26 episodes

The Startups Without Borders Podcast is a business interview show that uncovers the unspoken lessons of some of the world’s most audacious risk-takers: migrant entrepreneurs.

Each week, we will dig into the different aspects and mindset behind building a startup, as told by industry leaders, brave change makers and bold disruptors with one thing in common: they are refugees and migrants.

From the Middle East, to Europe and beyond, the show will focus on concrete, tangible strategies and tactics for entrepreneurs, from productivity tips, to business hacks, to industry insights, as told through the inspiring journey of entrepreneurs on the move.

The show is hosted by Valentina Primo, an Argentine journalist and the founder of Startups Without Borders, who spent 6 years in Egypt interviewing startup founders across the Middle East, and fell in love with the relentless, unstoppable spirit of its entrepreneurs. Valentina previously launched Startup Scene Middle East, Egypt’s largest English-language publication on the entrepreneurial landscape, and has covered stories for international outlets, including BBC Business.

Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
Music: Funky Music ( Vlog Music ) by Dj Quads https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads
Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/7y1mi7ggtt0

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The Startups Without Borders Podcast is a business interview show that uncovers the unspoken lessons of some of the world’s most audacious risk-takers: migrant entrepreneurs.

Each week, we will dig into the different aspects and mindset behind building a startup, as told by industry leaders, brave change makers and bold disruptors with one thing in common: they are refugees and migrants.

From the Middle East, to Europe and beyond, the show will focus on concrete, tangible strategies and tactics for entrepreneurs, from productivity tips, to business hacks, to industry insights, as told through the inspiring journey of entrepreneurs on the move.

The show is hosted by Valentina Primo, an Argentine journalist and the founder of Startups Without Borders, who spent 6 years in Egypt interviewing startup founders across the Middle East, and fell in love with the relentless, unstoppable spirit of its entrepreneurs. Valentina previously launched Startup Scene Middle East, Egypt’s largest English-language publication on the entrepreneurial landscape, and has covered stories for international outlets, including BBC Business.

Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
Music: Funky Music ( Vlog Music ) by Dj Quads https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads
Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/7y1mi7ggtt0

    26. How I Turned the Pandemic into an Opportunity to Reinvent My Business, with Randa Bennett

    26. How I Turned the Pandemic into an Opportunity to Reinvent My Business, with Randa Bennett

    This episode is sponsored by Mailerlite, an email marketing tool where you can easily build lead-generation landing pages. Go to https://www.mailerlite.com/a/d9fgzvnqnm to create a free account and receive all premium features for an entire month.

    Today, we speak to Randa Bennett, a London-based tech founder and CEO of V-Loop, who recently launched her podcast, An Immigrant Girl.
    Having immigrated to the UK in the late 1990s, Randa worked through learning English, going to university and building a career in a male-dominated tech industry, winning several awards as a Fintech founder. As the Covid19 pandemic hit the entire world, Randa had to once again readapt and pivot her business, launching V-Help.
    In this episode, Randa narrates her journey through building a startup, raising investment, and reinventing herself when the unexpected comes.

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    Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
    Song by: Funky Music, by Dj Quads.
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    • 25 min
    25. How to Succeed When Everything Seems to be Against You, with Majd Mashrawi

    25. How to Succeed When Everything Seems to be Against You, with Majd Mashrawi

    This episode is sponsored by Mailerlite, an email marketing tool where you can easily build lead-generation landing pages. Go to https://www.mailerlite.com/a/d9fgzvnqnm to create a free account and receive all premium features for an entire month.

    Majd Mashharawi is one of the fiercest, most relentless women you’ll ever meet. Having grown up in war-torn Gaza, Majd came up with an incredible idea: to rebuild damaged buildings using bricks made of ash and rubble. 

    Her second startup SunBox, an affordable solar power system that produces energy to alleviate the effects of the energy crisis in Gaza, where electricity is only available three hours a day. 
    In 2018 she was selected as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company and  Her TED Talk, has received 1.3 Million views  so far. 

    In an inspiring conversation, Majd shares the odysseys she went through, in her attempt to build a business in the world’s largest open-air prison. Gear up to get inspired beyond belief. 

