Thank you #NewYork for yesterday’s ecosystem showcase talk, the 1st in a long series. It was really insightful to find out how NY City became a tech hub without tech and is currently the 2nd largest VC ecosystem in the world, with over $16 bil. invested in 2019.
We are grateful to have taken with us some #great#takeaways, transferrable to the Romanian startup ecosystem:
INCLUSION IS KEY – we need to be inclusive in order to collaborate and co-create at any level
DIVERSITY & CULTURE are also important main factors for a healthy, strong ecosystem
EMBRACE FAILURE – as the safest and most durable way to grow
OPENNESS & VULNERABILITY – are two of the most important signs of strength
FOCUS ON MAIN VERTICALS – identify our main advantages, what defines us best as a country and focus on building and promoting them; for NY were the fintech and fashion industries, as well as it’s geographical proximity to Europe
THE POWER OF STORYTELLING – it is definitory how you tell your story to the world
BULDING GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS – focus on helping people by putting their own interest first; #givebeforeyouget
USE THE CITY AS A TESTBED FOR EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES – openness from state institutions to create and provide the necessary framework for startups to test their solutions and promote them -> so did the NY City
INVEST IN TALENT – startups are talented and passionate people, thus scout the talent and fuel the passion
Special thanks to the World Bank for putting this great talk together and also to the European Commission, Secretariatul General al Guvernului, Agentia pentru Dezvoltare Regionala Nord-Est & Rubik Hub for their support!
Shout out to the great speakers who shared their stories & knowledge @Alicia Syrett; Galina Ozgur; @Gary Johnson; Jason Saltzman and to the RO startup ecosystem enablers ROCA X, How to Web, Activize, TBNR Accelerator Iași, Codecamp Romania, Cluj Startups, Strongbytes, FreshBlood