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The SWB 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.
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This truly IS the number one question: you have a disruptive idea, but how do you fund your startup to kick-start? How do I choose an incubator? How do I approach an angel investor? Are banks an option?In this episode, we speak to Ana Álvarez Monge, an unstoppable force from Costa Rica that is changing the future prospects of migrants across Germany.A coach, university lecturer, consultant and mentor, Ana is thfounder of Migration Hub, a collaborative network for social entrepreneurs and a platform for migrant entrepreneurs, which was recognized as one of the 100 Landmarks of Germany.In this interview, we’ll dive into the nits and grits of how to access finance and fund your startup idea - especially when you are a newcomer in a new land. JOIN THE STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS GLOBAL FB COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/362573027500677/ JOIN OUR PODCAST FB GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314557545818551/ FOLLOW STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS: https://instagram.com/startupswithoutborders/ READ THE INSPIRING STARTUP STORIES OF MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS: https://startupswb.com/Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
Big data is a 42-billion dollar industry today, and it’s projected to reach 103 billion by 2027. But the question on everyone’s mind is what is big data? Are there reasons to be worried about privacy? How hard is it to create a big data startup? Today, we sit down with Berat Kjamili, a Macedonian entrepreneur who founded Migport, a knowledge sharing platform that uses big data for good, giving refugees rapid answers to their daily questions with the help of volunteers, while utilising their data to better respond to their needs. In this episode, we tele transport ourselves to Turkey, where Berat is helping governments and NGOs better serve refugees, through a valiant army of 500 volunteers driven by a simple principle: the need to listen to their needs.Berat will walk us through the building of a social startup that has built a massive user base of 10,000 people, establishing direct dialogue with the people he serves. JOIN THE STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS GLOBAL FB COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/362573027500677/ JOIN OUR PODCAST FB GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314557545818551/ FOLLOW STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS: https://instagram.com/startupswithoutborders/ READ THE INSPIRING STARTUP STORIES OF MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS: https://startupswb.com/Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
You’ve heard it over and over again: sometimes, the right partnerships can make the difference between making it or breaking it. But how can you identify the best partners, and secure them? How do you ensure it is a win-win partnership you can leverage on? In this episode, we speak to Aline Sara, the founder of Natakallam, a social startup that has provided over half a million dollars in cash to displaced people around the world, while raising awareness around the daily challenges of fleeing conflict zones, through academic partnerships with universities including Columbia and Yale.Aline comes from Lebanon, a country that hosts the world’s largest percentage of refugee per capita. So it’s no coincidence that this brilliant woman is the power force behind Natakallam, an enterprise that not only employs refugees to teach languages, but also valorises their skills, completely disrupting the way we think of humanitarianism. In this candid conversation, we dig into this global community of language partners, while getting insider tips on how to secure smart collaborations, build a double-sided platform, driving users, and creating a company culture that keeps everyone engaged.JOIN THE STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS GLOBAL FB COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/362573027500677/ JOIN OUR PODCAST FB GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314557545818551/ FOLLOW STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS: https://instagram.com/startupswithoutborders/ READ THE INSPIRING STARTUP STORIES OF MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS: https://startupswb.com/Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
What does it take to go through the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship? How to embrace failure as part of the game? In the first episode of the Startups Without Borders podcast, we sit down with Syrian entrepreneur, author, and tech leader Ahmad Sufian Bayram to uncover the 5 keys that make up a winning mindset. Ahmad is the Regional Manager at Techstars, Program Director at Jusoor, and has been supporting hundreds of Syrian entrepreneurs through Startup Syria. His most recent book, “Entrepreneurship in Exile,” is the first study on Syrian refugee entrepreneurs built on data, unveiling a startup landscape as vibrant as overlooked. In this candid interview, Ahmad narrates his journey from Syria to becoming the Regional Manager of Techstars from his new home in Germany, while supporting refugee entrepreneurs across the Middle East and Europe. Amongst the lessons we discuss with Ahmed, we learn the 5 takeaways: - Stop talking, and start doing- Take risks- Learn something new everyday- Give First- Work hard, not smartAside from firing us up with his advice, Ahmad also looks into the rise of female refugee entrepreneurs, the importance of building a team, and why embracing failure is more important than seeking rapid success.JOIN THE STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS GLOBAL FB COMMUNITY: https://www.facebook.com/groups/362573027500677/ JOIN OUR PODCAST FB GROUP: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314557545818551/ FOLLOW STARTUPS WITHOUT BORDERS: https://instagram.com/startupswithoutborders/ READ THE INSPIRING STARTUP STORIES OF MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS: https://startupswb.com/Photo Credit: Ahmed Najeeb.
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