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Event Recap October 21, 2020

Event recap | Entrepreneurs and accelerating startup ecosystems amid the pandemic

By GeoTech Center

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The United States’ Silicon Valley has long been associated with scrappy technology companies, eccentric founders, and a breakneck rate of change. The region is home to a vibrant startup ecosystem that boasts of more funding, companies, and prominence than any other geography. Startup ecosystems provide more than just cultural touchstones—they create economic resilience, develop cutting-edge technologies, project geopolitical soft power, hone competitive advantage, and foster growth. Join the GeoTech Center as it convenes an expert panel to discuss the benefits of developing this sector of the economy; the different tools and challenges for the public and private sector trying to grow it; and its role in geopolitics, protectionism, innovation, industry lifecycles, and the pandemic recovery. The discussion considers how venture capital and entrepreneurs can accelerate local start-up ecosystems globally to help the pandemic recovery, to rebuild economies, and work towards a future that is more prosperous and peaceful for us all. 


Alexandre Lazarow
Investment Director
Cathay Innovation

Tobin Richardson
President and CEO
Zigbee Alliance

Tiffany Vora, PhD
Faculty and Vice Chair, Medicine and Digital Biology
Singularity University

Harry Wingo, JD
Faculty Member, Cybersecurity Studies
National Defense University

Hosted by

David BrayPhD
DirectorGeoTech Center
Atlantic Council

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Oct 14, 2020

Event recap | Climate, tech, and security: Achieving greater power collaboration

By GeoTech Center

On Wednesday, October 14, the GeoTech Center convenes experts to discuss new technology opportunities regarding climate change and national security. What can we turn to or develop to help bring about the required changes in human behavior and consumption, and how can great powers around the world collaborate to create that change?

Climate Change & Climate Action Security & Defense

The GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.

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