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    We help develop emerging tech communities

  • Why is this important?

    Most of the world's population lives in emerging economies and these are getting connected online. We exist with the purpose to link, bridge, connect and cross-pollinate the tech communities of the Global South (Latin America, Africa, Middle East, India, South-East Asia, and China).

     

     

    How does GST help to develop these tech communities?

    By creating events around the world

    We have organized over 90+ tech events across 4 continents with the goal to connect and link up emerging tech community across the world. Our core theme is "Go Global"

    By making introductions

    Using our internal platform (using MongoDB and NodeJS), we have created a pipeline of investment, talent acquisition, partnership and innovation mapping opportunities between regions and key tech stakeholders including investors, accelerators, co-working spaces, maker spaces, tech startups-companies, telcos, public-private institutions, governments, and policymakers.

    By connecting our chapter leader network

    We are constantly finding amazing people who are building tech communities all across the world with our chapter leader network program. These people help us create strong local communities and make connections with the rest of our global network

  • GST Event Locations 2019

    1

    Osaka

    Japan

    June 12th

    @Osaka Innovation Hub

     

    2

    Bangalore

    India

    May 29th

    @Wework

    3

    Vietnam

    Ho Chi Minh City

    June 6th

    @Wework

    4

    Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia

    Beginning June

    Details TBC

     

    5

    Phnom Penh

    Cambodia

    June 27th

    @Impact Hub

    6

    New Delhi

    July 27th

    Details TBC

    7

    Manila

    Philippines

    End of June

    Details TBC

    8

    Taipei

    Taiwan

    Beginning July

    Details TBC

     

    9

    Istanbul

    Turkey

    Beginning July

    Details TBC

    10

    Tel Aviv

    Israel

    End of July

    Details TBC

    11

    Karachi

    Pakistan

    End of July

    Details TBC

    12

    Mexico City

    Beginning August

    Details TBC

    13

    Almaty

    Kazakhstan

    August

    Details TBC

  • How can you participate?

    1

    Become a chapter leader

    We are constantly looking for remarkable community builders across the world here.

    2

    Join our events as panelist or speaker

    We organize more than 20 events per year worldwide with a strong focus on emerging markets. If you can help please go here.

    3

    Attend our events

    Please check out our Facebook, and Instagram page for the latest GST event updates.

  • FOLLOW OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY

  • OUR Team

    We come from all over the world

    Adrian Avendano

    CEO & Founder

    Alejandra Merit

    Community Manager - Partnerships

    Andrew Pico

    Event Manager / Jerusalem Chapter Leader

    Mario Valdez

    Media Manager / Miami Chapter Leader

    Petra Kosi

    Community Marketing

  • Connect with us!

  • Call For Speakers

    We are inviting our community to join and participate as a speaker or panelist to one or more

    of our events that we are organizing in Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and more.

  • Why Should You Join as a Speaker?

    The purpose of our events is to learn more about the challenges, opportunities, and resources for the tech communities in each country for which we organize an event and provide opportunities for cross-border partnerships in Latam, South East Asia, South Asia, China, and other emerging markets from within our network

    Get Plugged into Emerging Tech Communities of The Global South

    In our events, we make sure to invite the best possible panelists who have a vast knowledge about the local, regional and global tech ecosystems

    Scheduled Ecosystem Partner Meetings

    We will schedule partner meetings before and after the scheduled event in each country. The purpose of these meetings will be multiple. But the idea is to connect with the main local tech ecosystem builders, accelerators, funds, government agencies and tech community hubs.

  • GST Chapter Leader Network

    Our chapter leaders are people who are deeply involved in the tech and startup industries, and they have a passion for building communities and connecting with global ecosystems.

