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Forward Partners raises £60m fund for UK tech startups

Forward Partners raises £60m fund for UK tech startups | start up | Scoop.it
London-based VC firm Forward Partners has raised a £60m fund to invest in UK pre-Seed and Seed-stage startups.
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What advertisers want from startups and data

What advertisers want from startups and data | start up | Scoop.it
With traditional funding sources such as venture capital and hedge funds reportedly on the wane, startups have never been more likely to be the acquisition target of brands operating in more traditional industry verticals, as they seek to transition with the times, and consumers’ lifestyles.
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Guardian Media Group contributes to £1.3m funding pot for Vidsy

Guardian Media Group contributes to £1.3m funding pot for Vidsy | start up | Scoop.it
The Guardian Media Group (GMG) has contributed to a £1.3m funding round for London-based creator network Vidsy, a startup that helps brands like Unilever and Barclays connect with young talent to create mobile-first video campaigns.
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Wonder Women Tech London

Wonder Women Tech London | start up | Scoop.it
Wonder Women Tech comes to London hosting a conference that highlight, educate, and celebrate women and diversity in STEAM, innovation, and entrepreneurialism.
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freshmint.ventures - freshmint.ventures invests in the future

freshmint.ventures - freshmint.ventures invests in the future | start up | Scoop.it
freshmint.ventures invests in the future
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The Fresh Business Thinking Shift 100, the MAd Technology edition | Fresh Business Thinking

The Fresh Business Thinking Shift 100, the MAd Technology edition | Fresh Business Thinking | start up | Scoop.it
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Maven Capital Partners to invest £57.5m in Northern SMEs - Tech City News

Maven Capital Partners to invest £57.5m in Northern SMEs - Tech City News | start up | Scoop.it
Maven Capital Partners is to allocate £57.5m to growing SMEs across the North of England after inking a deal with the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).
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VC Terminology Glossary: 49 Terms to Learn before Raising Capital

VC Terminology Glossary: 49 Terms to Learn before Raising Capital | start up | Scoop.it
We have come up with a glossary to help you understand some of the terminology most often used in venture capital investment contracts and term sheets.
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Meet the co-founders of Brainbroker

