4 essential lessons for start-ups raising Series A for international growth

UK start-ups continue to represent a fast growing market, despite concerns about Brexit damaging UK investment and growth. With uncertainty around foreign investment, and to counter the potential loss of EU funding, the UK Government is stepping up funding to help growth-stage businesses achieve their potential and conquer new markets. Establishing a strong presence in a key overseas market requires a significant capital injection and raising funds for an international strategy can be an arduous...
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Ten years on: Seedcamp outs new £41M seed fund and says it’s ready to invest in tokens

London-based, pan-European VC firm Seedcamp is marking its 10-year anniversary with a £41m fund to invest in up to 100 startups across Europe. The company is funding startups from pre-seed stage up to Series A, while keeping some capital in reserve to follow-on in rounds up to Series B. Managing partners Reshma Sohoni and Carlos Espinal, and investment partner Tom Wilson, discuss with Steve O'Hear how the company has evolved over the past decade. They also share what sets Seedcamp apar...
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A London startup is launching a debit card that lets you spend bitcoin and ethereum

With £2 million raised from a consortium of private investors, London Block Exchange (LBX) is launching a debit card that lets UK customers spend cryptocurrencies. Although LBX isn't the only foreign exchange startup developing cryptocurrency-trading capability, it's one of the first in the UK aimed at making cryptocurrencies easier for consumers to buy and spend. The prepaid debit card uses an app to provide access to the LBX exchange, where customers can buy bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptoc...
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How to grow your business amid Brexit uncertainty

While companies in the United Kingdom (UK) are preparing as best they can, there's still a cloud of uncertainty over the consequences of leaving the European Union (EU). Brexit—­as the British exit from the EU is commonly known—remains a controversial topic with little agreement about how it's going to impact the UK economy. And there's been little progress in the negotiations between the UK and EU about future trade arrangements and the tariffs and customs barriers that may be imposed. To help ...
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A government-backed £68m robotics and AI fund has just launched

The UK government-backed Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) is pumping £68m into robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) projects supporting clean, renewable energy generation. Together with industry support, some of the funding is going to create four new research hubs managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The remaining funds are being distributed among projects being developed in partnership with several UK universities. As Shane Donnelly reports, the aim ...
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14 year-old founders wow Duke of York, crowned Pitch@Palace 8.0 winners

The winners of this year's second Pitch@Palace competition are the youngest contestants ever to pitch at the event held at St James's Palace, the most senior royal palace in the UK. The winning pitch was presented by14-year-old students Siena Jackson-Wolfe and India Garret-Cox. They aim to "transform the relationship between consumers and their food wastage" with Eat Me, an Internet of Things (IoT) device with an app that reminds consumers to use the food they have in the fridge w...
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Independent review of artificial intelligence sector highlights start-up opportunities

A new report says boosting growth in the UK's artificial intelligence (AI) sector could add up to USD 814 billion (GBP 630bn) to the nation's economy. The independent report, commissioned by the UK government, recommends a number of measures for increasing AI expertise and broadening participation in the sector. It also highlights a variety of AI business opportunities, with the healthcare, automotive, and financial services sectors showing great potential. In this article, Shane Donnelly e...
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A new equity crowdfunding platform for UK robotics start-ups has launched

Tech startups in the UK can now raise finance through an equity crowdfunding platform aimed specifically at robotics development. Through Britbots CROWD, private investors can invest a minimum of £200 and they may qualify for tax incentives under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) or Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Britbots, the company behind Britbots CROWD, specialises in funding start-ups through the British Robotics Seed Fund, while helping them with their marketing a...
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‘Europe leader’ UK could be home to first $50bn tech start-up, industry report finds

Of Europe's 57 tech firms worth $1bn or more, 22 are UK-founded. And the four companies added in the last 12 months, bring the UK's collective value to $49.9bn. With 36 unicorns (businesses valued at $1bn or more), the UK (22), Germany (7) and Sweden (7) are the top European hubs for scaling digital businesses, according to a new report from GP Bullhound. The report, which analyses the strength, growth, and future prospects the European digital economy, also canvassed the opinions of leading inv...
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Over 75k new jobs created from foreign direct investment, despite 'lurking shadow of Brexit'

Despite concerns following the vote to leave the European Union, the UK is still attracting substantial foreign direct investments (FDI). According to a survey by Ernst & Young (EY), the UK remains one of the most desirable European countries for foreign businesses to invest in new projects. Figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show FDI increased to £197bn in 2016; a rise of 20% from the previous year. With FDI set to create more than 75,00...
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