On 19th May 2023, I was lucky enough to be invited to Antler’s UK HQ for their ‘Women of Antler brunch and fireside chat: Unlocking Success’ event. Antler is a Singapore-based business incubator and startup accelerator founded in 2017 with Pitchbook ranking it as the most active seed stage venture capital firm in 2022 globally, with 262 deals.
His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum inaugurates 2023 edition of the PrecisionMed Exhibition & Summit
His Highness Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, inaugurated the 2023 edition of the PrecisionMed Exhibition & Summit (PMES) 2023 being held today and tomorrow at the Dubai World Trade Centre. HH Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum toured the exhibition and summit accompanied by dignitaries.
Consumers’ desire to travel has caused travel bookings to spike with 80% of UK airlines and hotels saying direct bookings have increased over the last 12 months. That’s according to a new travel benchmark report series of airlines and hotels from Quantum Metric, the continuous product design platform for customer-driven digital experiences, that combined anonymised platform data and executive survey responses to uncover this year’s travel booking trends.
Research from STX Next, a software development company specialising in the Python programming language, has found that 29% of developers have completed courses in AI and machine learning (ML), making it the third-most popular area for training behind web development (67%) and software development (65%).
While ambition and determination are key characteristics for becoming a business owner, tailoring your education to build skills, knowledge and potential networking opportunities is vital for prospective entrepreneurs. Each university has a unique reputation, whether that's based on prestige or academic success, but is there a university that produces more business owners than others?
Cloudways, the multi-cloud managed hosting platform and subsidiary of DigitalOcean, today launches its new Digital Agency Landscape Report exposing the obstacles preventing digital agencies from growing during times of uncertainty. Research conducted by Cloudways found that 40% of digital agencies prioritise growth above personal wellbeing, suggesting that digital agencies are neglecting the welfare of their employees in their pursuit of expansion.
Elkstone, the Irish investment house, has announced that the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has committed to anchor the final close of its €100 million Early-Stage Irish Venture Fund. With Enterprise Ireland also on board, the fund has already deployed over €10m to date and aims to complete its initial investments by 2026.
The latest Spotlight on Spinouts Report by the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub has revealed rapidly growing spinout clusters outside the ‘golden triangle’ of Oxford, Cambridge and London – with the local authorities of Manchester and City of Bristol demonstrating the highest growth by proportion of spinout population.
Chris Todhunter, Technical Director at Studio Republic explains the importance of online accessibility: “Web accessibility should be seen in the same way as a high street shop without wheelchair access, or a cinema without a hearing loop - excluding a website user because of their disability has long been classed as discrimination in the USA and we're quite a way behind in the UK in terms of legislation. In fact, 97.4% of 1 million website home pages tested in a WebAIM 2023 study were found to have accessibility errors. The most common failures are actually pretty easy to fix.”
A new research report, Education for a World of Opportunity, reveals that over a third (36%) of British Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) decision makers believe that technology and innovation have created fewer opportunities for unskilled workers to “learn on the job” and progress to higher paid roles.
EarSwitch has been awarded the UKRI Healthy Ageing Challenge Grant. The grant will enable EarSwitch to develop its EarMetrics product, initially for the UK’s diverse and ageing population. EarMetrics aims to provide an in-ear sensor for standard hearing aids to measure temperature, heart rate, pulse, and blood oxygen levels and a medical first: continuous blood pressure monitoring.
Lem-uhn, the feel-good PR agency, reveals that sales are up by 4.5% as consumer spending power continues to be felt despite the cost of living crisis. The latest Office for National Statistics retail sales data from March also shows that this figure has increased by 15.7% compared to February 2020. Lem-uhn believes the data suggests that UK consumers are still looking to shop however they are prioritising products that add value to their lives.
Barcelona-based Mitiga Solutions, a science-based climate-tech company that applies science and technology to improve prevention, resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards using AI and high-performance computing, has raised a €13.25 million Series A. The investment was led by Kibo Ventures alongside Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, Nationwide Ventures, Faber Ventures, and CREAS Impacto.
