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.
The huge sale of Utah-based startup Divvy to Bill.com is still bouncing around my head this week, not only because the $2.5 billion exit was huge for both the company and its local scene, but also because its target market is exciting to watch.
At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, London-based impact investing app Tickr had just a handful of people on its team. Today, Tickr’s headcount has doubled to 35, half of which are in product and engineering and the rest covering marketing, communications and operations.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionise our world. Machines with high-level cognitive processes and decision making, along with advances in data collection and aggregation, presents opportunities to complement human intelligence and enrich the way people live and work.
Imagine you’re an investor and you’re hearing a pitch for the first time. The founder has a strong profile and their innovation has potential to change the world, but you don’t quite understand what the company does or how. Instead of being hooked with an engaging story of the opportunities and the challenges, you’re bombarded with numbers.
Conceived during the UK’s first national lockdown, Newspage enables startups to create and disseminate their own publicity without the involvement of expensive PR agencies whose costs are prohibitive to many early-stage startups.
By Shivani Singh and Mayank Bhardwaj GHAZIABAD, India, April 20 (Reuters) – A handful of startups are trying to find a new way to recycle used car batteries, using water, chemicals and electricity to produce lead instead of the hazardous, high-heat smelting that has been identified as the world’s most polluting industry.
Years into a boom for venture capital fueled by low interest rates and the prospect of a lucrative hit in tech, deal flow and valuations are reaching new peaks, and among the biggest beneficiaries are the companies vying to become the next big social-media platform.