Brandon Andrews hosts Web Summit ContentMakers Stage
Andrews tells entrepreneurs and content makers "now is the time" to create, build, and start during global Web Summit event in Lisbon, Portugal
During his opening remarks, Andrews said:
"Being a content maker today means – now is the time. Now is the time to create beautiful visual art. Now is the time to create film. Now is the time to post your critical thoughts about the world in which we live. Now is the time to take that selfie and appreciate the moment that you're in right now. Now is the time to post how conflict is impacting your world and the people you care about. And now is the time for you to finally get those business ideas out of your head and create that startup that can have a positive impact…There's never been a better time and now is your time."
A content maker himself, Andrews has done casting for television business shows including ABC's Shark Tank and REVOLT's Bet on Black. He returned to the global stage after hosting the Unleash+ Pitch Competition, CGI Entrepreneurship Greenhouse at the Clinton Global Initiative; joining a CNN Business panel on entrepreneurship in the African Diaspora; keynoting the GoViral Festival in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; and hosting the African Union Black History Month Celebration at the African Union Mission.
Andrews also gave a nod to Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 13-19), mentioning the increase in new business starts in the United States, Latin America, and other regions as tracked by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.
"As I travel around the world meeting entrepreneurs, I think entrepreneurial ideas can be content as well….A lot of businesses closed during the pandemic, but since then some regions of the world are experiencing an entrepreneurial boom. In the U.S. 2021-2022 was the most prolific period in the history of the country for starting small businesses…globally the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor tracks what they call Total Early Stage Entrepreneurial Activity" and their latest report says that activity is on the rise."
Andrews continues his work with entrepreneurs around the world. In the past year, Andrews has provided opening remarks and hosted the CGI Greenhouse at the Clinton Global Initiative, joined a panel discussing the Global African Diaspora and entrepreneurship, and delivered keynotes at GoViral 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He also led interactive sessions around Central Asia on artificial intelligence, pitching a business, and solving business problems.
Named a Global Innovation Fellow by the United States Department of State, Brandon Andrews has traveled the world leading impactful entrepreneurship programming and hosting events, including keynotes at Go Viral 2017 and 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan; educational programming at Expo 2017 Astana in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; engaging as a delegate at the US-China Youth Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Shenzhen, China; co-leading a week-long entrepreneurship accelerator in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; and hosting the Department of State's GIST Pitch Competition at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, Netherlands.
Andrews also serves as the United States Country Director of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), a global civil society organization recognizing people of African Descent in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. In this role, Andrews connects with entrepreneurs from the African Diaspora across the world.
In the United States, Andrews meets thousands of entrepreneurs each year leading casting for television business shows including casting for ABC's Shark Tank with impact agency Values Partnerships.