GIST March 14 webchat: Advice for startups in developing markets

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When you start a company, there is no shortage of people and organizations willing to offer you advice. But figuring out what advice is relevant to your situation can be difficult, and taking the wrong advice can be fatal.

This is especially true for entrepreneurs in developing markets. The challenges and opportunities that face companies in these markets are dramatically different from the issues facing startups in Silicon Valley, California. As a result, a lot of the advice given to budding entrepreneurs generally simply doesn’t apply.

The March 14 webchat “Overcoming Challenges Facing Your Startup” aims to help.

The chat comes from Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST), an online foundation that gives entrepreneurs from around the world direct access to business and investment leaders in the United States through online seminars.

Joining the talk will be:

  • Habib Haddad, managing director for E14, the MIT Media Lab fund focused on early-stage companies out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Haddad is a serial entrepreneur and a founder of Wamda, a platform to accelerate entrepreneurial ecosystems across the Middle East and North Africa region.
  • Elmira Bayrasli, author of “From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places,” visiting fellow at the New America Foundation, co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a lecturer at New York University and Bard College in New York.

This GIST Guru webchat begins at 11 a.m. EDT (15:00 UTC) on March 14. Register at the event page to watch the live program and ask questions.

Graphic illustration announcing webchat with photos of two moderators (GIST)