Meet the co-founders of Brainbroker | start up | Scoop.it
    Hi guys, tell us about the team behind Brainbroker?  Larry - I met Jonathan 4 years ago at a New Entrepreneurs Foundation event, ever since then we have been experimenting with new ideas and even set up a company two years ago which eventually led us to build Brainbroker. I met Seb at university and we have collaborated on projects since then. Jonathan’s background was in venture consultancy and mine was in M&A and headhunting. Seb joined Brainbroker when we decided to make a real go of it bringing his experience as a data and BI analyst into the fold.   How did you come up with the concept?  There were several influences on the creation of Brainbroker. First of all, was Jonathan’s experiences in venture consultancy where he saw first-hand the benefits of decentralising consultancy. The firm he was working at consisted of project managers who put together bespoke teams of experts for each project they pitched for, frequently outbidding and undercutting massive traditional consultancies like Bain & Mc Kinsey. It was clear that assembling a crack team of specialists was massively more relevant to the client’s needs and at the same time it was 1/3 as expensive. So, that was very much a spark in our minds that there could be another way to do consultancy. We have spent the last year working out what SMEs specifically need help with the most and it has turned out to be technology so that’s what we now do. We deliver on technology projects with higher relevance and better results at a price below any agency or consultancy currently in operation in the UK. We decided to create a pool of expert freelancers and the latest software products which we call upon to deliver our client’s projects.   It's an usual but really useful concept, how did you get your 'Brains' on board?  Turns out the rise of the ‘Gig’ economy and the proliferation of new Software tools has helped our company greatly for obvious reasons. When you start freelancing, you want opportunities, you start managing yourself as a business. So when we call freelance experts about potential paid projects, believe me they are happy to take the call. My experience in Headhunting has helped me massively in identifying, locating and on-boarding very senior people so I tend to handle that side of the business. Essentially, we lead generate for our brains and take a commission from them on success so the model couldn’t be more interesting to Brains once they become aware of us. The secret sauce is in how we vet and assess each Brain before they enter our network.   What's been the most difficult hurdle you've overcome since launching? Our platform development. We made the mistake of trying to fit our idea as neatly as possible into existing concepts or businesses. We ended up committing to a complicated platform build and as time went on the challenge has been to let go of that platform vision and realise that our SME clients are not interested in that. They prefer to communicate by email or over the phone. That has let us focus on sales and discover what our customers actually want. As such our new vision for the platform is built on top of their preferred communication channels and is a significant departure from existing freelancer or software discovery platforms.     What's been the best bit of business advice you've received?  It sounds very basic but the best advice has been: Keep chasing people. You would be amazed at how many of our projects have come from the 4th or 5th follow-up. The reality is that people have a lot going on and you should never stop trying to get their attention and remind them of what you can do for them as eventually you will catch them on a relaxed day when they can take things forward. There are some amazing tools you can use to keep yourself in the front of people’s minds. Only a definitive rejection is a no, everything else is a delayed yes.   How effective has social media marketing been for your brand?  To be honest I would say it’s not very effective and I would caution every young B2B business to really park that idea on the nice-to-have shelf. What works in Startup B2B marketing is paid networking and email marketing. Get yourself in front of people and build a relationship. Once your concept is off the ground and you have fully found a market for your product then you can worry about social media, AdWords etc. It sounds odd to say from a company that has helped many other companies find talented PPC or Social media consultants but you must respect the stage of your company. In your first year as a B2B company just focus on making sales whatever the channel of least resistance is. The added benefit of face to face business development is that you see in people’s face and tenure what they think of your offering. Hiding behind your computer will delay your learning massively.   You have two offices, one here in London and the other in Paris, how does the start-up market in both cities compare?  Our company is based here and our office in Paris is a sales office where we target mainly traditional SMEs so we are not actually that involved with the Frenchl start-up scene. That being said, we have spoken with several people from the ecosystem and the general feeling is that it’s very behind London. The support infrastructure and funding opportunities are severely lacking and my estimate would be that the scene is 10-20% of London at best in terms of aggregate quality to a potential Start-up Founder. London after all is the second biggest city in terms of Start-ups created and therefore healthy ecosystems, support network sand funding opportunities are there to exploit.   What other plans for expansion do you have?  For the next year we will keep pulling in Brains from Eastern Europe. For many technical skills, European countries, due to their lower cost of living and fantastic technical colleges produce massively qualified developers and data scientists charging a fraction of UK rates. We are planning to meet several institutions all over Eastern Europe in the next year to cement relationships. The longer term plan is to open another sales office in Berlin, Tel Aviv and Switzerland before eventually looking to the US and China.   How do you measure the success of the company?  Of course we measure success in terms of hitting our quarterly targets for number of new clients and projects won, but deep down we all know that we won’t have achieved success until our consultancy is mentioned alongside Accenture, Cognizant and Infosys. We want to be seen as either a challenger consultancy or bigger in our own right than our traditional consultancy competitors. When they eventually catch wind of us and begin to take measures ,whether friendly or not, that’s when we will all smile and say: ‘We did it.’   What are your top tips for kicking back and relaxing after a long week?  Doing a Startup with huge ambition demands your full attention. Since we are all in our late twenties the temptation can be to work hard and play hard. Practical experience has taught us otherwise. Work hard and relax hard is more appropriate for today’s founder. I enjoy visiting castles and historical sites with the team on the weekend. We pick a local historical site less than three hours away and go and bask in the sun (If there is any) and enjoy a pub lunch outside all the chaos of the city. We are all quite keen on meditation, movies and gatherings of close friends. The trick is to keep it low key and to give your mind the space and time to recover from the assault each week undoubtedly brings. Want to connect with the team at Brainbroker? Then get social on Twitter or Facebook.   more awesome interviews... 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Everything you need to know about corporate venture capital in Europe

