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How to Ensure UK Startups Get the Finance to Scale

Annabel Denham | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Annabel Denham

Further, he believes capital gains tax on secondary unlisted shares that align with the new Entrepreneurs' Relief should be set at 10 per cent, or exempt after three years. "We believe there are over 3,000 established UK companies with 500,000 shareholders and £300bn of locked-in equity. Recycling a portion of this would be a huge boost to the sector," he says.

London's Fintech Boom Needs the EU

Jem Bendell | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jem Bendell

As the UK economy slows and heavy industry continues to recede, politicians of all stripes will be hoping the burgeoning financial technology or "fint...

How To Start a Business Successfully: Six Key Tips From a Top Business Investor in Creative Businesses

Carolyn Dailey | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Carolyn Dailey

Did you know that creative entrepreneurs are part of the wider creative industries now worth almost £80 billion to the UK economy? Have you ever thou...

Women in Business Q&A: Chelsea Stoner, General Partner, Battery Ventures

Laura Dunn | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK
Laura Dunn

Chelsea Stoner joined Battery Ventures in 2006 and focuses on investments in the software and healthcare-IT sectors. Chelsea currently serves on the b...

Going Beyond Unicorns: Growing a UK Tech Powerhouse

Chris Ciauri | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Ciauri

There's been a lot of media attention over the past few months around the topic of unicorns. Until recently, for most people they were simply mythical creatures from childhood or the Harry Potter universe.

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.

FinTech: Could This Be the Downfall of the Traditional Bank?

Martijn de Wever | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Tech
Martijn de Wever

why can't banks innovate from within and why do they let their bread and butter be taken away from them right under their noses?

What I Did Wrong In My First Start Up

Will Bancroft | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Tech
Will Bancroft

What did I do wrong in my first startup? What didn't I do wrong! I probably did more wrong than right, but I got out the other side with some skills, earning power and am able to tell the tale. I'll take the hard earned lessons with me onto the next one, hopefully executing much more artfully and smartly next time.

Make 2015 The Year of Change and Collaboration

Sara McKee | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK
Sara McKee

As we count down the days to Christmas and the New Year, many people start preparing their New Year's resolutions. It's in this spirit that we lay do...

My Experience in Raising Finance

Reuben Singh | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK
Reuben Singh

From the age of 17, when I launched my business, till today I have probably been involved in 10 or 12 different fundraising situations. Most of these have been for different deals and some of them for the same venture.

What Thomas Piketty Doesn't Get

Julie Meyer | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Julie Meyer

Let's not create a society of the richest poor people. Let's not condescend people by saying that if you started life as poor, you'll always be that. The cards are not stacked against you in the 21st Century. Piketty's book provokes jealousy and insecurity in people rather than freeing them to create and aspire.

Artificially Intelligent Algorithm Hired Onto A Company's Board Of Directors

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Tech

A venture capital firm in Hong Kong has hired an artificially intelligent algorithm to its board of directors. Read that again. Deep Knowledge V...

Bitcoin Needs to Change Before It Can Go Mainstream

Michael R Jackson | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Michael R Jackson

With media reports on Bitcoin's soaring price, the millionaires it has made and the growing number of businesses accepting it as a form of payment, many people are now asking whether it may become the digital currency of the future.

Could Crowdfunding Be the Answer for Female Entrepreneurs?

Niamh Corbett | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Niamh Corbett

Female entrepreneurship is on the rise. Inexorably so. But the debate has moved beyond merely encouraging women to set up their own businesses, to how we can best support and nurture female-led scalable start-ups... Could crowdfunding be the solution?

From Teach to Tech - One Different Letter and a Very Different Life: The Sian's Plan Story

Sian Breslin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Sian Breslin

At the first opportunity I left teaching to fulfil my enterprising aspirations. Along with my husband, we designed and built a small guesthouse to the highest possible Failte Ireland standard. A cookery school was opened, which plans on helping recession hit home cooks to reduce their weekly grocery bills and reduce mealtime stress.

Tech Start-ups Are the Last Businesses That Need Government Help

Christian Nellemann | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Christian Nellemann

Twenty five million pounds of government money has been poured into a venture capital fund for tech start-ups. With the Episode 1 fund they are, they say, "determined to give entrepreneurs the financial support they need to grow".

Why Getting Funding For Your Startup Is NOT Always the Best Option

Hannah Lippitt | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK Tech
Hannah Lippitt

The groups that seem to be frequently ignored, are the growing amount of serious yet micro startups, which are quietly chipping away building profitable businesses by keeping keen and staying lean and focusing specifically on a niche in the market with no incentive to seek out investor cash.

Will London Hold Onto Its 'Top Startup Hub' Mantle?

Shivvy Jervis | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK
Shivvy Jervis

This eclectic city must overcome a number of obstacles if it's to challenge established startup zones and communities in Israel and the US, while also fending off competition for its European crown from Berlin.

Mounting Investor Confidence Paves the Way for a New Age of UK Tech

Russ Shaw | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Tech
Russ Shaw

In the fourth quarter of 2012, London based tech companies captured £151m of investment, representing 72% of the value of the market for the whole quarter. This is representative of 93 London tech companies receiving growth, compared to, for example, just 10 in Oxford.

How Multinationals That Don't Pay Corporation Tax Could Help us All

Harry Freedman | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Tech
Harry Freedman

What if these companies were to invest the equivalent amount of Corporation Tax they are saving, by supporting those start ups which at present cannot raise funding?

Last Week of The Irish Times Digital Challenge: the Startups Get Ready for the Finale

Dr Johnny Ryan | Posted 11.11.2012 | UK Tech
Dr Johnny Ryan

It is the start of the final week for the startups inside The Irish Times. Later this month the startups will compete for the €50,000 investment pri...

Two Weeks Left in The Irish Times Digital Challenge

Dr Johnny Ryan | Posted 03.11.2012 | UK Tech
Dr Johnny Ryan

It is week six of eight for the startups inside The Irish Times. Each has entered the The Irish Times Digital Challenge in the hope of launching new products and services with the 153 year old news paper, and each hopes to be the winner of the €50,000 convertible loan note prize from DFJ Espirit. However, with two weeks to go, it's getting tough.

The Fifth Week of the Eight Week Startup Experiment inside The Irish Times

Dr Johnny Ryan | Posted 28.10.2012 | UK
Dr Johnny Ryan

It is week five of eight. Things are starting to come together for the startups in The Irish Times Digital Challenge.

Halfway Point for the Startup Incubator: Inside a 153-Year-Old Newspaper

Dr Johnny Ryan | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK Tech
Dr Johnny Ryan

It's halfway point for the eight week experiment in which five startups take space inside The Irish Times. It's crunch time for several of the startups.

The Silicon Valley Ingredients Needed for London's Tech City

Tien Tzuo | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Tech
Tien Tzuo

The rise of London's tech scene brings up an age old question: is Silicon Valley unique, and can its success be repeated elsewhere? At one point, Boston was the next Silicon Valley. And then Seattle.