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#SEW18 – The pan European Start Europe Week 2018 comes to Plexal, Here East, Olympic Park, next week, 5-9 March 2018

#SEW18 – The pan European Start Europe Week 2018 comes to Plexal, Here East, Olympic Park, next week, 5-9 March 2018

Startup Europe Week is the largest multi-event of its kind for startups in Europe and the third edition will be held 5 – 9 March 2018. Bame Means Business and Startups and Makers is an official co-organiser and will hold multiple official events to showcase the support and resources available for entrepreneurs in London, United Kingdom.

Startup Europe Week aims to showcase the support available to entrepreneurs on a city and regional level. Why is this necessary? Regional diversity and local policy making still play a big role in shaping European startups, from helping entrepreneurs to incorporate a company, to providing grants or taxes breaks. For this reason, taking a local perspective is crucial to supporting entrepreneurs in Europe. It’s also why the initiative is promoted and given visibility by the European Commission’s Startup Europe.

In 2017, #SEW17 saw 280+ co-organisers organize hundreds of events in 40+ countries. The week of events reached 100000 entrepreneurs across Europe, and as a grassroots movement achieved 18 million+ impressions on social media.

In 2018, #SEW18 will be held between 5-9 March, with +300 events planned. SEW now has 50+ countries involved and is expanding beyond Europe to include Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. In the spirit of regional connection, #SEW18 will be launched with a joint event between two local ecosystems: Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and Brasov, Romania.

This year, Bame Means Business and Startups and Makers is an official London co-organiser and will hold multiple official events to showcase the support and resources available for entrepreneurs in London, United Kingdom.

The events are open to anyone who works with startups or who is thinking about starting their own business. The event will be held on the 5th March Monday evening, 7th March Wednesday evening and 8th March Thursday evening and will have the participation of Techstars, QVentures and many more.

There will be refreshments, Networking and the spectacular and scintillating venue, Plexal, Here East, Olympic Park. Join us and register for the event via this link: Pitching Pitch your startups , Networking and talk, Networking and talk, VC and fund raising in London in the light of Brexit negotiations, Startup Funding and VC Panel find here: https://www.f6s.com/sew18.

Join the official ’thunderclap’ campaign on social media to show your support, as well as make sure to follow @startupeuw, @msphosts and @startupsmakers on twitter and use the official hashtag #SEW18. We look forward to seeing you there for the presentations by startups and founders, networking and future partnership!

To find other SEW events across the world, go to: #SEW18 Events Link For press enquiries, please contact: charlotte@startupeuropeweek.eu

There is something about Trump

There is something about Trump

President Donald J Trump has pronounced that the international climate change agreement, otherwise known as the Paris accord compromises US sovereignty and is a domestic job killer, so that he has cancelled US participation immediately to total condemnation by every country in the world except North Korea and Nicaragua. The Paris accord was negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

It was Dr Samuel Johnson that pronounced that ‘patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel’ on the evening of April 1775, some 242 years ago. Mr Trump seem to believe that whenever he steps out line, he can claim that US interests was his sole reason for his unnecessary position.

Trump administration officials has now gone on record to defend the indefensible.

“Just because the US got out of a club doesn’t mean we aren’t going to care about the environment,” Ms Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, told CNN, adding that the terms of the Paris agreement, reached in 2015, were “too onerous”.

Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, said: “The world applauded when we joined Paris. And you know why? I think they applauded because they knew it would put this country at a disadvantage.”

Mr Trump said the agreement would cost the US $3tn (£2.3tn) in lost GDP and 6.5 million jobs – while rival economies like China and India were treated more favourably.

The president is “absolutely intent on making sure that we have clean air, clean water, that he makes sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep America’s moral compass in the world when it comes to the environment,” said Ms Haley.

Only war-torn Syria and Nicaragua, which believes the accords don’t go far enough, failed to sign the Paris agreement.

China, the EU and India, which along with the US make up the four biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, have restated their commitment to the accord.

“The protection of the environment and the mother planet is an article of faith,” said India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after meeting France’s President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday.

The Paris agreement committed countries to keeping rising global temperatures “well below” 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial levels and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C.

The World Meteorological Organisation said that, in the worst scenario, the US pullout could add 0.3C to global temperatures by the end of the century.

France and India are members of the International Solar Alliance, set up following the Paris agreement, which aims to generate $1tn of investment in solar power by 2030.

What was agreed in Paris?

Climate change, or global warming, refers to the damaging effect of gases, or emissions, released from industry, transportation, agriculture and other areas into the atmosphere.

The Paris accord is meant to limit the global rise in temperature attributed to emissions.

Countries agreed to:

  • Keep global temperatures “well below” the level of 2C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5C
  • Limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the same levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100
  • Review each country’s contribution to cutting emissions every five years so they scale up to the challenge
  • Enable rich countries to help poorer nations by providing “climate finance” to adapt to climate change and switch to renewable energy

Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies says the world’s average temperature has risen by about 0.8C since 1880, two-thirds of that since 1975.

US think tank Climate Interactive predicts that if all nations fully achieve their Paris pledges, the average global surface temperature rise by 2100 will be 3.3C, or 3.6C without the US.

(with reference to BBC)

 

Doing Good without Bribery

Doing Good without Bribery

Any form of corruption, no matter how small further embeds corruption in the system. Challenge your thinking about bribery. Corruption is the reason why schools and hospitals are not being built in the developing world and also the reason why economic growth in the developed world is stymied.

A course on this subject has been developed in Europe and should be commended to Africa, India and the Americas.

A speak out culture has to be encouraged.

Cyber Attacks and the Organisation

Cyber Attacks and the Organisation

Cyber attack is on the increase this year. The best and biggest organisations are now sustaining a daily attack from intruders. Tesco Bank, Google, Linkedin, US Government, etc. From minor intrusions to the disabling DDoS attacks are now per for the course.

We must differentiate state backed actions and non state actions. State backed attacks often called cyber warfare is more pernicious than the non state actor inspired hacking.

The next big hacking threat is taking place somewhere near where you right now. You just can’t see until after the harm has been perpetrated.

‘Ransomeware’ attacks are increasingly being reported all over the world. This takes over a computer system and blackmails the owners into paying a fee before full control is returned to the owners.

There is clear evidence that hackers are targeting Oil installations for instance to determine the cost/price details in order to predict an organisation’s marketing activity and to predict the potential for crash in the sector.

Industrial espionage is now big. This April, a German nuclear facility discovered a malicious malware that could steal login and password of staff. This came on the heel of a hacker who attempted to take over New York Dam. The time has come for organisations to treat the security of their systems with more care.