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August-October 2021

Stockholm’s startup scene seeks more diversity

Swedish organisation Changers Hub is looking to encourage diversity across Stockholm’s startup ecosystem after noticing that one of the most exciting parties in global tech was not necessarily inviting all rungs of society. After Silicon Valley, Stockholm boasts more tech unicorns per capita than anywhere else in the world. But even though Sweden is renowned for its socially conscious society based around equality, this is not necessarily reflected in the diversity of founders in its capital. Much focus to this end has rightfully been on the gender gap, but diversity extends far beyond the male and female divide, and Changers Hub has looked to extend this effort. Its belief, and that of co-founder Siduri Poli, is that entrepreneurial opportunity should be available regardless of name, address, background, gender or race. “Our vision is to democratise success, which we translate into working for under-represented entrepreneurs to make the best out of their ideas,” she said. “There is an innovation party going on in Sweden, but ...

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