Hunting for Silver Linings

Rafat Abushaban

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Corey and George of Startup Grind Grand Rapids interview Rafat Abushaban ( shedding the light on the local and regional startup ecosystem. 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:

  • The thriving startup ecosystem that exists in Gaza
  • opportunities for international firms for talent
  • the success & importance of community & partnerships
  • challenges for commerce
  • the state of early stage capital
  • challenging stereotypes of the region
  • and more!
    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, 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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