Majid Al Futtaim Announces Second Edition of its Launchpad Programme in Partnership with AstroLabs, Microsoft and DIFC Launchpad
Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail, and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, today launched the second edition of its Launchpad programme - part of Xsight Future Solutions business, Majid Al Futtaim’s newly formed business aimed at accelerating the company’s digital offerings and empowering partners with scalable, end-to-end digital services, products, and solutions. Majid Al Futtaim’s Launchpad strives to unlock value by partnering with and investing in innovative startups and disruptors that can benefit from the reach of the Majid Al Futtaim ecosystem.
RingCentral, a provider of AI-powered global enterprise cloud communications, video meetings, collaboration, and contact centre solutions, today shares research exposing the views of UK workers on one of the most revolutionary technologies of a generation: Artificial Intelligence (AI). The data comes as CFOs predict ‘significant growth’ in AI spend according to Deloitte.
OneTech, a not-for-profit designed to help underserved communities connect to opportunities in the tech ecosystem, has announced its official spinout from startup network Capital Enterprise. OneTech has evolved into a formidable force, tackling the deep-rooted systemic inequality across the London tech startup scene.
Dufrain, the data consultancy, has released new research from its State of Data report, exposing a significant ‘talent shortage’ in the data and analytics sector that could result in substantial losses for firms worldwide. 60% of data and analytics leaders said the biggest challenge to their business was recruiting individuals with the necessary skills and talents.
With World Telecommunication and Information Day taking place today (17 May), and more and more brands recognising the potential of artificial intelligence, entrepreneur and marketing expert Pete Sayburn says that technological innovations are creating a new wave of creative marketing. With the rise of technological innovations, 2023 will see traditional marketing methods overturned, says marketing expert Pete Sayburn.
Investors, businesses and policymakers unite to democratise sustainability action at ‘Reset Connect London’
On the 27th and 28th of June, businesses including Google, eBay, Nestle, Microsoft, GSK, Phoenix Group, M&G Investments, Starling Bank, and other FTSE100 companies and the investment community will unite at Reset Connect London, the UK’s sustainability and net zero event, the flagship of London Climate Action Week at ExCeL London.
DUO: Dates Unlike Others is a mobile application designed to add excitement and adventure to couples' dating lives. Created by Arie and Lauren Burnham Luyendyk, who found love on season 22 of The Bachelor, DUO offers a range of features, date ideas, and date planning, to help couples break out of their dating rut and improve their relationship.
Metaverse company, Hadean, is teaming up with film & TV studio, Film Soho, to produce an interactive virtual documentary about the life of iconic British supermodel, Twiggy. Supported by Epic Games, disguise and AWS, the new partnership employs metaverse technology to deliver a photo-realistic interactive experience to a global live audience of fans, while challenging the boundaries of modern filmmaking.
Just three months into 2023 and over 600 tech companies have announced mass layoffs globally, impacting over 180,000 employees. This is compared to 161,411 tech company layoffs in 2022 as a whole. While most of these layoffs occurred within some of Silicon Valley's most notorious tech giants, there is no doubt that this stream of job cuts has impacted businesses both large and small across the globe - reportedly fuelled by ongoing global macroeconomic conditions.
Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) provider Ringover will exhibit at Digital Transformation Expo, taking place at Manchester Central on May 17 and 18, 2023. Exhibiting from booth F60, Ringover will demonstrate its omnichannel communications platform and explore the relevance of an all-in-one solution within digital transformation.
Rotterdam will host Upstream Festival 2023 from May 23-25, providing a diverse range of activities tailored to meet the requirements of growing businesses, including access to talent, corporate buyers, and capital. The three-day event will feature Capital Wednesday on May 24th. On this day, 20 top national and international investors will gather, covering seed capital, Series A/B, private equity, subsidies, and grants will gather in the House of Capital. This unique occasion presents an excellent opportunity for startups and scaleups to connect with those investors, equivalent to over €12 billion in managed assets.
WMF confirms itself as an international leading event for innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem: more than 1.000 startups from around the world expected in Rimini
The WMF - International Trade Fair and Festival on Tech and Digital Innovation, scheduled for June 15-17 will host more than 1.000 startups from around the world. Among them, hundreds will present their projects within the World Startup Fest, the international leading event for startups, scaleups and investors, in front of the WMF audience that includes the major players of innovative entrepreneurship in the technology and digital sector. Also among the most expected events at World Startup Fest is the final of the Startup Competition, the largest international competition for startups, which will see the 6 finalists of the call compete on the Mainstage.
