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Startup News UK 2016 Review - March and April

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by Startacus Admin

Startup news UK 2016 review
Earlier this week we started our
2016 UK Startup Review by focusing on many of the key startup happenings from January and February of this year.

Every few days or so we will share a bite-sized review until we are all done with reviewing 2016 as a whole: if you think your news, or someone else's startup related news should be included, email and we’ll take a gander.

Now with January and February done and dusted we continue by reviewing the key UK Startup news from March and April…



  • Our February overview ended with a note that UK Startups had started (in the main) to get a little jittery about the impact BREXIT would have, should we vote to leave the European Union. In March those jitters didn’t go away and a survey of members of Tech London Advocates, a group of a few thousand founders, thought leaders & Investors of the London Tech scene, polled overwhelmingly against a UK exit from the EU. (87% opposed Brexit). 81% of those TLA members believing that a BREXIT would make it tougher to employ talent from EU Countries.

  • Richard Branson launched a £1m competition with Virgin called VOOM 2016

UK Startup news UK March and April 2016 review

  • The John Lewis Corporate Accelerator JLAB returned and made a call out for applications 

  • An event hosted by cloud-based accountancy software provider Xero, the overwhelming message from speakers and attendees was that UK tech startups 'must be prepared for Brexit' whether they like it or not - perhaps a sign of a shifting tone and a foreshadow of what was to come.

  • Also over on the BBC website (in the Business section) the question was asked about the then Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump - How did Donald Trump make his fortune? We will be hearing more on “The Donald” in the months to follow.

Hopefully that has given you a flavour of some of key UK Startup happenings and events for March and April 2016.

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Published on: 8th December 2016

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