where she worked on the fundraises of nearly a 100 early and mid-stage deals in a portfolio that includes Instacart, Coinbase, Flexport amongst others. She started her career at JP Morgan Chase as an engineer and as a Fellow and Reporter covering Money and Business at The Guardian in New York. She has a BS in Engineering and an MA in Journalism from Columbia University.

Saad Hamid is a technology entrepreneur and digital ecosystem builder with a penchant for creatively engaging people through digital experiments. Saad has over 10 years of experience in online marketing, startup consulting, digital transformation, design thinking, growth hacking, brand initialization, community management and social innovation. Saad is currently working with the World Bank as a Consultant on Digital Development providing support to KPITB Youth Employment Program in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which aims to create digital employment for as many as 5,000+ young people through digital skills and platforms. In addition to his roles at KPITB and PITB, Saad is busy building SkillsFirst with the mission to empower young people by helping them learn digital skills and leadership. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the National Incubation Center where he provides program and strategy support on curriculum, mentor engagement and partnerships. He has served as the Country Lead on Innovation & Community at Invest2Innovate (i2i) where he helped over 100+ startups find success through various internal and external programs. Saad has worked with IDEO as a design facilitator and community manager for Amplify helping global team with local outreach strategy and execution. Saad has also worked with as the Country Manager for Pakistan. Furthermore he has worked with TED, WEF, Unicef, Undp, UKAid, DAI, Acumen, Ashoka, Telenor on various projects and initiatives related to digital development. Saad’s love for tech + community building has earned him a position to lead the Google Developers Group (GDG) for Islamabad. In 2016, Saad got inducted to Google Developer Experts (GDE) program as the only Pakistani. He is also proudly a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and serves as a member of its Advisory Council and a TEDx Ambassador and Curator for TEDxIslamabad by TED. Saad is also a Fellow with Bell & Melinda gates for TEDxChange and an alumni of the Telenor Youth Forum.Saad is also a IVLP Fellow with State Dept, an Acumen Fellow, a Social Innovation Fellow with Ashoka Changemakers and a TED-Ed Innovator. He has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Bahria University Islamabad and has earned specialization in Entrepreneurship (University of Maryland) and Virtual Teacher (University of California) on Coursera. Saad blogs occasionally on tech, communities and innovation at and has received mentions for his work on ProPakistani,, Techinasia, OpenIDEO, Tribune, TheNews, NewsTribe, PakWired, TechJuice and TED Blog.

Ms. Polachek is CEO and Co-Founder of FinCheck, and was named one of the top companies of 500 Startups’ Batch 22 demo day by TechCrunch. Polachek leads the finance committee for, batch 22’s follow-on tokenized fund. Ms. Polachek was selected in 2017 as one of TheMarker’s 100 the most influential people in the Israeli industry and as one of the leading entrepreneurs for 2017.
Gene specializes in the complicated challenges global leaders face doing business in China, and their solutions to achieve predictable outcomes. Gene has 20+ years experience leading people, projects, and cross-cultural teams in Greater China (from Applications Engineer to Founder and CEO). Gene has taught Cross-Cultural Management at Hong Kong University – Institute of China Business to Chinese business executives and MBA/EMBA students at several universities in Shanghai and the US. Gene is as American as football and apple pie, but he is also 100% fluent in Mandarin Chinese, so he fully assimilated into every cross-cultural interaction where he discovered the critical importance of EMPATHY and SELF-AWARENESS as the primary gateways into social acceptance and long-term success.

As the CMO and Co-founder of CashTrack, Sai is responsible for running all facets of the business. He has over 3 years’ experience in the technology industry. He earned a master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and innovation from Nanyang technological University, NTC, Singapore. Sai is also an Alumni of Draper University (one of Silicon valley’s top entrepreneurship program), Ideasinc- start-up accelerator program and Startup School by Y-Combinator. He had a roller coaster journey from being a techie in India to Entrepreneur on the street of Silicon Valley.

Hambardzum is a founding partner at, pre-seed stage venture fund, backed mostly by Silicon Valley investors. Smartgate invests in pre-seed startups in AI, Cybersecurity and IoT with perspective to take them to Silicon Valley investors. Hambardzum is Draper University alumni (2015) with experience in international organizations, including World Bank Group.

Sidra Qasim is the founder and co-CEO of Markhor, a startup that makes designer shoes at less than half the price of luxury brands. Sidra started the company when she met with a group of craftsmen at her hometown Okara in Pakistan, raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter. In summer 2015, Markhor became first company from Pakistan to get funded by Y Combinator, with offices in Lahore and San Francisco.Markhor’s mission is to change the way luxury consumers perceive “Made in Developing Countries.” She tweets at @sidraqasim
Romil Shah, City Lead – Headstart Network Foundation, is a Startup Evangelist who has been passionately towards the growth of the Mumbai startup ecosystem since last 8 years. As a volunteer at HeadStart, he assists and mentors early stage startups; and tries to add value to the ecosystem as a whole by various initiatives such Startup Saturday Mumbai, Headstart Higher, Headstart Mentor,Headstart Co-founder Search, Headstart Insights, Headstart WE and many more initiatives in partnership with other startup ecosystem enablers and corporate.You can check his blog and professional profile here:

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