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Startup Weekly: Starling Bank’s hackathon, FoodTech awards & more

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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.

Starling Bank Hackathon

Starling Bank has announced will be hosting its first hackathon; opening up its API to outside developers.

Hackathon participants will gain early access to the developer platform and the Marketplace, along with the necessary credentials to access and start using the Starling API.

Megan Caywood, chief platform officer at Starling Bank, said: “We’re really excited to be hosting our first Starling Hackathon. It’s intriguing to think what ideas spring from the opportunity to access our API and Platform.

“We recommend that anyone applying bring their best ideas because all successful entrants to our Hackathon will get to pitch and demonstrate their concept to our judging panel of tech innovators and VCs. This is a great chance for all involved to create something transformational,” Caywood added.

The hackathon will take place at Google Campus in London in April (7th – 9th).

For more information, please visit

FoodTech awards

Calling all the dreamers, disruptors, crazy geniuses and misfits of food tech who are not afraid to try something new – it’s your time to shine at last!

The FoodTalk Show has launched an awards programme to celebrate the amazing innovation going on right here in the UK.

If your business is based in the UK, been trading at least a year and is doing something new and exciting in the food tech sector, apply to be considered for an award.

The awards ceremony will take place in London on 12th June.

Award categories include:

o It’s All In The Taste – unusual and delicious flavour combinations
o Free-From Pioneer – food or drink products that taste great without allergens
o Gourmet Guerrilla – cleaner or healthier options in factory-produced food
o What’s In Store – smart gadgets and tech that rock our world
o Outside The Box – packaging that’s more than just a pretty parcel
o The Fabulous Fanny Award for Food Writing – our tribute to a culinary queen!

Entries open on 7th March. You can find further information and download the application form at

Open Up Challenge

The Open Up Challenge is a £5m challenge prize by Nesta at the forefront of open banking.

It’s split into two stages:

  1. Innovation Stage

Approximately 20 finalists will be selected by early July 2017 to be awarded £50k each as a development grant to help build their product. Approximately 10 winners will be awarded cash prizes from a £1m prize pot in December 2017. Applications open 23rd March 2017 and close 31st May 2017.

2: Market Ready

Applications open in January 2018 and close in March 2018. Up to 5 entrants will be selected by May 2017 to be awarded development grants from a pot of £500k to help build their product. Up to 3 winners will be awarded cash prizes from a £2m prize pot by October 2018.

Property Wire wants you to vote

Voting for the 2017 Property Wire Awards – where you can vote for ‘PropTech Company of the Year’ – is now open!

To vote, head over to the awards site and select who you want to win from each category.

You can vote for as many or as few of the 19 categories as you like.

Voting will close on 5 March.

That’s all for this week … Until next Friday!