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The Social Entrepreneurs Fund - Level 2 Awards now open...

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th January 2013
Since its launch, the Social Entrepreneurs Fund has provided investment to the tune of £1.5 million for people all across Scotland to help them set up social enterprises and the good news is that it is still doing just that.The Fund’s Level 2 Awards have just re-opened and are open to entrepreneurial individuals in Scotland who are involved in the social enterprise sector. Could that b...
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The Global Grand Challenges Summit Short film competition

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th January 2013
In March this year, the national academies of engineering in the UK, US and China are all participating in a major new initiative - the Global Grand Challenges Summit.The primary purpose of the summit is to bring some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators together with young people to discuss some of the biggest global challenges we all face today and explore ways that we can deal w...
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Inventors, Designers and Innovators! Nesta wants you!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th December 2012
Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation have just launched a pretty exciting competition aimed at all you inventors and designers out there.The “Hands Off My Bike” challenge is asking people all across the UK to come up with a breakthrough innovation which could help make it more difficult to steal a bike.With recent figures showing that virtually one bike gets stolen every year in...
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WAYRA launches new call for idea makers

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th December 2012
WAYRA launches new call for idea makers... Launched on the 12.12.12 this Global call for entrepreneurs may not have been that significant a date to some of us, however it could mark the beginning of a life change for early stage Startups the world over if WAYRA get their way... Open until the 20th January 2013, Wayra ( *more about them a little later *) are looking for Technology Entrepreneurs a...
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Creative Skillset Industry Panels

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th December 2012
If you’re involved in the Creative Industries and you’d like the opportunity to have a say in their future, then you now can, if you get involved with Creative Skillset’s industry panels.There is currently an open call for both employers and creative professionals to join dedicated Industry Panels where they can play an active role in helping shape the future of the UK&rsquo...
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Crowdfunding Seminar

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th December 2012
Earlier this week we featured an article by Anne Strachan from Crowdfund UK providing all the basics you’d need to know if you’re considering Crowdfunding as an option for your startup. As well as writing great informative articles like this, Anne also regularly hosts and organizes events across the UK advocating Crowdfunding and detailing its’ merits and benefits for businesses....
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The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

by: ~ 11th December 2012
The Guardian Sustainable Business AwardsSometimes it’s easy to think that the only way you can be innovative and make an impact is to go it alone and start your own thing. However, as with our recent post on collaboration where we highlighted that innovation can be born internally from big businesses just as much as from individuals wanting to create the ‘next big thing’, we tho...
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Startacus aims to bring ideas to life

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th December 2012
Back in August when we first revealed Startacus, the “self start society” to you all, we mentioned that we were still busy beavering away at another part of the site. Well...the good news...no...actually amazing news is that we can now let you guys all see the fruits of our labours - we have today launched our collaboration section! We think you’ll find it’s been worth the ...
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The Big Venture Challenge

by: Startacus Admin ~ 6th December 2012
Following on from the success of last year’s initiative, Unltd have once again committed to the Big Venture Challenge, to help would be social entrepreneurs get the necessary capital to realise their ideas fully as well as to help them scale their projects or ventures. The criteria for entry is pretty straightforward. All submitted ideas must:- provide an innovative and scalable solution to...
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The #Flitched initiative

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd December 2012
A couple of weeks ago, we highlighted the frankly quite awesome Canning Town Caravanserai initiative which is proving properly innovative in its’ approach to regeneration.Well, the good news is that if design, architecture or ecology is your thing, you now can get involved and help to put your stamp on the Caravanserai thanks to its’ #Flitchedinitiative. The project which launched jus...
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Health Hack NI

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd December 2012
A couple of months back we looked at The Healthbox Accelerator- a 12 week programme running from October through to January aimed at providing healthcare entrepreneurs with tailored training and mentoring from experts from all across the healthcare sector. However before the business ‘accelerator’, you first need the idea and the innovation. Feeding this need is Health Hack NI, coming...
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Starter for 6 - Call for Entries

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th November 2012
If you’re based in Scotland and have an idea for a business or project within the Arts or Creative Industries, you’ve only a couple more weeks’ left to apply for the Starter for 6 Programme. If you’re unsure if your idea would fall within the “Creative Industries” remit, here are the main areas it covers: Advertising, Architecture, Art and antiques markets, Comp...
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