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Why you should 'Shop Fierce and Female' this Christmas

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th December 2017
The Shop Fierce and Female campaign, (#ShopFierceandFemale) spearheaded by interiors and fashion brand, Age of Reason, is encouraging the public to buy from independent, female-led brands this Christmas. Care of Startacus, Sophie Turton, director of The Joyful Web, caught up with Ali Mapletoft, designer at Age of Reason, about the inspiration behind the campaign.  What is the message of...
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Second Time Around for a Tech Entrepreneur

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th December 2017
Henry Cazalet is a founder and Director of The SMS Works, a low cost and reliable SMS API for developers. He has nearly 20 years of experience in mobile and SMS marketing and is keen to help companies of all sizes reduce their business SMS bill. Henry set up his first tech business in 1999 and now is in the process of launching his second! What's changed in nearly 20 years? Hen...
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Moment Health - making maternal mental health mainstream

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd December 2017
According to recent findings, 20% of women and 10% of men suffer from antenatal or post-natal depression /anxieties and 23% of women who died between six weeks and one year after pregnancy died from mental health related causes. However research also shows that 80-90% of sufferers recover with early intervention. Early intervention being the key here. Step forward Moment Health, a new ...
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Choose Love, the pop up shop selling products for refugees

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th November 2017
"Shop to your heart’s content, leave with nothing, and feel great" via Choose Love, the London pop up shop where you can buy real products for refugees. Choose Love is the world’s first shop where you can buy real products for refugees - from emergency blankets to school bags and medical equipment. All funds raised will go directly to Help Refugees, a pioneering organisation work...
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Greengame - making sustainability the norm

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th November 2017
War, as the overused cliché goes, never ends. But as terrible as war is, its capacity for total annihilation perhaps pales in comparison with something that might seem more tame and less immediate: the environment. Breathable air and drinkable water are quite high on the list of things we probably want to keep around, while climate change is something we’d really rather do without (w...
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Independent Derry makes shopping a local affair

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th November 2017
Championing the Vibrant Independent Businesses of Derry. As Small Business Saturday 2017 approaches (Saturday 2nd December) we took a look at one 'shop local' initiative that has taken off in Derry, NI over the past year. Startacus has recently had its eye on a shop local initiative that has taken off in Derry, NI over the past year - Independent Derry. Independent Derry was l...
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Black Friday chat bot from Pouch does the business (of finding you the best deals).

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st November 2017
With the amount of deals being offered up for Black Friday, one UK company is doing their best to simplify savings on the biggest shopping day of the year. Pouch shot into the startup limelight this year when they appeared on Dragons den with their free voucher finding browser extension. We of course also featured them on Startacus as an acclaimed Startup of the Week.   So impres...
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Startup Tracker - the startup search engine

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th November 2017
If keeping tabs on cool, up-and-coming and competing startups is your thing, check out Startup Tracker, a startup search engine which points people to relevant data and information from the world's leading startup information databases. The rise of entrepreneurship gave birth to an entire startup industry. In our information age, data is the new oil and making data about startups available is bot...
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Izzy Wheels - they're "re-inventing the wheel"

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th November 2017
People like to customise things - to put a personal touch on them. From flames or stripes down the side of your car (which make it go faster, obviously) to pink fuzzy dice hanging on the mirror; from plastering the underside of your skateboard with stickers and cutouts of Hulk to...whatever the hip young people do with hoverboards these days; from sticking a playing card through the spokes of your...
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Aire - the world's first personal digestive tracker

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th October 2017
When food does not properly break down in our digestive system, fermentation causes gasses such as hydrogen and methane to be released. These can cause all sorts of problems, not least of all pain and bloating. Different people are affected to varying degrees, and our digestive systems handle foods differently, which is why most of us know someone who always seems to be complaining about bloating ...
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Dog Ears Acclaim Continues to Grow in Leaps and Bounds

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th October 2017
From local beginnings, children’s media company Dog Ears continues to grow, with acclaim now coming from as far as China, with a potential Emmy Kids Award to boot... "From little acorns, mighty oak trees grow" (said someone similar, somewhere).  Which leads nicely-ish into our introduction to Dog Ears, a small but growing children's media company based in Derry, Northern Ireland. Acco...
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The Workary wants to help make public libraries work

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th October 2017
We are liking the sound of The Workary, a group of co-working spaces across London that support public libraries by transforming under-utilised space into affordable 'work' & 'life' spaces for local startups, entrepreneurs and residents. Facilitated by London based Wimbletech CIC, this social impact project works in partnership with local Councils to transform under-utilised library space int...
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