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.

Talks include:

Creating & Implementing Breakthrough Technologies

Robert S. Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States

Start to Scale to Exit and Start Again – Insights from a successful serial entrepreneur

Raman Kumar, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder Chairman of CASHe, India

Raman shares 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 fin-tech venture in 2016/17 which he is now scaling it up to be his second billion dollar venture.

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.

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.

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.

How Purpose is Profitable

Marta del Castillo, CEO, KOGA Impact Lab Paraguay, Spain

Short talk regarding 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.

Social Innovation

Bridgit Evans, Director, SAB Foundation, South Africa