Everything you need to know about corporate venture capital in Europe | start up | Scoop.it
Corporate venture capital (CVC) is an investment by a corporate (fund) into external startups in order to make a financial return or to gain a competitive advantage. CVC is a polarizing subject and opinions are divided. Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures believes that it’s evil and corporates should not invest in startups but simply buy them. While Marc Andreessen from Andreessen Horowitz on the other hand is co-investing with corporations such as General Electric. Whatever the opinions are, fact is that CVC is on the rise, also in the old continent.
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Hottest enterprise tech startups named in race to be crowned Tech Trailblazers – Military Technologies

Hottest enterprise tech startups named in race to be crowned Tech Trailblazers – Military Technologies | start up | Scoop.it
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LegalTech startup Juro gets $750,000 in Seed funding

LegalTech startup Juro gets $750,000 in Seed funding | start up | Scoop.it
LegalTech startup Juro has closed a $750,000 Seed funding round from investors including Seedcamp.
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JLAB - the Startup Accelerator Programme from the John Lewis Partnership is back - Startacus

JLAB - the Startup Accelerator Programme from the John Lewis Partnership is back - Startacus | start up | Scoop.it
If your startup is focused on catapulting the retail shopping experience into the future, then the JLAB startup accelerator might be for you
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Mastering Launch PR: Dos & Don’ts

Key takeaways Launching your business to press and core stakeholders needn’t be an expensive undertaking, if the correct planning is undertaken An increasingly crowded and competitive landscape means that now more than ever, launch PR needs to be strategic and original Whilst fun and celebratory, a launch party i
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Karl Wills on exclusive list of top entrepreneurs honoured at House of Commons

Karl Wills on exclusive list of top entrepreneurs honoured at House of Commons | start up | Scoop.it
Karl Wills, founder and CEO of Birmingham based Pelipod Ltd, celebrated being announced as an upcoming ‘one to watch’ entrepreneur of global number one university business incubator, SETsquared at the House of Commons. Karl was on an exclusive list selected from over 1,000 entrepreneurs who have been supported by SETsquared during the last 15 years.…
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Silicon Valley is no longer #1 for talent says huge global startup report

Silicon Valley is no longer #1 for talent says huge global startup report | start up | Scoop.it
Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2017 ranks tech scenes in cities around the world, Silicon Valley is still number one but it has strong contenders
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International Expansion + The State of Transatlantic Tech

International Expansion + The State of Transatlantic Tech | start up | Scoop.it
What to think about when expanding a business between the US & Europe + what impact will Brexit & President Trump have on the future of transatlantic tech?
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The Women Startup Challenge Europe - only days left to apply! - Startacus

The Women Startup Challenge Europe - only days left to apply! - Startacus | start up | Scoop.it
The Women Startup Challenge Europe is a pitch comp that showcases & funds innovative, women-led tech startups. €50k prize fund on offer!
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Ometria; Intelligent Customer Journey Mapping Platform Is Ready To Scale

Ometria; Intelligent Customer Journey Mapping Platform Is Ready To Scale | start up | Scoop.it
Ometria – retail-tech - $5m raised (Inventure Partners, Force Over Mass, SAATCHiNVEST) Customer expectations are changing fast and the way to generate more
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Manchester-based retail tech startup DigitalBridge raises £700,000

Manchester-based retail tech startup DigitalBridge raises £700,000 | start up | Scoop.it
DigitalBridge, a home decor retail tech platform, has raised a £700,000 Seed round from a series of private investors.
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Pitchbot.vc helps you practice your startup pitch - Startacus

Pitchbot.vc! It seems that bot technology has made giant leaps into helping entrepreneurs & startups practice their investo
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Hottest enterprise tech startups named in race to be crowned Tech Trailblazers – Military Technologies

Hottest enterprise tech startups named in race to be crowned Tech Trailblazers – Military Technologies | start up | Scoop.it
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Getting your start-up funded – six lessons we learnt - Global Marketing Alliance

Getting your start-up funded – six lessons we learnt - Global Marketing Alliance | start up | Scoop.it
Chief marketing officer tells how his company – a UK start-up which offers expertise in social content – got up and running and secured investment
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