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

November 2, 2017, New York, USA- The Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) has announced the agenda and speakers for the 1st annual America digital accelerator. Founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur, Christine S. Ntim, the American cohort features finalists from over  22 different states.

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE)  returns with the 1st annual digital startup accelerator for entrepreneurs residing in or seeking to launch a company in America.  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 12-14
  6. Asia November 14,15,16
  7. Latin America November 21-23

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

November 7, 2017 Day 1

  • 6:00-6:30 pm Welcome Remarks-Orientation + Benefits & Perks Post Program
  • 6:30-7:00 pm GSE Ideation and Product Development
  • 7:00-7:30 pm GSE Customer Acquisition & Growth Hacking
  • 7:30-8:00 pm GSE Marketing: Press Hacking, Social Media, Content Strategy
  • 8:00-8:30 pm GSE Closing Remarks & Q/A

November 8, 2017 Day 2

  • 6:00-6:15 pm GSE Reflection and Opening Remarks
  • 6:15-6:45 pm GSE Regional Director Keynote/Workshop- Adi Abili
  • 6:45-7:15 pm Speaker Keynote  Kit Pang (TEDx Keynote Speaker, Founder of Boston Speaks)
  • 7:15-7:30 pm Speaker Keynote Naisha Siilva (Google) Hiring Strategy 101
  • 7:30-8:00 pm Speaker Keynote Daraiha Greene (Computer Science in Media)
  • 8:00-8:15 pm Speaker Keynote Lisa Mesa (Linkedin)
  • 8:15-8:30 pm Speaker Keynote Allie Felix  (How to Build & Leverage Your Personal Brand)
  • 8:30-9:00 pm GSE Closing Remarks & Q/A

November 9, 2017 Day 3

  • 6:00-6:15 pm Review Remarks/ Sponsor Introduction/ Partner Introductions
  • 6:15-6:45 pm GSE Bootcamp GSE Funding: How to Raise $250k+ in 6 Months
  • 6:45-7:00 pm Juge 5 Minute Introductions + Keynotes
  • 7:00-8:00 pm Top 10 Demo Night (Pitch) Each has 1 Minute to Pitch/2 Minute Q/A
  • 8:00-9:00 pm Q/A Forum with the Judges + GSE Closing Remarks & Next Steps


Regional Director 

Adi Abili (Startups, Venture Capital, Tech) Advisory board member at SXSW; Former program director at Draper University and investor at Glassroots Ventures; Consulting at AngelHack HACKcelerator program.

GSE 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.

Kit Pang is a Communications Expert, TEDx Speaker and Coach, and the founder of BostonSpeaks. He is on a mission to help individuals become exceptional speakers and communicators. Kit’s seminars and talks have been credited as super fun, engaging, soul-searching and insightful.


Computer Science in Media.

Name: Daraiha Greene
Title: Head of Multicultural Engagement, CS in Media, Google
Social handle: @daraihasunshine

Daraiha Greene is the Head of Multicultural Engagement for the Computer Science (CS) in Media team at Google. She advocates and leads strategies for people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups as the team strives to pitch inclusive representations of CS to mainstream media (TV/digital shows, movies, etc.). Because of her artistic background as a professional dancer, actor, and singer, Daraiha began Google’s ‘CS+X’ event series, which highlights the intersections between computer science and other artistic industries (e.g. music, dance, fashion, sports, theatre, etc.). Previously, she completed a three-month internship at Google before she accepted a full-time offer as a Human Resources rotational associate. Roles included a coordinator on the Finance HR team, program manager on the Noogler Orientation team, and an analyst on the Staffing Services team. Daraiha graduated from Dartmouth College with B.A. degrees in Sociology and Theatre.


How to Build & Leverage Your Personal Brand

Allie Felix leads Community at Work-Bench, an enterprise-focused venture fund in NYC. Additionally, she leads Business Development at 37 Angels, and investor network with a mission to close the gender gap in angel investing through education. A graduate of Smith College Class of 2014, Allie currently serves as a member of the Smith College Business Network Advisory Board, where she advocates for the development of entrepreneurial initiatives on campus and for alumnae.

