AO and L Marks launch a new accelerator for e-commerce startups

A global search is underway for startups keen to develop innovative and customer-centric e-commerce solutions, with applications now open for a new accelerator programme in the North West of England. Online electricals retailer AO is partnering with London-based global startup accelerator L Marks to launch the AO Innovation Lab. Based at AO's high tech, high spec premises at Parklands in Bolton, the 10-week programme offers startups expert mentorship, opportunities to trial products at scal...
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A post-Brexit future for entrepreneurs: How to navigate an uncertain climate

The U.K. can still maintain its reputation as a prime destination for startup founders—despite continuing uncertainty over its future as a major European hub for innovation. While there's much debate about the outlook for foreign investment, talent acquisition, and the flow of data, the UK should still be seen as "a fantastic ground for innovation and business development," says Ivan Mazour. Here, he shares how entrepreneurs can effectively navigate the current environment to avoid potential stu...
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Fact-check: What does Brexit really mean for Europe's startups?

Despite continuing uncertainty over post-Brexit access to foreign talent, international trade and international capital, most British startups aren't planning to move their headquarters abroad. The U.K. is due to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 unless the negotiating period is extended. Yet despite the unpredictable outcome and fears of damage to the innovation economy, research shows British startups are still attracting investment and expanding into foreign markets. Here, Valentina...
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How U.K. startups can improve Britain's image after Brexit by empowering their own brands

While intense political wrangling continues over the British government's plans for leaving the European Union, with the terms of the withdrawal agreement currently hanging in the balance, the impact of Brexit on U.K. businesses remains largely unknown. Although it undoubtedly presents significant challenges, it also creates new opportunities. And, whatever shape the post-Brexit landscape takes, "how Britain is perceived by the global community will be more important than ever," says brand marke...
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Facebook calls for deep tech startups to join its London lab, applications closing

Facebook's London-based incubator LDN_LAB is opening its doors to the next cycle of deep-tech startups to benefit from its 12-week accelerator programme. UK-based companies that are using technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, and voice recognition "to create a positive impact" are being selected for the programme, which starts in November 2018. Unlike most other accelerators in the UK capital, Facebook isn't investing any cash or ta...
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New cyber careers show aims to inspire the nation to become cyber savvy

Launched by Cyber Security Challenge UK, Cyber Re:coded is a two day careers fair taking place at London's Tobacco Dock on 15-16 October 2018. Visitors will be able to learn about the wide range of opportunities in the cyber security industry, get careers advice, meet prospective employers, attend talks and demonstrations, and take part in workshops and challenges. Cyber Re:coded is free to attend and tickets can be booked online. The event is running alongside the European Cyber Security Challe...
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London plans to be “world’s smartest city”

"As one of the world's leading technology hubs, we need to be bold and think big, to experiment and try things out that have not been done elsewhere," says Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Speaking at the launch of the new Smarter London Together roadmap, Khan said he's calling for greater collaboration than ever between local authorities, public services, major universities and the tech community to implement more than 20 individual projects that make up the new digital masterplan for London. Harry ...
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UK SMEs plan to boost European sales despite Brexit uncertainty

A recent survey finds British SMEs more optimistic about increasing their overseas sales than they were a year ago, despite continuing uncertainty over Brexit and the UK's future trade deals and customs arrangements. Although the overall findings of the 2018 OFX annual survey are more positive, they also reveal a regional disparity and a difference of opinion about the most attractive markets post-Brexit since the 2017 survey. Anna Jordan shares here the key findings from the survey, which gathe...
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Why London's tech community is thriving, despite Brexit

It seems gloomy predictions about the impact of Brexit aren't putting a dent in the positive mood of London's tech scene. According to Microsoft general manager David Mendlen, the city's "vibrant and engaged developer scene," with its "world-class educational support for startups and developers" and a "supportive local ecosystem and plenty of demand for developers" will ensure London continues to be "a tech powerhouse." Here, Mendlen explores how the growth of startup accelerators, dig...
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London Tech Week 2018: How the UK’s booming tech sector can prosper post-Brexit

With the cloud of uncertainty created by Brexit still looming large over the UK's startup scene, events across the capital this week are showcasing "the strength and success of the UK tech industry" and highlighting opportunities for further growth through international collaboration. Here, Tech London Advocates founder Russ Shaw explores some of the key themes already emerging from London Tech Week. Among them, he stresses the need to nurture domestic talent as well as improving access to world...
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