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Author: Manoj Ranaweera

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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Mini #SocMed Strategy for #Linkedin

Nothing scientific, just a collection of recent tweets by me on one page, and bit more added to turn the tweets into a mini strategy. Simply based on my own experiences, and not as a result of reading an award winning Social Media guru’s media. Linkedin Posts work far better than Linkedin Groups or Articles. Make sure you do not post until the last Post has gained at least 1000 Views. Do not post more than once a day. Give time for a Post to gather momentum. But rule (2) prevails. If a Post is not gaining at least 1000…

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Winners of Nesta £50k #PSD2 Grant application

Winners: Beyond Labs – Real-time, collaborative budgeting Handle by Bizfitech – SME credit assistance Bud Financial – Financial management app Coconut Banking –  The “bank” for freelancers Credit Data Research Ltd – Credit Scoring for SMEs DueDil – Due diligence for private firms Capitalise.com – Business loan comparison Fractal Labs – Automated financial assistant for businesses Fluidly – Cashflow management Funding Options – Business lender comparison Funding Xchange – Business lender comparison Growth Street – Overdrafts for businesses Investly – Cashflow help from investors Iwoca Limited – Credit for small businesses Ormsby Street – Data tips for businesses Runpath –…

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UK Challenger Banks for Personal and Business Accounts

I continue to keep an eye on the growth of UK’s challenger banks due to two reasons: For my own interest as a human and a director of multiple companies. At UnifiedVU, we want to unify your financial and payment worlds including risk and governance. So here is a quick summary of current status: 1. Tide Bank Offers a business account for one user on one device. According to CEO, George Bevis, his team is in the process of building functionality to support multiple devices and multi users. Hope this extends to supporting multiple accounts on the same device.    …

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