  • We are looking for chapter leaders in the following cities:

    Latin America

    • Medellin - Colombia
    • Bogota - Colombia
    • Lima - Peru
    • La Paz - Bolivia
    • Santiago de Chile - Chile
    • Buenos Aires - Argentina
    • Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
    • Sao Paolo - Brazil

    Middle East

    • Dubai - U.A.E
    • Ryad - Saudi Arabia
    • Amman - Jordan
    • Kuwait - Kuwait
    • Manama - Bahrain
    • Doha - Qatar

     

    Africa

    • Cairo - Egypt
    • Marrakesh - Morocco
    • Abuja - Nigeria
    • Lagos - Nigeria
    • Nairobi - Kenya
    • Kigali - Rwanda
    • Kampala - Uganda
    • Cape Town - South Africa

    Europe

    • London - UK
    • Berlin - Germany
    • Munich - Germany
    • Paris - France
    • Sofia - Bulgaria
    • Madrid - Spain
    • Moscow - Russia

    North America

    • NYC

    South Asia

    • Karachi - Pakistan
    • Dakha - Bangladesh
    • Colombo - Sri Lanka

    East Asia

    • Shanghai - China
    • Beijing - China
    • Shenzhen - China
    • Tokyo - Japan
  • GST Chapter Network

    Tech community leaders and connectors in many emerging markets and tech communities

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Tel Aviv, Israel

    Singapore

    New Delhi

    India

    Hanoi, Vietnam

    Miami, USA

    Ljubljana

    Slovenia

    Cuenca Ecuador

    Bangalore

    India

    Mexico City

    Mexico

    Istanbul

    Turkey

    Manila

     Philippines

    Taipei, Taiwan

    Skopje Macedonia

    Pristina Kosovo

    Bangalore

    India

    Istanbul

    Turkey

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    Jakarta

    Indonesia

    Phnom Penh

    Cambodia

    Phnom Penh

    Cambodia

    Japan and

    Cambodia

    Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia

    (leader)

    Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia

    (adviser)

    Manila

    Philippines

    Seoul

    Korea

    Seoul

    Korea

    Dubai

    U.A.E.

    Tokyo

    Japan

    Buenos Aires

    Argentina

  • Why Should you be a GST chapter leader?

    Be part of a truly global cross-border tech community

    In 2018 alone we organized 18 events all around the world with the sole purpose to link up and connect tech communities with the purpose to go global. For all our events we invite international speakers to join our panels. You will have the opportunity to build and connect your local tech community and our global network.

    Get connected with global partners

    Be part of our global program initiatives across 55 different countries worldwide with the purpose to create cross-border partnerships and help develop tech communities locally. Our global partner network includes top investors, accelerators, incubators family offices, CEO's, funds of funds, community builders, C-level tech executives and more.

    Earn assets and income

    All our chapter leaders will be rewarded with for their efforts in organizing events and making local introductions. We would do a revenue share split for all the programs involving our global partners and the local GST chapter that you lead.

  • What is required from GST chapter leaders?

    1

    Be a community person

    We are looking for people who are passionate about building and connecting with local and global tech communities. GST is all about community building.

    2

    Lead, moderate and help organize GST events

    We will need people who can help us moderate, organize and do public speaking at our GST events. We are planning on having 3 to 4 events per year in each city. Our GST core team will be in charge of helping you source international speakers, marketing and general logistics for the events. We will need your help with the in-person presence on site and local recommendations and tips that you could provide.

    3

    Ability to give introductions and referrals to your local tech community

    A key part of our GST community growth is by actively giving introductions to local investors, startups and key tech players. We will need a person who ideally has an existing local network in the tech and startup sector. This will create the possibility of organizing cross-border programs with our different global partners interested in connecting with your home country and beyond.

  • What are the next steps?

    If you are interested in applying for chapter leader please just fill out the short form below.

  • Understanding Southeast Asia as One Tech Market

    Southeast Asia is hard to scale for tech companies. In order to create a connective link between the very diverse countries in Southeast Asia, GlobalSouthTech is launching a twelve-minute documentary interviewing 27 top tech people from nine different countries giving a quick and insightful read of the state-of-tech and entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia and the path to launching, investing or landing in the region.

