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.
Can governments be run more efficiently? Yes, say founders of a new wave of startups that are helping municipal agencies make better use of the vast stores of data locked away in obscure government databases.
A Bangalore startup working with residents to clean up their city has won the new Better Together Award. Now it plans to export its model.
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.
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