GEC Talks

GEC Talks

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The GEC Talks are source of inspiration for entrepreneurs, entrepreneur-support organizations and other ecosystem stakeholders.

In the form of short, powerful talks (12 minutes or less), the GEC Talks will cover the latest perspectives – from investors to startup supporters from the corporate world to policymakers – from across the globe.

The agenda of this GEC Talk series is to make great ideas accessible to all and spark conversation throughout the remaining of the Congress.

2:00 pm: Introductory Remarks by Emcee
Rebeca Hwang, Board Member, GEN Global, South Korea

2:15 pm: Creating + Implementing Breakthrough Technologies
Robert S. Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States

We will discuss how we've attempted to do cutting edge research, not only in a university setting, but also how that research is translated into patents, companies, and products. In one example we discuss how advanced drug delivery systems are having an enormous impact on human health. We start by discussing our early research on developing the first controlled release systems for macromolecules and then discuss other examples including polysaccharide sequencing. We also discuss how we came up with new solutions using materials to address hair care and skin care problems. In each case we filed patents and formed companies. In this talk we discuss the key elements to innovation, and to success or failure, in different examples.

2:30 pm: Start to Scale to Exit + Start Again: Insights from a Successful Serial Entrepreneur
Raman Kumar, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder Chairman of CASHe, India

Raman will share his insights into how he started his first company in 1998 with a mere 100,000 dollars, scaled and sold it for a whopping 1.1 billion dollars in 2012 and then started again a new fintech venture in 2016/17 which he is now scaling it up to be his second billion dollar venture.

2:45 pm: The Changing Landscape of Technology Investing
Armando Viteri, Phoenix Chapter Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum, United States

2018 was a watershed year in technology investing. Almost $100 billion was invested in technology startups, much of it in internet-related software. Just 80 startups were valued at $1B in 2015, but last year that number more than tripled to 258. At the same time the early stage venture capital rounds have practically dried up. There is a tectonic shift in the nature of technology investing in Silicon Valley and beyond which is offering up brand new opportunities to engage directly in high quality, early stage companies with the potential for great returns. In this talk we will focus on how the fabric of early stage technology investing is changing and how it is creating new opportunities for a range of investors.

3:00 pm: 6 Tips to Raise Investment Capital
Stephanie Marrus, Director, Entrepreneurship Center, University of California San Francisco, United States

How can you make your startup stand out among the many options investors are presented with? Understanding the investor mindset and criteria by which they invest can differentiate your business plan from the crowd. If you follow the six item template in this session, you will address the salient points in the minds of investors.

3:15 pm: Zero Barriers for Entrepreneurs
Victor Hwang, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation, United States

What if everyone got a fair shot? To create a blueprint for bottom-up economic development, lets ask some what ifs.

3.30pm: The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity
Felipe Buitrago, Economic and Strategic Councillor, Office of the President, Colombia

The creative economy, often called the “Orange Economy” encompasses an immense wealth of talent, intellectual property, interconnectedness, and cultural heritage. In this talk, renown author Felipe Buitrago will explain what the Orange Economy is and why it is so important as we promote entrepreneurship. You will also learn about the analytical tools needed to take better advantage of entrepreneurial opportunities across the arts, heritage, media, and creative services.

3:45 pm: How Purpose is Profitable
Marta del Castillo, CEO, KOGA Impact Lab Paraguay, Spain

A talk about new business and entrepreneurial tendencies, where having a transcendent and transformative purpose makes the difference. Purpose as a driver of generating positive impact and increasing revenues.

4:00 pm: Social Innovation
Bridgit Evans, Director, SAB Foundation, South Africa

As an investor in Social Innovation for nine years, Bridgit will demonstrate how business models are contributing to the sustainable development goals in a meaningful way.  Using interesting case studies, she will unpack both the opportunity as well as some of the unique challenges experienced by entrepreneurs addressing key social issues affecting marginalised economic groups.

4:15 pm: Closing remarks by the Emcee