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Month: July 2008

How important are Northern Stars for the region?

Please read page 6 and 7 of: The headline is “leaders of the region’s £16 billion digital and creative industries are intensifying their efforts to establish the North West as one of the world’s most innovative production centre’s for digital entertainment and new media”. As part of the initiative to grow regional output by £1bn from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by 2015, the North West Development Agency (NWDA) is in the process of establishing a number of Media Enterprise Centres (MECs) where production companies, broadcasters, small digital companies and universities can collaborate. Phase 1 includes opening of the MediaCityUK in…

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North-South Dividing Line – Your thoughts please!

An issue that I have not successfully resolved is the dividing line between the North and South of United Kingdom, from the perception of Northern StartUp 2.0. The services provided by Northern Startup 2.0 is for the digital startups in the North of England. At present it excludes Midlands and South Wales due to the perception that companies in these regions may well be aligning themselves with the South instead of the North. Danny Dorling of the Sheffield University argues that drawing a line is near impossible. You can read his article here. Click on the image for a detailed…

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Serving Northern Digital Entrepreneurs – Best event ever!

I am happy to report that we had the best Northern StartUp 2.0 event ever on the 15th of July at KPMG Manchester. In case you missed it, here is a teaser: At the core of Northern StartUp 2.0 is the Northern Digital Entrepreneurs, that is people like me (Founder of edocr), Anish Kapoor (Founder of Yuuguu) and other Northern Stars. The purpose is to serve their needs, mostly in the areas of: 1. Capital injection 2. Exposure 3. Reduce loneliness – You are never alone in your journey to hit that massive Vision We address Item 1 above by…

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Forthcoming event on the 15th July at KPMG Manchester

I have been running Northern StartUp 2.0 events to promote digital entrepreneurship in the North of UK since October 2006 at the suggestion of TechCrunchUK Editor at the time, Sam Sethi. I am happy to announce that for the first time, the event on 15th July at KPMG Manchester has been oversubscribed. We will also be welcoming our first US Venture Capitalist and will entertain  another prominent London VC (had Paul Fisher and Reshma Sohoni before). This event has also attracted a total of 10 Venture Capitalists (yes, I know, quite unheard of!). At this rate, it is hard to…

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Crain’s Manchester Business – the only weekly business publication

Crain’s Manchester Business is the only weekly business publication available in Manchester. Crain’s approached Northern StartUp 2.0 prior to launch to understand the ecosystem for digital product based companies. As a result the Northern StartUp 2.0 was featured on the very first issue published on the 17th December 2007. In case you did not know, our Northern Star, edocr hosts all issues of Crain’s Manchester Business. In fact, you cannot access Crain’s from anywhere else in pdf or flash document format. If you wish to tune to Crain’s: – Setup a RSS feed So here is this weeks, issue: Crain’s…

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