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Google Campus Grand National

Posted by Techcelerate on Monday 2nd of July 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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On 16th July 2012, Google Campus is hosting a day of events, networking and pitching for startups from around the country, which Techcelerate is supporting. It will bring together Britain's brightest young companies, tech pioneers, investors and developers. This event is organised in association with Techcelerate, Coadec, Springboard, London Stock Exchange AIM, and Google


+ networking and pitching opportunities
+ find a Google mentor
+ meet LSE AIM, investors and young floated companies
+ expert advice from Springboard - the techcelerator
+ export and trade session from UKTI


10.30 Eze Vidra (Campus Manager) - Welcome to Campus
10.40 Keynote Speaker: George Berkwoski, Hailo
11.30 Panel session hosted by Coadec
13.30 - 15.00 Pitching session hosted by Springboard
15.00 - 16.00 UKTI: Export session
16.00 - 17.30 Google mentor speed-dating hosted by Google
18.00 Panel event on financing hosted by LSE AIM

Web Summit Comes to Manchester as Part of European Tech Crawl

Posted by Techcelerate on Monday 2nd of July 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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Press Release – Manchester Pub Summit – 22/06/2012

Contact: Tech Crawl Officer
Contact Person: Cáit McEnery
Company Name: Dublin Web Summit
Telephone Number: 00353861568370
Email Address:
Web site address:

Web Summit Comes to Manchester as Part of European Tech Crawl

Web Summit Comes to Manchester as Part of European Tech Crawl

Alibi, Manchester, 2nd July

The creators of the Dublin Web Summit and F.ounders are to host a ‘pub summit’ in Manchester on July 2nd in Alibi, Oxford Street, Manchester. The event is part of the European Tech Crawl which is holding networking events for techies, entrepreneurs, investors and the start-up communities of twenty two cities across Europe this June and July.

Attendees at the Manchester event include representatives from Techcelerate, The Next Web and Rentlord, as well as other start-ups, incubators, investors and entrepreneurs.

To date, the Tech Crawl has registered over 9,000 attendees for all events and their founder, Paddy Cosgrave, is hoping to attract over 10,000 by the tour’s end. The first event began on Monday 18 June in London with over 1,500 attendees filling three venues in Whitechapel, London.

The purpose of the events is to raise awareness of the Dublin Web Summit which will be held in October of this year. Mr Cosgrave plans for the Summit to be the biggest Tech event in Europe in 2012.

“At the Web Summit we’re looking for the next big thing, the next Ebay, the next Twitter, the next Facebook…” says Mr Cosgrave.

The Manchester Pub Summit will bring members of the tech, web and start-up communities together to network and give them a taste of what’s available to them at the Dublin Web Summit later on in the year.

For additional information or a sample copy, Contact:
Contact: Tech Crawl Officer
Contact Person: Cáit McEnerny
Company Name: Dublin Web Summit
Telephone Number: 00353861568370
Email Address:
Web site address:

Company History: The Web Summit is an Irish company which hosts networking events for tech, web and start-up companies and founders. It has held events in eighteen countries worldwide including F.ounders which brings 150 founders of the top web companies in the world together. Over the past six months the Web Summit has tripled in size.

mHealth: Unlocking New Markets to Transform Healthcare

Posted by corridorconnections on Tuesday 26th of June 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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About the event:

This seminar will explore the funding and partnership opportunities available to drive innovation in mobile and connected health.

Europe, like the rest of the developed world, is facing unprecedented challenges to established models of healthcare, and the use of m(mobile)Health - characterised by the ability to collect real-time information, facilitate access to integrated health data, provide personalised feedback, and exploit social networking with informal as well as formal carers - has immense potential to transform service delivery and outcomes in the healthcare, wellbeing and social care sectors.

In response to the challenges and opportunities of mhealth, the European Connected Health Alliance is working to establish mHealth ecosystems in specific geographic areas. These ecosystems engage local stakeholders to accelerate the wide-scale adoption of mhealth solutions. This event will give you the opportunity to find out about working with the flagship Manchester mhealth ecosystem to:

  • understand the real needs and priorities of healthcare organisations to
  • access a reliable route from mhealth innovation to routine service; and
  • lower barriers to accessing health and social care markets
  • and develop partnerships with:

  • major international companies - Intel, Bosch, Astra Zeneca, Janssen
  • hospitals and community care Trusts and local authority social care providers and commissioners including:
  • 8 hospitals with 3,700 beds, GPs, Clinical Commissioning Groups, covering the full spectrum of healthcare provision.
  • leading clinical research networks and a world class research university
  • Securing funding to bring innovative solutions to specific healthcare sector needs can be difficult but through the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) programme, SMEs and early stage businesses can obtain vital funding for the critical stage of product development in a fast track and simplified process that allows public bodies to engage with business they would not normally work with. The event will provide you with essential information and guidance on SBRI opportunities and other R&D funding for business including:

  • proof of market
  • proof of concept
  • prototype development
  • Programme

  • mHealth ecosystem - Prof. Chris Taylor, University of Manchester
  • SME funding for mhealth innovations: SBRI and SMART AWARDS for business - Bryan Forbes, Technology Strategy Board
  • Open innovation opportunities for SMEs - Intel, Janssen, Bosch
  • Breakfast will be provided.

