UK Startups

Three Ways To Get Realistic About Finding Funds for Your Startup

Sasha G Brown | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK
Sasha G Brown

I have been writing and providing consultancy for years, and a lot of budding entrepreneurs who visit me come with unrealistic expectations regarding their startup.

Freelancing In Aleppo, Pro Bono

Natasha Freidus | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK
Natasha Freidus

Last week when a U.S presidential candidate asked "What is Aleppo?" in response to a question about his policy plans for Syria, I was just as disguste...

From Suit Tailoring To Tech Startup: What's It Like To Make The Jump?

Thomas Church | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Tech
Thomas Church

Over the last two weeks I have dropped pins and needles and picked up keyboards and code manuals. I've changed from being in one of the most traditional industries to one of the most disruptive.

These Apps Could Help You Start Your own Business

The Huffington Post | Shihab S Joi | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK

Finding room for all the paperwork, wall space for pinning up plans, lists and reminders used to mean you had to get an office just to plan how to get...

Young, British, and Ambitious? Head to New York - Here's Why

Vincent Dignan | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Vincent Dignan

Came back to my apartment with dreams of blowing up, though the cockroaches in my Airbnb keep me grounded. This is for every British kid who wants to be someone. Go to New York.

There Will Be Three Types of Retail Bank in the Future - Will Today's Giants Be Among Them?

Glyn Britton | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Glyn Britton

Five years into the 'fintech' revolution, several things are becoming clear. Firstly, it's not really about technology, it's about customer centricit...

Top 5 things The Next Web Taught Me 60 days On

George Fisher-Wilson | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Tech
George Fisher-Wilson

So It's been 60 days since The Next Web, and initially I was going to write some basic piece my initial reactions but then I thought let's see the effects of the event. Now nearly 2 months later I thought about what had stuck with me since and below you'll find the five things that have kept me thinking.

Health Tech: a Trend That's Set to Stay

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

n forward thinking entrepreneurs that are willing to disrupt and change our current system. As each innovation wave generates more data, disruption-cycle times will shorten, thereby forcing all players in the health care ecosystem to address inefficiency as they compete on quality and value creation

Does Entrepreneurship Need to Get Real?

Michelle Wright | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK
Michelle Wright

There has been such a buzz around entrepreneurship recently. We've been told it's time to celebrate the entrepreneur, to get close to an entrepreneur, or to become one. From Government to the media, the message has been clear; take the plunge and set up a business.

We Neglect Our Relationships for Our Careers, or Our Careers for Our Relationships

Vincent Dignan | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Tech
Vincent Dignan

When it was a straight choice between staying in bed with her, and going to the meeting I was being paid a lot of money to attend, I wondered what I d...

Is Co-living Really the Answer to the Housing Crisis?

Eleanor Moss | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Eleanor Moss

The benefits of co-living could well be adopted by not just young, single people too. Actually, couples, older people, and even families could benefit  - sharing the burden of childcare would be especially useful when thinking about 'the future of living and communities'.

London Technology Week Showcases the Best of British Fashion Tech

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

'Fashion tech' and wearables are often described as solutions looking for a problem. The fashion industry is, paradoxically, resistant to change, while science and technology exist to pose and answer questions and catalyse change.

How Do You Start a Business That Changes the World?

Adele Barlow | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK
Adele Barlow

Through Escape the City, I often met high-flying professionals who wanted to ditch their day-to-day routines in order to 'find more meaning' and 'change the world'. I must have talked to at least a thousand millennials who stated the same dream of owning a business that also improved society.

How to Make Your First Hire a Big Success

Alice Weightman | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Alice Weightman

Making your first hire is an important milestone in the life of a start-up. It's a clear signal to the world that your company has stopped being a venture - something that may or may not take off - and started being a viable business.

Captionism: Tearing Down Barricades for the Hearing Impaired

Mehdi Siami | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Mehdi Siami

At Captionism we have tried to address a problem that goes far beyond that. Friess is not alone, there are 360m people in the world that are classified as having disabling hearing loss. In an age marked by the speed and reach that knowledge is spread within the economy and society, for some digital exclusion is a modern-day reality.

Saving Lives With the Tech That Saved Our Son

Adrian Perry | Posted 30.05.2016 | UK Tech
Adrian Perry

PulseGuard successfully alerted us to every one of Tom's seizures within the first two years of trials. Whilst talking to Tom's consultants, other Epilepsy professionals and parents, it was very clear that a lot of people were interested in having an alarm system that seemed to be as accurate as it was proving, but this would mean throwing everything we had into it.

You Don't Need to Be an Engineer to Build 'Robots for Good'

Cameron Norris | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Tech
Cameron Norris

After meeting, a clear project goal was settled upon - create a 'telepresence' robot to allow the children of Great Ormond Street to safely explore one of London's greatest places of discovery: London Zoo.

Making the Inaccessible, Accessible: How Social Tech Is Changing Lives for the Better

Vicki Hearn | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

For many people facing personal challenges, tech is the perfect enabler to make aspects of everyday life that many of us take for granted more accessible. A number of these organisations using tech for good approach us for help in reaching the next stage of their development, and our funding programmes like Social Tech Seed give them the support they need.

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

We've looked before at the benefits of becoming your own boss, and it's clear why the prospect of starting your own business might appeal. But amongst all the excitement and the ponderings about why, where and how you could start a business, there is one question that many people over look: should you?

Focus on pre-pay not pay at your table!

Nick Telson | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Telson

A year after the launch, we have processed over £2 million gross transactions through Collins Pay and we are expecting over 100% year on year growth. By focusing on a space where transactions were already happening in vast quantities, but analysing how it could be done better for our clients and their customers whilst integrating this directly into their current booking flows, Collins Pay stands alone in this space.

Introducing Tech For Good

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
Thomas Tamblyn

Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing blogs from inspiring innovators, who are using tech to change the world - from the charity helping sight impaired kids use public transport independently, to the start-up that have created an app to help parents suffering from postnatal depression... It's not about celebrating the technology by itself, it's about celebrating the humans and how they're using technology to achieve something great.

How Prison Entrepreneurship Could Break the Cycle of Reoffending and Save Taxpayers Billions

Maximilian Yoshioka | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maximilian Yoshioka

If successful, a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship will also help address ex-prisoner unemployment and welfare dependency, as well as create further employment opportunities while generating tax revenues. Most importantly, however, it will give ex-prisoners the fresh start they desperately need and surely deserve.

Why Start-ups Could Be the Happiest Places to Work

Lucy Griffin-Stiff | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK
Lucy Griffin-Stiff

We have the opportunity to create the worlds happiest and most successful organizations The knowledge is out there, so is the expertise. We just...

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.