Introducing Ctrl Alt – an innovative new alternative investment marketplace that is opening up the previously exclusive world of alternative investments
Ctrl Alt, the app that enables investments in alternative assets with as little as £10, will launch on the 17th of November, it was announced today. Founded by an experienced team of financial services and technology experts, Ctrl Alt is set to change the alternative investment universe by providing its users access to assets that have so far been available to only the wealthiest in society.
Air pollution is the most-pressing environmental health crisis of our time with approximately nine in 10 people around the world breathing unclean air. Helping to spotlight this existential threat, cleantech startup Airly is today announcing a $5.5M series A funding round as it targets cleaning the air by understanding the exact sources based on sensor data and comprehensive actionable insights.
The UK Government’s 2022 tech scale-ups programme, the Tech Rocketship Awards, reached its conclusion today. The Awards identified the brightest and best tech companies and will accelerate the global growth of its winners, through curated programmes connecting them with the UK’s ecosystem of investors, incubators and High Potential Opportunity (HPO) clusters.
With many UK singletons looking to ‘reset’ their relationship and dating lives, amongst a sea of challenging online behaviour, fake profiles, and inauthentic connection, ZiP Video Dating app has launched with a promise of ‘what you see, is what you get’ - via in-app video profiling designed to combat ‘catfishing’, inaccurate imagery and promote inclusivity and safety.
If anyone had suggested only a few years ago that it is a realistic proposition to float a psychedelics company on any of the London markets that suggestion would likely have been met with derision. Commentators would have pointed to a lack of understanding and therefore acceptance of psychedelics in the investment community and to potential problems under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA).
DARWINIUM, A NEXT-GENERATION FRAUD AND SECURITY PLATFORM, SECURES AN INITIAL $10 MILLION FUNDING ROUND
Darwinium, a pioneering new Customer Protection Platform, has today announced a seed funding round of $10 million USD led by Venture Capitalist firm Blackbird alongside Airtree. The initial funding round, raised to elevate the global launch of the company into the security and fraud sector, will be targeted towards both product and customer expansion. Additional funding was supported by several prominent angel investors including Naval Ravikant and Jeff Fagnan.
Harper Care Announces Tune a Science-Backed Wellness Testing Kit that Measures and Explains Your Mental Health
Harper, a company pioneering new science in mental health, from identification to personalised care, is launching Tune by Harper. The first of its kind, Tune’s wellness kit uses a lollipop to test saliva for multiple evidence-based markers of health, providing an accurate and objective measure of wellbeing when combined with digital assessments.
After growing a business, there will come a time when any founder must build a team to take the company to the next level. However, it can be difficult to recruit and to know what to look for in candidates at such a crucial stage. In addition, building a team requires entrepreneurs to become leaders, an evolution that can be as difficult as knowing who to hire.
Thirty-one per cent of employers have no plans to offer fertility support, according to new research1 undertaken during September 2022 by digital health app, Peppy. Peppy believes this approach may have a detrimental impact on an employer’s ability to both attract and retain staff of child-bearing age, as well as reflect poorly on their overall brand.
The starting phase of a business is not easy, and there are many important legal matters to settle before you get started. This article will outline some of the key legal considerations you need to remember when establishing a business, from selecting the right business structure to registering your business and complying with relevant regulations.
Starting a business can be an exhilarating experience but it also comes with a large share of stress and pressure. This is true for the entrepreneur at the top of the management structure and the shop floor worker. The health and well-being of you and your employees can be an asset to your startup, or a liability. It depends on how you manage yourself and your business.
Healthtech startup Sleepwave is providing more ways to help people wake up fresh with the launch of its haptic smart alarm for the Apple Watch. Sleepwave is a revolutionary motion-sensing smart alarm and sleep tracking app that addresses an overlooked area of sleep health: the quality of our morning wake up.
Hoxton Farms has announced a $22 million Series A round to build a pilot facility for producing cultivated fat: the missing ingredient necessary to make meat alternatives delicious, realistic, and versatile. After receiving regulatory approval, Hoxton Farms will sell cultivated fat as a B2B ingredient for meat alternatives.
