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.
With the European proptech market now accounting for around 20% of global proptech investment (Property Week, 10 March), it’s high time we looked at the pressures real estate technology startups are facing to stand out, get in front of the right people and mature faster. Three industry experts share their views on how startups can scale in a truly sustainable way:
Uniforms and workwear may not seem the most exciting subject - until you talk to James Bolingbroke. James set up his company in October 2019 - just in time for the pandemic, but that didn’t dilute his passion and he’s taken his fledgling business from a part-time enterprise to his full-time passion. Let’s find out what inspired him - and his plans for the future.
When it comes to university, there is a lot to think about; often the onboarding and arrival processes for international students can be a nightmare. Enroly, founded by Jeff Williams and his Co-Founder Maynard Inkster, was created back in 2017 to address exactly this problem, as Enroly automates the CAS, visa and arrival process for universities, their international students, and agents.
Between their 10 to 14 years of medical education and then a lifetime of work in their chosen specialties, doctors develop a powerful set of skills that help them to be effective healers. Sometimes these unique abilities are innate, but in most cases, they’re learned and honed over a doctor’s career.
Piper is a people technology business that makes better managers. Founded in 2021, it is building a solution that combines technology and behavioural science techniques that can be used by individual managers to improve their performance in a measurable, ongoing and lasting way. We spoke to Sathya Smith, CEO and founder of Piper to learn more.
The vision for TestMe was initially born out of a frustration with the state of play in the education sector. We’re living at a time where we are constantly overwhelmed by new knowledge – we receive news alerts on our cell phones instantaneously, and we can source boundless information using search engines. This begs the question: how do we process all of this information? Generally, the sector has struggled to keep pace with these new developments. I believe that the way we share and consolidate knowledge should reflect the needs of the modern world.
The second edition of the global FoodTech Challenge, that seeks to find the next wave of technology innovations on the cusp of transforming traditional agriculture practices, efficiently and sustainably, was launched at the EXPO2020 Dubai, and 4th of April 2022, unveils the competition's pooled prize amount of $2m.
Aerospace Xelerated is a three-month, funded accelerator for software startups capable of moving the aerospace industry forward. It is interested in innovative startups within the assured autonomy, autonomous navigation, generative design, smart maintenance, adaptive learning and reduced workload areas. The programme is open to startups around the world.
Disruptive blockchain technology company StrikeX has hit a major milestone with the celebration of its first anniversary. Started in the depths of the UK's third Covid-19 lockdown in March 2021 by co-founders Joe Jowett, CEO, and Kishan Vadgama, CCO, StrikeX was born with a vision to democratise the investment industry and empower retail investors.
American startup company WattEV has placed an order for 50 Volvo VNR Electric trucks. Over the next several months, the trucks will be deployed in WattEV’s Truck-as-a-Service model (TaaS). TaaS provides shippers and carriers access to Class 8 battery-electric trucks at a per-mile rate, including charging, that is on par with the total cost of operating diesel trucks.
Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide, and costs the economy £8.2bn each year in treatment, healthcare costs and loss of work. Every March #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth aims to increase awareness and highlight the symptoms of the debilitating condition. Despite affecting 1 in 10 women, and people with menstrual cycles, the average diagnosis can take up to seven and a half years, highlighting the importance of raising awareness of the symptoms.
Lifesaver Power, the cleantech startup on a mission to provide fairer and cleaner products to individuals and businesses, has relaunched its Lifeline to the Frontline campaign to supply power banks to Ukrainian refugees. This comes as the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen, with two million people now reported to have fled the country and no end to their plight in sight.
It’s been a big year for the Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) space in the UK. Research indicates that almost 15 million adults now use this payment option, which is up more than two million since the start of 2021. Homegrown players are beginning to join the sector, including PollenPay, a new BNPL company from Manchester. We recently caught up with the company’s CEO, Leon Wilson to discuss how he’s getting on.
As Amazon’s CTO since 2005, Werner Vogels has observed macro trends around the technology industry, giving him a unique perspective to distinguish substantive progress from mere fads. He recently published his views on what he sees in store in 2022 for cloud technology and the technology world in general.
As we look forward to this year's Hustle Awards, we take a look back at some of our deserved winners from last year. Starting with one of the hot categories – Social Impact Hero - who took the crown when it came to making an impact and leading the way? Well none other than the ultimate ethical alternative to everything platform, Goodfind.
Nothing could have prepared businesses for the global pandemic and my business, Grind - like many others - was hit hard as a result of multiple UK lockdowns. The pandemic shuttered or restricted trade in our central London cafes and restaurants for most of 2020 and 2021, forcing us initially to furlough the vast majority of our 300 strong team, and axe plans for future openings.
Amelia Sordell has a passion to brand people, not businesses. You may have recently heard her talk openly about her journey and her life on our podcast The Cereal Entrepreneur, we decided to catch up further with Amelia about her drive to brand people, the importance of this, and how she came to found Klowt, The Personal Branding Agency.
Digital Catapult, the UK authority on advanced digital technology, has chosen six technology startups as the ‘ones to watch’ for 2022 at this year’s Digital Catapult Awards. These innovative small businesses are leading the way in the development and application of advanced and emerging digital technologies across the UK economy, and were selected as trailblazing examples of the strength and innovation of the vibrant UK tech startup ecosystem.
Digitopia is the global leader in Digital Maturity assessment and benchmarking studies, it takes an independent and industry-agnostic approach. The Digital Maturity Index (DMI) methodology is underpinned by the Digital Maturity Platform (DMP), which is the leading maturity assessment and benchmarking solution for business. It supports hundreds of organisations with an essential set of Executive KPIs that help to measure digital transformation progress and success. We spoke to Halil Aksu, CEO of Digitopia to find out more.
