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Startup of the Week - Swogo

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th November 2017
Online retail is here to stay and if you are involved in e-commerce you’ll be only too aware of how competitive it can be. In that respect therefore, online retailers are no different from traditional high street merchants - every penny counts. With customers becoming ever more savvy in shopping around, it’s vital therefore that online retail businesses do all they can to not only pro...
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Trouva bags $10m to help independent boutiques compete against the retail giants

by: Startacus Admin ~ 12th November 2017
Trouva, the curated marketplace for the UK’s ‘hidden gem’ homeware and lifestyle brick and mortar boutiques, yesterday announces that it has raised $10m in a Series A round led by BGF Ventures, the UK’s largest venture fund, alongside Index Ventures (Europe’s largest VC fund and investors in Farfetch, ASOS and Etsy) and Octopus Investments (backers of Secret Escapes a...
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The State of Receipts is in Flux

by: Startacus Admin ~ 8th October 2017
Receipts are annoying, easily-lost, tree-murdering, messy things that we are often tempted to throw straight in the bin even when we know we need to keep them. They are among those little, unimposing things that nevertheless get in the way. Surely in this digital age, we should have some kind of digital solution for this. Well, it’s funny you should say that, because we’re looking at o...
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Pointy offers local shops the chance to compete online

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st October 2017
Search for any product online, and the first result or two (or three or four or five) is likely to be Amazon. As handy as Amazon can be for shopping, it and other online shopping megastores are proving disastrous for some small, local shops. Small businesses are closing their doors in record numbers, even after putting all of their products online to try to keep up with the times. At the end of t...
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Minority Report style billboard Startup raises £1.5m for new under wraps innovation

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th September 2017
OfferMoments, the Minority Report style billboard creators, aim to disrupt the growing £1billion OOH advertising market after a £1.5m cash injection to fund a brand new project. Since it’s inception in 2014, OfferMoments has been at the forefront of marketing innovation including the launch of its personalised digital billboard powered by facial recognition and mobile data techn...
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Startup of the Week - NearSt

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd August 2017
As we all know, the internet has had a huge impact on the retail sector and not always in a positive way. As online shopping has surged, the good old bricks and mortar stores have suffered. That however may no longer be the case, thanks to our latest startup of the week. NearSt is a startup which is “on a mission to get all of us back into our high street shops”. Here’s how it...
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Nexus by DIA - Startups Shaping the Future of Supermarket Shopping Wanted

by: Startacus Admin ~ 17th July 2017
International food retailer DIA (Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación) has launched a new innovation programme, Nexus by DIA, for startups that are developing ideas and innovative solutions in the food retail sector. Hungry to find out more, Startacus took a look over all the details... International food retailer DIA is opening it’s doors to work with startups on a number of ...
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intu hunts disruptive retail & leisure startups for new accelerator programme

by: Startacus Admin ~ 5th June 2017
intu, owner of many of the UK’s largest and most popular shopping centres, such as intu Trafford Centre, intu Lakeside and intu Metrocentre, are on the hunt for innovative startups to work with as part of their new innovation programme, intu Accelerate. Applications are now open for startups to apply, so read on for all the details... The intu Accelerator programme aims to develop and colla...
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JLAB - the Startup Accelerator Programme from the John Lewis Partnership is back

by: Startacus Admin ~ 30th March 2017
If your startup is focused on catapulting the retail shopping experience into the future, then you may well be delighted to hear that JLAB, the startup accelerator programme from the John Lewis Partnership, is back open for applications for its fourth year. With Waitrose also joining the programme to make JLAB 2017 even more valuable, we thought it wise to share all the key details and handy link...
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Future of Retail Store, Camden Market

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th July 2016
Our pals at IncuBus ventures have teamed up with London’s world-famous Camden Market to create a space where the most innovative and exciting retail startups can demonstrate and showcase their work.    The collaboration has seen the Launch of a 2,000 square foot dual-floor prime retail space in the markets North Yard which benefits from the passing weekly footfall of over 500,000....
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