UK Startups

How to Start a Business With Little or No Money

Mac Attram | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Mac Attram

Do you have a great idea for a new business but don't have the amount of money you think it'll need to succeed? If so, don't do what too many would-be entrepreneurs do and assume that your idea will never get going unless you have a ton of money behind you.

Entrepreneur? So, You Work Insane Hours, Right?

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Tech
Camilla Ley-Valentin

This article made me wonder about that balance. Actually, a question I repeatedly get from future entrepreneurs is about how I, with kids, family, and a house, found the time to start my own company. "Don't you work insane hours?" I am often asked.

Timing is Everything

Jonas Altman | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Jonas Altman

I just witnessed over a dozen startups ride up and down an elevator. In less than the time it takes an elevator to cover 18 floors - each venture had to pitch investors on what problem they solve, what value their product brings to the world and why they are are the right team for the job.

How the Challenges of Young Enterprise Prepared Me for the challenges of The Apprentice

Vana C. Koutsomitis | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vana C. Koutsomitis

All of the participants were constantly on edge. Overtired. Stressed. And often kept in isolation from the outside world with no access to books or newspapers in order to exacerbate our feelings of anxiety...

A Glove, Sexy Jacket and "Timelooper": Startups Using Tech-for-Good

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

A mood-impacting empathic wearable, potentially life saving cyclist gear, tremor-stabilising glove and a "timelooper." Have I piqued your curiosity yet? Digital technology advances don't have to be about paradigm shifts, global domination and annihilating the competition.

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This Company Has Published Every Worker's Salary Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 06.03.2016 | UK

This is Joel. He's 28, and he earns $218,000 (£153,000) a year. Everyone knows that, because it's on this public spreadsheet. All the salaries are...

Silicon Valley vs London? Hacker House's Jen Arcuri debates

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

"I won't give you the sort of answers that most people will." I'm assured this fervently by the charismatic Jennifer Arcuri at the outset of our inte...

Three Habits For Every Startup Founder

Laura Stucki | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK
Laura Stucki

Habits help, they give you structure, a routine. They set up the framework and help you to be consistent and persevere. Habits also define who you are...

Five Steps to Help You Sense Check Your Business Ideas

Ian Mason | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK
Ian Mason

Let's be fair, business ideas are easy to come by. There are very few people that haven't, at some point in their lives, said: "I should start a business doing that". Technology and the internet have only served to increase potential start-up opportunities for anyone with a computer and an internet connection. How many times have you thought of a great idea for an app?

Dispatch from the Front Line of a Tech Start-up

Matt Lacey | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Tech
Matt Lacey

It's been a really interesting experience watching the process at close quarters right from the beginning when it was just an idea right through to it being Jamie's full time job with trips all over the world to test and construct hugely technical equipment in China.

Want to Equip Students for the Creative Industries? Teach Them How to Care About the World and Each Other

Charlotte Webb | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Charlotte Webb

It's not certain how this kind of experiment can be scaled or replicated on a long-term basis. But I could see students transforming before my eyes as they saw how their practices could make an impact on society. Yes, they learned skills that will help them get a job, but they also learned to care about each other and the world. Now that's worth it.

Seven Tips for Older Entrepreneurs-To-Be

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Tech
Camilla Ley-Valentin

Usually, when I am invited to speak about entrepreneurship, the focus is on young entrepreneurs who are ready to rule the world. However, you don't have to be young to become an entrepreneur. I was in my late thirties when we started Queue-it, and I was actually the youngest of the founders.

Starting Your Own Company in 2016? Burnout Is Good

Vincent Dignan | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

When you're burned out, you have a voice in your head which will tell you "I just cannot do anymore work." Now we're getting somewhere! At this point you'll examine everything you do to see what can be gotten rid of e.g. low paying clients/unnecessary work/anything else that takes up more time that it should (remember what I said earlier about getting drunk?).

Six Entrepreneurs Kicking Enough Ass to Inspire You For All of 2016

Adele Barlow | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" These words from Mary Oliver never fail to inspire me. When I think of my favourite responses to that question, the stories behind the following entrepreneurs would top the list...

Why Successful Entrepreneurs Should Back British SMEs

Justin Peters | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Tech
Justin Peters

Investing in small firms is risky business. But with the right strategy - and a bit of luck - rewards can be unlimited. British business investors can now benefit from government schemes which focus on tax breaks to help plough funding into unlisted firms.

The Existing Social Network Model Is Broken, Interest-Based Networks Could Fix That

Anthony Rose | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Tech
Anthony Rose

Most posts on social networks these days are effectively spam. Between sponsored posts, cat photos, those BuzzFeed-style "6 amazing things you never knew about Hull" headlines and people live tweeting from events you're not at and don't care about, your social media feeds are becoming less and less relevant.

Profit Only a Byproduct to the Real Purpose Behind Social Innovation

Danny Bartlett | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

" target="_hplink"> Ever heard of a 'start-up accelerator?' For the uninitiated, a start-up accelerator is what Mark Zuckerberg would have needed if...

What the Autumn Statement Means for SMEs and Entrepreneurs

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

All in all, the measures announced in George Osborne's latest Spending Review made it a positive one for entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the UK.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: How Startups Can Disrupt Industries

Theodora Clarke | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Tech
Theodora Clarke

In the last fifteen years the world has been irreversibly changed by technology. People do jobs today that did not even exist when they were at school. You can now be a social media manager, a specialist on search engine optimisation or a sales executive for online advertising.

Seven Lessons I Learned to Become an Entrepreneur

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Have you always wanted to do something meaningful? Are you longing to lead a life that will really make you feel truly fulfilled? Want to build your business, or make a real change in the world? Do you know deep inside what you really wish for, and yet sense that something is holding you back? Here are seven lessons I've learned from the first year of being a solo entrepreneur.

How to Leave Law and Raise $1.3Million for Your Startup

Adele Barlow | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Adele Barlow

Many lawyers dream of starting a business and I met a lot of them while working with Escape the City, which was an early-stage startup itself when I j...

My Number One Tip to All Start-ups

Tom Cridland | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Tom Cridland

I have been asked many times what advice I would give other start-ups and it simply boils down to one thing: don't get ripped off. Not everyone will share your vision or think your idea makes sense. If fact, you might even be ridiculed for your product by some (I still remember abuse about my green trousers being hurled out of a taxi window by a middle aged Bristolian man)! This doesn't matter, provided you stick to your guns and hold onto your cash.

Day 1 at WebSummit

Steve Loynes | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Tech
Steve Loynes

"It's like science fiction is about to happen," said one of the stutterers on the main stage. It may not be that elegant, but it's true.

Planning for London's Future

Simon Pitkeathley | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Pitkeathley

Next week MPs will vote on legislation which could make it easier to convert offices into residential properties. The Government is hoping that its Bi...

Eight Tips for Running a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

James Gupta | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Tech
James Gupta

When it comes to raising seed investment for your startup, Crowdfunding, is all the rage right now. But what exactly is it, what are the advantages an...