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The Irish Seedcorn Competition Returns

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th March 2014
Are you a startup or an early stage startup on the island of Ireland, and looking for some prize money? Well this could be your lucky day – there is some serious money to be won in the 2014 Seedcorn Competition... The good people at InterTradeIreland have once again launched this fab opportunity, back unsurprisingly following Seedcorn 2013. And, as always, it’s not all hinging on the ...
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The Traveltech Lab launches

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th March 2014
If you’ve got a startup in the travel and tourism sector, then a new London based project would be well worth a look. Announced recently by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, the Traveltech Lab aims to provide a springboard for startups working in the areas of travel, tourism, hospitality and events. In essence the Traveltech Lab is a niche startup incubator which will offer 35 spaces for ...
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Talking taxidermy and breathing stones- Objects Sandbox startup award winners announced

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th March 2014
Oh we do love a spot of creative technological innovation here at Startacus…shock horror…so we are rather pleased that REACT (that’s Research & Enterprise in Arts and Creative Technology) have just announced the 6 teams which are going to be taking part in their Creative Sandbox over the coming 3 months. For those of you who aren't yet familiar, Objects Sandbox is an initi...
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Legal news round-up for small businesses- March

by: Startacus Admin ~ 11th March 2014
Welcome to the first ever Startacus monthly legal news round-up, courtesy of Net Lawman expert advsior Thomas Taylor.  In the coming months he will be casting his eye over some of the key legal news stories affecting small businesses.. there's loads of cruicial info to get through so here is the march edition.  New consumer rights laws are likely to change how you sell to your customers ...
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JLab - The retail accelerator for tech startups, by John Lewis

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th March 2014
One of John Lewis’ most prized assets is its innovation and originality. This is especially the case when it comes to advertising, indeed the question “Have you seen the new John Lewis Christmas ad?” was surely one of the most used phrases of the past year… the clever clogs. But now the team at JL are hoping to conjure up some innovation and excitement of a completely dif...
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Northern Ireland Start Up Competition News

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th March 2014
We have two Northern Ireland start up competitions for you to look at in this article, so let’s get to it… Student Entrepreneur Awards Calling all third level students! If you have an idea with real commercial potential then the Student Entrepreneur Awards are for you! – this could be the first step on the way to becoming your own boss. The closing date is the 17th March so yo...
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Pop at House of Fraser

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th March 2014
If you’re a startup trying to make your mark in the retail sector, a recently launched project from The Great Retail Revival is probably well worth a look. The Pop at House of Fraser project aims to find up and coming startups in the fashion or lifestyle retail sectors and provide them with an amazing platform to showcase their wares and in turn help them achieve their true business potenti...
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The Playable City Awards are back

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st March 2014
So here we are folks - the Playable City Awards are back! Following last year’s successful event (which of course Startacus featured) and which was won by Pan Studio with their project ‘Hello Lamp Post’ – submissions for this year are now open. For those who don’t know what they are (where have you been people!?) – the second International Playable City Awards ...
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Financial news round-up for Small Business - March

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st March 2014
Welcome back to the Startacus monthly financial news round-up with Sophie Turton of Crunch Accounting. February has been a mixed bag for the financial and business sector, with record highs predicted on the stock market juxtaposed with sales slumps on the High Street. And as always, George Osborne warns the British public not to get too comfortable in our big boy boots.   Hopes of wage growt...
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Take the Climate Week Challenge

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st March 2014
As a nation, we are somewhat obsessed with the weather…and who could blame us? Few other places in the world have the potential to experience such dramatic variations, whether we are buried in snow or baking in the summer sun, our favorite small-talk staple is never far from our lips. It’s National Climate week, and it couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time with the coun...
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Youth unemployment and start-up figures showing gradual improvement

by: Startacus Admin ~ 28th February 2014
The picture for young people and employment hasn’t been particularly rosy of late, although recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics about the last three months of 2013 show that there is some sign of recovery. According to the ONS, the number of 18-24 year-olds out of work was at its lowest for over two years, standing at 19.9%. Although this is good news, particularly...
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INVENT 2014- Entries Open for N.I.'s Biggest Tech Showcase

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th February 2014
Calling all Northern Ireland based innovators! Time to get your thinking caps on as the INVENT 2014 Awards are now open. This is your chance to get your hands on a shared prize fund of a £33,000!! INVENT 2014 provides the opportunity to showcase the most exciting prototypes for technologies in Northern Ireland. 24 teams will be taken through a programme of workshops and mentorship to pitch ...
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