TCD and UCD come together to create €60m start-up fund https://t.co/kCUPQgoFbY— Irish Times Business (@IrishTimesBiz) June 17, 2016
Ireland’s biggest universities TCD and UCD create €60m start-up super fund https://t.co/rzRilmVMSe— SiliconRepublic (@siliconrepublic) June 17, 2016
Germany scored well on perceptions of all 10 entrepreneur-related attributes measured, notably earning a perfect 10 for “well-developed infrastructure” and a near-perfect 9.8 for “educated population.” The Best Countries e-book, a companion to the report, notes that Germany has long been friendly to small- and medium-sized enterprises, the so-called ‘Mittelstand.’...
Interesting: Every year, since 2012, have been record years for Spanish VC investments. +83% growth from 2014-2015! pic.twitter.com/l9wdBaEwcQ— Mundi Ventures (@mundi_ventures) June 8, 2016
Lena Apler, founder Collector, Anders Borg, former Finance minister, Jacob De Geer, founder iZettle, Dan Olofsson, founder Sigma, Martin Lorentzon, co-founder Spotify, Sebastian Siemiatkowski, co-founder Klarna, Jessica Stark, co-founder SUP46, Maria Rankka, CEO Stockholms handelskammare, Niklas Zennström, founder Atomico
Stockholm has become the center for startups. It is impressive yet follows a long tradition in the country; Ericsson, Ikea, SKF and Hennes & Mauritz were all born in Sweden.
Sweden is an incredible country. We have a high level of creativity and are constantly proving our ability to establish global businesses.
c.f. 9 June, 2016 DeansTalk, Financer l’innovation en France pour créer des emplois (la Revue Socialiste n°62) - Olivier Mathiot
The Promise of Crowdfunding and American Innovation, June 8, 2016
In May, the final “crowdfunding” rule of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) went into effect, making it possible for entrepreneurs across the country to raise small-dollar investments from ordinary Americans.
“This bill is a potential game changer. Right now, you can only turn to a limited group of investors -- including banks and wealthy individuals -- to get funding…Because of this bill, start-ups and small business will now have access to a big, new pool of potential investors -- namely, the American people. For the first time, ordinary Americans will be able to go online and invest in entrepreneurs that they believe in.”
With this new SEC rule, entrepreneurs can now raise up to $1 million from regular investors annually through regulated online platforms. This is a potential game changer for many kinds of entrepreneurs—from the tech company founder bringing her new innovation to global markets, to the Main Street small business owner opening a new store in his local community.
Investments in renewable energies (with the exception of bioenergy) are characterised by high upfront costs and low operational costs. Once an investment decision has been taken, investors have little room for adapting it to changing regulatory and market conditions. Political or regulatory uncertainty increases the risk for investors, and consequently raises the cost of capital,38 making the overall investment more costly.39 Some Member States have made retroactive changes to their RES support schemes, which has undermined investors' confidence.40
This paper analyses the development of renewable energy sources (RES) in the EU, with a focus on support mechanisms at the EU and Member State level, including current and upcoming reforms. It presents the principal support mechanisms for RES, as well as developments in selected Member States, outlines the main technical and regulatory challenges associated with an increasing share of renewable energy and highlights the involvement and positions of the European Parliament. The development of renewable energy sources (RES) is a priority for the European Union. One of the goals of the EU Energy Union strategy is making the EU the world leader in renewable energies
Startup Fest Europe is a European festival of events that help startups grow faster by bringing together founders, investors, business leaders and developers around specific themes (or verticals). Join us from 24 – 28 May 2016 all around The Netherlands!
Chatterley: What are we getting wrong?
Schmidt: Well it just takes time. There's lots of issues in Europe that have to get addressed.
Chatterley: Like what?
Schmidt: Let's start with the universities in Europe. We hire incredibly smart people that come out of the European universities. Universities themselves are underfunded relative to the American universities, by a lot.
Are Syndicates the Killer App of Equity Crowdfunding? @Startupxplore CMR, Wint16 Prelim evidence-> meaningful role,alloc capital early-stage— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) May 6, 2016
California Management Review, Vol. 58 No. 2, Winter 2016 https://t.co/Sxiv2LMRXn Are Syndicates the Killer App of Equity Crowdfunding?— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) May 6, 2016
Monday, 11 Apr 2016
"Now it is the turn of business, of investment managers to say 'OK, how are we going to get there, how do we have to change our investment patterns, how do we have to change the way in which we have been working for such a long time, in order to be able to get to the decarbonized economy in time?'"
Figueres' comments come in the wake of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stating that clean energy was "one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen."
All-Energy is the UK’s largest renewable energy event, taking place on 4th & 5th May in Glasgow https://t.co/Gtpnmkc8La— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) April 8, 2016
All-Energy 2016 Conference Programme Correct as of 4 April 2016 https://t.co/iKrnm6bHA1— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) April 8, 2016
fshift. World Bank 2 spend 28% of invstmnts n climate change projectshttps://t.co/Sk4DYo2dbv $16bn a year+$13bn ++ private sector < 4 years— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) April 8, 2016
Climate change will drive 100 million more people into poverty in the next 15 years [unless action is taken].” World Bank— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) April 8, 2016
France. European Commission “investEU”: €250 million now available to 14,000 SMEs in France. https://t.co/HMTr5OUjQT 4 April 2016— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) April 4, 2016
“1 the pot waste of large ++ of taxpayers’ $ - Gov support s applied indiscriminately 2 all nu firm/SMEs Apr4 Nesta https://t.co/DBZA8TwAk1— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) April 4, 2016
New research by Nesta and the National Institute for Economic and Social Research sheds some light on this. The study analyses the sources of productivity growth in the UK over the period 1998-2013, using firm-level data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to understand where productivity came from. Specifically, it assesses the importance of productivity improvements within individual firms in different sectors and the distribution and re-distribution of labour across more and less productive firms in different sectors.
