How 8 Women Are Accelerating Companies to Market Via the World’s First Digital Startup Accelerator

How 8 Women Are Accelerating Companies 

Via the World’s First Global Startup Accelerator

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As Featured in Huffington Post. 

March 8, 2017- New York, USA. Global Startup Ecosystem announces 7 regional directors to lead the largest online digital accelerator in the world.In an effort to increase exposure of local startups to global investors and resources, Global Startup Ecosystem launched the first digital accelerator in 7 major regions around the world in 2016. Entrepreneurs from AfricaAsia,America,Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the  Middle East are welcomed to join the platform via a competitive online process.

As a digital accelerator- the program is run entirely online. Each online accelerator program begins with a full startup development boot camp covering ideation, product development, marketing, customer acquisition, funding, and branding.

“The future is digital, so startup ecosystems in emerging markets need to take advantage of programs like this one” says Christine Souffrant Ntim, “we launched digital accelerators for entrepreneurs of emerging markets to close the resource gap and diversify global startup success stories”.

Prior to the launch of Y- Combinator in 2005, entrepreneurs had to figure out their startup development journey on their own. There were no mainstream startup blueprint programs aside from the theoretical ones offered in business schools. Today there are over 4000+ accelerators around the world and they are shaping local entrepreneurial communities in more ways then we could ever imagine. As startup communities embrace the onset of more localized programs, networks like the Global Startup Ecosystem will become more necessary.

As an entrepreneur with roots in Haiti, Christine Souffrant Ntim launched the pilot accelerator in the Caribbean in July 2016. With over 1000+ applicants the program expanded to Latin America and Middle East in December 2016, Africa and Asia in January 2017.

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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.


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Georgie-Ann Getton-McKoy is the founder of CaribbeansInTech.  She is a young woman who wears many hats! In her personal life, she has a family and is a senior at CUNY Baruch College. In her professional life, she is a serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and a Diversity in Tech Enthusiast. She is the founder of Illicit Mind Inc a company that develops initiatives to enable the growth of Black and diverse entrepreneurs and techies. At the moment she is a Community Organizer for Girls Who Code. Her other roles include being the President of the Hack for Baruch Club and the Business Manger for Theater in Motion.

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Angie Carillo- Angie is an entrepreneur. Her passions are education, gender equality and exponential technologies. Angie is board member of Liks, an online platform to teach kids robotics and programming, the only winner from Latin America of Moonbots, part of Google Lunar X Prize. Angie also has a non profit to teach girls to code and is the Regional Ambassador and Master Educator for Technovation, the largest competition for girls in tech entrepreneurship. In the past, Angie has also worked as a business consultant for large Fortune 500 companies. She holds a BA from the Tecnologico de Monterrey and was chosen as the 100 Best from Latin America by the ITESM.

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Kerstin Karu is an entrepreneurship facilitator helping startup founders succeed on a global scale by providing them with personal and business development-focused training as a startup advisor within the Draper University network. Simultaneously, she works with universities, accelerators and government institutions seeking to empower startup growth through LaunchPad Central’s unique Lean Innovation software founded by Steve Blank. In the past, Kerstin co-founded Blast Innovations, a Silicon Valley-based marketing software company, for which she was chosen in the Forbes Estonia 30 Under 30 list in 2015. Kerstin has also worked as a market research analyst for the largest automotive appearance products company Turtle Wax, started a fashion eCommerce business while at university, and presented as a TEDx speaker in the United Kingdom.

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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.

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Shaina Silva- is an ecosystem architect and venture builder who has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunities for entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Her regions of focus expand the Caribbean and West Africa, specializing in building capacity within startup ecosystems.  She is the founder of WoCo, a platform that facilitates asset-sharing in dense cities, and aims to catalyze urban resilience, reduce carbon footprint, and improve overall access to infrastructure for entrepreneurs operating in cities across the African continent.

In recognition of her work, service and accomplishments, she’s been awarded the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ “30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”, Babson College’s ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’.
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Asra Nadeem Director Entrepreneurial Programs – Draper University —Asra loves technology and believes that Internet and intelligent systems will enable humanity to achieve it’s truest potential. She got started on the Net by running MIRC channels, making friends all over the globe and starting an ecommerce business that paid for college and more. Fresh out of college, Asra led product and growth for Rozee.pk, Pakistan’s first internet startup, that brought government institutions, universities and local companies online through SaaS based recruitment platforms. Asra later launched Naseeb, a matchmaking social platform for Muslims and spearheaded Bayt.com’s special projects team to build web infrastructure for government organizations and MNC’s in the Middle East North Africa region.Today Asra heads up Draper University’s startup programs, where they grow startups solving the most intractable problems in the emerging markets. She frequently speak and write about building entrepreneurial ecosystems, relationship between science and entrepreneurship and empowering the human spirit. Asra loves working with entrepreneurs and ecosystems in the emerging markets and helping them change systems through intelligent product design.

AAEAAQAAAM. Veronica Murguia Imana
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Experienced Venture Development Consultant with a demonstrated history and track record of working in the early stage investment services and entrepreneurship industry. Skilled in international deal flow origination, screening and search and a business development, partnerships, project management and international communications. Strong MENA based investor and entrepreneur network, startup ecosystem developer and multi-lingual professional with a Masters of Arts focused in International Public Relations from The Manchester Metropolitan University and MENA based experience +6 years living in Egypt and currently based in the UAE.


To Apply to the fall 2017 free online program, check out the regional dates via Global Startup Ecosystem.

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About: Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is a central hub designed to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age.GSE primarily provides online digital accelerator programs for startup ecosystems in different geographic regions, industry verticals, and impactful topic areas. Regions of focus are: AfricaAsia,America,Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the  Middle East . Frontier tech areas of focus are: Space , Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Blockchain, Drones IOT (Network + Sensors), Robotics, Synthetic Biology (Nano Tech) and Manufacturing (3d printing). Topic and industries of focus are: Fintech, Ed tech, Health Tech, Sustainable Development Goals. Smart City, Diversity and more.GSE also inspires influential stakeholdership by providing the world’s leading lab platform for training institutional entities such as governments, corporations, foundations, and universities. The GSE Digital Lab trains entities on the key elements of digital innovation and help these entities host customized digital accelerator programs that empowers their respective constituents.We culminate our digital programs by providing unique ecosystem experiences through a series off offline summits, bootcamps, and tours.

About the founders: Christine Souffrant Ntim is a Haitian-American entrepreneur with over 7 years business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, and Caribbean Change Makers 30 Under 30 in 2016. She is an award winning keynote speaker. Einstein Ntim is a Ghanian-British investor who speaks on Ai technology and Mental Health. He was listed as Ghana’s Future Leaders 30 Under 30, #1 at Draper University, and Class Speaker at Singularity University at NASA.

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