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. […]

CRL Accelerator programme

CRL’s Accelerator Programme Opens For ‘Product and Hardware Focused Startups’

The Central Research Laboratory (CRL) 6-month accelerator programme is once again open – Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs running product and hardware-focused startups. CRL is an accelerator, incubator, and co-working space part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund to continue their work of supporting innovative startups to create high-tech jobs. The programme aims to help product-focused startups develop […]

GENERATE - Imperial College London

Calling Healthtech, Cleantech & Biotech Startups: Imperial College London Is Offering £2k Innovation Vouchers To Grow Your Business – GENERATE

Are you a UK-based small and medium enterprise with interest in the clean technology, renewables, biotech or digital/data security sector? You could be eligible for the Imperial College London innovation vouchers aimed at accelerating fast-growth startups – GENERATE. GENERATE is part of Imperial new pilot initiative aimed at giving high-growth companies a one-off opportunity to claim […]

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 […]

Crowdfunding

Successful crowdfunding is more than just raising funds

There is a great opportunity for UK entrepreneurs but working smart is key to growth and success. Although crowdfunding ticks the funding box, it can bolster other crucial aspects of your business as you grow. You have your business idea or even a prototype of your product, but you’ve hit a stumbling block: Money. VCs […]

Voom Pitch

Richard Branson’s Voom Pitch 2018 Is Open – £1M Prize Pot Is Up for grabs

Voom Pitch 2018 – Virgin Media Business is looking for the most innovative and exciting small and medium-sized businesses in the UK and Ireland. This years’ competition is opening up to more established small and medium-sized businesses as well as start-ups, with two entry categories: Scale & Grow | Spark & Start-up. As well as […]

CEO ADVICE - Writing A Business Plan

CEO ADVICE: How To Attract Investors To Your Startup With A Winning Business Plan

Entrepreneurs looking for funding to launch or grow their startups are 16% more likely to succeed with a business plan, according to a recent study from the University of Edinburgh Business School and RWTH Aachen University. The research findings, published mid-last year in the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, studied more than 1,000 entrepreneurs and their startups […]

Young Entrepreneur Dragons' Den Ed Holland

Young Entrepreneur Bags £30,000 Investment From Dragons’ Den For His Mobile Billboard Advertising Business

 The 15th series of Dragons’ Den saw 22-year-old solo founder Edward Hollands secure £30,000 investment from ex-career banker entrepreneur Jenny Campbell for his lorry billboard business ‘DrivenMedia’. The “highly investable” young entrepreneur discovered his innovative idea while staring at blank truck trailers in a traffic jam, also ‘broke the record for the fastest Dragons’ Den […]

Equity Crowdfunding

Virgin StartUp Launches Equity Crowdfunding Accelerator – CrowdBoost

Virgin StartUp launches equity crowdfunding accelerator – CrowdBoost – for start-up entrepreneurs looking to scale their business. CrowdBoost aims to address the “critical funding gap” for start-ups looking to scale, by teaching entrepreneurs how to maximise  opportunities available through equity crowdfunding. According to Virgin, 42% of start-ups fail in their fourth year due to lack […]

Less than £500

CEO ADVICE: How To Launch Your Startup With Just Less Than £500

A new Yell Business research shows that 40% of small businesses launched in the UK were started with just less than £500 – No more losing sleep over startup costs.  The survey of 1,500 SME’s also revealed that a further 32% started with £250 or less, with 93% of these businesses turning over profit in the […]