Innovation is triggered by invention and creativity. But how can you be creative if your daily business life is becoming a routine? How can you apply new ideas if you are surrounded by silence and voicing them is impossible?

In the past years, teaching and collaborating with corporates I have learned that innovation needs room — or a structure — so it can spark and grow. One method can be intrapreneurship: A way for companies to capture the creativity and excitement of entrepreneurship, but with more resources and less risk. And ultimately, go to market with real solutions!

Intrapreneurship embraces…


While 2020 has been a challenging year, it has also brought together innovators across the world committed to driving innovation forward for a more sustainable future.

Among them is IntellIoT, one of six research and innovation actions (RIA) initiated by the European Commission in 2020, that concentrate on “Next-Generation Internet of Things” powered by 5G. Comprising a consortium of 13 partners IntellIoT champions the collaborative spirit that is needed now more than ever across Europe.

In this piece, we would like to introduce you to the various members that make up the IntellIoT family, and what unique insights they bring…


  • The €8 million project ‘IntellIoT’ will champion intelligent, autonomous, and human-centered healthcare solutions
  • With the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, patients with cardiovascular diseases will be treated remotely: easier, faster and with higher quality
  • The 3-year project also aims to support the rollout of IoT technologies in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors

Brussels. November 5, 2020: The Covid-19 crisis has posed unprecedented demands on healthcare systems worldwide, highlighting like never before the need to develop new, human-centered and autonomous technologies that can dramatically optimize patient-management and treatment. The use of biometric sensors and remote…


Sydney, Australia’s most well-known city, is not only a hot tourist destination for backpackers and Europeans — it has also earned itself the title of “Australia’s Fintech Hub”. In recent years, Sydney has taken the lead in both Australia’s fintech and startup scenes, with many fresh-faced companies making significant waves in recent years at home and abroad. So what is happening down under, that’s resulting in such growth in the fintech space? And why is it centred mostly in Sydney?

Overall, there are said to be 629 fintechs active in Australia. Investment in the Australian fintech sector has followed a…


At Startup Colors, we believe that innovation and entrepreneurship has many phases, many colors, and many shades. At the World Forum of Foreign Direct Investment 2019 in Sydney, we met up with Mohammed Alamro from the General Investment Authority in Saudi Arabia to talk about the startup community in his country. But before we dive into the talk, let’s set the stage with some facts and figures:


When we think of startup ecosystems nowadays, we don’t just think about Silicon Valley anymore. Many cities have now grown to be thriving startup innovation hubs, creating an exciting global network of new markets and locations to start your business from — without the travel to (or high costs) of the “Bay Area”. The Midwest in the US is one of these regions. (see the Startup Trends that shape the Midwest). In the heart of the USA, the State of Kentucky’s Louisville startup ecosystem has been building momentum over the past decade and is currently on a continued path of…


Chicago, Boston, Houston, Seattle — in September, together with FTR4H and Data Natives, I travelled the US to connect with young #healthtech companies, investors and editors to discuss new tech developments, exciting challenges and the need for more collaboration.

While many international startups that want to enter the US healthcare market, aim for renown hubs such as Silicon Valley and Boston, Chicago is often overlooked but provides some the strongest business opportunities for digital health and life science. …


According to Gartner about 40 percent of organizations are testing AI solutions or piloting them worldwide right now. As Handelsblatt lately reported, Berlin is one of the epicenters of AI in Germany. While there is still a lot of rumor and misunderstanding about Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as artificial neural network or analytics there are 10 ladies in Berlin that are spearheading the Machine Learning movement in Berlin — most of them without an IT background and from across the world! These 10 female entrepreneurs are a great example how female and international the Berlin deeptech ecosystem is.

Hajnalka Hejja, Founder of Super Izzy AI: A medical doctor by trade, the Hungarian founder developed a chatbot for female teenagers and young women. After working in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry both in business and scientific roles, Hajnalka is now applying machine learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) at the the intersections of medical sciences and entrepreneurship. Currently 30,000 women are using their “AI health companion” Super Izzy.

Darja Gutnick, Founder of Bunch: After studies in The Netherlands and Argentina, Russia-born Darja founded her first startup in Buenos Aires. Later on the psychologist consulted companies such as Rocket Internet…


Female entrepreneurship has many faces: Invited by the organizer of Asia Pacific Forum, in March 22, two diverse ladies came together at Betahaus Berlin to talk about the female founder spirit in Asia, specifically the Philippines: Nora Terrado, Untersecretary of the Philippines, and Paula Schwarz, founder of social impact program Startupboat.

Nora Terrado is 62 years old, but you wouldn’t know. She has an entrepreneurial heart and is dedicating her time to grow entrepreneurship in a country that is overlooked by many as a business location. Close to 7,100 islands, a sunny climate and a rocky political history labeled the…


Berlin is the city of meetup and startup events. In January, I summarized some calendars and newsletters you have to keep in mind to promote your event. But how to find the right location if you get started and just set-up a new event series? Here a few spaces that offer space for free for selected community events: But hurry up, they are booked out soon!

hub:raum (Schöneberg) hosts easily 100 guests, has a huge stage, is equiped with a sound system including up to four microphones, a bar and enough and — most importantly cosy -furniture to host anything…

Maren Lesche

Founder @startupcolors.com, Ecosystem Building @ #IntellIoT, Head of Incubation @Vision Health Pioneers Incubator, #mentor, #storyteller #networker

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