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.

Just Eat accelerator

Just Eat is now accepting applications for the second phase of its three month UK-based accelerator programme.

The programme will culminate in a demo day, which will see participants pitch to a room full of investors.

“We believe that by investing in both tech innovation and tech startups we can help push the whole industry forward. We want to help create a vibrant, thriving food sector which will benefit everyone. We believe better technology will be a key driving force behind that,” said Fernando Fanton, chief product and technology officer at Just Eat in a blog post.

The company is looking for startups that have the potential to transform the industry from “Farm to Fork to Bin”.

“We’re not just thinking about a quicker service, easier preparation or a smoother experience. We’re also thinking about the impact our industry has on the world around it.

“This means organisations that are reducing food waste, driving transparency in supply chains, creating more sustainable packaging, offering eco-friendly delivery options, along with a host of other creative solutions that we haven’t even dreamt of yet,” added Fanton.

Applications close on 26th March 2017.

WeWork Labs

WeWork is launching its WeWork Labs programme outside of the US for the first time.

The company is providing 100 spaces for London’s most dynamic and exciting entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs and startups across the tech and creative industries can today start applying for one of the 100 spaces available, giving members exclusive access to events, programming and mentorship schemes, as well as a platform to get their businesses off the ground via access to WeWork’s worldwide network of creators.

Members will be picked via an application process taking place between 2nd – 15th March.

Accepted members will be notified on March 24th.

Slaughter and May’s FinTech Fast Forward

Slaughter and May has announced the names of the five tech firms it has selected to join its Fintech Fast Forward programme.

The businesses, which operate in the FinTech, RegTech, InsurTech and cybersecurity setors are the first cohort to join the legal incubation programme.

The successful applicants, which will receive up to £30,000 of value added services, were selected by a panel of judges which included Mike Lynch, CEO of Invoke Capital; Trevor Callaghan, general counsel of DeepMind Technologies; and Ophelia Brown, general partner at LocalGlobe.

The five selected companies are:

Enforcd – uses technology to aid regulatory compliance.
Tide – a banking service designed for small businesses.
Garrison – a cybersecurity company based in London, which is developing an anti-malware solution for enterprise cyber defences
Just Miles – a car insurance provider aimed at people who live in cities and use their car infrequently.
WorldRemit – an online service that helps its customers send money to friends and family living abroad, using a computer, smartphone or tablet

DigitalAgenda’s Impact Awards

The winners of the 2017 DigitalAgenda Impact Awards, sponsored by Nominet Trust, have been announced.

The award-winning projects are:

Education (sponsored by Edtech UK) – Texthelp
Employment & skills (sponsored by ConnectTVT) – Founders4Schools
Health (sponsored by Digital Catapult) – Babylon
Money (sponsored by BWB Compliance) – Squirrel
Cities (supported by Future Cities Catapult) – Pavegen
Climate (sponsored by The Planet Mark) – Bulb
Food – FoodCloud
Smart (sponsored by Design for Social Change) – Wayfindr
Business transformation – Saberr
Investment (sponsored by GP Bullhound) – ClearlySo ATLAS
Sharing & partnership – Neighbourly
Social and economic transformation (sponsored by ClearlySo) – AID:Tech

RegTech trade mission

Glasgow-based Encompass Corporation has been selected to attend the Department of International Trade’s (DIT) first RegTech mission to New York.

The mission will seek to offer British firms the chance to explore the US market and NYC’s financial services industry.

Taking place from 24th to 28th April the event will include five days of workshops, networking events and 1:1 meetings where UK companies can learn best practices about US expansion strategy and business development as well as network with top-level industry executives.  

Encompass is one of 16 leading RegTech firms selected to take part in the mission and the only Scottish firm.  They will also pitch at an event during NYC FinTech week.

That’s all for today … until next Friday! 

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