Elite Business: Data Commons for UK Tech is a new database dedicated to UK startups. “Currently, Data Commons for UK Tech holds information on 33,180 startups, 8,725 investors, 5,205 corporates and 231 accelerators as well as data on workspaces, service providers and universities. Moreover, the database features categories to make the search process easier, such as lists on female-led startups and potential future UK unicorns.” Looks like the information is at least partially free.
The Baltic Course: Estonian startup database launched . “The new database, which can be found on the website on Startup Estonia, lists over 400 startups with Estonian founders with their basic information, such as a short one line description of the main idea, industry tags, amount of investments raised and the development stage.”
The Conversation Africa: Sudanese women are using social media to trade – and break gender barriers. “Four years ago I started research in Sudan’s capital Khartoum on a group of 45 Sudanese women entrepreneurs called Facebook traders – tajirat al-Facebook. The women used smartphones to trade goods such as cosmetics, garments, traditional Sudanese dresses, fashion accessories and perfumes from their homes. My research showed that their online activities enabled them to work at home without jeopardising social expectations based on class, gender and religion.”
Crain’s Detroit Business: New website tracks Michigan startup community. “The database website… is designed and licensed from Israel’s Start-Up Nation Central, a nonprofit dedicated to tracking more than 6,000 startups in Israel. The Michigan site launched Sunday with more than 330 startups, 25 investors and 28 service providers.”
Nikkei Asian Review: India’s housewife-entrepreneurs turn a profit from social media. “Shravanti Chanda, a 31-year-old Hyderabad woman who quit her information technology job after she married, is one of many housewives across India earning money at the intersection of e-commerce and social networks. Shravanti discovered Indian social commerce site Meesho a few months ago and now makes $150 a month reselling goods for a markup that she decides.”
Yahoo News: Indonesia to launch startup database as reference for digital industry development. “Indonesia is enjoying a massive growth of its digital industry, as indicated by the increasing number of tech startups operating in the country. It even managed to have four unicorn startups already; the second biggest number in Southeast Asia after Singapore. To support President Joko Widodo’s Digital Energy of Asia vision, it is not sufficient for Indonesia to rely solely on initiatives by industry stakeholders. There is also an urgency to support the vision by providing a comprehensive startup database.”
Techpoint (Nigeria): Introducing Techpoint Base: A comprehensive database for startups. “Over the years, Techpoint.ng has extensively covered Nigerian and African startups in their entirety and in this time, we have learnt a thing or two about them. We discovered a dearth of resource database for these startups; from essentials talent, to jobs, events and professionals. Even those hoping to see Nigerian startups in an organised order have to look real hard. And that is why we have launched Techpoint Base; to mitigate and gradually eliminate the resource problem of and for startups.”