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GIST TechConnect Bootstrapping Your Venture

The GIST Initiative

Monday, May 13, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM (EDT)

GIST TechConnect Bootstrapping Your Venture

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GIST TechConnect is a series of interactive videoconferences that brings together great entrepreneurial minds to spark the creation of new technology ventures that address specific societal problems and market opportunities. This edition of GIST TechConnect focuses on Bootstrapping -- advancing ventures to the next stage of development via a cost-efficient and network-oriented method.

GIST TechConnect welcomes innovators, educators, entrepreneurs and students from all around the globe and equips them with practical insights, inspiration and support networks to power up their dreams of changing the world.

GIST TechConnect Speakers:

Shari Loessberg, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan. LinkedIn
Shari is a seasoned entrepreneur in the US and emerging markets. She has lived five years in Moscow building leading Russian equity house. Shari has been at MIT Sloan for ten years, teaching about US venture capital investment and emerging market entrepreneurship. She also  consults on domestic and international startup issues. Her specialties are in emerging market entrepreneurship and investment, US venture capital investment, 
strategy and negotiation in funding US high-tech startups, domestic and international corporate governance and Russian capital markets.


Raj Kumar, Founder and President of Devex. LinkedIn
Raj has been profiled in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Forbes, and the Washington Post, where Devex was called the Bloomberg of foreign aid. Beginning as a student project while he was doing graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, today Devex is a social enterprise that operates the world’s most popular international development website and has offices in five countries. Prior to Devex, he co-founded a successful internet start-up,, which was sold to in 2000.


Dr. Susan Amat, Co-Founder of the Launch Pad at the University of Miami. LinkedIn
Dr. Amat is the Co-Founded and the Executive Director of The Launch Pad at Toppel, the entrepreneur and innovator resource center at the University of Miami, considered the international model for entrepreneurship education. The Launch Pad has been replicated with support from the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, creating the only network of collegiate entrepreneurs. A serial entrepreneur, she also founded Venture Hive, a technology accelerator based on economic development principals, recruiting new talent in focused verticals based on the strengths of Miami: healthcare, travel/hospitality, and creative industries. Dr. Amat was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her work mentoring entrepreneurs. 

GIST TechConnect Moderator: 

Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager of the GIST Initiative at CRDF Global.   

Ovidiu manages and directs the GIST Initiative. He is a professional speaker on topics such as professional networking, innovation, entrepreneurship and partnerships building. Previously, he was the Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer technologies. Ovidiu serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of AIESEC DC and Vice-Chairman of MIT  Enterprise Forum of Washington DC. He founded LEADERS, an organization that impacted the lives of approximately 10000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe and is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and Harvard’s Kennedy School (MPA).

At GIST TechConnect you will: 

  • Learn how to advance ventures to next stage via cost-efficient, network-oriented method
  • Connect with and ask questions of our serial entrepreneurs 
  • Get involved with the GIST activities and your local entrepreneurial communities 

How to get involved?

Have questions about GIST TechConnect Bootstrapping Your Venture? Contact The GIST Initiative
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Monday, May 13, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM (EDT)

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The GIST Initiative

About GIST:

GIST builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in 86 emerging economies across Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Turkey by identifying, coaching, and funding the most promising science and technology entrepreneurs through its flagship competitions, in-country trainings, global interactive TechConnects, online social media platform, and interactive mentorship programs. GIST forges partnerships, locally and globally, among technology entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors, and experts to foster human progress and prosperity. The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

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