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Magikbee - reimagining kids’ learning and screen time

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th September 2018
Portugal-based EdTech startup Magikbee, who are on a mission to reimagine kids’ learning by using the childs own world to teach in a fun and engaging way, secures a further $250,000 round of funding, that will help the company to continue to develop its edtech portfolio. Aiming to reimagine screen time by creating an ecosystem that promotes active fun and learning, over the past two years, ...
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Spotify for textbooks Perlego raises $4.8m

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th September 2018
Perlego - billed as the 'Spotify for textbooks' - recently closed a $4.8m (£3.7) venture round, signalling a new chapter in it's mission to grow the company across the UK and Europe. Leading the round is ADV, with participation from existing angel investors, including Simon Franks, co-founder of Lovefilm, Peter Hinssen and Alex Chesterman, founder of Zoopla. Founded by Gauthier Van Mal...
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Startup Support in...Newcastle

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th September 2018
Newcastle and North-East Engand based startups take note - here's the lowdown on the startup support and help available where you are... Away from the established startup hubs like London, the support for setting up a business isn’t always so clear. It’s not a lack of support, just a quieter ecosystem that takes a little more work to unearth. We want to help with this by highlighting ...
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Fairer Funding Now campaign calls for greater diversity in startups gaining investment

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th September 2018
Workspace accelerator Huckletree has launched Fairer Funding Now, a campaign calling for greater diversity among startup leaders receiving investment, after a study revealed the extent of discrimination in the funding process, with almost half of startup leaders in the UK and Ireland having experienced or known someone who has faced discrimination while seeking funding. The Huckletree survey...
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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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