OpenAI’s ChatGPT has taken the world by storm since its release in November 2022 and companies have been racing to adopt this in some shape or form in their business processes. Helping these companies embrace the opportunity, WorkHack is today announcing a $1.5 million funding round to develop its AI tech layer which allows businesses to deploy safe, thoughtful, and responsible AI functions.
Empire State Development (ESD) has announced that the application window is now open for round five of the Grow-NY food and agriculture competition. Grow-NY, an initiative that connects innovators and investors in the food, beverage, and agriculture sectors locally and around the globe, has resulted in economic growth and entrepreneurial opportunity in upstate New York.
Recruitment fell sharply in April, suggesting that employers are holding back on hiring as business confidence continues to be impacted by economic uncertainty. That’s according to the latest statistics from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) – the trade body for the professional recruitment sector.
With marketing budgets being squashed, marketers are expected to do more with less. Teams are leaner, cookie policies are changing, Google analytics 4 has been released and, with fewer people commuting and out shopping, OOH is being put to the test. These changes have created a mini storm within most marketing departments which, for years, have been collecting and analysing data, finding patterns and trends and adapting their tactics and budgets to improve their ROI.
Swiss drone delivery company Jedsy has announced a significant collaboration with Brazilian aviation firm Helisul, poised to revolutionize goods delivery in Brazil. Helisul, known for its comprehensive range of aviation services including air taxi and cargo transportation, has committed to purchasing one glider and three mailboxes from Jedsy as the initial step in their partnership.
Perkbox, the global rewards and benefits platform, reveals proprietary data showing the extent to which businesses have become champions of their employees’ lifestyles. With price rises fuelling the cost of living crisis, employees are increasingly relying on employer-funded rewards to enjoy the moments that matter outside of work.
Modern-day entrepreneurs have utilised various resources such as programmes, interviews, and podcasts to expand their empires and personal brands. With this emergence of entrepreneurs in the influencer sphere, Business Name Generator has delved into social data to find out which entrepreneurs hold the most influence online in 2023.
Andrew Radcliffe, Co-Founder of Spyrosoft, Managing Director UK, explores the importance of educators and tech companies working together to provide a digital education, and how this can be done in a way that empowers young people and career changers to make the most of opportunities in the digital age.
Stix Mindfulness, a provider of interactive wellbeing products for children, announces the results of a recent research study showing the positive impact of Stix Mindfulness Remotes on children's mood. The study, conducted over four weeks, involved eight children and was conducted in partnership with Brunel University London.
Techspace has released The Scaleup Culture Report, a national report diving into the current state of workplace culture across the UK tech industry. Based on a comprehensive YouGov survey of 1,000 tech workers, the report sheds light on how companies are adapting to new working models and shares insights and learnings to help businesses.
Some of the world’s most innovative startups have been recognised at this year’s ABB Electrification Startup Challenge. The hotly contested challenge attracted 130 applicants from over 30 countries with a range of pioneering electrification solutions and services that address some of the world’s energy challenges.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today announced a series of new business support services to help companies in London high-growth sectors, create the jobs of tomorrow for Londoners. Delivered by the Mayor’s business growth agency, London & Partners, the ‘Grow London’ service will help London and international companies to expand their businesses and support London’s economic growth.
Almost half of businesses in the UK (44%) experienced at least one LinkedIn scam this year, according to research by NordLayer, a network security solution for businesses. The most affected tend to be big companies (65%), fake job offers are the most popular scam they encounter (63%), and damaged reputation, as well as stolen/damaged data (47% each) were the leading outcomes of LinkedIn scams.
VistaPrint, the design and marketing partner for small businesses, announced the 20 winners of its Realising the Remarkable grant programme with Enterprise Nation. The winners will each receive an equal share of the £150,000 grant money as well as access to VistaCreate Pro, 99designs by Vista´s Silver logo and brand guide package and £500 to spend on marketing materials on the VistaPrint website.