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UK peer to peer car rental company, RideLink, raises over £1m on Seedrs

by: Startacus Admin ~ 31st May 2017
RideLink, a UK peer to peer car rental platform, also operating in Spain and Germany, has surpassed its £1 million crowdfunding target. RideLink recently announced the launch of its first equity crowdfunding round, aiming to open to investors of all sizes who wanted to own part of the continued expansion of this disruptive car hire model. In the traditionally non-digital car renta...
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Arckit Set to Build on Early Success with Model Crowdfunding Campaign

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd May 2017
In our minds, models of buildings or cities are things that belong in a Bond villain’s lair, or the office of some corporate elite, its pinstriped owner wandering around it talking into a headset whist swinging a golf club (don’t pretend you’re not picturing it too!)... Anyway, now Arckit allows anyone to build a DIY 3D model of their dream home, street, or even city, without be...
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‘RideLink is to automobiles what Airbnb is to homes’ - we chat with the Founders

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th April 2017
Last October we (Startacus that is) shared our love for RideLink a “peer-to-peer car rental marketplace” in our much coveted weekly startup of the week feature. RideLink seemed to be yet another great example of the potential of the shared economy - people using RideLink could rent their car to other people - simples. With over half a year done and dusted, we thought it only right to ...
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Edible water bottle Ooho receives a flood of crowdfunding support

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th April 2017
Water. It’s wet, runny, and vital to life. It’s also notoriously difficult to make portable without environmentally-unfriendly packaging. There are plenty of reasons to dislike plastic bottles: In the US (because the numbers are more dramatic!), people go through roughly 1500 bottles per second; 80% of these, which is around $1,000,000,000 worth of plastic, end up in landfills to sit f...
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Think 3D printing for knitting - Meet Kniterate the digital knitting machine

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th April 2017
We are liking the look of Kniterate, a compact digital knitting machine (think 3D printing for knitting) that can create custom designed knitted garments like scarves, beanies, shoe uppers, sweaters, and dresses, and aims to bring fashion fabrication back to the masses!  Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, it looks like the general public agree too, and with 20 or so days left (at th...
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Crowdfunding Micro Homes- The Holding Project

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th November 2016
We all know that affordable housing is a big issue, particularly for the younger generation who often struggle with paying rent and saving for mortgage deposits at the same time.  The team at the holding project have an idea that they reckon could help solve both of these issues simultaneously, and plenty more to boot!   They are currently crowdfunding to raise £30,000 so that the...
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Startup of the Week - Guruumee

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd November 2016
As we all know, one of the best ways that we can develop our knowledge of something is by getting a little guidance and insight from an expert in the field.That applies whether we are trying to learn a new language or simply improving how we handle our personal finances. Of course, finding one of those ‘experts’ can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Until now that is! Our latest Sta...
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Entrepreneur Mum Debbie Craig Launches Autism Software- Boop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th September 2016
Debbie Craig is quite the inspirational entrepreneur.    She is CEO and Software developer of Boop - an innovative multi-platform software designed to engage all of the important people in an autistic child’s life, and the child themself as well.   The idea, came from her own experience of raising a child with autism.   We caught up with Debbie to discuss her jour...
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Key Crowdfunding Terms Explained

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th July 2016
Crowdfunding is fast becoming one of the most favoured routes to funding for UK Startups- but it is much more than just a way to raise capital.  If delivered effectively a crowdfunding campaign can raise the profile of your business, generate publicity, and encourage valuable feedback, so it’s no surprise that its popularity as an alternative means of investment continues to grow year o...
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From EIS to crowdfunding, ways to attract finance beyond the bank

by: Startacus Admin ~ 31st May 2016
Chris Conway is the MD of Accounts and Legal a leading Small Business Accountancy firm based in London. Here he offers up explainers on both Enterprise Investment Schemes and Crowdfunding as ways to attract finance beyond the bank... "Getting investment for your business is already tough enough without the risk of investors being deterred by scams or tax investigations. Invest...
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