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startup cities

On Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th, delegates at the me Convention will have a unique opportunity to meet representatives from 24 of the world’s leading startup cities. Each speaker will deliver a 10 minute presentation followed by a five ­minute Q&A session. Rather than hearing pitches from startups, cities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia will explain why their home town is a serious player in the global startup ecosystem. What are the special characteristics of their city that have contributed to the growth of the local startup community? How many incubators and accelerator programs currently operate there? Do they encourage partnerships with local colleges and universities? How do they interact with local industry? And finally, what are the trends in the type of startup coming out of their home city — entertainment and content technology, big and smart data, health and wearables, fintech?