"Make Opportunities Happen"

Guest Speaker at Canadian University of Dubai

2014 Clinton Global Initiative Member for Vendedy Beta in Haiti

"How Will You Impact A Billion People"

"Entrepreneurship Has No Borders"

Guest Speaker as Director of Startup Grind Dubai

Hello & Welcome!

This blog details my journey from banking to entrepreneurship. Along the way I've traveled to over 40 countries, met dozens of global influencers and shared my experiences at dozens of conferences! Check this site for resources for entrepreneurs, inspirational reflections and updates on my global travels! Hope this site serves you well!

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DUBAI SME TALK
 

DUBAI SME TALK

    On March 18-19 Dubai held the 2015 SME summit. Christine was  a featured speaker at the conference conducting a workshop on “innovative ways to scale a startup globally”. Highlighting experiences from supporting tech startups as Managing Director of Startup Grind Dubai and from personal experiences as founder of...
A Short Resource Guide for Social Entrepreneurs
 

A Short Resource Guide for Social Entrepreneurs

How Will You Make an Impact on the World Through Business?   The Trifecta of Social Change For the past few decades, a revolution has transformed our approach with ending world poverty. We no longer wait for the governments of society to take a stand alone. People and private institutions...
An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Start Up
 

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Start Up

The Idea: The most lucrative business you can create is One that you are passionate about One that fills a community, national, and or global need One that has a blueprint of success or is feasible with modern day resources If you are not passionate about your business idea, you...
12 Ways to Fund Your Start Up or Business
 

12 Ways to Fund Your Start Up or Business

  Banking: The traditional bank life line is still an important part of business funding. However, banks loan based on historical income not projected income streams. Which makes it hard for start ups to turn to this option. (Ideas: Line of Credit, Term Loan, SBA Loan etc) Bootstrapping: “A situation...
Launching 3 Startups in 1 Year
 

Launching 3 Startups in 1 Year

After 2 years of banking and finance, I took a leap of faith and headed to Dubai to study International Business. During this time I launched a startup and 2 Dubai city wide organizations. All three entities reflect my personal passions. I launched Vended International to connect street vendors from...
My Carmen Diego Travels Moves to Belle Femme
 

My Carmen Diego Travels Moves to Belle Femme

Announcement  My Carmen Sandiego (CS Initials for Christine Souffrant) Travels Will be moving to Belle Femme Diaries. In an effort to concentrate all of my efforts in one blog, I am transferring my work over. The content style will still be different. The series will be highlighted in a separate...
My Experience in World Cup South Africa 2010 & Brazil 2014
 

My Experience in World Cup South Africa 2010 & Brazil 2014

  In 2010, I experienced the World Cup for the first time. Fifa World Cup came to the African continent for the first time in history and South Africa made it a summer to remember! I came to South Africa to Intern at the Amy Biehl Foundation, an NGO that...
Balancing Passion with Reality
 

Balancing Passion with Reality

  What excites you? If the opinion of your guardians was not a factor and peer pressure didn’t exist, what would you go for? Would you study the structure of dandelions in the United States or travel to places you’ve never been to make a difference? We all have quotes...
My Encounter with the Co-Founder of Gulf Elite Magazine
 

My Encounter with the Co-Founder of Gulf Elite Magazine

  In the past, the members of society who made history were our monarchs, governments and renaissance inventors. Yet in this day and age, the history makers are the entrepreneurs with a bold aspiration to make their mark on the world. What’s more inspiring, is that the younger they are,...
How I Joined the Clinton Global Initiative
 

How I Joined the Clinton Global Initiative

I first heard of the Clinton Global Initiative through my experiences with the Hult Prize. CGI is a partner with the Hult Prize and in pursuing platforms to scale out my social enterprise, I applied for  the 2014 edition of CGI University. I applied the night before the deadline even...
Introducing the Founder of India’s Billion Dollar Company
 

Introducing the Founder of India’s Billion Dollar Company

  First, lets get some background on how Kiran Shaw got to speak at Hult. Hult’s Visionary Speaker Series is a series of exclusive events featuring thought-leaders from across the world sharing their success stories and insights on what it takes to turn an idea into reality and bring about breakthrough innovation. So...
Why I Collected Plastic in Dubai Deserts
 

Why I Collected Plastic in Dubai Deserts

On November 13, 2013, members of the Rotary and Rotaract network of Dubai got together to collect plastics within the local deserts of Dubai. It was an amazing experience because not only did we do something good for the community but we also learned alot about the level of plastic...
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