Dear Friends & Colleagues of the Global Forum,

We are hoping that you have had a lovely summer season with some time for rest, enjoyment, and new experiences.

Q: Why are startup ideas worthless?

In his essay Ideas for Startups, Paul Graham wrote:

“startup ideas are not million dollar ideas, and here's an experiment you can try to prove it: just try to sell one.

The annual UN meeting must deploy a fully functional fund to compensate poor countries for climate damage, Sultan Al Jaber says

Deploying a fully functional fund to compensate poor countries hit by climate change is among the major goals set out for the United Nations COP28 summit that starts in November.

Delegates from the almost 200 countries at the gathering must also set targets for tripling renewables and doubling hydrogen production by 2030, Sultan Al Jaber, president designate of COP28 and head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Co., said Thursday at a meeting in Brussels.

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After four consecutive down quarters, North American startup investors haven’t staged a definitive comeback yet. However, first-quarter numbers do show pockets of resilience, even as the general funding climate remains constrained.

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The SelectUSA Program and more specifically the SelectUSA Investment Summit – which will take place in Washington DC May 1-4, 2023 – is the US government’s Foreign Direct Investment program that supports investors enter the US market....

Winners of the Global Innovation Startup Competition, organized by the Global Forum & ActiveMedia’s Virtual Incubator.


Economic conditions call for bobbing and weaving unlike many of us have experienced since 2008. Fundamental to these tactics is corporate strategy.

In essence, corporate strategy answers the “why” we are in business and “how” we intend to achieve our goals

Congratulations to the 2022 Global Innovation Start Up Competitors (GI$CO) who presented a diverse and dynamic range of innovative solutions and capabilities for their respective topics and industries

Government representatives from the USA and the European Union met for the 11th EU-US SME workshop in Augsburg

Immigrants have founded and lead a disproportionately large number of American startups that go on to stupendously high valuations. But is that trend likely to continue?


SRIKANT DATAR had to overcome two disadvantages upon assuming his responsibilities as dean of Harvard Business School (HBS)on January 1, 2021: taking office in the middle of an academic year, and amid the pandemic. He did so by drawing on all his resources. A member of the faculty since 1996, he had ample perspective on his fellow professors’ teaching and research.

We’re in a buyer’s market for capital these days, which means that every day I read headlines about how Startup X raised Y million at a Z billion-dollar valuation from Funds A, B, and Tiger Global.

Failure Talks have been popular for years. Unsparingly open and with a lot of humor, people talk about their professional mistakes and sum up what they have learned. In our latest suchlike event in the finance and IT department, three colleagues revealed their experiences — and inspired others

Q2 2021 was the largest quarter in 20 years for both the number of IPOs (113) and IPO money raised ($39.9B). The healthcare sector has had the most IPO activity with 46 deals in Q2, the majority coming from biotech. The tech sector led the way in total proceeds on 42 deals.


Nearly $161.5 billion of venture capital poured into U.S.-based companies last year, as the private markets and tech startup ecosystem had another banner year. is hosting Regulation Meets Market & Innovation 4: Marketers & Google Privacy Sandbox. Would you like to attend?

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Startups closed out 2020 in a much stronger position than the one they started the year in, with global venture funding up 4 percent year over year to $300 billion

When most of David McCullough’s Yale classmates in American studies went overseas during the summer, he put 7,000 miles on his mother’s Mazda exploring the hidden byways of America

Major founder-led tech firms outperformed the S&P 500 index’s 7.8% growth this year. Major tech firms saw their share prices double, surpassing the figures shown by other, manager-led tech firms, according to a Reuters analysis.

Indonesia’s startups are gaining serious traction among international investors, positioning the country’s ecosystem to become Southeast Asia’s dominant destination. But that success is not guaranteed.

The Fortune 500 companies of 2020 all raked in billions in profits last year, but just how profitable are these companies if we look at their profits per employee?

h Global - the Virtual Incubator's and ActiveMedia’s event- and networking partner - is hosting their next SV Global Investing Summit -

The winners for the JPL-led "Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload" challenge have been announced, and the miniature robotic designs could help the agency explore the Moon.

"Youth entrepreneurship is more important now than at any time in our history. It is the youth in this country who are leading us to see the world differently. It will be their imagination and thirst for innovation that will uplift us to a new, acceptable society that welcomes diversity, creativity, and openness."

Long-awaited recognition of the impact of technology on trade in North America will come into force on July 1 when the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) takes effect.

According to the travel site Tripadvisor, there are 74,762 “things to do” in the United States

Join us on June 4th to recognize the Gold, Silver and Bronze Women Forward Award-Winners with a virtual awards celebration! 

We asked Fortune 500 chief executives in an array of industries to share how they are thinking about next steps.

Harvard New Venture Competition - UCSF Genentech Hall

The Bay Area Alumni Clubs of all the Harvard schools have come together to offer a regional "One Harvard" New Venture Competition (1HNVC).  The program offered qualified applicants an opportunity to present to a large group of VC and Angel investors, receive free software, products, and services, and compete for cash prizes.  In 2019, over $1 million of prizes were awarded to competing startups. 

Venture capital deals in the United States and China tend to get the most attention, but VC dollars flowing to Europe have quietly been on the rise.

Palo Alto, California - January 15, 2020.  Organized by Niki Sento, our business development Mentor, President of the Harvard club.

Originally designed for Finnish citizens, now anyone can sign up

Venture capitalist Jennifer Neundorfer gave me (quite possibly) the quote of the year when we spoke in October. When describing her firm, Jane VC, and its focus on female founders, she said:

“We’re going to invest in an underlooked asset class that is overperforming.”

ActiveMedia celebrates the inaugural Launchpad startup competition event at the first Travel Ability Summit to be held in San Francisco on November 11th, 2019.   Judges: MC: Laszlo Horvath. Invited Judges: 2:00-4:00 pm Session ·         Ron Petit, Royal Caribbean ·         Ed Harris, Valley Forge CVB ·         Srin Madipalli, Airbnb ·         Myron Pincomb, IBCCES 4:00-6:00 pm: Session ·         Karlene Holloman, Point Hospitality ·         Ian Rudin, Editor, New Mobility Magazine ·         Jay Cardinali, Walt Disney Enterprises ·         Mark Everton, Visit Oakland Participating startup...

The annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index uses Crunchbase data to rate the ability of cities to attract and support women entrepreneurs. For the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area surpassed New York for the number one spot in the rankings.


Global Forum Copenhagen, Denmark

The Global Forum 2018 is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark on November 5th & 6th. This 27th edition will be the first Global Forum edition in Denmark and a comeback in Northern Europe after the Oulu edition success. We decided to organize this new edition in the city of Copenhagen which is a perfect venue for hosting the GF 2018, as Copenhagen is among the top fastest growing cities in Europe with ambitious goals such as becoming CO2 neutral city by 2025 with a strong focus on innovation, growth, employment and quality of life. Denmark is in 2017 again 1st out of the 28 EU Member States...

Laszlo Horvath will participate at the International Security Exhibition and Conference in Soul 2018 March 15th 4:00 p.m.

--VC Reads-- The Peter Thiel Degree: Jessi Hempel of Backchannel profiles the Thiel Fellowship and discusses the use of a college degree in entrepreneurship. The Criticality of Timing: Scott Belsky, investor and Behance founder, on the dynamics of time in growing a startup. How to Launch a Startup in Europe: The Founder Institute goes through the legal, funding and institutional framework of the European tech scene. --Biotech/Health-- PatientPing (Boston, MA), patient care coordination: $31.6M Series B from Andreessen Horowitz, Leerink Transformation Partners. Augmedix (S...