Entrepreneurship

OneRail Announces Acceptance Into Microsoft for Startups Program

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

OneRail, an Orlando-based final mile delivery orchestration and fulfillment platform, announced its acceptance into the Microsoft for Startups immersive program today.

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  • OneRail, an Orlando-based final mile delivery orchestration and fulfillment platform, announced its acceptance into the Microsoft for Startups immersive program today.
  • Microsoft for Startups is an exclusive program that provides qualified B2B startups with technology and business enablement resources to help rapidly build products and accelerate business growth, while providing opportunities to sell as part of the partner ecosystem and alongside Microsoft sellers.
  • Since Microsoft for Startups first launched two years ago, Microsoft says this program is on pace to close over $1 billion in sales opportunities for its startups through its co-sell program.
  • We are pleased to help OneRail innovate and scale their business with the use of Microsoft Azure, said Phillip Friedman, Senior Director, Microsoft.

Concerns over another COVID-19 outbreak rising among small businesses, a national study by Thryv, Inc. and America’s SBDC shows

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 2:00pm

Dallas, July 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fresh data from a study of small businesses shows they are concerned about another outbreak of COVID-19.

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  • Dallas, July 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fresh data from a study of small businesses shows they are concerned about another outbreak of COVID-19.
  • and Americas Small Business Development Centers(SBDC), a resource partner of the Small Business Administration (SBA),was conductedJune 26 July 6, and was a follow-up toWaves1 through14ofthe study conducted the prior weeks.
  • Both Americas SBDC and Thryv Inc. have a long history of working with small businesses.
  • About Americas SBDC Program: America's SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations.

12th Venture Week for International Elites in Suzhou and 1st Suzhou Scientists Day begin

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 9:50am

On July 10, 2020 Venture Week for International Elites and 1st Scientists Day began in Suzhou, according to the Organizing Committee of 2020 Venture Week for International Elites in Suzhou.

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  • On July 10, 2020 Venture Week for International Elites and 1st Scientists Day began in Suzhou, according to the Organizing Committee of 2020 Venture Week for International Elites in Suzhou.
  • At the opening ceremony, the 1st "Suzhou Scientists Day" launching ceremony was held, the "Suzhou Scientist Medal" was awarded, the International Talent Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cloud Expo was unveiled.
  • This year's Venture Week for International Elites uses a combination of online and offline to attract talents, continuing to invite talents to come to Suzhou and create an "entrepreneurship week that never ends".
  • Caption: 12th Venture Week for International Elites in Suzhou and 2020 International Talent Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cloud Expo starts.

36Kr launched the "8-minute Conference" to help entrepreneurs connect with partners

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 8:08am

BEIJING, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In April 2020, in order to help entrepreneurs effectively connect with investors and potential partners through online communication platform, 36Kr, a NASDAQ-listed company with the ticker of KRKR, launched the "8-minute Conference".

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  • BEIJING, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In April 2020, in order to help entrepreneurs effectively connect with investors and potential partners through online communication platform, 36Kr, a NASDAQ-listed company with the ticker of KRKR, launched the "8-minute Conference".
  • The 8-minute Conference invites entrepreneurs to focus on introducing their new projects and new products in 8 minutes based on a one-page plan.
  • Potential partners can also communicate with the entrepreneurs online synchronously to achieve more follow-up cooperation.
  • The project introduction time is limited to 8 minutes, hoping that entrepreneurs will show the core highlights of the project.

New Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, Eir Ventures, Launched to Leverage the Untapped Potential of Health Care Innovation

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 7:00am

STOCKHOLM and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eir Ventures, a Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, today announced a first close of its new fund of EUR76 million.

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  • STOCKHOLM and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eir Ventures, a Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, today announced a first close of its new fund of EUR76 million.
  • Eir Ventures will invest in high return potential opportunities in the Nordics, Europe and the US.
  • Novo Holdings is recognized as a leading international life science investor, with a focus on creating long-term value.
  • As a life science investor, Novo Holdings provides seed and venture capital to development-stage companies and takes significant ownership positions in growth and well-established companies.

New Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, Eir Ventures, Launched to Leverage the Untapped Potential of Health Care Innovation

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 7:00am

STOCKHOLM and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eir Ventures, a Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, today announced a first close of its new fund of EUR76 million.

Key Points: 
  • STOCKHOLM and COPENHAGEN, Denmark, July 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Eir Ventures, a Nordic Life Science Venture Fund, today announced a first close of its new fund of EUR76 million.
  • Eir Ventures will invest in high return potential opportunities in the Nordics, Europe and the US.
  • Novo Holdings is recognized as a leading international life science investor, with a focus on creating long-term value.
  • As a life science investor, Novo Holdings provides seed and venture capital to development-stage companies and takes significant ownership positions in growth and well-established companies.

KiwiTech Launches Black Entrepreneurs Matter Demo Day Series to Support Black Lives Matter

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 11:10pm

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- KiwiTech , a startup accelerator, and technology services company, recently announced the launch of the Black Entrepreneurs Matter Demo Day Series to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

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  • WASHINGTON, July 9, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- KiwiTech , a startup accelerator, and technology services company, recently announced the launch of the Black Entrepreneurs Matter Demo Day Series to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • "As our support to the Black Lives Matter movement, we are pleased to launch our Black Entrepreneurs Matter (BEM) Demo Day Series.
  • The company's first Black Entrepreneurs Matter Demo Day will be held virtually on July 13th.
  • "The BEM series is essentially our way of giving back to the community and supporting African-American entrepreneurs," added Ike Syed, VP, Strategic Partnerships, KiwiTech.

Total Corporate Funding for Solar Sector Reaches $4.5 Billion in 1H 2020, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 8:00pm

Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) in 1H of 2020 came to $4.5 billion (B) compared to $6B in 1H 2019, a 25% drop year-over-year (YoY).

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  • Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market, and debt financing) in 1H of 2020 came to $4.5 billion (B) compared to $6B in 1H 2019, a 25% drop year-over-year (YoY).
  • Project acquisition activity, typically a sign of health in the sector, declined significantly in Q2," said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.
  • In 1H 2020, global VC funding (venture capital, private equity, and corporate venture capital) in the solar sector was 74% lower with $210m compared to $799M in 1H 2019.
  • A total of 23 VC investors participated in solar funding in 1H 2020.

Verisk Launches Program to Help Insurers Serve Micro-Business Market

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 4:10pm

Verisks Micro-BOP Program is a streamlined version of its Businessowners Program and provides only the property and liability coverages that the smallest of businesses typically need.

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  • Verisks Micro-BOP Program is a streamlined version of its Businessowners Program and provides only the property and liability coverages that the smallest of businesses typically need.
  • Our new program enables insurers to meet the needs of todays micro-businesses and begin relationships with them as they grow into larger businesses.
  • Verisks Micro-BOP Program enables insurers to offer streamlined and relevant coverage to this growing market and will help ensure that small businesses of all sizes have policies that meet their needs.
  • Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, energy and specialized markets, and financial services.

iPSE-US, SBA, KIVA and ITA Host Gig Economy webinar on access to capital for independent workers in U.S.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 3:54pm

Established in 2005 as the world's first personal micro-lending website, Kivas mission is to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

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  • Established in 2005 as the world's first personal micro-lending website, Kivas mission is to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.
  • Since its founding, Kiva has raised a combined $1.4B for loans for more than 3.6M entrepreneurs in 94 countries.
  • iPSE-U.S. supports advocacy initiatives and secures benefits programs specifically for 1099 Independent Workers; Contractors, Consultants, Freelancers, Self-Employed, Gig Workers, Small Business Owners and the newly unemployed who are seeking gig-work.
  • iPSE-U.S. provides enterprise HR workforce solutions to support their uninsured 1099 Independent Workers with portable benefits programs in collaboration providers including; iWorker Innovations and others.