How 8 Women Are Accelerating Companies to Market Via the World’s First Digital Startup Accelerator

How 8 Women Are Accelerating Companies 

Via the World’s First Global Startup Accelerator

As Featured in Huffington Post. 

March 8, 2017- New York, USA. Global Startup Ecosystem announces 7 regional directors to lead the largest online digital accelerator in the world.In an effort to increase exposure of local startups to global investors and resources, Global Startup Ecosystem launched the first digital accelerator in 7 major regions around the world in 2016. Entrepreneurs from the Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Americas were welcomed to join the platform via a competitive online process.

As a digital accelerator- the program is run entirely online. Each online accelerator program begins with a full startup development boot camp covering ideation, product development, marketing, customer acquisition, funding, and branding.

“The future is digital, so startup ecosystems in emerging markets need to take advantage of programs like this one” says Christine Souffrant Ntim, “we launched digital accelerators for entrepreneurs of emerging markets to close the resource gap and diversify global startup success stories”.

Prior to the launch of Y- Combinator in 2005, entrepreneurs had to figure out their startup development journey on their own. There were no mainstream startup blueprint programs aside from the theoretical ones offered in business schools. Today there are over 400+ accelerators around the world and they are shaping local entrepreneurial communities in more ways then we could ever imagine. As startup communities embrace the onset of more localized programs, networks like the Global Startup Ecosystem will become more necessary.

As an entrepreneur with roots in Haiti, Christine Souffrant Ntim launched the pilot accelerator in the Caribbean on July 11-13, 2016. With over 100o+ applicants the program expanded to Latin America on December 5-6, 2016, Middle East on December 17-18, 2016, Africa and Asia in January 2017.


Christine Souffrant Ntim is an award-winning Haitian-American entrepreneur & startup ecosystem expert for emerging markets. She was selected and featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, Singularity NASA, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine and more. She speaks on digital entrepreneurship, startup hacking, exponential tech AI, and personal branding at over 20+ global conferences a year- which includes former appearances at the US State Department Tours, United Nations, TEDx, SXSW, Startup Grind Global, SeedStars World, European Union Forum and more.  She started her career as the founder of Vendedy- a social network connecting people to street markets with the aim of digitizing a $10 trillion dollar black economy and centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets. Today, Christine is the Director of Startup Grind Dubai Powered by Google For Entrepreneurs and a partner at the which hosts the largest digital online accelerator program in the world- graduating over 1000+ companies across 190+ countries a year.

Georgie-Ann Getton is the founder of CaribbeansInTech. She is a young woman who wears many hats! In her personal life, she has a family and is a senior at CUNY Baruch College. In her professional life, she is a serial entrepreneur, community builder, speaker, author and a Diversity in Tech Enthusiast. She is the founder of Illicit Mind Inc a company that creates and develops initiatives to enable the growth of Black and diverse entrepreneurs and techies. Some Illicit Mind initiatives include Ujamaathon andCaribbeans in Tech. At the moment she is at Startup Insititute New York as their Summer Events Associate. Her other roles include being the President of the Hack for Baruch Club and the Business Manger for Theater in Motion.

Angie Carillo- Angie is an entrepreneur. Her passions are education, gender equality and exponential technologies. Angie is board member of Liks, an online platform to teach kids robotics and programming, the only winner from Latin America of Moonbots, part of Google Lunar X Prize. Angie also has a non profit to teach girls to code and is the Regional Ambassador and Master Educator for Technovation, the largest competition for girls in tech entrepreneurship. In the past, Angie has also worked as a business consultant for large Fortune 500 companies. She holds a BA from the Tecnologico de Monterrey and was chosen as the 100 Best from Latin America by the ITESM.


Kerstin Karu is an entrepreneurship facilitator helping startup founders succeed on a global scale by providing them with personal and business development-focused training as a startup advisor within the Draper University network. Simultaneously, she works with universities, accelerators and government institutions seeking to empower startup growth through LaunchPad Central’s unique Lean Innovation software founded by Steve Blank. In the past, Kerstin co-founded Blast Innovations, a Silicon Valley-based marketing software company, for which she was chosen in the Forbes Estonia 30 Under 30 list in 2015. Kerstin has also worked as a market research analyst for the largest automotive appearance products company Turtle Wax, started a fashion eCommerce business while at university, and presented as a TEDx speaker in the United Kingdom.

Adi Abili (Startups, Venture Capital, Tech) Advisory board member at SXSW; Former program director at Draper University and investor at Glassroots Ventures; Consulting at AngelHack HACKcelerator program.


Shaina Silva-  is an ecosystem architect and venture builder who has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunities for entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Her regions of focus expand the Caribbean and West Africa, specializing in building capacity within startup ecosystems.  She is the founder of WoCo, a platform that facilitates asset-sharing in dense cities, and aims to catalyze urban resilience, reduce carbon footprint, and improve overall access to infrastructure for entrepreneurs operating in cities across the African continent.

In recognition of her work, service and accomplishments, she’s been awarded the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ “30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”, Babson College’s ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’.

Asra Nadeem Director Entrepreneurial Programs – Draper University —Asra loves technology and believes that Internet and intelligent systems will enable humanity to achieve it’s truest potential. She got started on the Net by running MIRC channels, making friends all over the globe and starting an ecommerce business that paid for college and more. Fresh out of college, Asra led product and growth for, Pakistan’s first internet startup, that brought government institutions, universities and local companies online through SaaS based recruitment platforms. Asra later launched Naseeb, a matchmaking social platform for Muslims and spearheaded’s special projects team to build web infrastructure for government organizations and MNC’s in the Middle East North Africa region.Today Asra heads up Draper University’s startup programs, where they grow startups solving the most intractable problems in the emerging markets. She frequently speak and write about building entrepreneurial ecosystems, relationship between science and entrepreneurship and empowering the human spirit. Asra loves working with entrepreneurs and ecosystems in the emerging markets and helping them change systems through intelligent product design.


Naisha Silva- Director lead on Regional Tech Summits. Starts with Haiti Tech Summit on June 6-7, 2017.

To Apply to the fall 2017 free online program, check out the regional dates via Global Startup Ecosystem.

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About: Global Startup Ecosystem provides digital programs for startup ecosystems in 7 regions around the world including-Caribbean, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Americas . The organization provides data insights and pipeline applications for regional programs such as accelerators, incubators, and startup event organizers. Seasonal offerings and pitch competitions vary by region and country.

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