There is a reason people say: “It’s not about what you know, but who you know.” So often, the most successful entrepreneurs can point to pivotal moments in their company’s lifecycle where key individuals opened new doors of opportunity. Whether it’s introductions to key partners, clients, talent, or investors, these social and professional connections scaffold a company’s growth, especially in the early years.
The U.S. is home to some of the biggest and most disruptive companies in the world: Apple, Amazon, Google, IBM, Meta, Pfizer, and SpaceX – to name just a few. This isn’t by chance – the U.S. has several key mechanisms in place to facilitate business connections and grow startup companies. For one, the U.S. has a culture of innovation that underscores much of its business-building infrastructure. Organizations designed to accelerate business development like chambers of commerce, business accelerator spaces, co-working facilities, and other business cooperatives can be found in U.S. cities both big and small. There is also a large venture capital ecosystem in place, which means startups can often find alternative funding sources in lieu of, or in addition to, bank loans. In addition, there are government incentive programs, business “bootcamps” and dizzying array of other resources that make the U.S. one of the best places to start a business.
Unfortunately, these resources aren’t available everywhere.
Entrepreneurs in developing nations often struggle to make those key connections that would otherwise afford them some much-needed mobility. The infrastructure to support successful startups just isn’t in place, despite the incredible untapped talent and innovation that can be found among the populace.
That's why we're excited to introduce our newest project: EAB Connect – the world’s first online network designed to connect entrepreneurs in emerging economies with experienced entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. Working with one of our biggest partners, Food for the Poor, Entrepreneurs Across Borders is developing its own disruptive technology to catalyze new business in communities across the globe, helping under-resourced innovators access and leverage new connections and investment opportunities to get their businesses off the ground.
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We are in the process of assembling our innovation team. If you are an investor, entrepreneur, or a business development professional, please consider signing up for our newsletter below. As we begin to conduct market research and beta testing for our new EAB Connect platform, we’ll want your help in assessing the technology before it goes to market. Additionally, we need to build what we’re calling our Global Impact Network: a group of investment leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the world who would like to work together to launch high-impact startups in emerging economies.
With the launch of EAB Connect, Entrepreneurs Across Borders will be leveraging the power of technology to transform communities across the globe. Together, we’re changing the world for the better. Join us today!