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The next generation inventors ‘creating’ to fix our health and the planet

With ideas hailing from sustainability, med-tech, sport-tech and mental health – these newest generation of inventors are creating to solve our health issues and the ecosystem. The founders are the recent cohorts joining the Central Research Laboratory (CRL), the UK’s first purpose-built hardware accelerator for product designers inventing ‘for societal good’. Selected from over 85 […]

Creator Fund

A student-led venture capital fund ‘Creator Fund’ are looking to invest in top European student founders – starting with the UK

Financed by Founders Factory – a tech startup accelerator program – the Creator Fund wants students to invest in other students – using its own unique ‘alternative route to growth’ for university-based startups. The Creator Fund will be using its own network of young VCs, made up of PhD, Masters and undergraduates students within 13 […]

MarinaTex - plastic - The James Dyson Award 2019

A Plastic Alternative ‘made from fish waste’ Wins The 2019 International James Dyson Award

Founder of MarinaTex – Lucy Hughes – is the winner of the 2019 International James Dyson award and £30k prize for her biodegradable and compostable material which substitutes plastic with fish waste. MarinaTex, made from red algae and organic fish waste destined for the landfill, is designed to be a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic, which […]

eBay for Business Awards

Winners Of The 2019 eBay For Business Awards – celebrating the UK’s most inspiring eBay sellers

Eleven small and medium-sized businesses from across the UK have been crowned winners of the third annual eBay for Business Awards celebrating the most inspiring eBay sellers with the top prize of £5K awarded to a Star Wars figurine seller. The eBay for Business Awards is a nationwide competition for the best British small businesses […]

Black British Founders

Faces Of The ‘often unsung’ Black Founders Nominated At The Black British Business Awards 2019

These are the faces of the British black founders competing in this year’s Black British Business Awards – representing the very best black rising stars across the UK’s diverse business sector. Now in its sixth year running, The Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) aims to celebrate and spotlight the “often unsung contributions” of black business […]

Back Her Business

Back Her Business – New Female-only Crowdfunding Programme Launched By NatWest

Back Her Business is a new female-only crowdfunding initiative launched by UK bank NatWest in an effort to boost funding support for female founders. The nationwide programme is in partnership with Crowdfunder and it’s part of the bank’s wider ambition to reduce the gender gap and support 400,000 female-led businesses by 2025. Named as the […]

Female Founders

The Female Founders Pitching At One Of The UK’s First BAME Incubator Programme

These Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) female founders have been chosen to pitch their business ideas at one of the UK’s first incubator programme targeting ethnic minority-led startups – Female Founders Accelerator. Launched recently by Hatch Enterprise – a London-based enterprise charity – together with support from NatWest and eBay, the Female Founders Accelerator […]

KPMG - Black Entrepreneurs' Award

KPMG launches ‘Black Entrepreneurs Award’ – Supporting Black founders to become investment-ready

The UK accounting watchdog – KPMG – launches the ‘Black Entrepreneurs Award’ aimed at supporting three budding black founders to turn their business dreams into reality. Studies show that Black professionals often face barriers in progressing beyond middle management. This has subsequently led to the growth of Black-founded startups and a growing trend in self-employment. […]

Ideal Flatmate

Flat-sharing Social Network Helping ‘Generation Rent’ Find Compatible Housemates Raises £1m From Investors – Ideal Flatmate

The UK’s first algorithm based flatmate matching site aimed at helping ‘generation rent’ find compatible house companions raises £1m within 4 weeks, just as house prices across the UK hit a record high in May. Ideal Flatmate was founded by young tech entrepreneurs Tom Gatzen and Rob Imonikhe after becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack […]

NEWGEN Young Fashion Designers

The NEWGEN Fashion Designers Set To Disrupt The British Fashion Industry

Seventeen young fashion designers have been chosen by the British Fashion Council (BFC) to receive support through its NEWGEN initiative fostering the ‘very best emerging talent‘ in the British fashion scene. This year’s winners will receive funding, mentoring, training support plus a show at London Fashion Week. The NEWGEN scheme aims to build the next generation […]