  • Countries Covered

  • Key Areas Covered

  • Interviewees

    Chairperson Saigon Innovation Hub -(Vietnam)

    Community Director Impact Hub Phnom Penh - (Cambodia)

    Founder Taiwan Accelerator

    Founder RISE Academy (Thailand)

    VP Operation Taiwan Startup Stadium

    Managing Director Endeavor Philippines

    Executive Director Magic Accelerator - (Malaysia)

    Managing Director of the FinLab - (Singapore)

    Co-founder Confluences Incubator - Cambodia

    CEO of Ahead Asia - (Thailand)

    Partner 500 Startups Vietnam

    Angel Investor Taiwan

    East Venture Associate - (Indonesia)

    Startup Coach Phandeeyar - (Myanmar)

    Black Paw Ventures - (Cambodia)

    Co-founder Geeks in Cambodia

    Co-founder Kalibrr - (Philippines)

    Janet Thai

    Graduate Student

    Partner Mekong Strategic Partners - (Vietnam)

    Co-founder of SmallWorld Venture - (Cambodia)

    Co-founder BEAM - (Malaysia)

    Managing Partner of Kejora Ventures - (Indonesia)

    Director Currahee Advisors - (Myanmar)

    Manager Operations PlugAndPlay Singapore

    Director VIISA Vietnam

    Director Ignition Innovators - (Philippines)

    Co-founder Camboticket - (Cambodia)

  • For Further Questions or Inquiries

    a[at]latamtechmeetup[dot]com

  • Past GST Meetups

    Istanbul - Turkey

    Mexico City

    Phnom Penh - Cambodia

    San Francisco

    Bangalore - India

    Dhaka - Bangladesh

    Hanoi - Vietnam

    Manila - Philippines

    Yangon - Myanmar

    Taipei - Taiwan

    Manila - Philippines

    Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

    Seoul, Korea

    Bangkok, Thailand

    Jakarta Indonesia

    Osaka, Japan

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Bangalore, India

    Taipei, Taiwan

    Cairo - Egypt

    Taipei - Taiwan

    Hanoi - Vietnam

    Yangon - Myanmar

    Mexico City

    Phnom Penh - Cambodia

    San Francisco, USA

    Ho Chi Minh City - Vietnam

    Manila - Philippines

    Bangalore - India

    Istanbul - Turkey

    Manila, Philippines

    Bangalore, India

    HCMC, Vietnam

    Bangalore, India

    Bangalore, India

    Santiago de Chile

    Taipei, Taiwan

    New Delhi, India

  • Tech Ecosystem Insights

    Startups across MENA are concentrated in the UAE,

    Racha Ghamlouch - GST Dubai/Middle East Chapter Connector

     

    Around 65% of investment into tech startups across MENA is concentrated in the UAE, particularly Dubai, which is no surprise as 65% of regional equity investors are based there as well. There remains a challenge in diversity though as fewer than 15% of investors are female across the region, and that’s reflected in the founders receiving funding. Even though the biggest marketplace marketplaces are in Saudi and Egypt.

    Insights on the Malaysia Start-up Scene

    Jack Lim - GST Malaysia Chapter Leader

    Having experienced political reforms in 2018, Malaysia is poised to enter a period of economic growth powered by technology adoption, an enlarged service economy and stronger private sector participation thus accelerating towards the high income nation status.

     

    Historically a trading nation, Malaysia is well set to be a vital platform for information, technology and talent exchange between both the East and West and North and South. Strategically located in the heart of South East Asia, it also serves as a natural springboard into the 680 million population in this corner of the Asian region for trade and commerce. The past 20 years have seen unprecedented investments by the government on infrastructure projects like roads, ports (where Malaysia is the 2nd Digital Free Trade Zone after Hangzhou, China) and connectivity including the recent announcements on 5G broadband. We see the partnership with Global South Tech furthering our quest to position Malaysia to adequately retain and attract world class talent and host events that will increase prosperity, drive sustainability and further improve the living standards of the population.

