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Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub now open to all – no funding needed

Microsoft Blogs – 3.8.22

At Microsoft, we aim to create and maintain a healthy ecosystem where our partners and customers can thrive. Startups play a pivotal role in a thriving ecosystem given their outsized ability to push the entire ecosystem forward. Despite being vital to innovation and growth, by some estimates, over 90% of startups will go out of business in their first year.

Source: Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub now open to all – no funding needed – The Official Microsoft Blog

10 startups strengthening New York City’s comeback

Google Blog – 12.16.21

For a city that never sleeps, New York City became eerily quiet when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. The city’s unemployment rate jumped from 3.8% to 20% between April and May 2020, leaving more than 570,000 New Yorkers without work. While the unemployment rate has decreased since the pandemic’s peak, at approximately 9.4% it is still nearly three times higher than pre-COVID 19 and nearly twice the national average. Further, employment cuts and new hiring have not been evenly felt across industries; while the tech industry boomed throughout the pandemic, the lights on Broadway remained dark for months and small businesses across the city continued to struggle to stay afloat. New York City needed help.

Source: 10 startups strengthening New York City’s comeback

Our Startups Lab will coach aspiring news entrepreneurs

Google Blog – 7.8.20

The opportunity was obvious to me: I wanted to create an email newsletter that explained complex stories to help readers make sense of what was happening in their city. So my cofounder and I created a Google Slides presentation outlining our intended audience, editorial mission and back-of-the-napkin budgeting. Our next steps? Those weren’t so clear.

Source: Our Startups Lab will coach aspiring news entrepreneurs

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