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Our selection of the best startup and innovation events this August

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In August, the innovation event calendar starts to fill up again after the quietness of July. Kicking off this month’s selection is Fintech Week Silicon Valley from August 1-6, followed by Wonder Women Tech from August 18-20 and, to finish the month, VM World US from August 27-31. Something slightly out of the ordinary coming up towards the end of the month is the French Startup Cup - a regatta of 50 different startups racing each other over three days in La Rochelle. Keep reading to discover more…

Fintech Week: a conference that has gone from strength to strength

Fintech Week Silicon Valley is a series of events taking place between August 1-6 that celebrate Fintech innovation and Silicon Valley's role in changing the way financial services serve people. Since its launch in London in 2014, Fintech Week has gone from success to success and also city to city and it is about to land in Silicon Valley for the first time. Not only does this event include talks, pitches and networking, but there will also be a hackathon during the weekend. Among those present will be Reetika Grewal from Silicon Valley Bank, Michael Gardner from BNY Mellon Innovation Center Silicon Valley and Sam Hodges, the co-founder of Funding Circle, a P2P small business lending platform – to name but a few of the exciting mix of Résultat de recherche d'images pour "wonder women tech"entrepreneurs, investors and large firms that will be present.

Innovate, empower, ignite... Wonder Women Tech

Next is the Wonder Women Tech conference, held in Long Beach, California from August 18-20. Its mission is to ‘disrupt the conference model’ and to create a shift in diversity and inclusion within the STEAM industries - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths – by offering revolutionary content and impactful discussions. It’s all about celebrating women’s achievements and furthering the development of women, girls and diversity as innovators.

French Startup Cup: something a little out of the box...

If you are looking for something more out the box, then the French Startup Cup, sponsored by BNP Paribas, is the answer. The regatta offers a completely unique and original way to teambuild, set against a backdrop of challenge and adventure as you race against other startup teams on the open sea. Held in La Rochelle from August 25-27, meet and share with other startups whilst enjoying a weekend of relaxation in the sun.

VM World: the conference that guarantees your return on investment

Finally, VM World US will take place over August 27-31 in Las Vegas. VMworld is VMware’s premier thought leadership and education destination for cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology professionals. There will be five indispensable days of innovation and hands-on opportunities to learn new skills as well as to hear expert insights and gain the tools to enable business success. If you want a real return on investment, VM World claims to be THE conference to attend this summer.

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