by Ran Korber, Cofounder and CEO, BreezoMeter
We had the privilege this week to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Summit was co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State and the government of Kenya with support from the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Consequently, the sessions were moderated by Ministers/Secretaries and Ambassadors from both countries as well as Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEN. Entrepreneurs from more than 120 countries, including many from across Africa attended.
BreezoMeter's mission to improve the health of billions of people worldwide -- and our success wining the Startup Open during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 -- opened up the door to be invited as a special participant of the U.S. Department of State who sponsored our participation and covered all our expenses.
BreezoMeter was the only Israeli company at the GES.
As a special guest, the hospitality extended to us was overwhelming and included formal dinners with several high-level U.S and Kenyan government officials that asked me to share why Israel is the "Startup Nation."
I shared the secret sauce ingredients.
The first panel of young entrepreneurs was co-hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta who posed questions to the entrepreneurs.
Following the panel, I was privileged to participate in a roundtable discussion on startup challenges hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. The roundtable consisted of distinguished entrepreneurs including Daymond John, founder of FUBU and host of “Shark Tank”, and was truly remarkable. Startups have many common challenges and you must be creative in overcoming them. I actually learned a thing or two at the panel.
The panels at the GES were inspiring with panelists drawn from leading global companies including executives from Google, Airbnb, Uber, Facebook and Amazon.
BreezoMeter were selected from 160 entrepreneurs to compete in the “Spark the Fire Pitch” competition, where we succeeded in reaching the final round and pitching BreezoMeter on the main stage.
In addition to the networking opportunities that the conference afforded us, we are doubly proud to have generated business development to promote our versatile API, which allows companies to integrate BreezoMeter’s unique technology and solutions into their products.
Overall, it was an unbelievable experience -- and one that further inspires and energizes our entire team to achieve even greater heights.
— Ran Korber (@RanKober) July 24, 2015