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Europe’s key territories: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly for startups

Robin Wauters Trends

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At the upcoming LeWeb conference in Paris, I’ll be co-hosting the European Forum, a series of sessions on the Eiffel stage that will shine a light on six of Europe’s top ‘startup nations’. You can see the full LeWeb programme here, but essentially we’ll be dedicating the morning of Thursday 11 December to highlighting the opportunities and challenges of the booming tech ecosystems in …

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Are Europeans “slackers”? Christian Hernandez responds

James Martin Trends

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In a video interview with the Financial Times released on September 30, PayPal founder, hedge fund manager and venture capitalist Peter Thiel shared some controversial views on EU entrepreneurs. He notably said: “I think people in Europe are generally pessimistic about the future. They have low expectations, they’re not working hard to change things. When you’re a slacker with a pessimistic view of …

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LeWeb Startup Tour: Barcelona Wrap

Pierre Ziemniak Startup Tips

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The 2014 LeWeb Startup Tour came to a close yesterday in Barcelona, with our last pitch session before the Worldwide Competition in December in Paris! 8 very promising young Spanish companies has been selected to present their projects in front of a first-class jury, composed of Susana Tintoré (Barcelona Activa), Javier Larrondo (Digital Assets Deployment), Maxime Taieb (of Carrefour, global sponsor of the …

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LeWeb Startup Tour Barcelona: Meet 8 of Spain’s most promising startups!

Pierre Ziemniak Startup Tips

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Our Startup Tour is almost over, but we couldn’t end it without exploring one of Europe’s most promising startup scenes: Barcelona! This Thursday, November 6, we’ll be there for a special event focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. 8 young Spanish companies will be given the opportunity to pitch onstage, in front of an prestigious jury. The winner will join our …

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Why Europe’s Startups & tech companies rival Silicon Valley’s

Stuart Dredge Trends

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How many times have you heard the bullish claim that ‘[Place That Isn’t Silicon Valley] is the new Silicon Valley’? Or seen new variants on the phrase used to imply a similar idea? Here in the British Isles alone we’ve had Silicon Fen (Cambridge), Silicon Glen (Scotland), Silicon Docks (Dublin) and Silicon Roundabout (London) even if the latter was originally …