Start-ups around the world do not need to mimic Silicon Valley or even go there to succeed, according to leading investors and entrepreneurs at Inspirefest 2018.

The Thinking Global panel at Inspirefest 2018 included Oman Technology Fund managing director Maha Al Balushi, Astia advisory board member Yuka Nagashima, Nest VC chief growth officer Niamh Given and Enterprise Ireland Asia-Pacific fintech lead Mo Harvey.

“I don’t think the world should be trying to mimic Silicon Valley,” Nagashima opined as she discussed the global start-up revolution.

The panellists encouraged start-ups to do what comes naturally, and innovate anywhere and everywhere.


Words by John Kennedy