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  • Africa’s state of entrepreneurship according to Seedstars World

    Over the past 12 months, we have travelled through 13 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with the mission to find the best entrepreneurs, connect them with investors, partners and media and to study each local innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem. After travelling through the continent for an entire year and observing all of the different startup ecosystems, we couldn’t be more bullish on the potential for entrepreneurs on this continent. There is still a long way to go in order to make starting and running businesses easier, facilitating trade and traveling and creating policies that allow companies to grow and investors to invest into them....

  • The female entrepreneurs rising from emerging markets

    In Silicon Valley, the conversation on increasing female entrepreneurs in technology and the number of women founders has dominated the tech airwaves. How do women outside of Silicon Valley fare? Last year, we had just 12% female-led companies pitching in our 54 local events and there are clear cultural barriers in many of the emerging markets we cover. Thanks to initiatives like Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women and reports articulating the business case for investing in women, the future is bright for an increasing number of female founders in the emerging markets who are surmounting the odds. Below are six...

  • Top 10 reasons why startups should upgrade their trade show strategy

    Startups often lack the credibility and legitimacy required to convince customers. Trade shows appear as an easy way to face these prospects and demo the efficiency of a product, even though it is amongst the most expensive and complex marketing and sales strategies. This is why, as a startup founder, you must carefully plan early on for your next trade show and pick the right strategy and tools to reach your goals. Here are the top 10 reasons why you should upgrade your trade show strategy: 1. You can't be a tech startup and use 'pen & paper' It doesn't matter how...

  • Thinking global: which language should startups choose?

    Acting as a global champion from the very beginning and doing business in international markets has never been easier for startups. Translation is a key driver for global success and opens doors to news markets. Language is capable of uniting very different ecosystems and helps startups to do business all around the globe. But which language shall be targeted? How many languages does my business need to know? Which languages are successful unicorns...

  • Startup Funding: Not Always Straightforward

    As with many things in life, there's the good, the creative, and the downright weird. Startup funding is no exception, as the following examples prove. Gamble BloomNation is an online flower marketplace, founded by CEO Farbod Shoraka and his team after trying of seeing only bland design online. David Daneshgar and Gregg Weisstein, friends and co-founders of Sharoka's, discussed the question of money. It was then that they realised the had access to a unique source of startup funding:  Daneshgar, who had won a number of events at the 2008 World Series of Poker. Returning to the game, he was able to...

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