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Tech Ready Program team up with Marie Claire
for a two day master class, link to full article here.

marie claire partnered with Tech Ready Women last week for a two-day digital masterclass to help women develop their startup ideas. marie claire has always inspired and encouraged women in their careers but this was our first step into providing practical tools to take their startup idea from side hustle to success.

During the two-day masterclass, attendees heard from 19 of Australia’s top entrepreneurs and tech experts. There were panels, expert round tables, collaborative workshops and networking (and wine of course!). The event was open to only 40 women to allow the mentors and educators to interact closely to develop and refine ideas.

ASOS partners with Re:Tech to connect with Israeli technology start-ups
The Industry Fashion, link to full article here.

Online fashion giant ASOS has partnered with Israeli innovation hub Re:Tech to enable it to tap into innovative retail and e-commerce technology start-ups in the country, which is known for its pioneering tech scene.

Over the coming year, Re:Tech will “curate and manage” a series of structured development labs and dedicated events where ASOS representatives will meet with start-ups offering solutions to specific business challenges put forward by the etailer.

Can pop-up shops save department stores?
Retail Dive, link to full article here.

Neighborhood Goods wants to be the new department store — well sort of.
The year old startup, which just raised $5.75 million in seed funding, is opening up its first 13,000 square foot store in Plano, Texas this fall. While the size is significantly smaller than most department stores, it's design aims to fuel constant discovery and community — and pop-up shops are the key.

The new space will house about 15 brands at a time on a rotating cycle, including several multinational brands alongside local indie labels. The focus is all about courting digitally native brands that want a physical presence but aren't drawn to traditional department stores. The assortment will range from apparel to housewares, and brands will have the opportunity to pilot products and experiment with customer experience. 

Experience and community will be a major part of this new concept. Retail aside, the store will also have a bar and restaurant and feature events like speaker series, art installations and podcasts.

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