Voys

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48%: Connecting the world through free communication

In 2003, Voys and Spindle founder Mark Vletter worked in Haiti for roughly six months. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. After an 11-hour flight, you go from a country that has everything to a country that has nothing. In Haiti, he saw what a lack of access to information and communication does to a country and its people. Today, 48% of the world’s population still has no access to free communication. “This needs to change”, Mark says. “With 48percent.org we want to bring equality to the world by enabling that last 48% to have access to unrestricted communication.”

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8 companies from Groningen in the Fast50

Last Thursday, Deloitte announced the annual ranking of the 50 fastest growing tech companies in the Netherlands. No less than 8 companies in the ranking are based in Groningen and this is the fourth year in a row where Groningen as a city is in second place. And just like last year whopping 33% of Groningen companies are in the top 10 too.

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Voting for startups

What’s the best political party to vote for when you have a startup? With the elections just around the corner, Startup Delta, Sprout, RTLZ, Accenture and Get in the Ring organized a political debate in Amsterdam last Thursday, with representatives from 6 different parties explaining their policies and future plans for startups.

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Why the Groningen startup ecosystem kicks ass

Groningen has the largest number of successful startups after Amsterdam, and the only city with a consistently growing number of listed companies in the Deloitte Fast50 over the last four years. But Groningen is far more than a collection of successful companies: it’s becoming a thriving ecosystem, fueled by collaboration and innovation. It’s time to claim some bragging rights, so here’s why Groningen kicks serious ass: