6/10/20 Hunting for Silver Linings w/ Rafat Abushaban of Startup Grind Gaza, Palestine

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 5:00 – 6:00 PM UTC

Join Startup Grind Grand Rapids’ Chapter Director Corey Hart and behavioural finance & corporate re-engineering expert George Katsanos as we host an event series tracking the intersection of facts, bias, and action through global markets and check-ins with entrepreneurs and Startup Grind Chapter Directors from all corners of the world. Join us for Rafat Abushaban of Startup Grind Gaza, Palestine

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About this event

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Never before did founders, entrepreneurs, and leaders of even the smallest companies need to think that their command of and understanding of:

public policy
public health
financial markets

and more!

... 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.

No one has a crystal ball, but the markets operate virtually 24 hours, and across the globe. As markets open and close, and as their outcomes across all asset classes inform the decisions of every entrepreneur on the ground, we can at least see around the bend and do our very best to make the best decisions we can for our businesses, teams, and families.


George Katsanos joins us and presents the global markets update across all asset classes, providing colour with news and announcements from worldwide economic ecosystem stakeholders.

George is a turnaround and crisis management expert with expertise in Behavioural Finance and Corporate Re-engineering who has advised governments, financial institutions, colleges & universities, and various large and small enterprises in the US, Europe, and in emerging markets. 

Startup Grind Grand Rapids' Chapter Director Corey Hart moderates the discussion.

Corey is a serial entrepreneur and startup/founder coach & mentor. He currently serves as the CMO & Co-founder of Telebehavioral Health.US, and as a Senior Business & Startup Advisor for eiconica Advisors


Wednesday, June 10, we are pleased to host Rafat Abushaban, Chapter Director of Startup Grind Gaza, Palestine. Rafat will give us some insight on how the epidemic is affecting the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in his region, as well as provide advice to entrepreneurs at the event.

He also serves as the founder of Riable.com, a platform to empower entrepreneurs in emerging markets. He is also an Advisory Board Member at SXSW Accelerator Pitch, as well as mentor and speaker at SXSW. 


This event is a recurring event every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY @ 1PM EST.

  • 1PM EST - 10 minutes of global market updates across all asset classes
  • 1:10PM EST - We spend the rest of the hour checking in with entrepreneurs, founders, and Chapter Directors from around the globe to get accounts of what's happening in their areas and learn of what their challenges and opportunities are. 

Check out what happened


  • George Katsanos

    iCore Partners, Inc.

  • Rafat Abushaban

    Startup Grind




Wednesday, June 10, 2020
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC


5:00 PMGlobal Market Update
5:10 PMCheck-in w/ Chapter Director


  • Corey Hart

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director


  • Corey Hart, Startup Grind

    Startup Grind

    Chapter Director

  • Elizabeth Hiemstra

    Tungsten Branding


  • Renee De Haan

    Equitable Advisors