Despite the economic patriotism of the British and US governments, with the former talking about forsaking strong trade relationships in Europe and pursuing self-harm with its intention to exit the EU, and the latter continually dabbling in protectionist measures, such as its recent ban on Chinese company ZTE on buying US components, businesses are getting on with the global trade agenda. This is nowhere more apparent than at events like the Global Ecosystems Summit (GES), which will be taking place in London next month.
Collaboration is a key theme that has enabled global trade, investment and innovation over the last 20 years, and this continues to be the agenda at the GES, organized by Kabeela.Life Ventures and taking place during London Tech Week.
Vishal Gupta, its co-founder, comments, “The Global Ecosystems Summit (GES) is the dedicated event for cross-ecosystem collaboration. With cities and countries around the world embracing the technology and startup sectors, it is vital for these individual ecosystems to establish and develop connections with other global tech and startup ecosystems. This is precisely what the GES aims to achieve by bringing together ecosystem delegations from the US, LatAm, Western Europe, Nordics, CEE, Africa, Israel, India, China and Asia-Pacific. GES is designed as a business development and networking platform to explore partnership and investment opportunities not just in the UK but also simultaneously link in with members from other global ecosystems.”
He adds, “The event is an intersection point for scaleups, corporates and venture capital. GES is designed as a business development and networking platform to explore partnership and investment opportunities not just in the UK but also simultaneously link in with members from other global ecosystems. The summit will feature six to eight region delegations of 20 members each comprising a curated mix of startups/ scaleups, tech companies, VCs, investors, trade bodies and other ecosystem enablers.”
The GES is co-organized with support from LatamTech UK, Keiretsu Forum, China-Britain Business Fusion (CBBF), UK Basecamp and AB2020. It also includes support from Tech London Advocates and many of its country chapters, which advocates collaboration between different ecosystems around the world as well.
Representing the Africa chapter, Akosua Annobil, says, “Now is an exciting time for tech in Africa; from the proliferation of mobile services to the emergence of locally developed and socially impactful innovations. Meanwhile, close to half of Africa’s population are under the age of 18 (and growing up in a digital world), therefore a need to accelerate startup and economic growth on the continent is more important than ever before. We’re inviting a selection of start/scaleups, accelerator leaders, tech influencers and policy makers from across Africa to join their counterparts from regions at London Tech Week.”
On the China connection, Syrus Lohrasb, CEO of China Britain Business Fusion, added, “Artificial Intelligence will not only revolutionize the way we work but also drive a new generation that would more productively live with and work side-by-side. The event will deliver panel discussions covering investment and opportunities, AI ethics and social implications, AI landscape in China and the UK.”
Kabeela.Life Ventures (calling itself the ‘global startup tribe’) was founded by Vishal Gupta to promote venture collaboration and connect startup ecosystems globally. It aims to act as a bridging organization between enterprise, innovation and capital.
For more information about the Global Ecosystems Summit, including agenda and speakers plus registration details, click here.