Einstein Kofi Ntim
Managing Partner & CEO– Einstein Kofi Ntim is a Ghanian-British entrepreneur and startup ecosystem builder that connects innovators to Ai, space, and other exponential tech networks. Formerly a serial entrepreneur, Einstein founded two health care startups- Enabled AI (The AI Mental Health App for Exponential Innovators) and Bloomer Tech (which embeds IOT sensors into fabrics to tackle cardiovascular disease).During his time in silicon valley, Einstein worked on connecting startups to Tim Draper’s venture networks, Bold Emerge Capital, and other VC networks that target entrepreneurs from emerging markets. As an influencer within startup networks in Silicon Valley, Europe, and Africa, Einstein sits on Singularity University’s Advisory Board for Inclusion and was selected into Ghana’s Future Leaders U30. Prior to his work in the USA, Einstein had a diverse career in capital markets (UBS, Statestreet, Deutsche Bank), commodity sales, authorship, military (UK), Tutoring (Methodist Church) and professional sports (Harlequins Rugby).
Managing Partner & COO 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 which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year.
GSE HQ Team
Micaela (Mikki) Hoffman is an Urbanist and Data Nerd. She wears many hats, but all under the umbrella of socially driven innovation. Her focus is on developing communities, both locally in San Antonio where she calls home, and internationally with the Global Startup Ecosystem.
Jaagriti Sharma has led marketing efforts for Silicon Valley cyber security startups, point of sale software companies, real estate firms and non-profit organizations. She has also represented and spoken for Microsoft at conferences of over 15,000, to advocate decreasing opportunity gaps in youth education and employment.
Digital Accelerator Team
Latin America Regional Director: 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.
Africa Regional Director: Shaina Silva- is an ecosystem architect and venture builder who has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunities for entrepreneurs in emerging markets. 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’.
Europe Regional Director: 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 and presented as a TEDx speaker in the United Kingdom.
Caribbean Regional Director: 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
Asia Regional Director: Asra Nadeem- 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.
Middle East Regional Director: M. Veronica Murguia Imana 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.
Advisor: John is a connector, innovator, and leader in the NYC tech community. Prior to founding the Studio Project, John developed expertise on accelerator programming via his experiences at techstars and Startup Institute. John sits on the selection committee for Paris-based NUMA accelerator network and Parallel 18 accelerator, council seats at Sheworx, Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us NYC chapter, and New York Cares, NYC’s largest volunteer organization. He also co-founded the Innovation Collective a network of accelerators in the NYC tech community, comprised of over 40 organizations and over 60 leadership-level individuals. He as well as a variety of formal positions as a mentor + advisor to founders and teams of all kinds at accelerators worldwide. He has engineered connections resulting in LP investments for venture capital funds (including the techstars Venture Fund, $150mm), the creation of a techstars company, angel investment for a mentor’s new venture, and sourced co-founder relationships, c-suite hires, and first hires. He also co-founded a network of accelerators in the NYC tech community, comprised of over 40 organizations and over 50 leadership-level individuals.
America 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.
Advisor: Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee).As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has appeared on CNBC’s Power Pitch, keeps a column on Inc.com, blogs on myturnstone.com and tweets frequently (@jkhoey). Kelly’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her unique ability to tap into networks and make valuable connections. Her career started in corporate law, eventually transitioning to the management side of Big Law. A chance opportunity in 2009 to work with a visionary leader sparked her transition from earning a paycheck to seeking equity. Co-founding a startup accelerator then an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company are just part of her journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps, flowthings.io), she is an LP in two funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. On top of these professional pursuits, Kelly is the Chief Tech Ambassador for the YWCA of NYC’s Girls Geek Club.