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Here's what makes 500 Startups' latest batch the future of entrepreneurship

Here's what makes 500 Startups' latest batch the future of entrepreneurship | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Sitting in the audience at the 13th batch of accelerator 500 Startups yesterday, something in my brain ticked. There was a difference to this batch that I couldn’t quite place, but it was palpable.

Then, I looked down at my notes and realized something: there was a significant number of female founders taking the stage and pitching companies. Perhaps more than I’d ever seen before from an accelerator in my time as a reporter.

I checked the facts, and it seemed to support my claim: according to a blog post from the accelerator, 500 Startups Batch 13 in Mountain View had 28 companies in total, and 46% of them have at least one woman on the founding team. To do some quick and easy math, at least 12 companies from the batch included at least one female founder on the team.

I inquired about the number, and was told by 500 Startups that Batch 13, “is the most diverse batch than any other when it comes to female/male ratio. ” Read more: click image or title.




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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

More diversity. 500 Startups is opening up opportunities for #startup #founders in every aspect.

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4 Countries That Are Leaving Silicon Valley In Their Tracks

4 Countries That Are Leaving Silicon Valley In Their Tracks | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

The U.S. tech industry would be wise to keep an eye on these countries' innovations--and learn a thing or two about thinking big.

Every few months there seems to be another region somewhere in the world that claims to be the next Silicon Valley. Sometimes the new high-tech hub is hyped up, but other times, it’s evident that there’s something special brewing.

These countries have digitized governments that will put our Healthcare.gov problems to shame, fast broadband Internet speeds beyond comparison, and instead of hookup apps, you’ll see innovations in energy alternatives. These are exactly the reasons why America’s magical tech land should keep its eyes on the countries below.

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Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Ideas and innovation are not just happening in the USA. All over the world talent is creating new ways to do things. Great to see what happens in other countries. Diversity is wonderful.

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