Samer Karam is the chairman of Startup Megaphone, the organization managing the international image of Lebanon’s startup ecosystem. We look at the valuable lessons from the forward-looking initiatives this emerging country undertook.
The Guest — Samer Karam
Samer is a serial entrepreneur and international angel investor based out of Beirut, Lebanon. He has invested in USA, UK, Finland, Thailand, and Lebanon. In 2010, Samer founded Lebanon’s 1st startup accelerator ‘Seeqnce’, which went on to create 4 (out of 9) successful startups, valued at between 2 and 10 million USD.
He recently successfully exited his first angel investment. In 2014, Samer organized Lebanon’s 1st international startup conference ‘Banque du Liban Accelerate 2014′, which attracted over 1,600 professionals from 20 countries with a lineup of 53 international speakers from 25 countries across the globe.
In 2015, Samer was tasked by the Central Bank of Lebanon to form an independent, neutral organization Startup Megaphone to manage the international image of Lebanon’s startup ecosystem.
This episodes was recorded on August 18, 2015. Samer was in Beirut, Paul was in London and Ivan was in Warsaw.