    Japanese companies can learn a lot from Startups in South East Asia

    Shunsuke Miyatake - Cambodia GST Chapter Connector

     

    The Cambodian Tech Community is small but very speedy and also passionate. The market is alive and active, but the size is still small and not very attractive to big companies. But as a product test market Cambodians are very flexible.


    Japanese companies are not fully open yet, and they tend to look for their opportunities in Silicon Valley or Europe. I want to collect genuine startup insights, talent, technologies from South East Asia and introduce to the Japanese market.


    I initiated Toyota Impact Challenge collaborating with Impact HUB Phnom Penh supported by Toyota. We finally funded SmartBin Cambodia, a smart recycling startup.


    I’m from Japan, born in Kobe, and grew up in Yokohama. Now I’m working in ADK, a communication agency in Japan as a Director of Cambodia Representative Office since 2016.

    Cambodian startups are motivated by frustration or lack of locally available services

    Sopheap Im - GST Cambodia Chapter leader

     

    Most of the problems that startups are trying to solve in Cambodia are motivated by frustration or lack of locally available services vs from a regional or global perspective. Local startups are inspired by big tech corporates. Hunger for success and self-actualization have been the driver for young entrepreneurs to leapfrog their entrepreneurial journeys.

     

    A well-connected ecosystem is needed for young startups to grow and scale, such as affordable co-working space, mentorship, seed funding, venture capital from corporates, tax incentive programs and ease of doing business as regulatory framework goes.

     

    The tech community in Cambodia has been a grassroots effort until it caught the attention, backing, and support from corporates and government. Including the Ministry of Posts, Telecoms and ITC, Smart Axiata, Impact Hub, Mekong Business Model Competition, and Startup Weekend.

     

    Raintree, a creative office development in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has just released a very insightful 2018 report on Cambodia Tech Startups Ecosystem. The future of tech startups in Cambodia has never looked more promising. Just 5 years ago, no one would have thought that a laptop manufacturer would exist here. But last year Koompi launched its first open-source and affordable laptops targeting students from low-income families.

     

    PassApp Taxi is another startup example created in Cambodia has still maintained a strong market share despite Grab's entry in the market

    Cambodia has embraced the principles of the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

    Sokunmealea Tiv - GST Cambodia Chapter Co-organizer, Connector

     

    At the verge of catching up with global technology trends as in the advancement of AI, cognitive computing, predictive analytics based decision making, machine learning, and IoT. Cambodia has embraced the principles of the fourth industrial revolution; the tech community has, therefore, become a core part of securing the country’s e-readiness.

     

    Recent data on penetration for mobile and internet subscriptions rated at 117% and 84% of total population accordingly, amongst which 70% is under the age of 30; the ever-increasing presence of international and local tech/startup incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces the establishment of STEM and TVET to bridge the gaps between education and industries; the government initiative to create physical infrastructure, Techo Startup Center, as a nesting space for startup-ers.

     

    All these developments have crafted basic, yet promising, startup foundation within the local tech community. Nevertheless, comparing to developed ASEAN countries, Cambodia is still struggling in the aspects of Legal Framework- Network and Data Privacy- Security and User Protection, Human Capital (skillsets and expertise- product design and development as such), Fund Access (short reach and limited), Policy Framework (engagement and advancement), Technology Infrastructure/Networks, Incentive Scheme for Technology Adoption, Education System Restructuring and Tech-Society Awareness Building.


     

    Our startup ecosystem is young and full of grit -- a reflection of the untapped talent in the

    Philippines

    Alea Ladaga - GST Philippines Connector


    Since the birth of the PH startup ecosystem in the last decade or so, multiple players have emerged, which have one unifying goal in mind: finding the next big Philippine startup and shining the spotlight on the spirit of innovation here in the Philippines. While we have a long way to go, in the past year key milestones have been achieved.

