startup weekly

Here’s your weekly round up of news about startup competitions, awards, co-working spaces, accelerators and any other exciting things happening in the UK tech sector.

We need you!

We’re delighted to announce that tech startups can still apply for UKTN’s flagship competition to find the country’s top technology talent.

If you are a UK-founded technology disrupting the FinTechPropTech, AdTech/MarTech, HealthTech and Cybersecurity sectors, we want to hear from you!

The live pitching day will take place in London on Tuesday 26th September and will see 15 finalists battle it out on stage to be crowned a winner.

For your chance to take part, fill out this application form and let us know why you should be given the chance to pitch your product in front of an audience of industry experts, investors, influencers and entrepreneurs.

We’ll be announcing the judges, sponsors and prizes soon, so keep your eyes peeled at:

Innovation and Welsh

Innovative companies can now apply for funding for new projects seeking to increase the use of the Welsh language.

The grant, issued by the Welsh government, aims to fund innovative projects that meet the following criteria:

  • projects that increase the social use of Welsh through technology
  • projects that offer new ideas and activities which aim to promote or facilitate the use of Welsh and which have not been used in the past
  • projects that offer a new way of working in order to encourage, promote or facilitate the use of the Welsh language
  • projects that take a risk with the possibility of far reaching impact if successful, but requires the investment in order to pilot the idea and to assess impact before streamlining the project into core activities

The grant is available to companies in the third and private sectors and from public bodies for activities not covered by their statutory Welsh Language Standards regulations.

Applications close on 22nd September.

Data Pitch accelerator

Startups can now also apply to take part in Data Pitch, a new European Commission funded accelerator open to firms in European countries and offering successful applicants the chance to walk away with up to €100,000 in equity free funding.
Participants will also receive expert mentoring, legal advice, plus the chance to tackle one of today’s big industry and societal challenges.
To apply, startups will have to request to be accepted on to specific challenges – some set by well-known European corporates.

Applications close on 12th October.

Stirling’s New Digital Hub Announced

In other news, CodeBase Stirling, a new technology incubator based in Scotland opened this week.

The hub, located in Stirling, will seek to provide scaleup education, office and coworking spaces, mentoring and events.

This is the country’s second Codebase fub, following the launch of a venue in Edinburgh, which now claims to be home to more than 90 startups.

Stephen Coleman, chief executive and co-founder of CodeBase, said: “In advance of our UK-wide rollout we are leveraging Stirling’s central location to provide scale‑up education, technology events and mentorship for Scotland’s digital companies.

“We are creating a hub that can drive real growth into the region and country, and believe Stirling can become an integral part of Scotland’s fast-growing tech scene with all the knock-on benefits – not least the potential for hundreds of jobs to be created in the city.”

Councillor Scott Farmer, Leader Stirling Council, added: “This collaboration with CodeBase further enhances Stirling’s ambitions to become a centre of digital excellence.  CodeBase Stirling has the potential to attract new, innovative businesses to the area, create hundreds of jobs and secure investment at the heart of our new Digital District, a key part of the City Region Deal.”