On-demand vinyl platform, elasticStage, has announced the opening of its new North-West London production and R&D facility. The 10,000 square foot facility will house its revolutionary, patent-pending technology that is set to change the vinyl market as we know it. The British tech startup has garnered interest and support from across the music, tech, engineering, automation and printing industries, and is also revealing the first names of industry veterans proudly joining its advisory board - Paul Smith, Aron Priest and Charles Grimsdale.
Cryptocurrencies are all the rage right now. Bitcoin, in particular, has seen an astronomical increase in value over the past year, and Ethereum and Litecoin are not far behind. So it's natural for business owners to ask whether they should invest in crypto. What a business needs is a way to determine if investing in crypto is right for them. This will depend on various factors, including their current financial situation and the nature of their business. This article looks at some of the reasons you might want to consider investing in crypto.
Iomob (short for Internet of Mobility), a UK and Spain-based technology start-up, is expected to launch the world’s first seamless mobility technology later this year, after more than three years of research and several pilots. The new platform will be integrated into existing transport and mobility websites and apps all over the world, allowing providers for the first time, to include third-party mobility connections— with a focus on sustainable options— enabling passengers to book and pay for a complete door-to-door journey involving multiple modes of transport on just one website or app.
Venus and Serena Williams are investing in social-first trading app, Shares, to make finance accessible and collaborative
Shares, Europe’s first social and community-based investing app, has announced that international tennis champions, Venus and Serena Williams, have been appointed the first ambassadors of Shares as they become shareholders in the company. This news comes shortly after Shares has closed on its $40 million Series B funding round led by Peter Thiel Fund, Valar Ventures.
Consumers are Ordering More Delivery and Takeaways in Spite of Inflation and Increased Cost of Living
Deliverect, a global scale-up that simplifies digital orders for more than 27,000 locations across 40 markets, today announced new global research, which revealed that more people are purchasing takeaway or delivery orders today than they were before the recent increase in cost of living. The survey, which was commissioned by Deliverect and conducted by Censuswide, found that 57.34% of consumers are now purchasing up to three takeaways in a week now, in comparison to 49% prior to the inflation increase.
Swedish-Ukrainian IT company Sigma Software Group is scaling up their Femmegineering initiative to build a female tech community across emerging European tech markets. The organisers will launch educational events, and provide free access to IT courses at Sigma Software University and mentorships by industry leaders to female refugees and local women in Europe.
Sküma Water has raised £300,000 in a pre-seed funding round led by early-stage focused venture capital firm Jenson Funding Partners. Multiple angel investors also participated in the round, including William Ripley, a notable investor in sustainable technology and ex-director of product strategy at Philips
EasyTip partners with Samtouch Software to unlock cashless, fairer tipping and hundreds of pounds in cost savings
EasyTip, the UK’s leading online service for collecting tips in the hospitality industry, is announcing a new partnership with Samtouch Software, bringing fairer and quicker tip payments to staff at over 7,500 hospitality venues across UK. Technological innovation has become vital in driving the post-pandemic recovery of the sector and enabling the administration of staff tips to be more efficient, cheaper, and less time consuming is a significant component of such a trend.
Starting a business comes with unavoidable risk and responsibility. And where there is risk, insurance surely follows. It’s an industry that has a foothold in many aspects of life, from the cars we drive to our homes and our businesses. While it’s another expense to add to the profit and loss sheet, taking out the right kind of insurance for your business is absolutely critical. Even more so for startups because many typically lack financial security and stability in the first few years. In this short guide, we’ll outline the most common types of business insurance that startups take out from the get-go.
Pets are big business in the UK. According to the PDSA, over half of the UK’s adult population own a pet of some description. This is a lucrative demographic for budding business owners in the pet industry, particularly with regard to ‘pet hospitality’ – an emerging industry borne of the increased mobility of younger pet owners in the UK. But if you were to start your own pet boarding business, where would you begin?
