Warm reception for solar benches

(USA) An American startup has attracted multi-million dollar backing for its solar benches. The solar benches, from Soofa, charge devices using solar power. The MIT Media Lab spin out - launched by female...

Earpiece translates between languages

(USA) A smart earpiece that translates between users speaking different languages has attracted $5 million in pre-orders. The Pilot, developed by New York startup, Waverly Labs, uses speech recognition te...

Startups can join Shanghai showcase

Tech startups working across a range of sectors are being encouraged to introduce themselves to the Chinese market at next month's Mobile World Congress Shanghai. The best way to do so is by hooking up with ...

Startup campus has presidential feel

(FRANCE) A Paris campus for pioneering startups can claim to have presidential credentials. Calling itself the world's largest startup campus, Station F, which will open in a matter of weeks, is set to we...

Startups represent generational shift

(JORDAN) Arab Startups were making the headlines at last week's World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa. The gathering, which took place at the Dead Sea, Jordan, invited 100 startup...

Startups asked to zero hunger

(GERMANY) Pioneering young companies developing game-changing solutions designed to solve world hunger are being encouraged to apply for a United Nations (UN) startup programme. The Innovation Accelerator...

Immigrants spur US startup success

(USA) Startup activity is on an upward trajectory in America, according to a new report. The 2017 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity indicates the upward trend of recent years continued in 2016, in a larg...

Toyota on board with flying cars

(JAPAN) Toyota is investing in an exciting Japanese startup team that is developing a flying car. Cartivator says it wants to "create a world where anyone can fly in the sky anytime by 2050" and the young...

Virgin on hunt for disruptive innovators

(LONDON) Virgin Trains is searching for disruptive innovators to help it transform the future of rail travel. https://twitter.com/Virgin/status/863778588461584386 Its PlatformX accelerator programme wa...

Mini grid system thinks outside the box

(SWITZERLAND) An award-winning Swiss startup is producing autonomous energy grid systems that can provide power to remote villages and towns. Power-Blox has pioneered 'plug and power' technology using som...