We are proud at the Startup Conference to host entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries each year. But for the 9th edition, in 2018, we are noticing a disturbing trend. The number of entrepreneurs who told us they were not able to get a visa and therefore won’t be able to attend, seems to have exploded. That seems to affect mostly entrepreneurs from “sensitive” countries, but it’s a disturbing trend nonetheless.

At this point, we didn’t take a precise count of how many people were impacted, but it feels like way more than previous years. We’ll try to update this post as we get better statistics.