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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 11:00 to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:00
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Overcome Challenges Facing Your Startup

A live, interactive webchat

What do you have in common with a Silicon Valley entrepreneur? Advice for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley doesn’t always work for entrepreneurs in emerging-market countries, like those in the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative. Emerging-market entrepreneurs face unique challenges in business ecosystems that are very different from those in the United States. Join our next GIST Guru webchat on March [email protected]:00UTC. Gurus Habib Haddad and Elmira Bayrasli will discuss the unique challenges facing emerging market entrepreneurs like you, and teach you strategies to overcome them!

Meet your Gurus:
Habib Haddad is a serial entrepreneur, early-stage investor and currently managing director for E14, the MIT Media Lab fund focused on early-stage companies out of MIT. Previously, he was the founding CEO of Wamda, a platform of programs and networks to accelerate entrepreneurial ecosystems across the Middle East and North Africa. Habib was also a venture partner of Wamda Capital, a growth capital VC fund. His work in the MENA region is credited with playing a key role in strengthening its nascent entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Elmira Bayrasli has spent the past two decades working on foreign policy, international development, and with startups worldwide. She is a visiting fellow at New America, co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted and a lecturer at New York University and Bard College. Her book From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places looks at the growth of innovation beyond Silicon Valley, focusing on talented individuals around the world who have overcome challenging obstacles to lead high-growth businesses.