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Toronto: One of the top 20 tech ecosystems in the world

Toronto is now ranked among the 20 top tech ecosystems in the world, according to the recently released 2017 Global Startup Ecosystem Report. In Canada, the city is a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation, along with nearby Kitchener-Waterloo and Vancouver to the far west. From the well established to the up and coming, here are seven of the top Toronto-based startups you’ll want to know about. Wattpad First established in 2006, Wattpad markets itself as…

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7 Belgian Startups to Look out for in 2017

Belgium has so much more to offer than just strong beer, French fries and great comics. The rather small country also plays a quite important role in European politics, with Brussels being kind of the capital of the EU. But most importantly, at least for us, Belgium has a blooming startup scene. As you might know by now, we started 2017 with some research and the goal to create a list for each EU country…

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Amsterdam’s Electric StartUp Scene

Amsterdam, Netherlands What is the formula that has allowed the Netherlands to catapult onto the center stage of the global startup scene in these past few years? The answer relates strongly to the Dutch brand of enthusiastic practicality. They aren’t a culture known for tiptoeing around the point if a direct answer can do the job, and what we’re seeing here is the manifestation of this simple quality projected out as a fruitful interplay between…

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Revival Chili: Serving Up Opportunity with Every Bowl

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) “I was actually arrested when I was a freshman in college. I was arrested for two different counts but got convicted of underage drinking,” said Jordan Robarge. This is Robarge’s idea of a conversation starter, as well as the event that led him to create his own business, Revival Chili. Revival Chili is a new food truck on the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania serving – you guessed it – chili. But it’s more…

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Be Your Own #Boss: The Prestige Society, with CEO and Founder Nicole Doss

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Nicole Doss is no stranger to professionalism, poise, and more than a hint of glamor. The Prestige Society, of which she is CEO and founder, reflects that. That kind of fun, positive outlook is reflected in Doss’ voice. A motivator, facilitator, coach, author of the book “Rock Your Life,” and CEO, Doss was driven to start the Prestige Society after going into business with a friend. “I realized very early on in this…

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Barclays Bank Opens Startup Hub in London

(London, England) Barclays Bank has opened a workspace in London where financial technology (fintech) startups can turn their ideas into software to solve real business challenges. Rise London in Shoreditch is the latest in the bank’s Rise network, which has sites in six other cities across the world, including Mumbai, New York and Cape Town. By working closely with Barclays’ banking experts as well as the bank’s customers, startups can fill gaps in their knowledge…

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Europe’s Tech Hub Vs. Silicon Valley

The World Economic Forum just published a fascinating article charting the growth of the European startup scene, contrasting it to the larger tech ecosystems of Silicon Valley and Asia. If you’re a European founder, you’ve got cause to be optimistic — funding is easier to get, there’s so much innovation happening here, and tech talent is everywhere. I’m not going to regurgitate the piece, but here are the key-points. People have more appetite for risk,…

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The Best City in France for American Entrepreneurs

(Lyon, France) France is the world’s sixth largest economy and the most popular tourist destination in the world. The country is astonishingly beautiful and has a rich cultural history that continues to attract visitors from all over the world. But what does the country have to offer for ambitious American entrepreneurs eager to expand into the heart of the European economy? While most have understandably heard of Paris, each city has its own unique appeal,…

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The Rise of “Deep-Tech” is boosting Paris’s startup scene

(Paris, France) EUROPE will never create a hub of tech firms and investors to rival Silicon Valley, many experts on entrepreneurship concur. Its markets are still fragmented along national lines, flows of capital into the region are limited and because of lingering, conservative attitudes to risk, few startups grow to rival American champions. “Europe is toxic”, argues Oussama Ammar, an outspoken founder of an incubator in Paris. “Life that should happen, does not happen”, he…

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Philadelphia Assembled’s Collaborative Instruction

(Philadelphia, PA) Philadelphia Assembled hosted a teach-in led by Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) Executive Director Jamila Medley on cooperatives and their role in developing economic sovereignty. The goal of the meeting was to inform the Philadelphia community about what, exactly, cooperatives are and the way their democratic process business model is changing the way companies do business. Philadelphia Assembled describes itself as an “expansive project that tells a story of radical community building and…