Phys .org: Social media can be a lifesaver for new international ventures

Phys .org: Social media can be a lifesaver for new international ventures. “The use of social media can be beneficial to international new ventures and help them to survive. A new study from the University of Vaasa, Finland, shows that newly established international firms and start-ups with limited resources can effectively use social media to learn about their new foreign markets and customers in a fast and inexpensive way.”

Glasgow City Council: Glasgow launches open-access database to showcase £2.6billion regional tech ecosystem

Glasgow City Council: Glasgow launches open-access database to showcase £2.6billion regional tech ecosystem. “The Glasgow Tech Ecosystem Platform is an open-access database offering to better connect start-ups with investors and corporates, providing real-time insights on the health of the regional innovation economy and showcasing Glasgow City Region’s wider tech ecosystem to the world…. The data covers 740+ technology-based start-ups as well as investors and accelerators, universities, co-working spaces, tech meetups and much more.”

Spotlight: The first Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund recipients (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Spotlight: The first Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund recipients. “To help Ukrainian entrepreneurs maintain and grow their businesses, strengthen their community and build a foundation for post-war economic recovery, in March we announced a $5 million Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund to allocate equity-free cash awards throughout 2022. Selected Ukraine-based startups will receive up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding as well as ongoing Google mentorship, product support, and Cloud credits. Today, we are proud to announce the first cohort of recipients of the Google for Startups Ukraine Support Fund.”

Inside Ukraine’s new start-up life: Hallways, closets, bunkers (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Inside Ukraine’s new start-up life: Hallways, closets, bunkers. “Nearly three months into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the country’s once booming tech community is trying to rebound back to life. As the war continues, tech founders and their employees have settled into new routines, working amid bombs, gunshots and air raid sirens. They build Power Points, take meetings and write emails and pitch decks from apartment hallways, bedroom closets and underground bunkers, trying to meet work deadlines regardless of the circumstances.”

BizTimes (Wisconsin): NVNG launches online, statewide database of startups to increase national exposure

BizTimes (Wisconsin): NVNG launches online, statewide database of startups to increase national exposure. “Madison-based NVNG Investment Advisors has launched an online database that aims to encapsulate all of the state’s startups. Called +Venture Wisconsin, the database was created to increase exposure of Wisconsin companies to national and international venture capital communities.”

Syracuse University: IVMF Digital Library Launched

Syracuse University: IVMF Digital Library Launched. “Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Syracuse University Libraries and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) partnered to create and launch the IVMF Digital Library… It includes IVMF-authored publications and research, as well as curated collections of external research, articles and information from reputable sources. The digital library was developed for veteran entrepreneurs, employers of veterans and policymakers as a single source, open access information resource.”

Gulf Times: MoCI launches Qatar Business Map portal

Gulf Times: MoCI launches Qatar Business Map portal. “The business map portal provides a comprehensive database for users, allowing them to view the investment advantages of Qatar’s various regions through a search service for commercial establishments per region, and for the various available commercial activities. The portal also offers statistics on several commercial licenses registered in each municipality, new and signed-off commercial licences, and the latest commercial establishments registered in Qatar.”

Microsoft Blog: Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub now open to all – no funding needed

Microsoft Blog: Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub now open to all – no funding needed. “Based on real-world feedback from thousands of entrepreneurs from around the world, across a range of backgrounds, we are excited to unveil, Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub. Open to anyone with an idea, the platform is designed to address the most common challenges startups face.”

MIT Sloan Management Review: The Data Boom Is Here — It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

MIT Sloan Management Review: The Data Boom Is Here — It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed. “As Big Tech becomes evermore powerful thanks to the vast troves of data that the major platforms have collected, and innovation becomes increasingly data-driven, entrepreneurs and enterprises may find it difficult to seize new opportunities. Keeping the engine of innovation running will require access not only to capital but to data as well.”

Tracking business dynamism during the COVID-19 pandemic: New cross-country evidence and visualisation tool (Vox EU)

Vox EU: Tracking business dynamism during the COVID-19 pandemic: New cross-country evidence and visualisation tool. “Business dynamism is key for creative destruction and to foster resource reallocation – both crucial elements of long-run economic growth. This column uses a new data visualisation tool to reveal large sector- and country-level heterogeneity in the impact on business dynamism of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020 and in recovery. Initially, firm entry fell sharply in all countries, but the pace of recovery varied across countries. Bankruptcies fell and remained below pre-crisis levels well into 2021. The tool allows users to monitor the evolution of key indicators over the recovery period, keeping track of sector-specific patterns.”

University of Arkansas: Walton College Releases Inaugural Arkansas Capital Scan

University of Arkansas: Walton College Releases Inaugural Arkansas Capital Scan. “Modeled after a similar report published each year by the University of Oregon, the Oregon Capital Scan, the 2020 Arkansas Capital Scan covers the flow of capital to early-stage companies located in the state of Arkansas during a single calendar year. The report overviews angel and venture capital investments, crowdfunding, grants from governmental and philanthropic bodies, and loans from banks and credit unions. It also provides an analysis of other activities influencing the development of the entrepreneurial sector in the state, such as the proliferation of Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (ESOs) and patent filing trends.”

Bank of America: Announcing the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory for Women Entrepreneurs

Bank of America: Announcing the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory for Women Entrepreneurs. “Today, during National Women’s Small Business Month, Bank of America, in partnership with Seneca Women, announced the launch of the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory. This first-of-its-kind platform is a resource to help educate women-owned businesses in the U.S. on navigating the capital landscape and identifying potential sources of funding, such as equity, debt and grant capital.”

Coronavirus: The stress of leading a start-up through the pandemic (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: The stress of leading a start-up through the pandemic. “Research from government and private funded growth platform Tech Nation and Dealroom suggests that two-thirds of UK start-ups expect revenues to drop by more than a quarter, almost half have frozen hiring, and two-fifths of companies believe they have less than 12 months of funds. The risk of investing during a crisis has led many investors to shy away or attempt to reduce the terms.”