  • Click here to register

    FusedHealth's Live on Vimeo

    Posted by AngelSalazar on Thursday 21st of June 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    AIDA Technology's FusedHealth mobile apps and immersive games help teenagers to become more physically active and engage with their communities while having fun. People will be able to easily donate £1 from our apps by linking to other e-donation solutions; e.g. Givey. Charities will be able use our social media platform to double income and engage with their communities more effectively. We are targeting 6,000 charities and 12 million app users by 2014. The impact would be an additional £90 million in donations. Free access for a year to first 100 charities to subscribe when we reach beta.

    LDC Snatches Metronet for £15 million

    Posted by superuser on Sunday 17th of June 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    The management team of Metronet (UK), the fast-growing hybrid wireless and fibre Internet service provider, has led a management buyout of the business backed by LDC, the leading mid-market private equity firm, providing an exit for existing investors YFM Equity Partners and Acceleris.

    Based at Manchester Science Park, Metronet (UK) provides business critical data infrastructure to over 500 UK companies, from SMEs to large corporates such as Laing O’Rourke and Grant Thornton. Its services include high speed connectivity such as wireless and fibre leased lines and metropolitan Ethernet networks, managed services, such as voice over internet protocol (VoIP), co-location and managed hosting, and wireless leased data services to support CCTV installations, where customers include Greater Manchester Police Authority.

    It was founded in 2003 by James McCall, Operations Director, Roy Davies, Finance Director, Bill Riordan, Business Development Director, and former Chairman, David Ashmore, with the backing of angel investor group Acceleris and private equity investors YFM Equity Partners via the North West Business Investment Scheme (an ERDF 2000-06 funded Venture Capital Loan Fund project).

    Since then, using a combination of traditional optical fibre and best of breed high speed wireless technology, the business has built one of the most powerful and reliable IP networks in the UK. This unique hybrid approach allows for rapid installation times, competitive pricing, and the vital ability to deliver a service level agreement without dependency on the incumbent operators. Metronet provides services across the whole of the UK. Its enhanced wireless capability is currently available in areas including Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Crewe, and Macclesfield.

    As part of the deal, LDC is investing £11m of equity funding for a majority equity stake, enabling the business’ existing backers to exit and providing additional capital for expansion. The full management team led by CEO Elliott Mueller will remain in position.

    With the backing of LDC, Metronet (UK) now plans to accelerate growth by expanding the capabilities and reach of its hybrid network across the UK, expanding its sales and marketing function and further investing in its infrastructure and services.

    Elliott Mueller, CEO of Metronet (UK), said: “This is an important step in our development. Acceleris and YFM Equity Partners have supported the business from a start-up to becoming the largest hybrid Internet service provider to businesses in the UK. This has provided a strong platform for further expansion at a time when business’ requirements and demand for service quality continue to increase, driven by the acceleration of cloud computing and increasingly data-dependent business models and operations.

    “In LDC, we now have a single institutional investment partner who has the confidence and expertise to take the business forward with us. Their backing is testament to the strength of the company we’ve built over the last nine years – the quality of our team and our service. It is also excellent news for our customers who will benefit from increased investment in the business, enabling us to continue to meet their increasing requirements.”

    Metronet has the ideal growth characteristics – a capable and ambitious management team and a clearly differentiated model

    Investment Directors Jonathan Bell and Simon Braham led the deal for LDC’s Manchester Office.
    Jonathan Bell said: “Metronet (UK) has the ideal growth characteristics – a capable and ambitious management team, a clearly differentiated model, the best customer service in the industry and strong market dynamics. With a more streamlined and focused investor base, it has the opportunity to achieve its goal of becoming the UK’s market leading provider of independent, managed wide area networking services to business.”

    Commenting on the exit, Angela Warner, Portfolio Director at YFM Equity Partners, said: “YFM Equity Partners has provided several rounds of development capital funding since we invested in the company in 2004 to support the expansion of operations to Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool. The company still has significant opportunities for further growth and we wish the management team continued success.”

    Altium advised LDC and Newco, led by Managing Director Stuart Lees and supported by Phil Frame and Elin Sion. Stuart Lees commented: “Metronet (UK) operates in a dynamic market with significant growth prospects and, as a local business with great potential, it is a fantastic investment opportunity for LDC. The team bring with them the capital, experience and expertise to support Metronet (UK)’s development that will take the business through its next stage of growth.”

    Carl Houghton, Partner and head of Clearwater’s TMT team, advised shareholders of Metronet (UK) on the transaction and was supported by Assistant Director Andy Strickland. Carl Houghton said: “Metronet (UK)'s hybrid fibre and wireless solutions are set apart by the company's self sufficiency – by not having to touch BT’s network it can and does provide service levels to businesses that BT resellers cannot match. The LDC investment has enabled a successful exit for early stage funders YFM Equity Partners and Acceleris, plus it will also provide essential financial and strategic support to the existing management team and enable it to fast track key developments such as VOIP and other services across Metronet (UK)’s own network.”

