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Northern Tech Awards 2018 Winners

Unfortunately I could not attend the 7th Northern Tech Awards held on 22nd March 2018 in Edinburgh. This was the first event I missed in its 7 year history. Now owned by GP Bullhound, it has grown significantly. Congratulations to all the winners. Top Northern Star (run with Tech North): BigChange Fastest Growing Company of the Year: In Touch Networks Fastest Growing Larger Company of the Year: Evolution Funding Judges’ Innovation Award: Peak AI Judges’ Award for International Success: Purple Judges’ Leadership Award: Sykes Tech4Good Award: Virtual College Judges’ Young Entrepreneur Award: Nicholas Mealey, Connex One  Judges’ Entrepreneur Award: Steve Oliver, MusicMagpie Overall Judges’ Award: Performance Horizon   The categories…

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I’m no #Linkybrains – more like #Leakybrains

When I first came across #Linkybrains by Doug Scott, I wondered what Doug was up to now? Doug is known to be a loud-mouth straight-talking prolific angel investor and a successful entrepreneur who used to kill his boredom with a red bandana. Yes, it seems you could do a lot with a scarf, at least get bit closer to be like a pirate just for a second only to realise that you missed the eye patch and forgot to shout ahoy, my hearties. When digging bit further, I also noticed that Chris Tottman of Notion Capital and Alex Dunsdon of Saatchinvest were…

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My Social Media Strategy for 2018

A friend of mine just posted his social media strategy for 2018 on Facebook which triggered me to consider my own. Here goes: Facebook for me is both business and personal. It will remain a mixture of the two. I don’t see any difference in terms of my posting strategy for 2018 compared to previous years. Will aspire to adhere to the Linkedin mini strategy I put together last year. Twitter effort will focus more on #techdeals to support Techcelerate Ventures. Liking posts demonstrates support for the sharer, if the sharer takes time to engage with me. Again, I don’t…

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Idiot’s Guide to setting up a business – Part 0 – The Planning Tools

There are a number of things you need to do when you are planning a new business venture. In the past I wrote about some of these, but didn’t quite capture the very early stages: Idiot’s Guide to setting up a business – Part 1: Registering your business Idiot’s guide to setting up a business – Part 2: selecting a name Idiot’s guide to setting up a business – Part 3: website and email Template for a simplified investor pitch deck 8 questions I must know the answers to Today, I am contemplating on starting another and wanted to capture…

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Tech HotSpots of Manchester

According to Claire Jolly of Deloitte, the North West is home to over 750 Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) companies. Here is a list of hotspots in Greater Manchester based on my knowledge of being part of the tech ecosystem since 2004, and having build the original tech ecosystem via Techcelerate. Barclays Rise Deansgate SpacePortX Northern Quarter including 20 Dale Street home to Manchester’s best kept secret, CapsuleCRM and one of the fastest growing companies LadBible. CANDDi is not too far. InnoSpace Spinningfields Manchester Science Park/Partnerships including Cisco Mi-Idea at Bright Building and Med Tech Centre at Greenhays MediaCity including The…

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Networks of Manchester’s Tech Ecosystem

Once upon a time (2006 to 2013), Techcelerate pioneered in building the Manchester’s Tech Ecosystem, when public sector could not care less about scalable technology businesses. Today, it’s a different story. Both public as well as the private sectors have come together to build the ecosystem from where Techcelerate had left off. Referred to as Northern Startup 2.0 in 2006, a tech gathering supported by KPMG and initiated by TechCrunch grew into a network of 2,300 tech entrepreneurs, senior managers of tech companies, investors and deal-makers over a period of 7 years. Techcelerate ran over 100+ tech entrepreneur events with…

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Growth of your startups post exit

There is nothing better than watching your attempts being nurtured under new management and ownership. In August 2013, GP Bullhound acquired Northern Tech Awards, which has become the key annual tech event of the North. Since the acquisition, it has toured Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and expect to hit Edinburgh in 2018. It’s an amazing event to celebrate best of northern tech companies. Since starting Venture 9, we have become a partner of GP Bullhound, in our efforts to help tech companies find growth capital, as well as explore mergers and acquisitions. In March 2015, Accusoft acquired edocr.com, which has grown significantly…

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Billionaires of UK

Billionaires of UK According to Sunday Times Rich list of 2017, there are 133 Billionaires in the UK. Most of them are born abroad and moved to UK later. Property still rules. I was curious to see how many of them are tech entrepreneurs. And fascinated to see some Northerners among the top, #SimonNixon of #MoneySupermarket and #MattMoulding of #TheHutGroup. These lists are always questionable – just guesstimates, e.g. Birch family has been based out of San Francisco since the initial traction of #Bebo. They certainly didn’t make money in the UK. But all makes fascinating reading including the 26…

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#Huddle is being sold

Huddle was the creme of #Webmission08 (20 hottest tech startups of UK in 2008). My #edocr was then the smallest of the 20. Their mantra was #GoBigorGoHome – they lived by it and was run by the dynamic duo of Alastair Mitchell and Andy McLoughlin. Their massive break came when they started to sell to UK Government through #GCloud. They even pulled a PR stunt in front of #Sharepoint conference, as they saw themselves as the natural player to disrupt the growth of #Sharepoint. But just like we have seen elsewhere, you sometimes do not see the competition. In this…

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