Never before did founders, entrepreneurs and leaders of even the smallest companies need to think that their command of and understanding of:
... and tracking where they all intersect from moment to moment would ever be so important to how they, their family, their team, their firm survives just the next couple days... and the next couple weeks... and the next couple months, let alone plan for next year.
The fact is that most entrepreneurs today didn’t have to lead through the great recession, they weren’t CEOs during the dot com bubble, they likely didn’t study the economic impacts of the World War I and Spanish Flu one-two punch on the global economy.
How are they to be expected to do anything but follow their guts or the reactionary examples of their peers?
The pandemic has been and will continue to be the great global leveler.
As leaders, entrepreneurs, and business leaders we should be informed, rational, analytical and rigorous in our thinking.
We would like to develop this into a global conversation, and we will try to have guests to speak on different topics and markets over the next weeks and months.
Startup Grind Grand Rapids is honored to host George Katsanos, a turnaround and crisis management expert with expertise in Behavioural Finance and Corporate Re-engineering as we give global market updates followed by an #AMA where founders and entrepreneurs can come for immediate and actionable advice for their startup or business.
Occasionally, we'll have special guest interviews for deep dives from various industries and institutions to help inform us.
Modou will give us some insight on how the epidemic is affecting the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in his area as well as provide advice to entrepreneurs at the event.
This event is a recurring event every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY @ 12PM EST.
Depending on how many people show up, we can have people breakout into separate rooms for roundtable brainstorm sessions, and if we have enough experts, we can even pair people off with experts for 1:1 advice.
Experienced Investment Banker and Corporate Finance Executive, George successfully completed engagements with governments, colleges and universities, privately owned and publicly traded companies in Europe, the U.S. and in emerging markets. Broad-based expertise includes family offices, private equity, portfolio management, manager selection and real estate management. In banking, previous engagements included commercial and residential banking, sales and marketing of financial products to individuals and companies, wealth management, retail and corporate lending, small business lending, compliance, risk management, cybersecurity, and KYC. In the hospitality sector, experience includes hotels, restaurants, food and wine producers, and supply chain management. In higher education, George has assessed the sustainable competitive advantage of colleges and universities, with a view to improving outcomes for students. Dedicated to building effective relationships with clients and providing support to stakeholders and management teams.
Modou is the Director of Startup Grind In The Gambia part of a global community that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs with resource based founders in The Gambia and beyond. Modou is passionate about business and project analyst and has a focus on helping businesses in various industries improve on their revenue and service to their clients through data-driven business intelligence and connecting with potential investors. He has been a recipient of Africa.35.35 2019 Corporate Manager Award in Ghana and 2020 Top 50 Career Influencers In Africa and also Inducted into the Top 10 Platinum Career Influencers by Workbooth Magazine. He also serves as a 2020 mentor and Influencer for the Tony Elumelu Foundation. He is also among 2020 Top 50 Digital Champs In Africa and National Digital Champ for The Gambia in Africa by the Africa Digital Festival.
He has been featured in various podcasts with Rare birds, Replenish Me Show and has been featured on Magazines Mojatu Magazine (Nottingham UK), Blue Pinterest (US), ALFI, Vanguard, Ventureburn, Disrupt Africa, Village Capital and more.