    The local Department of Information and Communications Technology, Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Department of Science and Technology - the government trifecta individually spearheading projects supporting startups - have come up with a roadmap to align their efforts in educating and attracting new players into the dynamic world of tech and innovation. The government has partnered up with the private sector to create the QBO Innovation Hub, an initiative designed to provide assistance to the startup ecosystem regardless of their stage or point of origin. More traditional corporations with big names that have shaped the local economy are now seen adapting to the changing times, by recognizing the need for innovation and doing test runs as to how to integrate startups into their operations.

    The ecosystem, as a result, is exponentially zestful and aggressively pushing forward, with more of the general public becoming more aware of the importance of startups in the economy. In turn, the traditional systems engineered within academia have learned to adjust by providing curriculums that will help students adapt to the digital disruption happening globally. As a testament to our success in nurturing the startups living under our roof, multiple startups have achieved their milestones through their own grit, resilience and business savviness.

     

    We have had startups who have exited, received funding, explored new markets internationally, been featured on media outlets both local and international, and partnered with big names through corporate partnerships and supply chain integration -- all in the course of a year.

    While startups and innovation have not been on the forefront compared to more traditional industries, more of the younger generation are choosing the path of innovation and entrepreneurship, using new technologies that can affect change in both the local and regional scale. There is a lot of noise and hope to stir from this emerging trend, particularly because fresh blood means new ideas, and a uniquely inspiring breath of fresh air needed to fuel the growth of the ecosystem

    The country is brimming with talents with huge entrepreneurial potential, but there are still foundational building blocks missing to harness this potential and turn the PH into a startup magnate. Part of it is related to bridging opportunities for capital and publicity to educate the mass market on startups, and further building the entrepreneurial capabilities of the youth alongside teaching the previous generation new tricks in this digital age. It is an enigma that is familiar to most emerging markets -- how do we expedite the process of aligning traditional methods with more innovative ways of doing business?

    I work as a community builder in the Philippines, trying to fit as many pieces of the puzzle as I can by organizing events that would connect people and that would provide the safe space needed to talk with more transparency about their needs as startup players in the Philippines. I believe in the power of the youth in encouraging this discussion of building mutually beneficial strategies, learning through a simple question of “How can I help you today?”

     

    Korea Start-up Scene - You Piss Me Off, but I Still Love You

    Marta Allina - GST Korea Chapter Leader

     

    After quitting my job, I finally got time to do everything I wanted to focus my time on: meeting inspirational people, Startup Weekend and working on new crossfit skills. But most importantly, I finally had time to launch Seoul Startups.

     

    What is Seoul Startups?

     

    It started as a brainchild of 2 expat UX designers, who recognized a need for some sort of networking space for people like themselves: foreigners who work in the realm of startups and startup organizations in Korea. The thing is, as much as the Korean government trumpets Seoul as being the global startup hub of the future, the current facilities, events, programs, offers are 98% in the Korean language.

    Alas, there was a need for something, so the two guys created a website with an extension to a Slack group, where people could share information about doing business in Korea, experiences, news, job posts and anything else that was somehow connected to the local startup scene.

     

    At one point the founders left Korea, asking me to continue managing the community. So with 400 members and growing, I decided to hold our first offline event on February 19th.

     

    30 people showed up, including Minha Kim from MoneyToday, who wrote a nice article about us.

     

    But instead of just sitting around and ‘networking’, I initiated a team discussion on what the current local startup scene is for us and what we could do, as a community, to improve it. I would like to share the results of that with you.

     

    The Good

     

    Korea is a highly-dense, consumption-focused market (especially with cosmetics and beauty but not only), equipped with highly efficient, high-speed network infrastructure. ‘High-speed’ is a keyword here: not only when it comes to telco technology but also in work, life, delivery services etc. You don’t have to wait around too long for anything here.

