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Legitimate independence

Medical advice can be accessed through the laundromat, trusted stylists by app. Now, a startup from Estonia has developed an internet platform which enables people from all over Europe to get legal support. Prospective founders or expats looking for work abroad, for example, can post legal queries on the AI-controlled website. Verified lawyers review the query and send their...

International space

With the right search engine, people with disabilities can check their holiday destinations in advance. A Spanish startup is helping Erasmus students find accommodation during their year abroad. Their platform saves students from potential language difficulties and issues with local processes, as well as the need to find trustworthy contacts on the ground. Users can search for a flat,...

Astronomic neutrality

Hemp is versatile; fungi helps us relax. The latter are also crucial in meat-free food production. A biotech startup from Buenos Aires recently won a NASA competition with its fermented fungal ingredient. The protein-rich raw material is not only cost-effective but multiplies in volume by five times a day - astronomical! Since the product is relatively taste-neutral, it can...

Attractive representation

In Australia, Indigenous culture is coming into fashion. Canada is driving diversity in business. Now a Toronto-based, women-led startup is offering companies a way to make their brand image more attractive to different target groups. They want to find themselves represented. Image recognition software equipped with artificial intelligence analyses companies’ visual online content. It assesses to what extent people...

Blooming business

Flags embedded with seeds are creating new crops in India. Now, a startup from Kanpur is recycling plastic-wrapped flower waste that would otherwise end up in the Ganges to produce a handmade alternative to leather. The flowers are collected from mosques and temples, categorised and then freed from chemical fertilisers using an organic spray. After being dried in the...

Robust provision

Mobile solar beds help treat jaundiced babies. Still, in many parts of the world, energy remains in short supply. Now, with his Toronto-based startup, a Black founder is providing Nigerians a low-cost opportunity to rent portable batteries. Charging stations are powered by solar energy. The 200W batteries provide direct and alternating currents to power mobiles, PCs or small fridges,...

Fair growth

Creating diverse working environments is important. Increasingly, for People of Color, owning one’s own business is a genuine possibility. Now, the Canadian province of Ontario is expanding its support for people of different ethnic backgrounds. Over two years, $5 million is being invested in a program that startups can apply for online. Successful applicants will receive financial support of...

Hard stuff

Beer can be converted to electricity, waste from tequila production into compostable cutlery. Alcoholic drinks can be intoxicatingly sustainable. Now a startup from Dundee in Scotland is creating furniture from the waste materials from whisky, beer and gin distillation. Grain leftovers and other botanicals such as juniper berries, orange peel and cinnamon are collected and dried immediately after the...

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