Blockchain is one of the fastest-growing technologies in the world of startups, with a new report revealing that 10% of early-stage startups are focused on the technology. Blockchain ranks alongside artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and robotics as the fastest-growing technology trends.
Known for its breathtaking landscapes, Malta is more than just an archipelago in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. As one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries, it’s a location of choice for many tech entrepreneurs, making it a small but growing startup hub.
Startups have a seemingly intractable problem: a lack of diversity. Despite research showing that diverse founding teams have a higher rate of return than white founding teams, one characteristic of startups remains relatively unchanged: the dearth of BIPOC and women founders, investors, board members and counsel in the venture capital (VC) ecosystem.
Every startup today needs to leverage marketing technology to be able to grow, scale, build strong customer relationships and keep up with competitors. However, not every startup has a huge marketing budget, and most can’t afford to spend those dollars on consulting fees and solutions that may not meet their needs in the end.
Most investment-seeking entrepreneurs believe that projecting massive profits is the best way to impress investors. Many entrepreneurs also think that investors will immediately sign a check if they come up with a groundbreaking idea, far from the mainstream offering.
The coronavirus pandemic had an immediate impact on startups across the country. While some had to reevaluate their business models entirely, others flourished. Now, as the country starts to emerge from the pandemic’s grip and the “great reopening” continues, business for many startups is expanding and fast.
Building a website is laying the foundation of your startup’s marketing strategy. However, a foundation alone is not enough. It’s what you build on that foundation that really matters.
When you hire a marketing consultant, you don’t necessarily expect to wind up discussing your life’s purpose. Yet, that is what Spanish marketing expert and entrepreneur Alex Barrera often ends up doing with startup founders who hire him to help improve their pitch. They think they are going to get help convincing investors, and they do, but the byproduct of the process is that they reframe their startup’s vision.
Earlier this week an investor asked me why women can’t just get VC funding. “Am I missing something?” he asked. I took a deep breath and dropped the facts about the culture and economy of men funding men.
Younger people have been significantly affected, particularly in industries stalled due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. Many businesses did not survive and unemployment is expected to push more people into entrepreneurship.
A significant majority of Scotland’s tech startups grew during the pandemic, defying some predictions that many would be forced to cutback or even shut down. The Scottish Startup Survey 2021, run by the Engage Invest Exploit (EIE) team at the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre, has revealed that 68% per cent of startups said they grew during the pandemic, with only 11% cent saying they contracted.
The recent wave of European unicorns is dominated by B2B startups. About 60% of the European startups that gained unicorn status in the first quarter of 2021, have a B2B business model. And with Celonis we’ve just seen a new B2B ‘decacorn’, the first one to have risen out of Germany.
As a sequel to our 2019 article on buzzwords in the startup ecosystem, we’re bringing an update with some newer terms. Two years have gone by and what one can notice is that much of the jargon in the startup scene today comes from software and fintech, even spreading through to other industries and making some expressions gain new meanings.
Startups have been a key element in refocusing industries and markets, thanks to their perspective of challenging the “we have always done it this way” to consider new solutions, which leads to various learnings and experiences: from developing new lines of business, entering new countries, adapt to new cultural approaches until seeking financing.
The circular economy in Europe continues to enjoy it’s time in the spotlight, and with good reason. According to the European Commision, the Circular Economy has the possibility to create 700,000 jobs and increase GDP by 0.5% in the EU by 2030.