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Entrepreneur Profile: Franziska v. Hardenberg, BLOOMY DAYS

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Monday, 08 September 2014.

German entrepreneur, Franziska v. Hardenberg, had always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and in 2012 she did just that. Hardenberg founded the first online subscription flower service, BLOOMY DAYS in Berlin, a company that has seen 1000% since it began. In July, BLOOMY DAYS raised and amazing €100,000 from 175 investors in under two hours on German crowd-investing platform Seedmatch. I spoke to Franziska about where her inspiration came from and how she re-engineered the supply chain of the flower industry in Europe.

Tech startups re-define Italian heritage fashion companies

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Tuesday, 08 July 2014.

The catwalks of Milan, Rome's famous architecture and the rolling hills of Tuscany may all come to mind when you think of Italy. Now, thanks to an influx of investment, there may be a new connotation to add to that list: a thriving startup culture.

Tech entrepreneur Stuart Marks teams up with John Lewis to find the next big retail startup

on Tuesday, 24 June 2014.

Retail giant John Lewis are clearly a company that understands that startups have the potential to shape the future, if the launch of their tech incubator - JLAB - last month is anything to go by. This initative was carried out in collaboration with serial tech entreperenuer and Angel Investor Stuart Marks, who was also on the panel to help pick the finalists.The finalists include Localz which allows retailers to know when their best customers are in-store, and Viewsy which allows retailers to track customer behaviour in-store in order for them to give individuals more unique and tailored services (see full list of finalists below).

Proximus: revolutionising the way retailers use data

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Wednesday, 14 May 2014.

Visionary Spanish startup Proximus has found a way to help store owners of all sizes to target their audience like never before. Simply put, their innovative piece of tech enables retailers to gather data on their customers as they move around a store, giving them a unique insight into the key spending habits and interest categories of each individual shopper.

Retailers, It's Time To Embrace Mobile

Written by Yann Motte on Wednesday, 14 May 2014.

Why remaking the in-store experience is integral to Retail success

The last report from eMarketer on Digital trends (Sep 2013) shows that, for the first time ever, people in the US now spend more time on mobile than on a desktop or laptop. That ratio was still 1:6 in favour of the desktop just three years ago. Many websites now see their actual usage, in terms of pages views and time spent, decrease in absolute value. If this is not compensated by mobile usage, that means their presence on the net is actually decreasing.

What Music Teaches Retailers: Part One

Written by Stuart Poyser on Thursday, 27 February 2014.

The music industry was the first and hardest-hit by the digitisation of the way people consume their product. Many hard lessons were learnt, and some are still being absorbed. However, the industry today is unquestionably one of the most digitally creative, compared with any other field which is not online native.

Interview with Akin Fernandez: The Entrepreneur Who Brought Bitcoin to East London

Written by EntrepreneurCountry Global on Wednesday, 26 February 2014. has been getting a lot of attention recently; and for a good reason. It is the first physical distributor of Bitcoin vouchers in Europe. The concept is simple. You purchase some bitcoin and receive a voucher which is instantly redeemable on your phone. No ifs, no buts, no long winded security checks; in a few minutes you could own your own stash of this phenomenoal crypto currency.

Startup of the Week: Shoplo

Written by Magda Borowik on Tuesday, 25 February 2014.

Shoplo is one of Poland's hottest new start-ups. It is a professional tool designed for multichannel online sales. It helps digital entrepreneurs build their own online stores and sell their products via mobile commerce, Facebook, eBay, Widgets, Blogs, Google Shopping and other price comparisons.

The Journey From Brick and Mortar to Tech

Written by Jessica Rose on Friday, 07 February 2014.

12 months ago I didn't know what a 'tech startup' was, I thought an MVP would be some kind of... urm... road map? In fact I didn't even know what responsive design meant. It would be fair to say I was very much an outsider to tech and whist I still feel it's a whole new world, I launched a new side of my 'bricks and mortar' business last month that I am proud to say encompasses the all of the above in the site Jewelry From Home.

Fashion Technology and ASOS

Written by John Pal on Thursday, 23 January 2014.

Retailing is a simple business: sourcing the rights goods at the right price and putting them in front of clearly defined and targeted customer groups.  Increasingly, doing this at speed is what gives retailers a competitive advantage; this is precisely what pure play operator ASOS is doing, enabled by best-in-class technology.

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