'Human by Design': South Summit Madrid 2024 will put the human being at the centre of technological evolution
Human by Design will be the motto of South Summit 2024, the annual meeting of the innovative ecosystem co-organised by IE University, which will take place from June 5 to 7, 2024 at La Nave in Madrid, and which has the institutional support of Spain Up Nation, the Community of Madrid and the Madrid City Council.
The entrepreneurial ecosystem gains maturity, employability and seeks opportunities for growth in 'green business'.
South Summit's Entrepreneurship Map 2023, developed in collaboration with IE University, highlights that the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem has consolidated the path to maturity thanks to the growing number of startups that accumulate more years of traction in the market, among other factors. In 2023, Spanish startups are on average 3.12 years old, when this statistic in 2019 reached 2.2 years. In addition, 17% of startups in Spain are already scaleups and 4% have a consolidated business.
While the use of AI tools in the workplace is rapidly increasing, many organisations are lagging in providing guidance and training in the use of these technologies, according to new research by Ricoh Europe. This governance gap comes amidst growing interest within companies to implement automation solutions.
Swedish market intelligence and search startup MyTelescope has released a new AI platform that uses search data to predict opportunities, market trends, future sales and market share with an accuracy of 83%. The platform is designed for forecasting and steering business decisions with market intelligence.
A growing number of social ventures are emerging from universities, aiming to make a real difference to communities across London and further afield. These companies need capital if they’re to grow, and a new project launching this autumn will lay the foundations for a self-sustaining social venture fund.
British smart home energy technology manufacturer, myenergi, has secured an investment of £30 million to support significant future growth and internationalisation from Energy Impact Partners (EIP). This follows on from the £30 million debt finance myenergi secured from HSBC earlier this year to further fuel its expansion.
x+why, a flexible workspace specialist has partnered with Barclays to launch two new Eagle Labs, with a combined mission to support local entrepreneurs and ambitious startups to connect, innovate and grow. The new locations include the first Barclays Eagle Labs in London, based in Chiswick, as well as a new business incubator space in Birmingham.
'Set-jetting', AI-based recommendations and hyper-personalization define how travellers choose their trips
Attracting and retaining travellers has become a critical task, and traditional marketing strategies are no longer sufficient. Increasing digitalisation and personalisation of services are setting the tone for the future of a fast-evolving industry. Data collected by Northstar suggests that by 2023, 40% of travellers who use technology to plan their trips will use automated suggestions based on their data to choose their destinations.
Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, announced the winners of the second edition of its Launchpad Accelerator Programme in collaboration with AstroLabs, DIFC Launchpad, and Microsoft. Supporting the UAE’s vision to become the most entrepreneurial nation by 2031, Majid Al Futtaim welcomed seven startups to its ecosystem from the climate tech, homegrown brands, and retail tech sectors.
Huckletree’s Oxford Circus location is set to become London’s new AI hub. Beginning in October, Merantix AI Campus is teaming up with Huckletree to offer a series of events on the burgeoning topic of AI, bringing leaders in the field together for conversation and friendly debate at the “Huckletree x Merantix AI Campus Pop-Up.”
WOLF Qanawat, the British audio entertainment communities app, has launched its first customised AI Virtual Assistant, named Yasmine. The development marks a significant milestone for the UK-based startup, which has rapidly grown into one of the largest online communities for the Arabic-speaking market.
AstroLabs, IMPACt46, and CODE Collaborate to Gather Saudi Arabia's Gaming Industry Players at the 'Future of Saudi: Gaming Levels Up' Event
AstroLabs and IMPACt46, in collaboration with the Saudi Ministry of Communications and Information Technology's Center of Digital Entrepreneurship (CODE), proudly presented the 'Future of Saudi: Gaming Levels Up' event at the CODE Headquarters in Riyadh, marking a significant step forward for Saudi Arabia's burgeoning gaming industry. The event attracted a diverse audience, uniting gamers, gaming founders, developers, and industry stakeholders.
CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air and logistics solutions, will launch ZEBOX UK in Manchester this month. As a founding partner of ZEBOX, CMA CGM has continued to innovate through the global startup accelerator focusing on operational efficiency, decarbonisation, future of work and artificial intelligence in supply chain, logistics, transport, energy and beyond.
