The Ecosystem Show is a weekly audio world tour exploring entrepreneurial ecosystems around the globe. Open innovation depends on a thriving ecosystem, and we’re here to show you what that looks like in some very different places! Each week, guided by a small group of local stakeholders, we investigate the history, current state, superpowers and challenges of a specific region. Diana Joseph, Silicon Valley Innovation Consultant and CEO of the Corporate Accelerator Forum, ground zero for open innovation AND Mikel Mangold of NGK Venture Labs, based in Germany. How did we get here? We wrote a paper on entrepreneurial ecosystems with Susan Windham-Bannister, leader of the 1B fund behind the development of the famous life sciences hub in Boston. Sue’s story made us curious about other ecosystems and sent us out to explore the world!Drop us a line on linkedin or contact us on corporaceacceleratorforum.com to give feedback or tell us where we should visit next! This series is sponsored by the Corporate Accelerator Forum - delivering the tools, practices, cases and relationships that corporates need to succeed in open innovationEpisode 1: Los AngelesEpisode 2: New YorkEpisode 3: BerlinEpisode 4: KrakowEpisode 5: Chile Episode 6: IraqEpisode 7: Bahrain Episode 8: London Episode 9: Bulgaria Episode 10: Tanzania Episode 11: Tel Aviv Coming soon: Pittsburgh, Prague, Ukraine and more!
The Ecosystem Show: Belgium part 1
Belgium is one of those rare ecosystems whose origin can be pinpointed in time. In 2014 a group of journalists and entrepreneurs published the Startup Manifesto, a list of principles for shaping a thriving ecosystem. The Manifesto influenced the thinking of Belgium’s Digital Minister, who is now the Prime Minister. Talk about impact!
Jean-Raymond Naveau took up the challenge of curating our first Belgium episode on the Ecosystem show. He brought us Beatrice de Mahieu, Julie Foulon, and Hugo Hanselmann for a great conversation from the perspective of the backbone organizations and advisors who take responsibility for the health of this ecosystem.
Enjoy the conversation!
The Ecosystem Show: Tech Transfer
We’ve visited over a dozen entrepreneurial ecosystems on our audio world tour, and we’re always looking for patterns.
One pattern that has come up again and again is University technology transfer policy and practice. We heard about it in Berlin, in Chile, in London, in Los Angeles, in Montreal -- the University’s perspective on entrepreneurship seems to have a huge effect on whether an ecosystem thrives or struggles.
In this episode, we asked Paul Roben of the University of California at San Diego to help us understand what’s possible when tech transfer offices are strategically designed to promote entrepreneurship. Enjoy!
The Ecosystem Show: Montreal
Montreal’s ecosystem has really taken off in the last few years, fueled by successful entrepreneurs returning their capital and their enthusiasm to the ecosystem.
Frederic Gaurino, Nectarios Economakis and Annie-Claude Devriese explain how capital, talent and physical space interact to create a self-reinforcing ecosystem.
We recorded this episode on September 20, 2021 -- the first episode in our second series. This season we’ll be visiting more regions, and also digging into some powerful tools that we’ve been learning about on our World Tour. Enjoy Montreal, and come back for more!
The Ecosystem Show: Tel Aviv
Everyone knows that Tel Aviv is an international hotbed of entrepreneurial activity.
Our guides Itai Green, Benny Shlick, Zohar Pernat, Ofer HaCohen and Adi Mazor Kario helped us understand how government support, army service, and social generosity work together to move from a Startup to a Scaleup Nation.
Don’t forget about the importance of chutzpah, roughly translated as positive pushiness. Israel is the final episode of Ecosystem Show Season One -- we’ll be back in Fall 2021 with Season Two. Enjoy!
The Ecosystem Show: Tanzania
We learned about the startup ecosystem in Tanzania on July 19 of 2021, guided by Jumanne Mtambalike, Paul Makanza, Salum Awadh, and Praygod Japhet.
The ecosystem in Tanzania is really coming together. At least in part that’s because the stakeholders are seeing how their needs are interdependent -- for example, investors need seed companies at the same time that talented individuals are looking to entrepreneurship to expand their opportunities beyond the traditional job market.
The Ecosystem Show: Bulgaria
Our Bulgaria episode was recorded on Clubhouse on July 12, 2021. Our guides were Rosen Dmitrov from Novartis, Milena Stoycheva, the CEO of JA Bulgaria, Alexander Alexiev of SAT Health, and Ivan Lekushev of BGO Software.
They’re part of a rising data-driven healthcare system in Bulgaria, and they’re betting that an entrepreneurial ecosystem is the way to get there.
Listen in to hear what inspired them and how they’re thinking about the ecosystem of ecosystems!
Enjoy Bulgaria - Episode 7