Emerging and Expanding Business and Market Opportunities within our Reach: An entrepreneur is someone who takes a problem, a challenge, a pain and transforms it into a business opportunity by creating a profitable business solution for it. In many cases, a startup is nothing but an innovative response to a pain experienced and understood by the entrepreneur. But with today's fast changing markets, social spaces and rapidly evolving technologies, there are plenty of new opportunities and expanding areas with room for new and innovative business ideas and solutions. Moreover, a multidisciplinary team can bring a fresh approach to unsolved problems by addressing them from the intersection of disciplines or from the fringe of conventional approaches and outside established paradigms. Here we discuss how to finding business opportunities around us and go on a detailed walk through current expanding and disruptive markets with real examples and models in each of them.

  • Identifying and Discarding Business Opportunities.
    • Pain and Opportunities.
  • Disruptive Innovation and Progressive Innovation.
  • Everyday Opportunities Around Us.
    • The Good Middle Man and the Middle Machine.
    • First and Last Mile.
    • Hyperlocal Markets.
    • Bottom of the Pyramid and Global Markets.
    • E-commerce.
  • Emerging and Expanding Markets and Business Opportunities within our reach.
    • Social Processes.
      • The Sharing Economy.
      • Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding.
      • Digital Retailing.
    • Hardware.
      • Internet of Things, Do It Yourself (DIY), 3d Printing, Smart Devices, Wearable Devices, Sensing Devices, Robotics, Home Automation (Domotics).
    • The Environment.
      • Recycling and Upcycling.
      • Energy Efficiency.
      • Clean and Sustainable Energy.
      • Waste Management.
      • Environmentally Friendly, Sustainable and Organic Products.
      • Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.
    • Lifestyle, Health and Food.
      • Healthy Habits.
      • Healthy, Sustainable and Organic Food.
      • Dieting.
      • Health Insurance Coverage.
      • Telemedicine.
      • Medical Records.
      • Digital Devices and Sensors.
      • Sports tracking and performance.
      • Personal habits and life coaches.
    • Education.
      • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Microdegrees, Tutoring, Blended Learning, Child and Youth Tools.
    • Information Technologies
      • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Machine Vision.
      • Web and Software Development.
      • Cloud Computing.
      • Digital Security and Business Continuity.
      • Mobile Apps and Content.
    • FinTech: Financial Technology.
      • Financial Services for the Unbanked.
      • Financial Services for the New Generation.
      • Alternative Currencies.
      • Mobile Banking.
      • Mobile Payment.
      • Financial Education.
      • Sustainable Savings.
      • Microcredit and Solidarity Loans.
      • Microinsurance.
    • Digital Media and Transmedia.
This course is part of our multi-module "Immersive Entrepreneurship and Effective Startups" program for full and rounded capacity building on Entrepreneurship. Click here for more details.
About the Instructor: Carlos Miranda Levy

Carlos Miranda Levy speaking at TEDxTokyo.A social entrepreneur and innovation technology expert with 20 years of work in human development, education, culture, disaster response and the environment, Carlos has led multiple social impact technology initiatives across the globe, while maintaining a successful career at the service of international organizations, government agencies and corporate and non-profit organizations.

His multiple credentials include a Stanford University Digital Vision Fellowship, a National University of Singapore Social Entrepreneurship Residency, a Google Developing World Scholarship Award, a Bill & Melinda Gates TEDGlobal Scholarship, a Reuters Foundation grant, among many others. Carlos has been featured on CNN as one of 20 Latin American Leaders on the Internet, on Forbes as a Latino Leader in Silicon Valley and as an Emerging Leader by New Media Consortium at MIT.

A balanced mix of tech skills, business savvy and understanding of social processes, give him a unique advantage for visualizing stakeholders and ecosystems, their processes and opportunities, drafting strategies, leading teams, organizing events and creating technology solutions. This is clearly appreciated in his work with vulnerable youth, disaster survivors, teachers, policy makers, software developers and communities, which has taken him from the Caribbean mountains to Silicon Valley, the Amazon basin and snowcapped Andes; to Haïti, Singapore and Japan, and more recently to Africa and Europe.

His hands-on, proactive spirit has benefited from the lessons learned through field experience at scenarios as diverse as remote rural villages, the headquarters of international organizations, Presidential offices and government agencies, high security prisons and some of the most prestigious universities in the world. He summarizes his approach and methodology to problem solving and ecosystem intervention with a simple phrase:

“never help: engage, enable, empower and connect”.

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