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NI tech startup scene - Tughans Solicitors chats to Startacus

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st August 2018
John McGuckian, Partner at Tughans Solicitors, chatted to Startacus at this year's Digital DNA about the support Tughans can offer startups, what they look for in investable tech startups and the NI & Belfast tech startup scene. Tughans Solicitors have evolved over the past 100 years into one of the largest as well as a leading commercial law firm in Northern Ireland - and further afield in t...
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Debunking 7 equity crowdfunding misconceptions

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th June 2018
The lowdown on equity crowdfunding and some common misconceptions care of upSTART 2018 Major Sponsors, Seedrs.  "Equity crowdfunding can often be a shrewd way to fund a business. Yet there are certain misconceptions that could lead to an entrepreneur mistakenly discounting it as a viable funding option: 1. A capital injection is the sole benefit from equity crowdfunding Not so. Although fu...
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Job search engine Adzuna raise £8m in series C round

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th May 2018
Job search engine, Adzuna last Friday announced that it had raised £8m from Smedvig Capital. The Series C funding round sees Smedvig join backers Index Ventures, Passion Capital, LocalGlobe and over 400 Crowdcube investors and takes the company’s total funding to £12m. Founded in 2011 by the team behind Gumtree, Zoopla and Qype, Adzuna has also launched Find a job this week...
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iContract raises over £800k to help contractors connect with recruiters

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th April 2018
iContract, the online platform connecting contractors with recruiters, closed its latest round of investment a couple of weeks back - after successfully raising over £800,000. With a pre-money valuation of £3,000,000, the campaign attracted direct investment from long-term strategic investors, as well as 200+ small-sized investors from its own community via the crowdfund platform Seed...
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Nesta’s ShareLab Fund

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd April 2018
Continuing our series of business articles relating to homelessness and vulnerable people, we take a look at two social good platforms focused on housing. These platforms are both benefiting from funding from Nesta’s ShareLab Fund, a fund supporting organisations to develop and test business models that make an impact on social issues. A look at Fairbnb With 78,180 families ...
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Life is a pitch

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th April 2018
Joel Silverman is the co-founder of KidsKnowBest. With zero background in media/kids/tech, and a career as a Mayfair hairdresser he pitched and raised investment from the president of the Marriott Group. Joel explains all... "Being a Mayfair hairdresser is not only an amazing career, it also helps open doors from ideas you dream of. I am co-founder of KidsKnowBest, together with my long time frie...
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The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition 2018

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th March 2018
The Ireland Funds Business Plan Competition, now in its seventh year, seeks to nurture creativity and hone entrepreneurial skills amongst Irish-based early-stage technology entrepreneurs. The Ireland Funds has partnered with early stage investors NDRC to help irish-based early-stage technology entrepreneurs to bring ideas to life from concept to pitch. With applications open uuntil noon on Wednes...
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Knowing Your Start Up Funding Stage

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th February 2018
Some handy tricks and hints to aid you in your efforts if you are looking for funding for your startup, written by the team at Innovate UK."Bringing together the funds you need for your start-up can seem like a near-impossible feat. If approached the wrong way, it can be an immensely frustrating and stressful experience, no matter where in the funding cycle you currently sit. The longevity of an...
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French VC Funding Deals a Winning Hand Against European Elite in 2017

by: Startacus Admin ~ 31st January 2018
French VC Funding Deals a Winning Hand Against European Elite in 2017 setting the stage for acceleration in 2018!  According to Atomico’s State of European Tech report published at the end of last, France took the lead position in Europe for the first time in 2017 in terms of VC deals. Launched at Slush December 2017 in Helsinki the report highlighted that more investment deals were cl...
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Irish early-stage Investment Firm Lucey Fund to host networking event in Belfast

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th October 2017
Irish Early-Stage Investment Firm Lucey Fund are hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on October 31st in Belfast.  The Lucey Fund aims to share hints on how to manage finance, get funding and what is the first thing entrepreneurs should do when starting a company. Ask any questions about early-stage startups and get a consultation from the fund that invested in 100+ companies. Who ...
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