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Brazil smartphone

Latin America's start-up boom

The start-up scene in Latin America is – for the most part – blossoming, though each of the major countries in the region appears to be working to a very different strategy. Jason Mitchell looks at the impact of the venture capital spent in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile.

Svartsengi geothermal power station

Cool runnings: why colder locations are winning data centre business

The need for data – and therefore data storage – is getting higher by the day. But while data centres in the past have looked to locate near large cities, the low energy costs of countries in colder climates – such as Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden – are coming more and more into favour. Wendy Atkins reports.

Attracting innovators

Attracting innovators: how to lure international entrepreneurs

A letter from German economic senator Cornelia Yzer inviting London's tech entrepreneurs to decamp to Berlin grabbed headlines in the UK shortly after the Brexit vote. So how proactive are tech hubs at attracting start-ups, and do such campaigns work? Michal Kaczmarski investigates.

Gamescom

Cologne's drive to become start-up hotspot

Long a centre for traditional businesses, Cologne is determined to make itself a leading destination for start-up and tech firms. The potential for collaboration between these old and new industries could be what gives the city an edge over its rivals, finds Natasha Turak 

Beyond biotech

Cologne’s BioCampus extends its remit to other disciplines

Cologne's biotech centre BioCampus is branching out from its original purpose. Director André van Hall tells Natasha Turak why an interdisciplinary approach is the way forward.

Alipay from Alibaba

Europe and China make ground as fintech approaches tipping point

The disruption to traditional banking models caused by fintech may be reaching a tipping point, but some investors are looking beyond the US to Europe and China, where the scale of innovation may surpass traditional expectations.

Baidu

China's tech target: domestic dominance leads to global ambition

China's tech companies have thus far largely concentrated on cracking their considerable domestic market. However, led by the likes of Alibaba and Huawei, they are now increasingly looking to expand globally, into both developed and emerging economies.

Porto Alegre

eSky makes journey from Poland to Brazil, via Google

When Polish online travel service eSky began researching promising markets for expansion, it was expected to settle on one of its European neighbours. However, its relationship with Google unexpectedly took it much further afield, as Michal Kaczmarski reports.

Ricardo Rio

Braga's mayor looks to put tech talents on the radar

Ricardo Rio, the mayor of Braga in north-west Portugal, talks to Courtney Fingar about his strategy to build on the city's hi-tech credentials and create a cluster to rival Lisbon and Oporto.

Joao Vasconcelos

Industry minister says Portugal is primed to lure tech start-ups

Portugal is well positioned to attract global tech entrepreneurs with its excellent mix of human resources, location and lifestyle, the country's secretary of state for industry, João Vasconcelos, tells Courtney Fingar.

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