    Gateley (Paul Jefferson and Jemma Bolton) provided legal advice to LDC and Newco, while Eversheds (Alasdair Outhwaite and Ed Bartlett) advised Metronet (UK)’s shareholders and the on-going management team.

    The deal is LDC’s fourth involving North West businesses in 2012, following investments in Airline Services Limited, corporate travel management company TD Travel and Bifold Group, the leading manufacturer of switching instrument valves and pumps for the oil and gas industry.

    Issued on behalf of LDC by Citypress.

    PR opportunity for North West tech start ups

    Posted by Fourth Day PR on Thursday 26th of April 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Calling all North West tech start-ups!

    If you haven’t already seen it, check out The Kernel, a new, high-quality magazine focused on technology from a European perspective. The online mag launched last December and had more than 100,000 unique visitors last month. The audience is made up of other tech start-ups and the European VC community.

    They have recently launched a start-up review section, where each day they analyse one European tech start-up, looking at the market, the team, the technology and traction of the company. See here for examples:

    They are always looking for companies to review so now’s your chance to put yourselves forward!
    Initial details they need are:
    - Company
    - Founders
    - When the company launched
    - Background on the company / why it’s interesting

    Email the editor Jason Hesse, or drop Nikki at Fourth Day PR a note for more info:

    AIDA Technology pitching at the Big Society ehealth event, London

    Posted by AngelSalazar on Thursday 19th of April 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    A  special e-health event, to be held at Somerset House on the evening of 19th April 2012 6-8pm, London

    *E-health is not only a technical development, but also a state-of-mind, a way of thinking, an attitude, and a commitment for networked, global
    thinking, to improve health care locally, regionally, and worldwide by using information and communication technology.*
    *Gunther Eysenbach, Researcher on ehealth*

    Some of our Nexters will provide first hand insights in to e-health solutions. Showcasing at this event are Best
    Beginnings, Buddy, AIDA Technology and Mindapples.

    *Best Beginnings* is a charity
    dedicated to ending child health inequalities in the UK. We are committed to giving every baby the healthiest possible start in life.  use innovative approaches to ensure families have the information and support
    they need to protect their children’s health.

    *Buddy* helps users who have mental health problems take control of their own health care, and makes it easier for them to plan their own recovery.

    AIDA Technology's *Fused Health* is a novel solution to simplify the search, organisation, and management of the increasing number of available apps, by embedding these within weekly routines and linked to personal goals. A  social aspect is sharing these goals online with friends and finding other users with similar weekly goals and routines.

    *Mindapples* is a London-based social enterprise that trains and supports people to take better care of their minds, to increase their mental wellbeing, resilience and productivity.

    We provide engagement and training services to large businesses like Goldman Sachs and channel the profits back into our work in healthcare, education and local communities around the UK.

    We very much look forward to seeing you there.
    *Please follow the eventbrite link to sign up: ***

    Advantages of Internet Companies Over Offline Companies

    Posted by petercruz on Wednesday 18th of April 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    Human life has been revolutionized ever since the launching of the Internet into cyberspace. The Internet connects people from all over the world. It is possible for us to know about the latest information and news from any place around the world in just a few minutes of online access.

    Nowadays, a lot of individuals are looking to start their Internet companies instead of looking for a good job. What is attracting these people into creating one online business to another?

    Below are some advantages that can be found with starting up an online business compared to others.

    It Saves You Money

    Whenever starting a new business is the topic, the first thing that comes into mind is the question: “How much money will I need to spend to start a new business?”

    Unlike offline businesses, it is possible for a person to start their own online business with just a single personal computer and an Internet connection at home.

    In starting offline businesses, the person will need to do advertising for the products or services that they have to offer. Concerns such as the cost for advertising on TV and sending out brochures to promote the business will deter people from starting right away. The Internet provides all of these at the convenience of the person. With emailing capabilities and online advertisements in social networks, a person will not have to pay for the materials and personnel needed in order to print brochures as well as distribute them.

    It Saves Time

    It takes time to promote your business physically. For example, sending out brochures from house to house will probably take at least a few hours to do and a half day if you want to make it as effective as possible. But by using the Internet, a person can send out a load of emails in just a few minutes.

    It Saves Manpower

    For start up Internet companies, software and computers can cut down on the need for additional manpower. Programs today can automate some tasks that could have had another company hire for extra personnel.

    It Saves on Effort

    After you have set up your website in the Internet and it has already been hosted, it is going to start working for you 24 hours a day and 7 days a week nonstop. If you are working for your online business, you will have to meet each customer and client one by one and most of the time you get rejected.

    On the other hand, if you are able to meet a bunch of customers at the same time, this saves you a lot of effort than to go and meet each one of them. People from all over the world can visit your website at any time and any place.

    In overall conclusion, a business set up through the Internet can give people quite a few advantages that offline businesses do not. The risk in starting up a small business is also not that great as minimal capital is only needed to setup an online company.

    Northern Tech Awards 2012 - celebrating tech entrepreneurship in style

    Posted by superuser on Friday 30th of March 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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    21 companies competing for 9 awards

    Posted by superuser on Tuesday 27th of March 2012 | 0 Comment(s)

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