2015 has certainly been an eventful year for the UK Startup ecosystem. To celebrate and draw a line under the past 12 months, we have put together this review of some of the key events, news stories, and successes which have taken place.
*It’s important to stress that this is not a complete rundown, it is just the humble musings of Startacus HQ. We will be reviewing our list at the beginning of January 2016, so if there is anything that you think ought to be featured here, please email us via firstname.lastname@example.org and he will get right back to you.
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Seven innovative and disruptive startups were selected to take part in Fintech Innovation Lab’s 12 week programme at Level39 in London, Europe’s largest financial technology space.
The EU parliament confirmed that digital micro businesses would be subject to new VAT rules on sales of digital products and services within the single market. It had been hoped that a minimum threshold at which the charges come into effect might have been agreed, but it didn’t happen.
Global telecoms giant Nokia, launched a controversial trademark dispute with a London startup over the use of the word ‘here’ in an app. You can read our interview with the startup in question here
Tech North, a new project supported by the government which is tasked with promoting 'digital entrepreneurship' across the North of England with a particular focus on the 7 cities of Newcastle, Sunderland, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Hull was launched.
Labour attempted to reassert itself as a ‘party of business’ with the then potential leader and shadow business secretary Chukka Umunna telling CityAM "I'm passionate about supporting a new generation of British entrepreneurs because it is part of who I am." See what else the MP had to say here.
The Liberal Democrats launched a new initiative the ‘Entrepreneurs Network’ to engage liberal thinking entrepreneurs across the UK.
A poll in The Telegraph reported that a survey of top UK entrepreneurs found a strong preference for a Conservative government with 73% of business leaders asked having concerns about the abilities of an Ed Miliband led Labour government.