     

    Whatever gets said later on, it must be acknowledged that the government support for startups (in diverse sectors) is HUGE here when it comes to funding, education, overseas promotion.

     

    The local workforce is very well-educated, very smart and capable. Multiple free coworking spaces and living prices lower than SF or NYC, together with startup visa program (OASIS), sums up to be a very good basis for turning Korea into an international startup/tech scene.

     

    The Bad

     

    Let’s start with the government programs ﹘ There are too many. On top of being run very inefficiently (*cough* shadily) by civil servants whose business and startup knowledge is limited to ‘Startups101 on Weekend’, there are just. too. many. That results in very little community and organic support and a heavy reliance on consistent government grants (as long as you use ‘keywords’ of the year in your applications). But most importantly – startups are not failing. Failing is part of being an entrepreneur. You fail 100 times or more before something kicks off. And each time you learn and grow as a bigger person. But in Korea failing business is seen as failing as a person (also from the law-standpoint!). With the declining economy, the government is determined to have companies not go under officially, to keep numbers up, and unemployment down (that’s not working very well, recently).

     

    Regarding VCs, the funds are mostly government grants. There may be some Korean ‘unicorns’, but really are they? And have we heard about any successful exits?

    And on top of that, all of that support is not available to foreigners. Not that they are not eligible (with the right visa and a registered business), but the whole K-Startup website is only in Korean and works most efficiently on Internet Explorer. With Seoul Startups, I’m trying to change that, but there is only so much I can do non-profit and in my spare time.

     

    And then we have more social issues. Even the ‘young and funky’ startup scene is conservative, rather passive, and generally comprised of middle-aged and older gentlemen (VERY limited female founder scene). It’s hard to network, not only as a non-Korean speaking foreigner, but also as a younger person (god forbid female), without proper, prior connections. Not to mention, most networking events are… NOT fun.

     

    What can we do?

     

    We won’t change the world overnight. And we certainly cannot change Korea, the country where we are guests. But we can start taking small steps, that may inspire and impact people here to make the startup scene a better place for everyone.

    • Continue building a vibrant community with a strong clear voice. Maybe one day that voice will reach the decision-makers.
    • Sharing information, solutions and experiences – ‘give first’ is my favorite motto. We all go through some tough situations here, but maybe someone out there already went through something similar and can share advice on how to get out of the hump? We may not be able to rely on government agencies too much, but startup organizations can count on each other.
    • Holding regular events/meetup in English, where people can network, learn, discuss, and most importantly, have fun.
    • (as foreigners) Learn Korean, learn English (as Koreans).
    • In the long-term create an impactful global event like Slush, WebSummit or Rise, where the main theme is FUN.  
    • Creating strong community support for entrepreneurs, something like the Family. Showing the Korean startupers that they don’t have to be government/corporate dependent and the world is really their own oyster.

    What do you think? Where should the Korean startup scene go on from here? Where can we take it to?

  • GST Leaders RoadShow - We encourage our chapter leaders to visit and learn from other GST chapters

    How does it work?

    1

    Sharing Cross-Border Insights

    We know that most tech communities operate in silos. We want to change this by always sharing insights between our GST chapters

    2

    Meeting Face to Face

    There is nothing more powerful that face to face encounters. Therefore, we will always encourage and fund for our chapter leaders to visit other chapter and explore how communities can learn from each other and share the best startup/tech practices. For more info please email andrew@globalsouth.net

  • GST Office Hours is an easy way for you to connect with high-level tech individuals around the world

    How does it work?

    1

    Finding the right high-level person for you

    Tell us here who you are looking to connect For example:

    Top investors, accelerators, CEO's of successful companies, developers, community builders, C-level executives and more in the list of cities below.

    2

    Get your slot

    Book your slot going to this link

    3

    Join the call

    You'll receive a date and hangout link with the right person based on your criteria

    Join HERE