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Next week, on 28 November, the Turing Fest team will stage the second annual Scottish Tech Startups Awards in Edinburgh. After recently unveiling the finalists for the awards, it is clear that in 2019 we’re seeing a continuation of an encouraging trend in Scotland’s technology economy: Scottish founders and their teams are building ever stronger and more ambitious businesses that can generate huge economic impact.
A year ago, Amazon announced it had chosen New York for one of its two HQ2 cities, promising at least 25,000 jobs to be located in Long Island City. While that obviously did not go according to plan, the fundamentals that led Amazon to choose New York — the most expensive city under consideration, offering a much smaller incentive package than some other locations — remain the same. A robust and diverse economy, a uniquely international and diverse population, and strong universities continue to support the growth of our tech sector.
Less than a decade ago Puppet was one of a half-dozen startups remaking Portland’s entrepreneurial community. Puppet is now the city’s largest independent tech company and wants to be a parent to the next generation.The software company has carved out space in its downtown headquarters and, beginning this fall, will host two-dozen young companies for free, five-month residencies.