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.
Tech City News hosted two events during London Tech Week.
The first, a panel discussion sponsored by Cisco served to discuss co-innovation between tech startups and big corporate firms, was hosted at IDEALondon.
Tech City News’ editor Emily Spaven; Tom Kneen, head of business development – British Innovation Gateway at Cisco; Siddharth Bannerjee, policy researcher/analyst, digital startups at Nesta; Ben Kott, CEO and founder of Energy Deck; and Simon Calver, a partner at BGF Ventures; featured on the panel.
Throughout the discussion, panelists spoke about the need for advantages and disadvantages of startup and corporate collaboration.
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For more information about the panelists’ advice, click here.
The following day, the Tech City News team headed to WeWork on Corsham St to host a discussion on ‘Growing Pains’, where panelists gave advice on how tech startups could scale up their operations.
Adrian Rainey, partner at Taylor Wessing, was joined on-stage by Mary Ellen Dugan, CMO at WP Engine; Laurence Parry, tax partner at Kreston Reeves; Ben Rose, insurance director at Digital Risks; and Jill Miller, research advisor at CIPD.
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The discussion was moderated by Emily Spaven, editor at Tech City News. To find out what was said during the event, click here.
Welsh startup demo
Several Welsh tech startups, part of Ideas.fund, pitched their products to an audience at TechHub Swansea.
Following several months of mentoring, the winning seven startups – Go2GP; The Booking Factory; RateSwitch; Cut A Deal; Seekrs; TAXO’d; and Doopoll – demoed their offering to a room full of investors and venture capitalists.
Matt Warren, a fellow director of TechHub, Tim Morgan and Paul Harwood, said: “We set out to find amazing teams or individuals with tech ideas in Wales or prepared to base themselves here, and take them through to growth, and today is a crucial part of this process.”
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This week saw the launch of ‘French Tech Ticket Season 2’, a competition seeking to find talented entrepreneurs with startups in either early or growth-stage phases.
The competition, open to startups from all over the world, will offer each of the 70 winning teams € 45,000 in funding.
Additionally, winning teams will get 12 months of hosting in a French incubator.
For more information about the competition click here.
Love The Sales, an e-commerce startup, has Eyetease and Verifone media’s competition.
The startup has walked away with a £160,000 digital ad campaign.
Stuart McClure, co-founder of Love The Sales, said: “To win the competition is amazing – it’s a real honour to have been chosen. When we spotted the #TeaseLondon competition we were intrigued by the opportunity. It was a hugely generous prize. We saw huge possibilities in this advertising format – the targeting capabilities are fantastic and we are very focused on the use of data to make every individual’s experience of our site tailored. It was a perfect fit.”
Richard Corbett, founder and CEO of Eyetease, commented: “As an entrepreneur who understands how difficult it can be to launch a new product into a competitive marketplace, #TeaseLondon was a great opportunity for us to see how we can help the next generation of startups! Love The Sales are solving a real world problem and we couldn’t resist their story.
“As a young working father, Stuart McClure needed to make every penny count and relied on buying sale items to provide his family with the things they needed most. There was nothing quite like it at the time, so Stuart and co-founders Mark Solomon and David Bishop developed a platform to help others shop smarter,” he added.