Katja Vogt

Guest feature | Prizes worth more than €5 million – and other important reasons why you really should take part in a startup contest

At the beginning of every new year, the German startup website Für-Gründer.de takes a close look at all of the startup competitions being organized in Germany. When they first embarked on their annual endeavor, there were 124 such contests. Now that number has risen to over 163. A good 20,000 applications came flooding into the competition mailboxes in 2016. Of those, 756 startups received an award from an expert panel of judges. So it looks like startup competitions are groovy-groovy at the moment. Small wonder really: startups are fully aware of the benefits of taking part in a competition – above and beyond the obvious prize money.

Is it all just about the money? 

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Lena Gaede

Promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Dublin is the 8th best European city for startups! Here are its special powers

If you don’t think of Dublin as a good city for startups, you should change your mind quickly. The capital city of Ireland is ranked among the top ten cities in Europe for startups – and this is not without good reason! Dublin is like a bridge between the US and Europe and offers a lot of possibilities to start a business. Already more than 1,200 startups figured this out, including sectors like FinTech, EdTech and HealthTech. Surrounded by influential tech firms like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon, Dublin is an attractive location to get off to a flying start with a new successful business. So let us discover the strengths, weaknesses and special powers of Dublin as a tech startup hub!

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Lisa Flieg

Recap of The Art of Guidance event held on February 21, 2017 – CODE_n talks about the complexity of leading corporations and startups

A highly insightful panel discussion, two inspiring talks from the different worlds of corporate life and startups, plus an audience which just kept digging deeper. These were just some of the highlights of the CODE_n event held on February 21, 2017 at CODE_n SPACES: The Art of Guidance – The Complexity of Leading Corporations and Startups

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Lena Gaede

Can we save the planet through digitalization? Where new digital technologies can improve sustainability

Most of the time, digitalization is the solution to everything, isn’t it? So why shouldn’t it be a solution to the world’s energy problem? But how can digitized processes help to save the planet? Their biggest advantage is helping to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, while they minimize the need for some resources (i.e. paper) in manufacturing as well as in logistics. The digital transformation of industries can help to avoid an estimated 26 billion metric tons of net CO2 emissions and this only from three industries: electricity, logistics and automotive. So it’s high time we went for it! Since every increase by 1 percent of the global gross domestic product, the world’s carbon emissions rise by an estimated 0.5 percent.

Digital innovations should therefore be taken on account and used against this trend. Because, applied in the right way, digital technology can save lots of energy, even if it sometimes consumes much. Based on some examples, we show you here how easy can it be for a company to save energy and thereby to make the world a whole lot better.

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Lena Gaede

Pillars of leadership in digital transformation: why managers need IQ, EQ and DQ to succeed

Digital transformation is not just about technology. Even access to the best tech doesn’t ensure digital success. Instead, successful digital transformation requires an overall cultural change! What companies really need to face the challenges of digitalization are flexible and proactive employees. And ahead of them: managers embracing the cultural change and driving digital transformation forward. But, as you might have noticed, many traditional managers struggle to keep up with the fast-changing environment and new working styles. So, let’s see what makes the difference for leadership in digital transformation!

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Lena Gaede

Working efficiently and keeping track of projects – made easy! Eisenhower Matrix and Project Portfolio Matrix are key to project and time management

If you are working at a startup or in an innovation team you most likely know this feeling: you have so many projects and to-dos on your list that you don’t even know where to start. In the fast-paced startup environment, new ideas and tasks come up daily and challenge you in every way. But as a thriving entrepreneur you never lose your motivation and drive to tackle them all! Eventually, you will master the art of multitasking and surpass yourself to reach your goals. And we have got the tools to support you on this journey! Read on to find out how to master time management with the Eisenhower Matrix and stay on top of things with help of the Project Portfolio Matrix.

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Lena Gaede

Promising tech startup hubs worldwide: Helsinki is up and coming! Here are its strengths, weaknesses and special power

What comes to your mind when you think of startup hubs? Silicon Valley, Berlin? Those are no doubt some of the best-known cities in that context. But we all know the world of startups is always in motion! New centers of innovative entrepreneurship come up like rising stars and offer new possibilities. Just like Helsinki! Finland’s capital has evolved to an innovative stronghold and surely is a city to keep an eye on. Helsinki is said to host over 500 tech startups and holds its share at the Nordic countries having Europe’s fastest growing startup scene. Let us dive deeper into the strengths, weaknesses and special powers of Helsinki as a tech startup hub!

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Best partners forever? Important tips for successful business partnerships and alliances

Teamwork makes the dream work. This saying is truer than ever when it comes to business partnerships or alliances! No matter if you are a startup or an established company, the right partner can offer big competitive advantages for your business: it can give you an opportunity to access a broader range of resources and expertise. This may be a distinctive skill set or a product line that is better than the competitors’.

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So, if you found a bpf – a best partner forever – to go through thick and thin together, you surely want to keep the partnership running. For a business alliance or partnership to be successful, there is a lot to consider. However, keeping these four tips in mind will help you on your journey:

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