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August-October 2019

Luxembourg tech startups get premium connections

There aren’t too many company founders who can claim to have a direct line to a prime minister, but they do things slightly differently in Luxembourg. Alex Short, co-founder of cloud-based collaboration platform provider Vizibl, has met Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, twice since the company has been operating in the country. “I suppose that this, more than anything, demonstrates just how hands on the Luxembourg government is when it comes to dealing with those companies operating within its borders and how keen its is for the country to become a European tech hub like no other,” said Short. Vizibl was in at the start of a ground-breaking drive to establish Luxembourg as the location of choice for tech startups across Europe. It’s currently part of the Tomorrow Street programme pioneered by Vodafone – just one of a number of different partnerships between major corporates and a government that isn’t simply paying lip service to innovation, but putting its money where its mouth is. At the heart of this is a desire to ...

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