Growth is often the number one priority for any startup. With growth comes revenue and with revenue should come profit, eventually. However, growth is all about finding the sweet spot – too much, too quickly and your startup could be left short of resources or without the proper structure in place to support your expansion. Too slow and your business could face stagnation and lose the race to turn profitable. The sweet spot is what’s known as sustainable growth – the rate at which your resources, structure and systems can support growth without risking the quality of your product or service, or operations as a whole. Below we’ll explore some of the areas of your startup that you should be focusing on to help generate sustainable growth.
Optellum, an Oxford-based medtech company that provides a breakthrough AI platform to diagnose and treat early-stage lung cancer, has raised $14 million in a Series A funding round. The investment will enable the company to scale its base, operations and commercial launches in the UK and USA, accelerate its research and development, and expand its platform into personalized therapy decisions, integrating imaging with molecular data, robotics, and liquid biopsies.
The last decade has seen a huge boom in the global startup ecosystem, with digital and tech startups driving innovation across every industry imaginable. Last year, VC investment in startups hit an all-time high, almost doubling to reach $621 billion globally and shatter historic funding records. In recent years, the UK has created more tech unicorns than any other country except the US and China. Following a turbulent couple of years, post-pandemic investor confidence in startups seemed to have skyrocketed, and it seemed the startup sector was on the path to an unprecedented recovery.
Darren Goode, former President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Elvie, is taking up a new role as a leading Advisor at femtech startup Béa Fertility. Darren led Elvie to become a global healthtech brand with revenues exceeding $26m. He now joins Béa as the team gears up to bring its hotly anticipated fertility device to market.
Spathios is an online marketplace that connects professionals and businesses with great creative spaces. The startup provides its users access to locations for events, meetings and filming studios via its online booking marketplace. Founded by Pol Hevia and Joaquim Tresserra in Barcelona, the startup has now more than 2,500 spaces across Spain and 400 in London.
When COVID-19 brought the globe to a standstill, it was the growth of online payment solutions that kept the lights on, and the money flowing, when much of the world was closed. We are all still coming to terms with both the human and financial costs of the pandemic and subsequent restrictions. Life has, in many ways, returned to a “new normal.” Businesses have, for the most part, reopened their doors and many of the restrictions on travel have been lifted. However, many aspects of day-to-day life have changed permanently - one of those being payments
It's safe to say that the internet has had a significant impact on the way businesses operate. Back then, marketing efforts focused on traditional channels like print, TV, and radio. With the advent of the internet, businesses have had to adapt their strategies to keep up with the times. These days, digital marketing services are one of the most effective ways to reach potential customers. And as we move into the future, digital marketing will likely become more critical.
Whether you’re getting your nails done, having your hair recoloured or taking a waxing strip to your brows, the beauty industry isn’t short on treatments. In fact, it’s a booming industry that is growing with each year. In 2022, the industry has been valued at an eye-watering £395.7 billion. And everyone’s getting a slice of the well-groomed pie.
This issue we’re delving into Scotland’s astonishingly beautiful capital city, Edinburgh. Well known for its dramatic cityscape, historical charm, stunning architecture and infamous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh is also an up-and-coming startup hotspot. Let’s delve in as to why the city is predicted to become the UK’s next technology hub.
Matt is no stranger to building successful companies and developing national brands. Before hitting 40 years of age, he’d created, grown and sold a multi-million-pound marketing company, picking up the Great British NatWest Entrepreneur Of The Year award three years in a row along the way. Not afraid to take on a new challenge, Matt set his sights on tackling the male skincare industry head on, with the launch of MESOA For Men. We caught up with Matt to learn more about him and the journey.
Building on its record-breaking Series B investment, SEON has hired Matt Davies, formerly VP of Customer Marketing at Splunk as its new Chief Marketing Officer in a move that highlights the company’s marketing-first approach to business development. We caught up with Matt to learn more about his journey and his new role.
Leiho has created smiley socks for a good cause. For homeless people, something as simple as putting on a clean pair of socks, underwear, eating a hot meal or drinking clean water can make a huge difference to your day. Leiho has created socks, and with every eco-conscious product you buy, you are helping the business support people in need by giving them essentials that improve their lives. We caught up with the two Founders Joey and Thuta to find out about their journey.