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The Cloo App - an Unusual Invention (of sorts)

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th November 2012
The Cloo App - an Unusual Invention (or sorts) Well technically this isn't officially an invention since both Apps and Toilets already exist, however this wackiest of startups is looking to combine the two together. Confused? I was too! I promised myself that this article would remain pun free, that I wouldn’t go scraping around the bowl, or take the p%&s with unnecessary jokes, bu...
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The People's Kitchen

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th November 2012
Here at Startacus, we never tire of hearing stories about people who are initiating and leading innovative and inspiring projects that could teach us all a thing or two. The latest such project that we’ve discovered is the aptly named ‘The People’s Kitchen’.In essence this London based community initiative has a clear purpose - “Food by the People for the People&rdquo...
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The Restart Project

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th November 2012
When we hear of people with a vision based on collaboration and creativity, we know we’ll like them and we reckon you will too. In this instance, the ‘people’ we are referring to are Ugo Vallauri and Janet Gunter, the innovative thinkers behind The Restart Project. The Restart Project is an initiative with admirable aspirations and goals - namely to help promote repair and remak...
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The Dragons' Den 'rejects' that had the last laugh

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th October 2012
Earlier this week (July 2014) we had the pleasure of hearing that Jennifer Duthie - our Self Starter of the Year for 2013 had pitched successfully on the Dragon's Den. It fab to see her great and already trading well business being further validated by the Dragons themself.However not all contestants are so lucky...One of the most disheartening things has to be when you come up with an idea, share...
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Startacus follows the Brown Signs

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th October 2012
At first, we felt that this featured website,, seemed rather wonderfully whimsical. However then, we realized it is much much more and thought it best to share Amanda Hone’s site with you all. So the story goes (and this is the very abridged version). Amanda Hone has a fascination for brown signs. The brown signs that you pass by every day, and probably on most occas...
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Unusual Inventions - the Post it Note

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th October 2012
In the coming week or two, we launch the collaborative section on the Startacus site. So we thought it only fair to give a timely nod to perhaps one of the best collaborative offline tools invented - the post it note. Where would we be without post it notes? Probably scribbling on pieces of paper I would imagine. However, the lowly post it note, the antithesis of the paperless office, can be use...
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The Incredible Edible project

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th October 2012
One way to really appreciate how good an idea is, is when it gets emulated or replicated in other places. And if you’re looking for one of the best examples of that, look no further than the Incredible Edibleproject. In 2008 Pam Warhurst, from Todmorden, Yorkshire first came up with an idea of doing something positive and more productive with some of the area’s public spaces. Her idea...
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The power of the Community (and the pub too!)

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th October 2012
Here at Startacus we appreciate that for many of us, the odd tipple warms not only the heart, but brings us and our friends together for a social. With pubs closing down, right left and centre and the local pub, shop, post office - in fact most of our local amenities facing a rather bleak future, we wanted to share a little gem with you, that is aiming to buck the trend. In fact, when you read thi...
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by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd October 2012
Are you one of those people who believes that “everyone has a book inside them” or who has “write a book” down on your bucket list of things you have to do? Or maybe you have an idea for a book that you’ll get round to writing one of these days...Well, if you answered yes to any of the above, Nanowrimo is for you.Nanowrimo is an annual online creative writing project ...
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The Canning Town Caravanserai

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd October 2012
Regeneration has been a real buzz word over the last few years, although it’s often something that gets spoken about more than actually put into practice. Now and again however, projects and initiatives appear which really epitomise what regeneration is all about and which if replicated elsewhere would be pretty amazing. So, if you feel your area could do with a touch of inspiration whe...
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The Make Lounge

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th October 2012
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the mundane and to forget all about the fun things - the creative things. So, here at Startacus whenever we hear about a person or a place that has an aim of helping us all to embrace and develop our creativity again, we just have to find out more.One such place is London based The Make Lounge. With their ethos being “meet people. make stuff.&rdq...
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Unusual Inventions - The X - Ray

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th October 2012
We had previously looked at the unusual invention that is the Microwave Oven, invented by Dr Percy Spencer, when he walked in front of a magnetron with a bar of chocolate in his pocket. Inventions that happen by accident are rather cool to read about, but the reality is that accidental or not, you do kind of have to be looking, in order to spot the remarkable happening in the first place. So this...
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