These findings suggest a number of implications for policymakers. At Nesta we would like to draw attention to three.
First of all, the potential waste of large amounts of taxpayers’ money when Government support is applied indiscriminately to all new firms or SMEs. Such support is likely to exacerbate the problem of low productivity firms entering the market or remaining in the market, dragging down average levels of productivity.
Four Reasons Why The UK Leads The World On FinTechhttps://t.co/MURimfWahR Mar 1, 2016— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) March 3, 2016
Acuerdo de FORO FINSPAIN y la Asociación Española de Fintech & Insurtechhttps://t.co/P26BFM7Vq7 2 marzo, 2016— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) March 3, 2016
https://t.co/MGzkZwRwiU 4-7 April 2016 Copenhagen— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) March 3, 2016
“The World’s Largest FinTech Event has landed in Europe”
Los proyectos tecnológicos más creativos en 2015https://t.co/eyGJ7SqRHN 22 de enero de 2016— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) February 20, 2016
De Viuing a Playspace: las diez 'startups' españolas más prometedoras de 2016, 15 febhttps://t.co/kuNUCe8zJH— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) February 20, 2016
The 2016 Mobile World Congress Parties and Events Guidehttps://t.co/27Gazaihv4 February 1, 2016 by Scott Mackin— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) February 20, 2016
(?)Barcelona’s 10 Most Inspiring Tech Event Organizers and Associationshttps://t.co/paQt70YGO6 11 February, 2016— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) February 20, 2016
Prof Sir Konstantin Novoselov 2 give keynote World Mobile Congress16 + https://t.co/tMZTJwKZkl ltest innovatins frm both academia & industry— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) February 20, 2016
Peter Todd, Directeur Général et professeur à HEC Paris, «Le Millennipreneur, nouvelle icône du business» https://t.co/aZvROujTdL Jan6,2016— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) enero 31, 2016
Peter Todd, Dean/DG HEC Paris, new LinkedIn Influencer https://t.co/QioWV8G6MA “The Millennipreneur, a new business icon” Jan 11, 2016— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) enero 31, 2016
U.S. Startups and investors who create jobs will now pay less tax. What now Europe? https://t.co/kotn68qZmL via techcrunch— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) January 26, 2016
French startups labouring under "excessive regulatory burdens". Plus ca change! https://t.co/7ThSvrxWS0— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) January 26, 2016
The impact this change will have on entrepreneurs, the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, is significant. This new code will enable a company’s founders and employees holding stock, including that obtained upon exercise of options, to save up to millions of dollars in taxes upon a company achieving a successful liquidation event.
Risk-taking entrepreneurs and investors who create jobs through building businesses will be rewarded for their efforts with lessened tax burdens. In this case, the disruptive innovation is a line of tax code rather than software code.
Known as Sec. 1202, it’s a small-business stock capital gains exclusion that has actually been around since 1993 (with modifications over the years). But thanks to Congress’ recent vote to PERMANENTLY extend some major tax benefits, it is more powerful than it has ever been because it eliminates all ambiguity.
In essence, Sec. 1202 allows individual investors or entrepreneurs and their employees who put money into a qualifying corporation with aggregate gross assets not exceeding $50 million before and immediately after the stock issuance, and which does not engage in repurchasing any of their outstanding stock, to now enjoy a 100 percent tax break on the specific investment gain with no offset to the benefit from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
'Solve A Problem, Money Will Find You,' Says Softbank's Nikesh Arora https://t.co/EYFflr8XOC Jan16 “Startup India, Standup India” Pres.Modi— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) January 19, 2016
For a Booming Economy, Bet on High Growth Firms, Not Small Businesses https://t.co/YAJyA4WnuO Feb3, 2014— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) January 8, 2016
Bill Gates: Why I’m investing $1 billion of my own money into clean energy research https://t.co/GIUCTbShLM August 03, 2015— BizDeansTalk (@BizDeansTalk) November 28, 2015
TORONTO, November 24, 2015 – Startup Canada (www.StartupCan.ca) announced today a former Prime Minister, an innovation hub trailblazer and a globally-recognized wedding accessories and decor company are among the national recipients of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards (www.StartupAward.ca).
The Right Honourable Paul Martin, founder of the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship Fund; Communitech CEO Iain Klugman; and Medicine Hat-based Weddingstar will join 17-year-old Alex Gillis, CEO of Bitness.io; Vancouver’s Victory Square Labs; sustainable superfood producers Entomo Farms; industrial analytic app maker RtTech Software; Accel-Rx President Natalie Dakers and; Tom Fath, owner of The Fath Group at the CN Tower Dec. 1 to accept their awards.
November 2, 2015
In what can be considered a historic day for startups, small businesses and entrepreneurs all across the United States, the Securities and Exchange Committee (SEC) voted 3 to 1 to approve the final rules for debt and equity crowdfunding (aka Regulation Crowdfunding) on Friday. In about 180 days, tech startups and Main Street businesses will be able to raise up to $1 million from their friends, followers, and community via SEC registered websites. There is a lot you need to know about the new rules, so let’s jump right in:
(Blogmaster BDT: I think the authors meant "Pitchbook" and not "Pitchfork" i.e.