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How pitch training can help startups get their story right

How pitch training can help startups get their story right

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.

Tech Crunch July 20, 2021
52 Women-Led Startups Driving The Future Of HealthTech And FemTech

52 Women-Led Startups Driving The Future Of HealthTech And FemTech

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.

Forbes June 30, 2021
How business accelerators can help new startups succeed after COVID-19

How business accelerators can help new startups succeed after COVID-19

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.

The Conversation June 21, 2021
Tech startups defy pandemic with strong growth

Tech startups defy pandemic with strong growth

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.

Daily Business Group June 21, 2021
Why B2B startups will be the dominant startup species in Europe

Why B2B startups will be the dominant startup species in Europe

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.

EU Startups June 15, 2021
Startup Dictionary: 20 common startup buzzwords briefly explained

Startup Dictionary: 20 common startup buzzwords briefly explained

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.

EU Startups June 15, 2021
Learn From Others: Three Lessons You Can Apply From Startups To Your Business

Learn From Others: Three Lessons You Can Apply From Startups To Your Business

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.

Entrepreneur May 25, 2021
10 promising circular economy startups to watch in 2021

10 promising circular economy startups to watch in 2021

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.

EU Startups May 25, 2021
Watching startups eat markets is good fun

Watching startups eat markets is good fun

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.

Tech Crunch May 25, 2021
Sustainability startups are hot stuff. But is there the talent out there they need?

Sustainability startups are hot stuff. But is there the talent out there they need?

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.

Sifted May 11, 2021
Investments in AI startups, scaleups are increasing worldwide, except in the Netherlands: Techleap

Investments in AI startups, scaleups are increasing worldwide, except in the Netherlands: Techleap

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.

Silicon Canals May 11, 2021
Too much information: why sustainable startups are killing their growth with numbers

Too much information: why sustainable startups are killing their growth with numbers

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.

Sifted May 11, 2021
Tech startups turn to digital PR platform for media exposure

Tech startups turn to digital PR platform for media exposure

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.

ComputerWeekly May 11, 2021
Start-ups aim to change car battery recycling, clean up world's most polluting industry

Start-ups aim to change car battery recycling, clean up world's most polluting industry

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.

Nasdaq April 27, 2021
Startups crack records as more money flows to Silicon Valley

Startups crack records as more money flows to Silicon Valley

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.

Mint April 27, 2021