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Journey of a Glasgow Startup- Swipii

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th July 2014
After a short break following out really successful Bristol startup month, we crank our necks northwards to Scotland's largest city Glasgow and (for the next month) shall be taking an in depth look at the people, places and events that make it the great self starter city that it is.  To this end, we have enlisted the help of Chitresh and Louis, co-founders of innovative customer loyalty rewar...
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Talents want to be free. A case against non competes

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th July 2014
Serena Manzoli, ex lawyer, a startup person and founder at Wildcat, a free legal database for creatives and freelancers shares her thoughts and advice on non competition clauses...Did you find a non competition clause in the last contract you signed? I knew it.It always happens to me and I’m really surprised when I see a contract that comes without non competes. By the way, a non compe...
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Startup of the Week - Wokamon

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd July 2014
Let’s face it - many of us sometimes need a little extra motivation when it comes to keeping fit or working out. You know what it’s like - you’ve been working hard all day and the thought of a going for a walk might be the last thing you fancy doing. Incorporating a little fun into your daily fitness routine always helps though and that’s exactly what our latest Startu...
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The Invisible Girlfriend / Invisible Boyfriend app

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd July 2014
It seems that in recent times not a day goes by when we don't stumble across a startup that makes us put down our chai mocha double frappe cappuccinos in disbelief . ‘Can this be for real? Surely they are joking?’ and ‘Why.. just why?’ can be heard as bewildered co-workers gather about a computer screen, collectively searching for some shred of evidence which might betray t...
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Shakespeare’s Advice to the Startup Community

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd July 2014
We are feeling uncharacteristically contemplative this afternoon, perhaps resulting from the sudden dive towards dreary bleakness that the weather has taken over the past few hours. It seems therefore to be the perfect time to dust off our ancient (and rather well-read) copy of the ‘Complete Works of William Shakespeare’ and tackle an article which has been rattling around our vacant b...
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The Open Hand Project- 3D Printed Robotic Prosthetics

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st July 2014
Yesterday we announced that our current self starter of the week is a gentleman from Bristol named Joel Gibbard. Joel is the brains and passion behind a really interesting enterprise called ‘The Open Hand Project’ which has made incredible strides in the development of affordable robotic prosthetic hands. Using one of our absolute favourite things (3D Printing) , and his expert knowle...
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TWIST- Monthly cocktail subscription startup

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st July 2014
Less than two weeks ago we premiered our shiny new and improved collaboration space on Startacus - our ‘collaboration 2.0’ if you will.  It's a fabulous space where you can add an idea, work on a project and shout out about your startup - as well as receive great support from our community of self-starters, experts and investors. Needless to say we’ve been bowled over by th...
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School for Creative Startups - Open Call

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th June 2014
Our friends at School for Creative Startups are on the hunt for their next cohort of fab and talented creative entrepreneurs. So if you've got a creative skill or idea, but the business part gives you the heebie jeebies, then this call out might just be for you. Let’s start with a little explanation. The  aforementioned "fab and talented creative entrepreneurs" is gathered from our ow...
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The Pitch 2014- Britain's biggest small business competition

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th June 2014
As we’re sure you know by this stage, June was our Startup Bristol month…and those of you with a razor sharp intellect will no doubt have spotted that it is now July and are probably wondering why we are still chatting about it. The truth is that we’ve made a special concession here at Startacus and are declaring that it is still in fact June, just so that we can squeeze in news...
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Pitching: Do You Have a Biscuit Strategy?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th June 2014
Pitching: Do You Have a Biscuit Strategy? This is it. You’ve done your research, studied each attendee’s LinkedIn profile and double checked your figures. But what happens when talking fails? What have you got up your sleeve? Your trump card? I am of course talking about the choice of biscuits. Never mind blue chip investment. This is choc chip investment and you need to make sur...
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Self Starter of the Week - Hall of Fame 2014

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th June 2014
Since founding Startacus-the self start society, we’ve quickly realised that self starters like to talk - about themselves, about their ideas, about their projects, about their businesses...about lots of things really. We’ve also realised that we rather like talking and giving credit to these self starters and so the more we can merge those two important factors together...well..the be...
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Business - what's luck got to do with it?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th June 2014
Are you a person who places great stock in the power of good fortune? Do you find yourself picking up pennies off the pavement and hanging horse shoes over doorways in the hope of encouraging that elusive lady luck? It's a belief that often seeps into people's expectations for their business. Others however subscribe to a more realistic mantra, viewing their success and failures as nothing more th...
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