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Turn on the Subtitles

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th August 2018
"If you want to teach a nation to read: Just turn on the subtitles". This simple advice might just help make kids become proficient readers... Oli Barrett MBE, amongst many other things, co-founded StartUp Britain, Tenner, and social innovation agency Cospa. Tenner, for example (now run by Young Enterprise), has challenged over 250,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month,...
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WeWALK - innovating mobility for the visually impaired

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd July 2018
Innovation in mobility for the visually impaired thanks to WeWALK, a revolutionary smart cane!  Almost 1 in every 25 people is visually impaired. That’s 250 million people worldwide. Of these, 50 million use a cane. We’ve all walked past someone at some point, making their way confidently with a white cane, and considered how difficult and frightening we would find it to have to ...
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Cracked It - Mobile phone repair for social good

by: Startacus Admin ~ 18th July 2018
Cracked It, is a social enterprise staffed by young ex-offenders and at-risk youths, teaching them marketable phone repair skills and providing the means and opportunity to make money. For things that can cost insane amounts of money, smartphones certainly tend to break a lot. Did you drop your phone? The screen is broken. Sit on it? The screen’s broken. Look at it too hard? Screen’s ...
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Afterbook - honour and memorialise your loved ones

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st July 2018
Afterbook - the startup that's on a mission to help us all "create a beautiful home for the memoirs of the ones we love"... Founded by a father and daughter looking for a way to better remember their lost wife and mother, Afterbook is a way of capturing a life story for posterity. A way for those left behind after a loved one dies to manage their grief, cope with the incessant normality...
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There was nothing modest about this Startup pitch

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th May 2018
Pitching your startup on stage can be tough going indeed - but here’s some startup pitch inspiration to keep all prospective 'startup pitchers' going, care of our very own co-founder, Alastair Cameron. I was reminded last week of an epic achievement at the first upSTART startup pitch competition that we ran and hosted at Digital DNA, when I saw the hashtag of  #RamadanMubarak trending....
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Kodama - 3D creation and interaction made easy

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th May 2018
Kodama - The innovative French startup that's making 3D creation easier than ever before with their 3D game system that offers everybody a new way to interact with screens. The world of 3D design is evolving. Simply sitting with a mouse or tablet and stylus, building 3D objects on a 2D plane is all well and good, but what if all you have to do to go from working on your charac...
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Chip[s] Board - an eco-friendly idea well baked

by: Startacus Admin ~ 29th April 2018
Chip[s] Board - The startup that's on a mission to find value where others see waste with their eco-friendly material made out of potato peel...It’s slow work, but the world is going through the process of realising that we need to rely more on green, eco-friendly, sustainable...well, everything possible, and making the switch where viable. Building materials, furniture, and cutlery might no...
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Codez Academy empowering young people in Wales to code

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th April 2018
Codez Academy understands that computer science has become as relevant a subject as Maths and English. Here's how they aim to empower the young people of Wales to embrace the world of code and coding.  While most ICT courses give a basic overview on computer use, Codez Academy's goal is to really get into the heart of it and teach young people how to build computer programmes, not just how t...
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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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Diversifying Entrepreneurship in London - The Power of 25

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th April 2018
Last week, facilitated by Hatch Enterprise and YSYS, 25 women of colour - all entrepreneurs and founders, came together to discuss diversifying entrepreneurship in London and the necessary support and provision of services women of colour need to overcome barriers to succeed in business. It is fair to say that there is still some work to do both within the UK and more specifically within the cont...
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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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Florence banks on connecting nursing homes to self-employed nurses

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th April 2018
Florence - a marketplace for nurses to find shifts in hospitals and nursing homes and vice-versa, empowers care homes and nurses to connect via an online platform that dramatically reduces the cost of recruitment for the homes whilst helping nurses book higher paying shifts online. Pain Point - The UK healthcare system is endemically short of staff and often reliant on recruitment agencies t...
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