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Since 2017, StartupBlink has partnered with numerous governments, multilateral organizations, and corporations to foster their innovation economies. Our extensive experience covers measuring,  evaluating and developing; innovation, startups, and  startup ecosystems.

In recent years, we’ve delivered both online and on-site lectures on entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem development across multiple countries and world-renowned events such as Slush, ViennaUP!, and Gitex, sharing our insights and research findings.

Our research has been featured in hundreds of global news outlets, earning recognition from FDI Intelligence, Forbes, CNNMoney, and Tech in Asia, among others.

You can contact us to learn more about lectures we can offer.

Our Current Topics for Lectures are:

Startup Topics:

How to self-fund a Startup without Investors

This lecture will explore strategies for entrepreneurs to independently establish and expand a sustainable startup without relying on investor fundraising. Topics include generating sales, securing loans and grants, attracting organic media coverage, and more.

Hiring and Managing Staff Remotely

The lecture will cover effective strategies for recruiting and overseeing a remote workforce. We’ll delve into the recruitment process, including the best platforms and techniques for finding remote employees. Our team will share insights from our experience in managing remote teams, emphasizing how to create a cohesive remote work culture.

Getting Investors for your Startup

The lecture discusses the preparations needed before raising your investment, the appropriate mindset when approaching investors, and other insights to help improve your chances of raising investment. We will also discuss the various types of investor to help you focus on the most relevant investor profile for your venture.

Finding the best co-founders for your business

This lecture will guide identifying and connecting with potential co-founders, drawing from our experiences during StartupBlink’s formation. We’ll address how mismatched founder dynamics or poor partnership decisions can doom startups and offer strategies to find a compatible co-founder.

Global Startup ecosystem’s main elements of success

The lecture will focus on our experience of traveling around the world while meeting entrepreneurs, interviewing local startup leaders, and visiting startup events globally. We will share our experiences regarding what makes a startup ecosystem successful, the mindsets and resources needed to push local startup ecosystems forward, and the most common reasons for failing to form a strong local startup community.

Ecosystem Development Topics

How to Monitor and Map Your Startup Ecosystem?

Driven from our experience in mapping and monitoring hundreds of startup ecosystems in the world, this topic explores strategies and tools necessary for accurately monitoring and mapping the state of a startup ecosystem. It covers methodologies for identifying key players, resources, and interactions that drive the ecosystem’s growth and sustainability.

Startup Ecosystem Promotion

This lecture discusses the importance of promoting a startup ecosystem to attract talent, investment, and attention. It details the effective marketing strategies, networking opportunities, and events that can elevate the visibility and attractiveness of the ecosystem for a greater growth.

Governments Impact on Startup Ecosystems

Driven from our experience with working with dozens of government agencies, we outline the role government policies and support mechanisms play in fostering or hindering the development of startup ecosystems. It highlights successful government initiatives and explores how regulatory frameworks can be structured to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

Startup Ecosystem Challenges

This topic addresses the common challenges faced by startup ecosystems, including funding gaps, talent shortages, and market access barriers. It offers insights into overcoming these obstacles and fostering a more resilient startup environment.

From Brain Drain to Brain Gain in Your Startup Ecosystem

Focusing on reversing the talent outflow, this topic explores strategies for attracting and retaining top talent within a startup ecosystem. It discusses how creating opportunities, enhancing quality of life, and building a community can convert brain drain into brain gain.

Do Small Countries Have an Edge in Building a Startup Ecosystem?

With textbook examples such as Singapore, Israel and Estonia, this lecture explores the notion that smaller countries may possess unique advantages in growing startup ecosystems, such as greater agility, closer networks, and the ability to rapidly implement policy changes. 



StartupBlink is a global innovation economy research platform. We are partnered with more than 100 governments, and major data players like Crunchbase, Semrush, Statista, and the UN. 

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