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Startup News UK 2016 Review - January and February

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Startup News UK 2016

Startup News UK 2016 Review - January and February

2016 may be drawing to a close, but it has certainly been a year of drama, upsets and ‘post-truths’...and that’s just in the world of politics.

To help draw a line under 2016, and see how the political landscape has impacted on the UK Startup scene, Startacus has decided to review many of the key UK startup sector events, happenings, stories, and successes that have taken place throughout the year. You can read our review of  UK Startup News 2015 here.

This year to make the read a little more palatable, we’ve broken it down into six episodes from January & February, through to November & December; we will share a new review every few days or so until we are done. Of course for every story we have included, there are loads that didn’t make the cut, or we’ve simply missed. With this in mind, email if you think your news, or someone else's Startup related news should be included, and we’ll take a gander. 

Oh, and to keep up to date with 2016 startup news, analysis, and discussions as they happen, sign up to our bi-monthly newsletter or become a Startacus member - it’s free you know! 

Now without further ado, let's review the key UK Startup scene in January and February 2016. 

Startup News UK 2016 Review


  • Not quite 2016- but 2015 ended with UK Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey petitioning industry and the public about how the government should approach a UK-wide digital strategy - you had until the 19th January to get your point across. 

  • Also in January, a report compiled by IT recruiter Randstad said that 36% of UK tech workers and entrepreneurs share the personality traits of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, whilst just 5% emulate the profile of Lord Sugar - highlighting perhaps a shift in what it means to be a successful entrepreneur.

  • On 8th January 2016 Micro Biz Matters Day, a project which premiered in 2015, saw micro business owners from around the world dedicate 8 minutes of their time to helping each other out. Organised by well-respected UK entrepreneurs Tony Robinson and Tina Boden, the two have been vocal advocates of the micro business (MB) community for many years and in 2017 it will return on (lucky for you) Friday 13th January.


  • Speaking of championing entrepreneurship, the Maserati 100 returned with the announcement of the 2016 winners. Our very own Startacus Co-Founder Alastair Cameron was recognised in the inaugural 2015 Maserati100 list, so we were delighted the awards returned for a second year to award 100 of the UK’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, and ascending entrepreneurs who support the next generation of founders.

  • New Manchester based startup Festival Business Rocks called for applications for its April Pitch Competition Innov8.

  • UK Startups started to generally got a little jittery about the impact BREXIT would have, should we vote to leave - this article on Tech City News via Husayn Kussai, CEO and co-founder of UK startup Onfido pitched a disaster scenario for the UK Tech scene.

We hope that has given you a flavour of some of key UK Startup happenings for January and February 2016. 

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Published on: 5th December 2016

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