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Startup of the Week - Fluentify

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th April 2013
Fancy learning a new language? From a native speaker? From the comfort of your own home? Well, if so, that’s just become both possible and a whole lot easier thanks to our latest Startup of the Week. Put simply, Fluentify is a marketplace for languages.The online platform uses video conferencing to help those interested in learning languages to connect with native speakers all around the wor...
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Boston bombing Crowdfunding success

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st April 2013
It’d be fair to say that very little good has come from the Boston bombings in the States. Apart from the tales of individual acts of bravery and kindness, it’s hard to find many positives in the terror that unfolded last week. However, here at Startacus there are two ‘positive’ elements of the whole situation which really grabbed our attention so we thought it only right ...
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Startup of the Week - WholeWorldBand

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th April 2013
As anybody involved in the music industry will vouch for, it’s certainly changed a lot in the last few years. The demise of high street record stores and the rise in downloads have all played their part in making a musician’s lot a far from happy one - especially when it comes to making money. Therefore the fact there seems to be a bit of a trend in new online businesses which aim to h...
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Business Books for Startups - the Startacus picks

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th April 2013
Here at Startacus we really do appreciate the value of business knowledge and experience. We’re all for people who’ve been there and done that, who pass on their knowledge in a way that makes real practical sense. That knowledge might get passed on through mentoring, through keynote speeches but often it’s simply through the written word. Yep. The ‘business’ books. Lo...
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Charity Water

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th April 2013
Here at Startacus we hardly need to tell you that charities are good. It’s really a given. However we feel it is also fair to say that some charities, entrepreneurially, are better than others. This doesn’t mean that they fund a more worthy source, or are better because the managers earn more money. Rather, how they go about raising and using their money is notable to us as it is, obvi...
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Rails Girls Rocks

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th April 2013
Just a few weeks ago, a video released by went viral. Featuring tech luminaries such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, its core aim was to spread the word of how important it is for young people to learn how to code. Of course it’s not just young people who can benefit from learning how to code - we all can.So whenever we hear about a project or initiative that aims to inspire, mot...
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Hackathon at 30,000 feet

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd April 2013
It’s a week for planes. Our dear friends at The Employable this week wrote about how to become a pilot, the new World War Z trailer has something to do with a plane (albeit, crashing) and now; British Airways are hosting a ‘Hackathon’ Tech Challenge at 30,000 feet. The trip will take participants from San Francisco to London as part of British Airways ‘unGrounded’ ca...
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Startup of the Week - ArtSpotter

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd April 2013
If you’re an art lover, chances are you spend quite a bit of your time in galleries, museums and the like. Of course those aren’t the only places where new and interesting art can be discovered. There are all sorts of small exhibitions, showcases and street art happenings which you may come across but lots of other people don’t. The good news is that thanks to our latest Startup ...
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by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th March 2013
Last September, Techbikers, a collaboration of the London tech startup community, including startups, and business executives cycled 200 miles from Paris to London to raise money to help support children's charity Room to Read. Hoping to follow in their footsteps (tracks), and inspired by the Techbiker’s initiative, LDN2MAN a collaboration between Cyclr, TechHub Manchester and the Mancheste...
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Startup of the Week - Whisk

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th March 2013
Our latest Startup of the Week may be familiar to any of you who are avid viewers of The Apprentice. During the 2012 series, the startup idea for Whisk was pitched to Lord Sugar by its founder, Apprentice contestant Nick Holzherr and although Nick did not secure the backing of Lord Sugar, he has since managed to secure investment for the business of over £0.5m, and the business is going...
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Startup Loans - we look at three ‘success’ stories

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th March 2013
By providing around £4,500 per loan, the Startup Loans Scheme, has provided 2000 young English Entrepreneurs with the cash injection that they need to start ‘that business’. Combine that with the right mentoring and support programme and it is understandable why this government led scheme is building in popularity at present. One delivery partner for the Startup Loans scheme is ...
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Startup of the Week - Hobzy

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th March 2013
If you’re really ‘into’ a hobby, chances are you spend as much time as you can on it, whether that means every evening or whenever you get a few spare minutes during the day. Of course although you may be all consumed by your pastime, your nearest and dearest may not quite ‘get’ it. So when you happen to meet someone who is just as enthusiastic about your hobby and ca...
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