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Author: Diana Joseph and Mikel Mangold

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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 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 innovation

Episode 1: Los Angeles

Episode 2: New York

Episode 3: Berlin

Episode 4: Krakow

Episode 5: Chile

Episode 6: Iraq

Episode 7: Bahrain

Episode 8: London

Episode 9: Bulgaria

Episode 10: Tanzania

Episode 11: Tel Aviv

Coming soon: Pittsburgh, Prague, Ukraine and more!

12 Episodes
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 F...
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...
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...
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 w...
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 marke...
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 - ...
The Ecosystem Show: Iraq

The Ecosystem Show: Iraq


We visited Iraq on June 7, 2021, with Alice Bosley and Patricia Letayf. They are the leaders of Five One Labs, a startup incubator in Iraq, located in Kurdistan. We feel really lucky to have found out about Five One — that never would have happened without the innovation and change author Greg Satell who introduced us to these amazing leaders. One big idea we took away — there’s real power in founders in or from regions affected by conflict — often we’re talking about t...
The Ecosystem Show: Chile

The Ecosystem Show: Chile


In Chile, recorded on May 24 2021, we spoke with Felipe Torrejon, Pamela Lisboa and Maria Belen Munoz. They told the story of Chile’s move from an extractive economy sending resources out, to a value-added economy bringing resources in.Mikel: Even though Chile has the leading startup accelerator in South America, capital is really hard to come by. For example, Belen had to come up with her first $300,000 in funding through crowdsourcing from 70 different investors.
The Ecosystem Show: Cracow

The Ecosystem Show: Cracow


We recorded Episode 4 focusing on Cracow on May 17, 2021. Our panelists were Paul Kulon, Dominika Walec and Edyta Korona. You’ll also hear from Shannon Lucas, Shondalyn Betts, Jesus del Valle, Greg Satell, Priscilla Beal, Dave Whelan and others. Krakow has reached an interesting saturation point, where local companies have reached the top of the pyramid and are calling for more mentors, advisors, and multinational companies to help them scale at the global level. A next step will b...
The Ecosystem Show: Berlin

The Ecosystem Show: Berlin


On June 10, we took the Ecosystem Show to Berlin for Episode 3! Our guides were Christina Quensel, Christine Reuter, Craig Garner, Jesus del Valle, Kai Uwe Bindseil.We were really delighted that Bayer CEO Stefan Oelrich came by to share his insights on Berlin, and you’ll also hear Frederic Guarino adding perspective from Canada.In Berlin, bioscience innovation and entrepreneurship activity is centered around the hospital Charite, highlighting the value and importance of patient access in...
We recorded Episode 2 on May 2 2021, with Derek Brand, the Chief Operating Officer of New York Bio, as the lead voice. He brought along Orin Herskovitz, the Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures, and Bunny Ellerin, the co-Founder & CEO of NYC Health Business Leaders to give a bigger picture. You’ll also hear from Dave Whelan now at Bioscience LA, Nancy Kelley from Alexandria Real Estate, Maria Gotsch at the Partnership Fund for NYC, Scott Cohen, the Founder of Ne...
You are about to hear our very first episode recorded on April 26, 2021. We’re grateful to Dave Whelan of Bioscience LA for kicking off the conversation and opening it up to a beautiful group of ecosystem players from Los Angeles. We heard from Adhi Sikand, Kathy Grotsch, Jim Cooper, Ryan Witt, Ann Carpenter, Arye Lipman,Jerry Schuman, Bram Frankel, Gary Olsem, Thomas Lipkin, Kristoffer Miller, and Jesus Del Valle The collaboration in this ecosystem is really visible - you ca...