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Top 10 healthcare tech startups to watch

Image: iStockphoto/kopitinphoto Healthcare startups represent a booming industry: Between 2010 and 2014, healthcare tech venture funding deals grew 200%. Driven by the aging baby boomer population and the proliferation of electronic medical records and mobile devices in the industry, tech startups continue to impact the medical field, collecting data and attempting to improve patient outcomes.At a startup pitch event on Wednesday at the Louisville Innovation Summit, a number of companies presented their vision to a four-person jury, which was tasked with selecting the most promising idea. Here are 10 companies to watch out for in the coming year. SEE: 4 tips for mobile healthcare app success1. VivorVivor's PayRX—winner of the startup live pitch event at the Louisville Innovation Summit—is a platform that matches patients with financial assistance programs. The system collects and continuously updates data on healthcare financial assistance programs, all of which have unique eligibility rules. So far, 25…
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Ashton Kutcher's most forward-thinking investments

It's been five years since the New York Times declared Ashton Kutcher was "no dummy when it comes to technology." The 38-year-old actor is the "A" in A-Grade Investments, a venture-capital fund that, according to a 2016 Forbes report, is worth $250 million. With partner Guy Oseary, Kutcher also call the shots on a new fund, Sound Ventures. Here's a look at 14 of Kutcher's investments in the tech sector: the big successes and the big bets on the future. Image: Getty Images...
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Video: How startups can thrive outside Silicon Valley

Video: How startups can thrive outside Silicon Valley - TechRepublic Video: How startups can thrive outside Silicon Valley At IdeaFestival 2016, the CEO of El Toro explains why he founded his startup in Kentucky and what other businesses can learn about the upsides of smaller cities. Video: How startups can thrive outside Silicon Valley Related...
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Why South African startups have an equal number of male and female founders

A view of Pretoria, South Africa. Image: iStockphoto/vlbentley The year 1994 was a big one for South Africa: It marked the death of the apartheid. It was the first year all races were allowed to vote in the country, and it was the year the late Nelson Mandela was unanimously elected as president. This brought renewed life to a country that was long divided by suppression, political tension, and racism. As part of the turn of events, it promoted an opportunity for budding entrepreneurs, in particular black people and women, to launch their own businesses. Today, South Africa is the only country in the world where women match men in the number of new businesses that are being established.SEE: Microsoft's redemption song in Africa: Catalyzing tech revolutions on the world's least connected continent But the work is not over yet, with the country still tackling issues around inequality and high…
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Dell invests millions to support global startups and women entrepreneurs

Image: iStockphoto/Rawpixel Ltd A recent survey conducted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF revealed young people aged 18-35 years old believe job creation and entrepreneurship should be the no. 1 priority for the United Nations going forward.Dell is one company that shares in that goal, and to date has been working with the UN to cultivate a strong level of entrepreneurship globally. For instance, Dell founder Michael Dell was named the UN Foundation's first global advocate for entrepreneurship in 2014. Just last week Dell, together with Microsoft and Capital Factory, in partnership with 1776, launched Union, an international startup platform expected to connect accelerators no matter where they are located around the world.The company has also been digging deep financially to increase the level of capital available to entrepreneurs. In an update at the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network Summit 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, Karen Quintos,…
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How blockbuster films turned New Zealand capital into a thriving startup mecca

Image: Tourism New Zealand New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, rose to fame when films such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and King Kong turned the city into their film set, and their production and post-production hub, according to Chris Whelan.Whelan is the CEO of Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA), the agency responsible for fostering collaboration between business and government in Wellington. He believes these movies and Wellington's supposedly "phenomenal" creative industry spawned the city's thriving startup scene, which has since spilled into the tech industry."If you ask me what the secret sauce is, it's the fact that all of those people in any given day of the week could run into each other, share ideas, and work together," he said.SEE: How the 'PayPal Mafia' redefined success in Silicon Valley (TechRepublic) But Wellington has not always been like this. In fact, 15-20 years ago, Wellington was considered a government…
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