Could Paris become Europe's answer to Silicon Valley? After all, startups there are now getting more capital than companies in Berlin. But startups don't have it easy in France, where bureaucracy is burdensome and staff is hard to find.
The future is being invented in California, not in Germany. An entrepreneur and a VC who work in both places say the reasons for this are deep-rooted and will be very difficult to overcome — but things are improving.
Big multinationals are increasingly bringing startups in-house or supporting them. Now software giant SAP plans to help out 200 startups founded by women and members of underrepresented minorities worldwide by 2023.
Station F, touted as the "world's largest incubator" for new companies, is already boosting Paris' reputation among investors. But can it help turn France into a startup hub? DW's Lisa Louis reports.
Bulgaria's IT industry is booming and women are playing a key role: Around half of the people working in the country's technology sector are women. It is becoming an incubator for startups — with a female touch.
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