This version – draft 2.0 of the Playbook – incorporates all we learned from ecosystem builders from the inaugural ESHIP Summit. We hope it provides a framework for people who seek to grow entrepreneurship in their communities, by providing more specific ideas, guidance, and insights on how to create more inclusive, dynamic, and diverse ecosystems.
What makes Silicon Valley or Stockholm or Shanghai, or Bengaluru different from other cities in the world? What can Dhaka or other cities can learn from these successful tech ecosystems? Take Stockholm, for instance, the Swedish city has produced some of the most successful and biggest technology companies in the world. In fact, with a population of less than 900,000, Stockholm produces the highest number of Unicorns per capita than any other city in the world after Silicon Valley. It is the birthplace of global tech brands like Skype, Spotify, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga.
Last fall, a group of local entrepreneurs hired Techstars, one of the world’s best known startup business accelerators, to come to Northeast Ohio and take stock of the region’s startup scene. Now, a few individuals are taking small steps to improve Northeast Ohio’s entrepreneurial culture.
When Binta Coudy De first voyaged out of Senegal, it was sometime in 2011. She was 22 years old and a computer engineer who was invited to take part in a tech competition that was put together by Microsoft in New York. In the worldwide sea of groups that competed at the event, Binta’s team was the only one entirely comprising females. Binta knew they were the only women tech team in Senegal, but it was surprising for her to realize that they were the only all-women group to appear in an international tech event. The Americans were more than happy to see black girls competing, so everybody wanted to talk and get to know them.