COP26 encouraged people to rethink their impact on the environment and strive towards more conscious consumption. This, coupled with the launch of our November/December issue of the magazine focusing on sustainability and tech for good means it’s the perfect time to round up the top 10 sustainable tech startups of 2021.
Health technology is the fastest growing subsection within the health sector as well as the second most profitable sub-set in the tech sector. In 2020, the UK health technology sector received venture capital investment of $2.3bn, the third-highest globally. When considering both growth and investment across the broad spectrum of categories in the UK tech sector, the health technology sub-set is second, only after fintech.
Prior to starting Hertility Health, my co-founders and I realised that even though our careers and personal lives were very different, we all had one thing in common: we wanted reassurance about our fertility health. We found ourselves asking the same questions you might also ask yourself: "Should our career come before a family?" or "Why do we have to make a choice between the two?" And when we searched for help with these big questions, we came up empty handed.
Kazakhstan is still a relatively young country, sometimes referred to as '30 years young' as it is about to celebrate 30 years of independence, but it has already established a successful innovation ecosystem with the support of various government Ministries and often as a result of its First President’s initiatives.
Spotting a gap in the market, Steph Desmond and Binky Felstead, decided to launch bloss - the home of parenting experts. bloss is on a mission to connect men, women and carers with some of the world's most credible, trusted professionals at the touch of a button. We spoke to Steph to learn more about her journey and what bloss wants to achieve.
Embargo is a loyalty and rewards app and platform for the hospitality industry, helping venues to stay in touch with regular customers and make sure they come back, and ensuring a seamless experience for users looking for rewards at their favourite businesses. We caught up with Tsewang Wangkang and Frederick Szydlowski, the Founders to find out more on Embargo.
Every journey that ever began, never came with a prequel of how it is going to be. It is only when we walk past it, do we experience, learn and evolve. The same goes with starting up. You might not have a background, but you have your experience, grit and discipline that keep you moving forward. Being young is a power in itself, but it only benefits when you know what you are doing and how it adds value.
Coming from a small, picturesque town of Šibenik on the Croatian Adriatic coast, I was born at a very uncertain time, during the breakup of Yugoslavia and Croatian war for independence. Despite growing up in a traditional conservative family still chained by their outdated values on work ethics and employment, I knew I was destined for great things, and was always innovative, daring, and adventurous, vigorously believing that only the sky is my limit.
How can you shop ethically, but within your means? Sustainable brands and products are on the rise, but they can often cost double what you’d pay for single-use items which are mass-produced or animal-tested. Maddie Booth, Founder of Scrubbee, told us all about her eco-friendly and affordable cosmetic brand.
The Business Travel Show Europe Innovation Faceoff finalists represent the most cutting edge products, tech and services developed by startups to address big challenges facing the business travel industry. With the show well underway, the Innovation Faceoff takes place online and will be streamed live to visitors attending the in person event at ExCeL London.
The Business Travel Show Europe Innovation Faceoff finalists represent the most cutting edge products, tech and services developed by startups to address big challenges facing the business travel industry. With the show starting today, the Innovation Faceoff takes place online and will be streamed live to visitors attending the in person event at ExCeL London.
Imagine stepping into a health shop after a long day at work. You’re on the hunt for a multivitamin that will kick the fatigue that’s been following you for weeks. You want to be engaged and productive, but you wake up tired, and you have trouble focusing when you need to give it your all. Let me introduce you to Feel. We caught up with founder Boris Hodakel to find out more on the startup.
With the return of live music and fans now able to see their favourite artists once again, we caught up with Pascal de Mul, CEO of Exit Live - a tool for artists to monetise live show recordings. A global platform, Exit Live can be utilised by artists to sell current and historic live performances. Its fair and transparent revenue share model allows talent to fully maximise the commercial value of their music. Pascal explains to us how Exit Live works, what it’s all about and what lies ahead.
There’s a quotation by Lao Tzu: "A journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step." That’s pretty much how the Property Insights story started. Now CEO, Nitin Aggarwal started his own property career and became increasingly frustrated at the hours spent on the internet trying to get the information he needed. And, despite the time he’d invested, he still only had some surface level information.
With its recent launch across the Nordic and Baltic states, we caught up with Jonas Sellberg, Co-founder and COO of Staccs, a premium streaming on-demand service for concert video and music documentaries. The new home for concerts on demand, Staccs is set to offer music fans the opportunity to relive their favourite concert moments. Jonas explains to us what Staccs is all about, the journey so far and what lies ahead.
Quizlet was founded in 2005 by Andrew Sutherland, while a sophomore studying French at Albany High School in California. Since then, the company has grown into an interactive learning platform and app, used by over 60 million people around the world. We spoke to Rahim Hirji, UK Country Manager at leading online learning platform and app, Quizlet.
The commute as we knew it may be gone for good, new research conducted by e-bike subscription service DASH Rides reveals. DASH and Sapio Research surveyed over 2,000 city-dwelling, full-time workers, who used to work primarily in the office and now work primarily at home, and discovered that three quarters of those returning to the office will be actively avoiding public transport or seeking new ways to travel.
With this year taking a slightly different format to previous programmes, the CRL 2021 cohort sponsored by Mouser Electronics was spilt into two phases. Phase one saw 20 startups take part for six weeks, work in depth with the team to learn where they are at, what they need help with, and where they want to take things. From here the startups got the chance to pitch to the CRL community, partners and investors, to compete for the final six positions which will find themselves in phase two developing their products and businesses further.