Every three seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s. And although there are currently 44 million people worldwide living with the disease, there has been no new treatment approved in the last 14 years and over 400 clinical studies have failed. There has been €540bn spent on Alzheimer’s and Dementia globally. It has also been estimated that the number of Alzheimer’s patients are expected to triple by 2050.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an inevitable eCommerce boom as consumers were forced to rely on online shopping throughout the various lockdowns rather than venture to shops - and this trend was particularly noticeable when it came to Grocery shopping. The question now, is whether the boom will be sustained, even as lockdown restrictions ease and more adults continue to receive vaccinations.
As we recently celebrated Local Business Week - a time to highlight the businesses that make up our UK economy. Local Business Week gives us the opportunity for us to share learnings. Here are some top tips on how UK businesses can build back better following the pandemic from UK-owned SMEs and business leaders.
Uptree has not only been designed as a professional careers platform and network to help young people get started in the world of work, find work experience, apprenticeships etc, but also to democratise the entire careers education process. The work Uptree have been doing also won Tamsin Dewhurst the Founder of the Year award at our very own Hustle Awards 2020. We caught up with her to find out more.
As we now know, this year’s CRL cohort is slightly different with a larger number of startups initially involved, and then after a six-week period, a hackathon and a pitch day, six will be chosen to continue on the accelerator programme. I got the chance to catch up with all 18 startups, to find out a little bit about the founders, the business, their big ideas and some of the challenges they have faced with their products and proof of concepts so far.
electronRx is a deep tech startup, based in Cambridge, UK. The company’s story began in 2017 when Founder, Dr Bipin Patel set out to transform how we deliver healthcare and treat disease. The company is built from a team of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers who have all been brought together to develop novel technologies to sense the physiological environment and inform personalised therapeutic interventions.
There are a lot of things that we take for granted. Something as simple as reading the label on the ingredients for dinner is quick and easy; but not for everyone. For all the wonderful things making our lives easier, there is still a lack of tech out there which effectively assists blind people in everyday tasks, such as reading text. Billy Wood, Founder of Owlett, has set out to change this.
All products go through the different lifecycle stages of introduction, growth, maturity, and decline. As such, companies need to learn about the lifecycle stage to set performance goals, such as sales and profit growth targets, and make resource allocation decisions, such as strategic and human resource planning. A product lifecycle can last for several days or even continue for years.
Remote is an international HR tech startup that enables companies to hire people all over the world, wherever they are located. Remote is the first self-serve platform for global employment, and the startup also supports payroll, taxes, benefits, and compliance for businesses of any size. Here, Startups Magazine speaks to Nadia Vatalidis, Director of People at Remote to find out more.
Ethos is the home of social discussion. A socially responsible alternative to platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, the channel provides a safe and connected online space that encourages conversations which discuss a variety of social issues. It aims to encourage others to learn from, engage, and interact with unique content that inspires and motivates a new generation. Here, Startups Magazine, speaks to Alejandra de Brunner, Founder and CEO to find out more.
As the pubs re-open today - hooray - outside only course, we thought we wold highlight some of our beer related startups to celebrate! Did you know, after water and tea, beer is the most consumed liquid by human? In the UK alone, there are more than 2,100 breweries and 120,000 alcohol-serving retail locations, which results in over nine million kegs in existence.
At first glance, you may be wondering what a vendor list is and how it could ever be a profitable business. Well, we are in the year 2021, in the middle of a global pandemic and women everywhere are stepping out of their comfort zone and making big things happen from their brilliant ideas and imaginations.
COVID has caused disruption in the business and education sector like nothing before. With the unpredictability of exam cancellations, the jobs market simultaneously seizing up and becoming flooded with job-seekers, and with some sectors unrecognisable to what they were this time last year, many young people are considering the option of ‘going it alone’ when it comes to taking their first steps in to the workplace.
As the world strives to decarbonise the way we live, travel, and work, there is an urgent need to rapidly increase the generation and use of electricity from renewable power. Today we can successfully capture energy from the sun, wind and even tides, but we have not yet succeeded commercially in harnessing one of the largest green energy sources on earth – our ocean waves.
