Rebel entrepreneurs plan EU island haven

Stories are emerging that a group of London entrepreneurs has laid plans to move from Old Street to Sealand, an artificial island which lies 12km off the Suffolk coast outside UK jurisdiction. The agreement was reached to fulfil the dreams of the current occupiers of becoming a recognised country eligible for EU membership and grants. […]

Plato harmonises vinyl and digital sounds for audiophiles

Trying to reinvigorate the reputation of Britain’s entertainment media hardware reputation, Newbury startup Entotem has announced the forthcoming release of its Plato Home Entertainment System. The system cashes in on the growing retro-love of vinyl but gives it a digital age twist. Unlike most modern entertainment systems, Plato has pre-amp inputs for the coil or magnetic pickups found […]

Massive Analytic and UCL’s business brain breakthrough

Innovate UK is co-funding a collaboration between University College London and artificial intelligence specialist startup Massive Analytic to collaborate on developing artificial precognition capabilities for business analytics. The year-long Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) will seek to develop further ground-breaking uses of predictive analysis and data discovery to Massive Analytic’s Oscar AP platform which is currently […]

BIS and Accelerator Network challenge universities to find cybersecurity solutions

A cybersecurity hackathon that will bring together 50 of the most promising student specialists in the UK to pit their wits against some of the world’s more pressing security challenges has been announced by the Accelerator Network and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Cyber Agile Development Challenge event will take place […]

Tech4Good Awards 2015 opens for accessibility excellence entries

Nominations are being sought for the annual Tech4Good Awards (T4G) which celebrates the ways in which digital technology is being used to improve lives and benefit society. Entry is free and open to any business, charity, individual, or public body with a base in the UK. This will be the fifth year the awards have […]

Scottish pupils learn about sustainability cycles and help Epson pedal printers

School children in Scotland are being told to get on their bikes if they want to print documents. Dumfries and Galloway Council has acquired six Epson printers connected to generators driven by bike power to graphically demonstrate to pupils the importance of energy efficiency. The printers will be installed in 120 schools in the council’s […]

British digital manifesto should embrace all-comers

It’s time for disruption in the startup scene. The middle class values should be overturned. We should stop assuming everyone can borrow money from rich relatives, for most of us they don’t exist. We don’t all have mortgages, so remortgaging is not an option. We should stop assuming entrepreneurs can devote all their time to […]

SBRI funds competitions for innovation in childcare and road safety

Help for parents seeking childcare facilities and improved safety for motorcyclists are potential moneymaking schemes on offer from the government’s Innovate UK organisation open to British inventors and developers. Finding childcare in the best location at the right price has become a challenge for many parents and an app or website to make life easier […]

Middle Age – A spur to the entrepreneur

Mid-life crisis seems to be catapulting 45-54-year olds into the startup world with 37 per cent of respondents to a Post Office survey falling into that age bracket. This represented the largest sector in the study. These GenX would-be entrepreneurs appeared to be doing it from choice rather than profit or redundancy fears. The chance […]