Startup Coach, Diversity & Inclusion advocate and Business Operations Strategist — Naisha is a Project Manager at Google leading initiatives that drive the company’s innovative hiring strategies, and is also a Startup Success Manager for Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Program which incubates startups from emerging markets. She is a U.S. State Department TechWomen Mentor, Google for Entrepreneurs Mentor, Startingbloc Social Innovation Fellow, women’s soccer coach for Refugee girls, and Managing Director of The Racine Collection, a boutique Haitian Art gallery founded by her grandparents. She has a passion for startup ecosystems and the Future of Work.
I am the founder of Fancyfied a lifestyle brand devoted to uplift, empower, inspire and unite. I often hear “you’ve got great energy” but what people may not know is that, I strive to leave those I encounter in a much better state than they were prior to our encounter. As an Enterprise Relationship Manager at LinkedIn, I manage a portfolio of approximately 50 accounts and am tasked with driving their social media, talent acquisition and employer branding strategies. I love nothing more than helping my clients achieve their goals and highlight their success to all key stakeholders.
Each Friday at LinkedIn, I host FancyfiedFridays which gathers employees across various divisions and leadership levels. During this power-half-an-hour lunch, no negativity can be spoken and attendees have to share what they have to be grateful for, inspires them, etc. The next step is to acknowledge a challenge and finally, the actions you will take to overcome that challenge. My premise is that if we are in a positive state of mind when considering our challenges, we have hope that the challenge is surmountable. By re-contextualizing a challenge from a problem to a growth opportunity, we enjoy the process of what it takes to overcome. My work at FancyfiedFridays led to the 2016 WALI (Women at LinkedIn) Inspiration Award. In 2017, I was awarded the Relationships Matter Award at LinkedIn’s Global Sales Kick-Off.I believe the secret to creating a life you love and living it powerfully is to “Get Comfortable, Being Uncomfortable” which was the title of my 2017 TEDX Talk.

Jacob Clarke
Jacob Clarke is AngelHack’s North America Regional Manager, overseeing the organization and operation of 21 hackathons in his region, as well as a vast network of ambassadors. Over the course of a year, he’s accomplished a 18 percent growth in event attendance, and expanded the AngelHack community to three new cities including; Honolulu, Hawaii; Detroit, Michigan; and Atlanta, Georgia. Jacob is also involved in AngelHack’s HACKcelerator program, an accelerator for early-stage hackathon prototypes. He works closely with each startup that goes through the program and managing team to foster an engaged network between startup founders and mentors. He also supports Venture for America, as a mentor guiding founders through their entrepreneurial journeys.

Milan Koch
MD, AlphaBlock
Milan is the Managing Director of AlphaBlock, investing in cryptocurrency startups. Prior to that,. Milan Koch was the Managing Director of Accelerators at AngelHack. The HACKcelerator program is a pre-accelerator designed and managed by Milan and has generated many notable successes, including two exits to Google and one to BOX. Roughly 50 percent of these active companies continue on to raise funds, while 25 percent enter major accelerator programs such as 500 Startups, Techstars, Y-Combinator, Google Launchpad, and Startup Chile. With a current portfolio value of more than $70M, Milan also creates long-lasting partnerships with high-profile investors, and accelerators to add value to participating companies. Additionally, Milan leads other innovation initiatives for Fortune 500 companies such as HPE, IBM, Capital One and UBS – building trusted relationships between startups and established corporations.In order to contribute to the global startup ecosystem Milan serves as Advisory Board Member to the SXSW Accelerator; is a dealflow partner for Startup Chile (accelerator created by the Chilean Government); mentors for Parallel18 (government funded startup accelerator in Puerto Rico); Gaza Sky Geeks (first and only startup accelerator in Gaza); and Copernicus Accelerator (an accelerator funded by the European Commission).  Milan frequently speaks internationally on a wide variety of topics including but not limiting to: corporate innovation; growth hacking; and fundraising. He was also a finalist for Forbes 30 under 30 in venture capital in 2016. Prior to AngelHack Milan worked at VC funds, Base Ventures and Transmedia Capital, where he conducted due diligence on companies from a $100M+ in total to potential investments; Working with companies like AngelList, Surfair, Buffer, Able Lending, SnappyTV (acquired by Twitter), and Newsle (acquired by LinkedIn).

Charlie Taibi

CEO, Gap Year Global
Charle Taibi is the CEO of Gap Year Global. Prior to that he was the Program Director for Tim Drapers entrepenrial school, Draper University. He has always had a passion for education, and spent time in China in the education sector. Charlie is a self confessed ice coffee lover, and enjoys practicing Mandarin everyday, going on long runs and singing in the shower. He graduated from Loyola University in Maryland in 2010 with a Bachelor in Business Administration and Accounting.

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