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Startup of the Week - BorrowFox

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th April 2018
Borrowfox - the peer-to-peer startup that's creating the UK's largest film and camera equipment rental marketplace. Whether you’re a professional photographer who just can’t justify buying that extra piece of kit at the moment or a freelance film-maker who only needs a piece of equipment for a one off project, we reckon our latest startup of the week will be right up your street. Bor...
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Startup of the Week - Tapoly

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th March 2018
The innovative startup Tapoly, that offers on demand insurance that covers the risks of consumers in the sharing economy market Whilst the sharing economy has brought a lot of opportunities and flexibility galore, it has also brought some challenges. For example, there are obvious risks which are taken when you are letting out your property or lending your car. Likewise, whilst the gig economy h...
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Car & Away takes off with it's AirBnB for car rental service

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th February 2018
Car & Away, is a peer-to-peer car rental startup allowing car owners to monetise their vehicle whilst travelling to & from the UK, with London Gatwick announcing it is the first UK airport to host the new peer-to-peer car rental scheme. Think AirBnB for car rentals.  Following a successful trial period, London Gatwick airport is partnering with innovative, sharing economy startu...
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Startup of the Week - Fat Lama

by: Startacus Admin ~ 27th September 2017
We’ve probably all been there at one point or another. Ever had to buy something even though you knew you would probably only use it once? And been wishing in vain that you could just borrow one instead? Us too. Whether it’s a tent for that one-off camping trip or a power washer to finally clean the patio - it can be pretty frustrating to have to spend money on something that you kn...
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Parkio - the driver's friend offering a smart city solution

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2017
Parkio was one of the startups to pitch at upSTART ‘17, the annual startup comp which Startacus runs in partnership with the fab folk at Digital DNA, and since then they have continued to gather momentum. Developed by Rob Kramer from Austria and Mihai Negrean from Romania, Parkio is a smart cities solution app that connects drivers with parking spaces - the kind of simple idea that we ...
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Uber London Ltd, "not fit and proper to hold a private hire operator licence."

by: Startacus Admin ~ 22nd September 2017
TfL has notified Uber London Ltd that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence, putting it's future as a taxi-hailing app for Londoners in doubt.  Leading taxi-hailing app Uber faces an uncertain looking future in the UK capital as TfL today (22nd September 17) informed Uber London Ltd that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after it's current l...
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Come Dine With WeFiFo

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th September 2017
Have you ever wanted to be a chef but lack the skill? Cook for the less discerning! Have you ever watched Come Dine With Me and thought, ‘I want to do that but without the cameras’? You’ve ruined the TV show but stumbled across the premise of WeFiFo. Kind of. WeFiFo, rather than something an angry giant might say, is short for We Find Food. The idea is that anyone, of any cookin...
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EmptyChair builds marketplace to book and host workshops and classes

by: Startacus Admin ~ 14th September 2017
EmptyChair are building an online marketplace, but not for rooms, cars or beauty treatments, but instead to change the way people discover, book and host workshops & classes in London. “The problem is that people in a busy city like London don’t have much time” explained Charlotte Leysen, former banker and now co-founder of EmptyChair. “This is especiall...
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Airbnb for Caravans and Motorhomes, Camplify expands to the UK

by: Startacus Admin ~ 4th September 2017
Australia’s leading, peer-to-peer caravan hire and RV-sharing community Camplify has announced its expansion into the UK. The 'Airbnb' styled business will focus on helping RV (Recreational vehicle) owners to list their caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents, static caravans and holiday lodges for hire on the site. Camplify was founded by Justin Hales in 2014 and launched acro...
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Pay-as-you-go insurance startup Zego drives forward with £1.2m Investment

by: Startacus Admin ~ 19th July 2017
Insurance Startup Zego, who provide 'pay-as-you-go/ride /drive' insurance cover for drivers working for sharing economy companies, such as Deliveroo, Jinn, UberEATS, and Amazon, have just raised another £1m+ in a seed funding round led by VC firm LocalGlobe. With pay and working conditions of the gig economy worker currently under review and the traditional insurance sector ripe f...
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