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:
- Caribbean October 17-19
- Africa October 24-26
- Europe October 30- November 1st
- America November 7-9
- Middle East November 12-14
- Asia November 14,15,16
- Latin America November 21-23
Speaker, partnership and sponsorship inquiries can be directed to the GSE team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 GlobalStartupEcosystem.com 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. www.bostonspeaks.com.
Computer Science in Media.
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.
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.