UK Startups

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 24.05.2016 | 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.

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.

Louise Ridley

This Company Has Published Every Worker's Salary Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.05.2016 | 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...