Hello Genius is a revolutionary app-based learning system designed to foster closer relationship bonds and empower greater connectivity between parents and their children through intimate, personalised learning experiences that are explored together. Now available globally, the integrated system of dual parent-child apps identifies the individual uniqueness of each child through an adaptive learning journey, while providing parents with insights, opportunities and resources to engage with their children in ways which complement the child’s interests and gifts and optimise their learning and development.
If you’ve read any of my previous articles for Startups Magazine, you may have noticed that anything related to healthcare excites me beyond belief. Fun fact about me: I used to have a massive fear of doctors but I’ve since turned that into an unhealthy obsession with the healthcare sector and I’m now known as the ‘Queen of all things Medical’ by my colleagues. So of course, when I discovered digital training startup, Virti who are focusing initially on healthcare, my blood pressure shot up with excitement and you’ll see why as you read on.
In recent years, the trend toward self-quantification has shaped a market rich with tech to track everything from sleep and fitness to food and screen-time. Monitoring and logging personal data to help improve health and well-being has put control into the hands of the people like you and me, giving us the power to work towards our personal goals.
Unplanned machine breakdowns cost time and money. Elara Digital now offers the right solutions for reduced down-times and increased machine availability. Relevant information such as work orders, checklists, machine documentation or guides for trouble shooting can be created in an easy and intuitive way and can be accessed at any time: a knowledge data base for maintenance teams.
Until very recently, data privacy has largely been a matter of ethics for tech startups. With most consumers fundamentally unaware of both the capability of apps and other software to farm data and the potential risk this engenders, there has been no compelling reason for tech companies to rethink their privacy policies.
TapTrip is an award-winning online travel management company, founded in 2018 by Thomas Young, Neil Ruth and Jack Timblin. It was the first ever travel tech (and Manchester-based) company to be accepted onto the Barclays powered by Techstars accelerator. Here, two of the founders, Neil and Thomas share some tips for FinTech startups on the hunt for finance.
There is no denying that this year has been a particularly tough time for businesses - small and large - all over the world; particularly for entrepreneurs from underrepresented and BAME communities, who are amongst those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic here in the UK. In light of this, it is more important than ever to celebrate our diverse female founders and champion their incredible innovations and achievements, this International Women’s Day.
Whilist travelling is one of the most truly amazing experiences - meeting new people, trying new foods and even learning new languages - it is not without its challenges. Although we are living through the most connected time in history, it can still be a struggle to find WiFi on the go (that actually works). Here, Startups Magazine speaks to travel technology startup, Rent ‘n Connect to find out why their products can save you from all those hair-pulling moments.
Just one percent of VC-funded founders in the US are Black and the rates of investment in European Black-owned businesses even lower. Just three percent of Londoners working in the tech sector are Black and only 8.5% of senior leaders in the UK tech sector from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.
As I write this, from my living room floor (don’t judge me, since lockdown started I’ve noticed it helps me get creative when I’m writing) we’re still in a global pandemic and I’m just about getting used to all that isolation life has to offer. But as I interview the two brains behind a luxury British accessories brand that specialises in creating stylish contactless payment accessories, Tovi Sorga and Agnes Davis, I can’t help but think about how timely this interview is.
When Anthony Collias and Jacob Wedderburn-Day were looking ahead at 2021, one positive silver lining they could draw from the year was the favourable effect of the pandemic on the climate. The duo, who met at Oxford University, were already co-founders of a successful startup, but like many businesses faced severe difficulty and uncertainty of what the future would bring.
Ales Spetic, the now CEO and Co-founder of Klevio, a smart intercom and smartphone app that lets you open doors and share digital keys using your phone, from anywhere in the world, could be described as a serial entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding four different startups, he was a software engineer before switching to business, where he achieved an MBA from California State University and has also written a book on database programming.
With an impressive athletic career behind him, Alex Gregory MBE applies the lessons he has learnt from a life in high-performance sport to the corporate world. As a multi-gold medal winning Olympic rower, Alex has proven time again his ability to thrive under-pressure, maintain motivation, manage stress, and overcome adversity.
As we approach the end of an unusual year it is safe to say what a year we have had! Although not as we expected, I am a positive person that likes to look on the bright side of life, and with everything going on this year it has been a silver lining seeing a lot of startups and small business, adapt, pivot and even excel.