Amsterdam Gears Up for Workspace Design Show from 11 to 12 October: A Sneak Peek at Upcoming Workplace Design Conversations
Workspace Design Show, a premier event dedicated to the future of workspaces, is taking place in less than a week from Wednesday 11 October to Thursday 12 October 2023, at the RAI Amsterdam. This two-day event promises to bring together industry leaders, experts, and innovators to explore the latest trends, insights, and strategies in workplace design and management. Here is a deep dive into the agenda that will be explored in detail at the conference stages next week. All of the panel discussions are free-to-attend; register here for a complimentary visitor pass.
South Summit launches 'Deep Dive', the podcast to listen, learn and reflect with the leading voices of innovation and entrepreneurship
South Summit, the leading meeting of the global ecosystem of entrepreneurship and innovation, has premiered today the podcast 'Deep Dive', a series of conversations with international leaders and speakers participating in the different editions of South Summit to listen, learn and reflect on the trends and opportunities that condition the entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem.
The hotel sector is making steady progress, leaving behind a season of uncertainty marked by a turbulent economic situation. In 2023, the industry is committed to transformation and is supported by its good business prospects. According to a report by Statista and Booking, 65% of Spanish hoteliers foresee record revenues at the end of 2023.
Nuapay, EML Payments’ Open Banking and account-to-account (A2A) payments business, has announced further results of research into over 250 UK payment professionals’ views on the potential for Open Banking. Of the Payment Service Provider’s (PSPs) and Independent Software Vendor’s (ISVs) that were surveyed, more than 75% of PSPs and 80% of ISVs already enable their customers to accept Open Banking payments.
Factorial, the all-in-one Human Resources (HR) platform for SMBs, announced today the successful acquisition of Fuell, an Expense Management startup. This transaction marks the unicorn's first major acquisition and product expansion in support of its mission to transform the HR industry and empower employees everywhere.
Despite the ever-increasing data dependence for all critical business decisions and the never-ending need for data to feed machine learning, companies are prevented from collaborating on and valorising sensitive data because of cyber risks, fear of losing competitive edge and regulatory constraints.
CrowdStrike has announced the launch of an equity free Amazon Web Services (AWS) and CrowdStrike Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator for EMEA-based startups. Created to foster and fuel cybersecurity’s next market-defining disruptors, the new AWS & CrowdStrike Cybersecurity Startup Accelerator cohort, will offer customised mentorship, technical expertise and partnership opportunities, as part of AWS Startup Loft Accelerator (SLA) program.
Sustainability and ESG management and reporting platform FuturePlus is working with AI-driven Climate Action Platform Expect AI, to solve the complexities of carbon accounting and data accuracy across all industries, and in businesses of all sizes. Expect’s mission is to reduce carbon by 500mt (megatonnes) this decade - the equivalent of 22 years’ worth of annual emissions from a company like Apple Inc.
Based on industry research it conducted during Sibos, payments and transaction data management company, Intix, has announced new findings that examines the biggest challenges facing financial institutions when it comes to compliance, regulations, and gaining actionable insights from transaction data.
Togggle, a KYC startup from the UK, has been crowned the winner of the Fifty Founders Battle at TechChill Milano, 2023. The Fifty Founders Battle received 316 applications from 39 countries, making it the most international pitch battle in TechChill history, with applicants from the USA and Canada to Indonesia and Ghana.
Sitehop, a Sheffield-based technology company has released its flagship product, the SAFE100, which is setting new standards for the cybersecurity industry. This follows an initial round of investment from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).
Hexagon's Manufacturing Intelligence division has announced the nine manufacturing startups chosen for its third Sixth Sense cohort. The selected companies were chosen from a highly competitive pool of hundreds of applicants, distinguishing themselves with groundbreaking solutions addressing critical manufacturing challenges, with a focus on sustainability and digital reality.
Thirteen life science startups have been accepted onto Discovery Park’s new business support programme and competition, Discovery Spark. The eight-week Discovery Spark programme will equip the early-stage companies with the necessary skills to catalyse their business growth plans and gives them the chance to win a business support package worth over £100,000.
Harper James, the commercial law firm purpose-built to enable entrepreneurial and ambitious businesses to succeed, has bolstered its intellectual property and trademark practice with the appointment of three new hires from top-50 law firm Blake Morgan LLP. The new appointments form part of the firm’s ambitious plan to double its number of lawyers by hiring 60 new solicitors by 2025.
Hoxton Farms, the London-based biotech developing cultivated animal fat, has opened its pilot facility to advance research, scaleup production and develop prototypes with customers. Signalling the next phase of growth, the new site in the heart of London’s Old Street is the UK’s first pilot production facility for cultivated animal fat.