Hunting for Silver Linings Pt.2

Rafat Abushaban

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Corey of Startup Grind Grand Rapids interviews Rafat Abushaban ( for the second time, shedding the light on the local and regional startup ecosystem and recent developments post -COVID. You can check the summary below and hear the full interview via the link.

Hunting for Silver Linings is a series of interviews conducted by Corey Hart and George Katsanos of Startup Grind Grand Rapids with founders and directors around the globe to highlight the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic on startup communities, and hunting for values and hidden gems.

Rafat talks about:

  • Innovation vs. Minnovation post COVID-19
  • Riable as a showcase on growth during harsh times
  • SXSW pitch insights and tips for entrepreneurs
  • challenging stereotypes of the region
  • and more!
    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.
    Friday, March 12, Rafat Abushaban was hosted. He is chapter Director of Startup Grind Gaza, Palestine. Rafat has given 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, 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.

Rafat Abushaban

Founder of Riable and consultant to several international organizations in entrepreneurship education and researcher in innovation systems and seed funding methods with 10+ years of practical experience in the MENA region, Europe, US and S.Korea
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