This year has seen the biggest increase in reliance and need for connected education technology within the education sector in the past decade, and so we spoke to Rahim Hirji, UK Country Manager of leading online learning platform and app, Quizlet, who reflects on the past year in education and looks forward to 2021 to offer expert insight into the future of the education sector.
We recently received so many empowering and progressive entries for the Startups Magazine X Fiverr Female Founder grant, so first of all thank you to everyone who applied and created a pitch for us. Our editorial team has managed to pick five female founders for the shortlist - but now we need your help! Watch the fantastic female founders elevator pitches below (it will only take five minutes) and pick your favourite!
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Founded in 2011, by two Finnish entrepreneurs who were looking for a way to manage their finances, Holvi is digital banking service for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Combining money management tools with an easy-to-use business account, Holvi offers an innovative banking experience that helps you run your business.
Corgee is a free personal finance management app for independent workers. Think about us as a buddy and financial adviser to those that have unstable income and are looking for more financial security. We use Machine Learning to provide each user with personalised support in following their income goals, understanding how to better manage their finances, and securing gig work. We got the chance to speak to Dmitrijs Vitjazevs, Founder & CEO to find out more...
After moving abroad to study at university, Anil Puri, Founder of Pet Instincts, had no idea that his beloved dog, Nicki, would suffer from separation anxiety. One of the most common complaints of pet parents is that their dogs are disruptive when left at home alone. Their dogs might urinate, defecate, bark, howl, chew, dig or try to escape.
weGrow International is a consultancy specialised in helping tech startups and scaleups achieve fast and sustainable international growth within Europe. Alongside its core teams in Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris, it works with a network of around 100 experienced scaling-experts, to offer a comprehensive suite of services in all areas of internationalisation. We got to catch up with Gernot Schwendtner, Co-Founder of weGrow International to find out more about the company, and their journey to where they are today.
After a very unusual year indeed, the CRL and Mouser cohort is coming to an end, and with the National lockdown and pandemic it caused some interruptions and delays, however, speaking to the startups involved it seems everyone is feeling the same, and is a little bit of sadness that the end is in sight.
As the world's first training and tracking system, Wondercise analyses and scores users performance after each workout. The business was created with the mission to revolutionise the way people get fit and healthy, and we managed to catch up with the Founder and CEO Eric Chuang to ask a few questions and find out more about the fitness business.
Like so many startup companies, the origin of Developing Experts was in the recognition of a problem, and an individual with the foresight to come up with a solution. The individual in question is Co-founder, Sarah Mintey, and her company was one of Tech Nation’s 2019 Rising Star Winners, and are one of ten UK companies on Google’s Immersion Growth Program for 2020. For our women in tech issue, Startups Magazine caught up with her to find out more.
We couldn’t really publish our annual women in tech issue without featuring our very own Hustle Award winner Joanna Montgomery, Fonder of Little Riot. Montgomery scooped the Biggest 2020 Hero award earlier this summer for her company’s innovative Pillow Talk product, so we caught up with her to find out more.
The founders of hybe.io are aiming to disrupt the status quo of managed-service mobile programmatic and enable mobile app developers to take control over user acquisition and retargeting through an in-house Demand-Side Platform (DSP). The company utilises the infrastructure and various APIs from its parent company, hybrid.ai, in order to effectively roll out its DSP; which would otherwise be a time-consuming process. Startups Magazine spoke to Vladimir Khudiakov, CEO & Co-Founder of hybe.io to find out more.
AgileDisinfect is a new startup founded by graduates from the MBA programme at ESMT Berlin. It aims to tackle COVID-19, by disinfecting indoor spaces by using autonomous robotics and other advanced technologies. Startups Magazine spoke to Mouin EL-Khechen, Co-Founder and COO of AgileDisinfect to find out more.
It can be hard having your startup business, and wanting to go for it, but at the same time still running a business to earn a living. That is exactly what Rod Baber is doing, currently running a climbing business which he loves and enjoys doing, he is also keen to pursue his startup, Read Between My Eyes.
What can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%? It's free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don't need a GP to get some. The answer? Exercise. So says the NHS website anyways.
My journey as an entrepreneur began, like many other entrepreneurs, with the realisation of a major and entrenched problem. In 2014, while working in the Medical Devices team at the World Health Organisation (WHO), I became aware of the magnitude of the global childhood pneumonia challenge. I was shocked that in the 21st century, a treatable condition still takes the lives of 1 million young children every year and is the number one killer of children under five years old globally.
