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Startups June 12, 2020 5 Startups Contributing To The Inclusion Of People With Disabilities

15% of the world’s population experience some form of disability. People with disabilities are subject to various barriers to social and economic inclusion, such as inadequate access to physical environments and transportation, lack of assistive technology and equipment, lack of access to public and private services, various social and institutional attitudes and discrimination, to name …

Policy Startups June 11, 2020 Why Startup Founders Should Participate In The European Commission’s Digital Services Act Consultation

Last week the European Commission launched several consultations on the Digital Services Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in the digital (and otherwise) arena, as it will affect all online platforms in a plethora of ways.  At Allied for Startups, we sometimes see ourselves as translators, in that we want to bridge …

Startups June 5, 2020 Startups Contributing To A More Sustainable Planet

Happy International Environmental Day! Since 1974 on the 5th of June policy makers, civil society, public figures and others use their platform to raise awareness about the environment. One day a year doesn’t seem enough as our food, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all …

Startups May 14, 2020 1 step forward, 2 steps back? Why automated content filtering (still) doesn’t work for startups

Just because startups provide leading innovation in the fight against COVID-19 does not mean they can magically make automated content filters work. After making the hard-learnt lesson that content filters don’t work, we ask policy makers to not take 2 steps back and ask startup entrepreneurs to figure it out anyway. Instead, we encourage taking …

Covid 19 DTX Startups May 6, 2020 COVID-19 & digital health startups: an overview

Digital solutions are playing a vital role in supporting health care systems and people around the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery. We talked to several digital health startups’ founders who are providing innovative solutions to support health care providers, reduce the spread of the virus and increase the accessibility of health services: …

Competition Startups February 28, 2020 Why Startups can’t succeed without Acquisitions

Acquisitions are a crucial metric of thriving startup ecosystems that deserve more recognition. In a successful exit there are many winners. Acquisitions have immediate positive effects for a given startup and entrepreneurs. But it is the broader economic perspective that underlines why having more acquisitions pays dividends for society, the economy and innovation-at-large. Current policy …

Policy Startups February 17, 2020 Case in point: Why Startups and policy makers sit at the table

Startup entrepreneurs are multi-taskers, dividing their time be tween sales, management, HR, finance and many other priorities. Unless there is a specific pain point, regulatory questions often do not count to the imminent concerns of a startup entrepreneur. Added to that, 9/10 startups don’t make it to their 5th birthday, which makes building lasting relations …

Startups February 13, 2020 International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Diversity in entrepreneurship brings better ideas and businesses.

This week we are celebrating the amazing advancements women have brought to the field. At Allied for Startups we want to celebrate women entrepreneurs in particular those working in STEM: science, technology, engineering, maths, computing (think AI), health and all things-science!  Including women is good for everyone. According to the Kauffman Foundation, women led tech …

Policy Startups January 21, 2020 Dear policy makers, for every big tech CEO, listen to 10 startup entrepreneurs.

This week, senior representatives from big tech companies spoke out about regulation on Artificial Intelligence, digital taxation, online content moderation, and other pressing issues in the digital single market, as Brussels prepares to regulate and amend policy on these issues.   Some of these impact areas affect entrepreneurs in every possible way. How? Sometimes legislation does …

Startups December 18, 2019 Allied for Startups asks its members 3 questions…

Three questions for our members… Allied for Startups members are a bit like startup themselves. All of them are leaders in their local ecosystem, driving change for entrepreneurs on the ground. They’re all younger than 10 years and many are younger than 5 years. We’ve asked them to take a minute to share some of their …

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