UK Startups

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 ...

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...

Looking Outside the Valley: Why British Tech Companies Can Make It Outside the US

Vanessa Whiteside | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Tech
Vanessa Whiteside

Most businesses dream of going global, and British tech companies are no exception to the rule. But while it seems obvious that the latest crop of Silicon Roundabout trailblazers (tech firms based in London's Tech City) should expand to their Silicon "sister" in California, that might not always be the right choice.

Global Fashion Battle Results in 'Kickstarter for Fashion': ModeForMe

Brooke Roberts-Islam | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Style
Brooke Roberts-Islam

There is an immense amount of data to be gained by understanding the preferences of customers for certain styles, colours, quantities, so there is a huge potential for industry "intelligence" with this platform too.

I'm Not Perfect...But I'm a Female Inventor and Proud Anyway

Simona Vignudelli | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Tech
Simona Vignudelli

I'm not perfect. My mother told me that when I was young. Now I have a family of my own and I'm still not perfect. As a self-employed mother with two children, I don't have time to go shopping by myself, let alone with friends.

Sustainable Business - These Are The Startups You Need To Know About

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

At a time of austerity when big businesses are being judged for crossing the line, there’s something heartening happening in the world of 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.