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TechHub heads North

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th October 2012
Aiming for Manchester to be a top 5 European Startup Destination, TechHub Manchester will be opening in November as a shared workspace with both hot-desk and resident desk space for both drop in and permanent startups. Startacus, based in a coworking space itself, appreciates some of the benefits that an open and shared workspace can give to the startup experience. Apart from the obvious banter t...
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The Local Business Accelerators Campaign

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th October 2012
When you are starting a business, getting your name out there is a pretty important task and one which can be quite costly at times. However thanks to a recently launched initiative, that needn’t necessarily be the case. Over 500 regional newspapers across the UK have joined forces with Business In You to create a £15 million boost for promising young businesses through free advertisi...
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Host of Ideas launches Autumn Awards

by: Startacus Admin ~ 10th October 2012
Ideas + funding? What's not to love! We take a look at Host of Ideas, a platform that aims to connect these two vital elements together. Recently launched and currently in BETA, Host of Ideas aims to be the go-to place for investment both in the UK and the States. Host of Ideas also runs 3 month long competitions with ten awards celebrating brilliant startups in 10 fast-growing market sectors, w...
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The Smarta 100 - Startacus previews the finalists

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th October 2012
On the 8th November, The Smarta 100 shortlisted finalists will discover their fate as the winner of the Smarta 100 awards is announced and awarded with their £10k prize...Startacus took some time out to review the smarta 100 field.. Announced over the weekend and shortlisted from over 1,200 entries from across the UK, the Smarta 100 identified the top 100 companies that are on track to...
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Startup Loans

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th October 2012
The recently launched Startup Loans initiative has been getting plenty of press, (both good and bad) on whether or not it really is a good option for a young person with an idea for a business to pursue. However, rather than getting our political hats on and giving our own tuppence worth, we thought we’d let you make your own mind up on whether or not it’s for you. Startup Loans ...
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Startacus looks at the Shell Springboard Awards

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th October 2012
It seems like all awards, competitions and prizes at the moment are for the greater good! Just in the last few weeks we have highlighted the Vodafone Foundation - for socially conscious App Developers, The RAPTOR SME Small Grants Programme for Apps related to the Retail, Transport or the Urban Environment, and The Young Foundation have launched a new business support programme – aimed at soc...
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Fancy yourself as a bit of a Investment Angel? Ex Dragon Doug Richard goes on the hunt

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th October 2012
Enterprise champion Doug Richard is on the hunt for 10,000 new angel investors and investment ready businesses. The School for Startups founder will lead a tour of the country to show thousands of people that they can play a part in the resurgence of British business. Doug’s quest to widen the pool of British investors will see him host nine half-day events this October and Novemb...
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The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards - now taking entries!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd October 2012
If you are a business based in Ireland, either North or South, the recently launched Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation Awards might be of interest. The main objective of the awards, which are now in their fourth year, is to recognise and promote the best innovations in businesses of all sizes across the island of Ireland.Organisations can enter in one of six distinct categories :- agri food...
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Youth Enterprise Live

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd October 2012
Here at Startacus, we are still learning, and in terms of self starter experience, we are still students of our art, or apprentices to our trade, as it were. In fact we are firm believers that you should never stop learning! With this in mind, we have been avidly following the updates about all that will be happening at the upcoming Youth Enterprise Live with great interest. Youth Enterprise Live...
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Tech Entrepreneurs Week - not long to go!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st October 2012
There seems to be a plethora of conferences and summits at the moment directly aimed at the startup sector, although some seem to far outweigh others in terms of what they offer potential attendees. One of the best aimed specifically at the “technology” startup is the upcoming Tech Entrepreneurs Week. This London based event which is being held over 4 days between 26th and 29th Novemb...
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The Young Illustrators Award 2012

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th September 2012
If illustration or design is your thing, the Young Illustrators Award ought to be on your radar. This world renowned competition seeks to reward the most creative and innovative talent in the illustration and graphics fields and to help that talent get a profile in the global design world.This year's competition is seeking out new talent in 3 main categories : - Illustration including Pattern Des...
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Looking for an Innovation Voucher? This might help...

by: ~ 26th September 2012
Startacus makes no bones about it - we like free stuff! After all, who doesn’t? And free stuff is just what is up for grabs via the Technology Strategy Board’s new Innovation Vouchers scheme.The Vouchers offer support for business ideas related to the areas of agri-food, built environment and space sectors. Unfortunately on this occasion, as much as we love food, chilling outside nice ...
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