In an effort to accelerate startups from emerging markets, the Global Startup Ecosystem will be hosting major summits in developing countries across the globe. Haiti will be the first within this 13 year initiative, hosting the largest annual gathering of innovators addressing humanity’s grandest challenges with over 100 global speakers.
The central theme of the global summit is to “catalyze startup ecosystems in emerging markets”. Day one is centered on “Drivers of startup ecosystems” with a deep dive look at the contributions of VC fund managers, angel investors, accelerators, incubators and media reporters on tech innovation hubs around the world. Day two is centered on “Disruptors of startup economies” with an analysis exponential technologies in transforming future industries via Ai, virtual reality, genomics, robotics, space, etc.
The event announcement was made on the eve of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake anniversary and was shared by over 423,000 supporters within 24 hours.
Hosting the event in Haiti not only aims to revitalize economic activity in the country but to also provide a new narrative for Haiti and emerging markets. “Haiti has a profound history of empowerment, leadership, and innovation. As one of the most populous countries in the region, it has huge potential to catalyze entrepreneurship in a very unique way ” says Christine Souffrant Ntim, the founding organizer of the event.