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Startup News UK 2016 review May and June

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by Startacus Admin

Startup News UK 2016

A week or so ago we started our 2016 UK Startup Review by focusing on many of the key UK startup happenings and news stories from January and February and March and April.

Now with a third of 2016 done and dusted, we continue our review of UK Startup News for 2016 with many of the key happenings from May and June.

With the BREXIT vote looming at the end of June, we’ve also made sure to include a good bit of the tech related news and fallout from the BREXIT vote. But first May…


  • London is second best city for tech investment (of course) just behind Silicon Valley, an EY survey says. Disappointingly Northern Ireland and the South East saw a drop in investments of 62% and 22% respectively, year on year 2015 to 2014.

  • Startup Van set up camp in Old Street Station in London for a full 5 days to film Startups.


  • Big changes ahead! (Not just BREXIT!). At the start of June we reported that on the 30th June the good old Annual Return was having a face-lift and would reemerge as the Confirmation Statement.

  • It was also a big month for Startacus as after months of preparation collaborating with Digital DNA, tech / digital startups were welcomed to Belfast, for Startup pitch battleupSTART Belfast’ which took place during this year’s Digital DNA event. Watch the short video below that gives a flavour of all the key happenings at the inaugural pitch battle where FashTech Startup Modlist were crowned the winners.

    Startup Pitch Event Startacus

  • Think tank IPPR North said that the government’s plans to create a Northern Powerhouse needed a “proper business-lead plan” that went beyond just reducing travel times.

  • Richard Branson awarded the winning startups of VOOM 2016

  • Deloitte invested £2.5m in a startups launchpad.

Startup News UK 2016 - brexit

BREXIT in June

  • Post the BREXIT vote on the 23rd June there was of course both delight and dismay expressed at the ‘leave’ win. Questions were quickly asked about how much of an impact the ‘leave’ vote would have on the Startup community and innovation more generally in the UK.

Hopefully that has given you a flavour of some of key UK Startup happenings and events for May and June 2016. Keep an eye out via Startacus itself, our Twitter handle, or via our Facebook page where all Startacus articles are shared.

Also why not read:

Startup News UK 2016 Review - January and February

Startup News UK 2016 Review - March and April

UK Startup News 2016 Review - July and August

Startup News Review UK 2016 - October and September 

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Published on: 19th December 2016

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