After spotting a gap in the market, Stu Jolley and Simon Forster started a beauty brand with a difference; instead of creating products based on people’s insecurities, they would meet people’s genuine needs. They launched their first products in 2016 – a range of tattoo skin care now called Stories & Ink, and The Others Beauty Co. was born. We caught up with Stu and Simon about why they started their beauty business, the gap they saw in the industry, and why they recently pivoted to DTC despite successfully being stocked on retail shelves.
Social Good Connect is a unique digital platform connecting employers and their employees to volunteering opportunities. Charities need skilled help day in, day out, but they haven’t always got the time or resources to find it. Motivated, skilled volunteers are hard to come by. However, in any one city there are hundreds of businesses with potentially thousands of skilled volunteers who could solve that problem.
Vectorious is a Tel Aviv based healthtech startup which has developed the first wireless and battery-less in-heart microcomputer. The device, called the V-LAP, identifies deterioration in heart failure patients even before the onset of symptoms. We spoke to Oren Goldshetin, CEO at Vectorious to learn more about them.
Did you know that the first Saturday in October is traditionally Ostomy Day? You probably wouldn’t unless you or someone you love has an ostomy. According to an NHS report, it is estimated that over 13,500 people in the UK have stoma surgery each year. The most common conditions resulting in stoma surgery are colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and accidental injury.
CyberShell provide comprehensive and understandable support and education of cyber-threats(Interactive application security testing-IAST) to software development team to prevent and mitigate cyber-threats. They give their clients confident and resilient in the digital age against cyber-attacks with securely develop products that reduce their risk of getting hacked with competitive advantage.
Futrsm.pl is a tech-for-good platform designed to empower purpose-led entrepreneurs to do marketing better through a series of online tools and affordable expert support. It is an online Saas platform designed to empower purpose-led entrepreneurs to develop and deliver their own marketing strategy through a series of online tools and affordable expert support. The core package focuses on supporting socially-minded businesses that are bringing in a junior marketer as their first marketing hire. Providing a framework for both the company and the new start based on 90 days plans. The two inclusive monthly support sessions with a dedicated marketing expert to provide director-level practical strategic guidance throughout. A helping hand to get community changing businesses the brand presence they deserve.
Konglomerate games is a video games company specializing in providing healthcare and other serious game development or gamification services. What that means for us, is taking the best bits of video games and applying them to other non-video game scenarios like education, where the main focus isn’t only entertainment. Our current project is a video game designed around the physiotherapy care of children with cystic fibrosis.
As part of our 'Women in Tech' focus we got the chance to speak to Lisa Krapinger, CMO at breathe ilo, who started working in marketing at Red Bull, leading the sampling and promotion team in order to combine her passion for sports with her career. Krapinger then moved to Heineken in brand management, where she was responsible for promoting the cider brands in Austria through sponsorships and events. Krapinger said: "What I realised from these two roles was that I loved working to build new brands and products up from scratch - hence why Carbomed Medical Solutions GmbH was the perfect next step in my career path."
It’s been a tough year for many sectors, and perhaps none more so than retail businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have accelerated what many considered inevitable: the move away from traditional, physical store shopping to online-only models. With once High Street stalwarts such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Harrods announcing closures and job losses, it seems that the retail sector is about to undergo a huge shake-up - one where businesses will need to be innovative to survive. We caught up with The Shirt Society, a Manchester-based startup, which is the brainchild of local businessman Matt Bird, and has already been backed by renowned tech entrepreneur Scott Fletcher MBE.
As we carry on focusing on female founders and women in tech, we decided to catch up with Kristy Chong, CEO & Founder of Modibodi, a femtech startup that provides people of all ages and body types all around the world with access to reusable and sustainable underwear, swimwear, active wear and maternity wear.
These days, most businesses rely on just a few short, daily peaks to bring in most of their money. In order to do that, customer service needs to be top-notch. This starts with having great people and enough of them on the floor when things pick up. That is where Stint comes in, it helps companies to work smarter by connecting students with high street and hospitality businesses needing to fill shifts at peak times. We caught up with the two co-founders and learnt some more about the startup!