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Exclusive analysis from fDi Magazine on the latest trends and developments in the foreign investment world. Every month, fDi hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with interviews and insights from policymakers and investors from all around the globe.

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Exclusive analysis from fDi Magazine on the latest trends and developments in the foreign investment world. Every month, fDi hosts and guests delve into a new theme, with interviews and insights from policymakers and investors from all around the globe.

    Rising Ecosystems #8: The UK start-up scene, pros and cons

    Rising Ecosystems #8: The UK start-up scene, pros and cons

    Co-hosts Yessi and Alex wrap up season one of the podcast


    To conclude their virtual tour of UK tech communities, co-hosts Yessi and Alex give their take on the current state of the UK's start-up scene, summarising the six ecosystems featured so far.
    Yessi and Alex discuss topics such as the humility of entrepreneurs and affordability of cities outside London, the later stage funding gap, mental health and more.
     
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    • 19 min
    Rising Ecosystems #7: Cardiff

    Rising Ecosystems #7: Cardiff

    fDi speaks to Stephanie Locke and Neil Cocker about the start-up community in Cardiff.


    In this seventh episode, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez head to Cardiff in Wales to find out what's happening with entrepreneurship on the ground. 
     
    Joining the show to provide their candid take on Cardiff's start-up ecosystem are Neil Cocker, the co-founder of local tech community Cardiff Start and CEO of Ramp, a business that's changing how people buy t-shirts for events and teams; and Stephanie Locke, the CEO of Nightingale HQ, which provides businesses with expert support and tools to manage the successful adoption of AI.


    Listeners can expect a frank discussion of topics ranging from the cost advantages of starting a business in Cardiff, an overview of the Welsh government's support, the city's startup fabric, and the challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the ecosystem. 
     
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    • 50 min
    China's road out of trouble

    China's road out of trouble

    Min Ye, associate professor of international relations at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, Min Ye talks to fDi's Seth O'Farrell about how China’s economic policy was born of crisis, not desire for control.


    The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the economic development strategy adopted in 2013, has undergone various permutations in Chinese and global imaginaries alike. Far from aligning with the view that it is the expression of a one-party state looking to dominate the region, Ms Ye examines the BRI from a domestic perspective in her recently published The Belt Road and Beyond: State mobilised globalisation in China, 1998–2018.
     
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    • 37 min
    Rising Ecosystems #6: Belfast (Part II)

    Rising Ecosystems #6: Belfast (Part II)

    In part two of the sixth episode exploring the entrepreneurial landscape of UK cities, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez continue their remote journey to Belfast.
    Featuring the same two guests as part one – Belfast City Council' digital innovation commissioner Jayne Brady, and Henry Joseph-Grant, a serial entrepreneur and start-up mentor – this digs deeper into some of the challenges and opportunities in Northern Ireland's start-up community.
    Listeners can expect a candid conversation about the misconceptions and perils of raising venture capital funding, why marketing the success of Belfast's ecosystem is the next key step and the potential downsides of competition for talent between start-ups and foreign companies.
     
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    • 36 min
    Rising Ecosystems #6: Belfast (Part I)

    Rising Ecosystems #6: Belfast (Part I)

    In part one of the sixth episode exploring the entrepreneurial landscape of UK cities, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez travel remotely to Belfast.


    Joining the show are two guests born in Northern Ireland, who discuss why they both returned home after years of diverse work experience abroad in multinationals, venture capital and start-ups.


    Jayne Brady, who is the digital innovation commissioner at Belfast City Council, discusses how policy and major development projects are aiming to push the ecosystem to the next level. Henry Joseph-Grant, who is a serial entrepreneur and start-up mentor, gives a candid perspective on Belfast’s pros and cons, and why he believes it’s now a good place to start and grow a business.


    Listeners can expect an open discussion of Belfast's critical mass in the cyber security and services sectors, the issue of ‘brain drain’, how start-ups are being used to heal the wounds of the Troubles, and much, much more.
     
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    • 29 min
    Rising Ecosystems #5: Birmingham

    Rising Ecosystems #5: Birmingham

    In the fifth episode of this bi-weekly series, co-hosts Alex Irwin-Hunt and Yessi Bello Perez explore the entrepreneurial landscape in the UK’s second largest city Birmingham.
    Joining the show to provide their take on the start-up scene is Hilary Smyth-Allen, the executive lead at Supertech WM, a cross-sector partnership that promotes Birmingham and the West Midland region’s growing professional tech cluster. The second guest is Melissa Snover, the US-born founder and CEO of Rem3dy Heath Group, a Birmingham-based 3D printing start-up that produces personalised health solutions under the brands Nourished and Scripted.
    With additional comments from Jof Walters, the co-founder of Million Labs, a ‘no-code’ company which helps new start-ups launch, this episode provides a deep dive into the key attributes of the Birmingham tech community and its potential to drive the post-Covid economic recovery.
    Listeners can expect discussion of topics ranging from the cost advantages of starting a business in the West Midlands, the diversity of its talent pool, what’s needed from the UK government to keep up its momentum, and much, much more.
     
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    • 46 min

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