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    Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
    Song by: Funky Music, by Dj Quads.
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    • 26 min
    24: Making it as a Digital Nomad: How to Create Revenue Streams that Generate Passive Income

    24: Making it as a Digital Nomad: How to Create Revenue Streams that Generate Passive Income

    This episode is sponsored by Mailerlite, an email marketing tool where you can easily build lead-generation landing pages. Go to https://www.mailerlite.com/a/d9fgzvnqnm to create a free account and receive all premium features for an entire month.

    Today, we speak to Francisco Ortiz, a Digital Nomad who has taken on the mission of teaching thousands of people how to become financially free. 

    Francisco is a Youtuber, social media influencer and investor who left the comfort of his office job in Argentina and began exploring the world full-time in search for more freedom.

    He sold all his things, invested his savings and created an online business to be able to travel sustainably as a digital nomad, visiting more than 70 while building his business.

    In his channel, he shares experiences and lessons on digital marketing, personal finance, entrepreneurship, minimalism, and travel. 

    He is obsessed with helping people get out of their comfort zone, so gear up for a chat that will shatter your perceptions of possible and impossible. 



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    Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
    Song by: Funky Music, by Dj Quads.
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    https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads
    https://twitter.com/DjQuads
    https://www.instagram.com/djquads
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    Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/lNrAAAb2JvI

    • 34 min
    23. 5 Things You Should Know Before Pitching to a VC, with Nora Bavey

    23. 5 Things You Should Know Before Pitching to a VC, with Nora Bavey

    This episode is sponsored by Mailerlite, an email marketing tool where you can easily build lead-generation landing pages. Go to https://www.mailerlite.com/a/d9fgzvnqnm to create a free account and receive all premium features for an entire month.

    In this episode, we speak to a tech wonderwoman democratizing capital in the Nordics: Nora Bavey. Nora is an award-winning entrepreneur, and the General Partner at Unconventional Ventures, a VC fund investing in startups created by underrepresented founders.

    Having moved from Iran to Sweeden at an early age, Nora has made it her mission to improve the possibilities for underrepresented groups to access technology, entrepreneurship and capital. 

    In this episode, Nora recalls her early days as “The entrepreneurial whisperer,” and shares 5 key things every entrepreneur should know before approaching a VC. 


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    Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
    Song by: Funky Music, by Dj Quads.
    Dj Quads:
    https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads
    https://twitter.com/DjQuads
    https://www.instagram.com/djquads
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCusF...

    Music from Soundcloud
    Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/lNrAAAb2JvI

    • 29 min
    22. Can We Map the Refugee and Migrant Startup Ecosystem?

    22. Can We Map the Refugee and Migrant Startup Ecosystem?

    From London, to Amman, to the Greek refugee camps, There is a growing ecosystem of entrepreneurs, incubators, supporters and investors building a movement made up of valiant migrant entrepreneurs. What does that transnational ecosystem look like today? 

    Join us in this exciting panel from our last Startups Without Borders Summit, where key players in the refugee and migrant startup world share their insights. Meet Charlie Fraser: co-founder and Partnerships Director at TERN, from London; Laura di Santolo: Co-founder and Managing Director of Forward Incubator in Amsterdam, and Vasili Sofiadelils: Founder of Changemakers lab, in the island of Lesbos, Greece.



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    Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
    Song by: Funky Music, by Dj Quads.
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    https://twitter.com/DjQuads
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    Music from Soundcloud
    Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/lNrAAAb2JvI

    • 31 min
    21. How to Turn Being Overlooked into Your Biggest Asset, with Lauren Maillian

    21. How to Turn Being Overlooked into Your Biggest Asset, with Lauren Maillian

    If there is one word that dominated the media landscape this past year, it’s diversity. The Black Lives Matter movement brought to light a whopping disparity in startup funding: Black women have received only 0.06% of all Venture Funding since 2009.

    In this power-packed fireside chat, we meet the powerhouse woman leading a movement to change that: Lauren Maillian, CEO of Digital Undivided.

    Join us in this intimate conversation, to uncover the story of a woman who started a successful Winery when she was still not even old enough to drink, and went on to become the first Black woman to start an early-stage venture capital fund.

    Listen to Lauren’s inspiring advice, as she invites us to challenge people’s expectations and to find that hidden voice inside.



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    Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
    Song by: Funky Music, by Dj Quads.
    Dj Quads:
    https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads
    https://twitter.com/DjQuads
    https://www.instagram.com/djquads
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCusF...

    Music from Soundcloud
    Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/lNrAAAb2JvI

    • 24 min

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