UK Startups

F*ck Ups: Business Lessons I'd Share With My Younger Self

Jonas Altman | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Jonas Altman

  In the winter of 2003, I started my first business: a wholesale fashion agency. I was 27 and had no idea what I was doing. If I bumped into my...

Perfect Productivity - 5 Tips for Start-Up Success

Xenios Thrasyvoulou | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Xenios Thrasyvoulou

As your business grows, you'll find your own ways of working, but these are some of the things that I've found useful in my own career. I'm doing well - but there's always so much more to learn!

Five Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Turn Their Business Idea Into Reality

Ian Mason | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Ian Mason

So you've got an idea and you want to turn it into a business. Everyone you talk to thinks it's brilliant and you spend a lot of time talking about your future plans - developing the brand, the second, third, tenth product - supporting the cause you care about with your profits. Maybe you talk about becoming a billionaire and living on a Caribbean island?!

Big Data and Expanding Into the Mobile Market - Skyscanner's Next Transition

Heather Irish | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Tech
Heather Irish

To any non-technical person out there, the large and varied tech sector can be intimidating. So when I arrived at my interview with the Chief Technology Officer of Skyscanner, who has a doctorate from Oxford University, I was a bit apprehensive of sounding like an ignorant fool to say the least.

To All Young Entrepreneurs

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Ley-Valentin

It is amazing that the proportion of young entrepreneurs is growing steadily. I choose to see this as a tentative sign that the attitude to entreprene...

The Death of the University Lecture

James Gupta | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Gupta

Methods of studying for students have changed very little for many years - though The Internet has given us access to a wealth of unfiltered information, traditionally the university experience has revolved around sitting in lectures, sitting in the library, cramming revision in, re-writing notes and highlighting textbooks.

Taking the Plunge

Alice Bentinck | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Tech
Alice Bentinck

It was something I had always wanted to do, and always planned to do, but I also realised it was very easy to put it off. Would there ever be a time where I felt I had enough knowledge, connections or skill to build a startup? Simply, no. And I almost did put it off.

"Tech Idol" - The New TV Talent Show?

Tim Bichara | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
Tim Bichara

The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone. The long hours, the emotional rollercoaster, the uncertainty - it all takes its toll. Behind most success stories is a familiar tale of hard work and dedication - and more than a little luck.

29 Startups That Prove the Future of STEM Is Young Women

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon

Passing your A-level in Computing at 11 is no mean feat, but more than a decade has passed since this happened and I'm unaware of a girl who has come up behind me. I know I'm special - but I also know I'm not *that* special.

Silicon Savannahs and Cyber Cities: Where Does Success in Africa's Tech Sectors Lie?

Lucy James | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy James

The importance that the tech sector might hold for economic development and diversification is recognised, and state investment has been forthcoming in various ways. In some cases, funds have been put forward for the building of 'incubation' centres and meeting places as was the case for Nigeria's Information Technology Entrepreneurship Accelerator in Lagos.

Setting Up Your Own Business? Here Are the Lessons I Learned

Claudia Helming | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Tech
Claudia Helming

Along the way of founding your own business, you will make many mistakes - some will have a bigger impact, some won't - but they all teach you a lesson. So, what I learned during that time is...

3 Key Startup Survival Lessons

Nick Telson | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Tech
Nick Telson

According to many sources, a staggering 90% of startups fail. You might be that lucky small small majority that thinks of an idea, executes it and it ...

The Big Society Failed So Let's Join the 'Small Revolution' and Make This Country Lean!

Danny Bartlett | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

I recently organised a series of events at Wayra, Telefonica's digital accelerator, on what compelling solutions the UK's entrepreneurial community ha...

Founders Over 50 Showcase Their Startups at Campus London

Sarah Drinkwater | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Tech
Sarah Drinkwater

We came up with Founders over 50, because we kept meeting first-time entrepreneurs in that age bracket at events or in our buzzy basement cafe. Without generalising, the founders we met had years of business experience and contacts that a younger entrepreneur might not have.

Why Working for a Startup Will Change Your Outlook, Change Your Career, Change Your Life

Janet Newenham | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Tech
Janet Newenham

I had been living a stress-free life as an English teacher in South Korea and was known for dropping everything on a whim to go travel the world. I always had dreams of starting my own business one day, even from a very young age and had looked on at the word 'entrepreneur' with the highest esteem and desire for many years.

How to Bag Yourself a Business Angel

Nick Telson | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Nick Telson

Nothing ever goes to plan. Investors will know that. Be passionate, be knowledgeable, be prepared and you may well just find that business angel...

The Case for Our Generation

Dipo Faloyin | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Dipo Faloyin

I'm sat in a coffee shop on Brick Lane, desperately trying, but failing to be productive. It's a Saturday in April, and the bitterly cold air is heavy with the sort of enticing energy that can only be formed when the scent of roasting beans, and the fulfilled promise of free wifi collide...

The Power Behind Team Diversity

Maite Baron | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Maite Baron

One of the main reasons why people set up in business is a desire for independence and freedom. Often that's a reaction to the constraints of working for a large organisation where there's little flexibility to 'do your own thing'.

Entropy to Empathy: Leaving Theoretical Physics for Wearable Tech

Fotini Markopoulou | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Tech
Fotini Markopoulou

For great design you need to do a lot of research, a lot of fleshing out ideas, testing and reiterating, pulling together conflicting needs and breaking complex situations to their essential aspects. These are the same skills you hone in theoretical physics.

Not Enough Women Give Others a Leg Up, Reveal Tech Industry Insiders

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Tech
Shivvy Jervis

The broader brush figures are still grim - less than a quarter of women take on STEM professions (science, technology, engineering and maths). And it would take a million new female hires in this space to hit critical mass in the UK alone!

Why Multi-Passionate Entrepreneurs Are Very Rich

Stephanie Holland | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Stephanie Holland

Is multi-passionate even a word? It should be. One of the things I am attracted to most in other people is their passion for life and everything it has to offer. And I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

Service Based Industries Are Logging-On to Provide Digital Platforms

Reuben Sagar | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Tech
Reuben Sagar

For years, retailers have been heavily investing in their e-commerce platforms to help them increase margins, improve services and widen their offering. Today, the average pushed-for-time family wouldn't hesitate to buy their groceries online and we all use Amazon to buy - well, everything.

7 Motivational Steps To Start-Up Success

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

You’ve had a great idea, you want to turn it into a money-spinner, you’re ready to go it alone and start-up your dream business straight away. ...

This Socially Responsible Beer Brand Is In The Running To Win A Share Of $1M In Funding From Chivas

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

Back in October 2014, Chivas launched a competition to find the UK's most inspirational social enterprise. And who came out on top in the UK? Two F...

Three Aspiring Professionals Succeeding in Greece

Nikolaos Dimou | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Nikolaos Dimou

Unemployment, nepotism, high taxes, small internal market, obstructive and dysfunctional public sector, low liquidity and lack of willing investors construe a hostile environment for professionals in a financially struggling Greece. Despite all adversities, three young people defy all odds, lead by example and serve as "beacons" of hope.