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Mums In The Know wins Best Startup at Manchester’s Big Chip Awards

Mum-focused information portal Mums In The Know has won Best Startup at the 17th annual Big Chip Awards. The company was founded in Manchester’s Wilmslow in 2012 by two mums looking for local information for their families and has expanded to cover nearly 100 different geographical areas. The Most Innovative Application of Technology award was won…

Chirp

Chirp smashes £400,000 funding target

Audio transfer app Chirp has smashed its £400,000 crowdfund on Crowdcube to raise a total £752,530. More than 350 people backed the campaign, which is the first successfully crowdfunded project to come out of University College London and the largest round ever raised by a UK university. The round included a £215,000 investment from London’s…

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Helpling and Hassle.com join forces to form the world’s biggest home-cleaning marketplace

Helpling, the leading global platform for on-demand home services, has acquired Elevator Pitch winner  Hassle.com in a deal that will see the pair become the clear leader for online booking of household services outside the U.S. Benedikt Franke, co-founder of Helpling, said: “This partnership combines Hassle.com’s expertise with Helpling’s international footprint and access to capital. “It creates…

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London’s Coinfloor launches broker-based Bitcoin marketplace

London based Bitcoin exchange Coinfloor has launched what it says is the first broker-based marketplace for buying and selling the cryptocurrency. Coinfloor has brought together 21 professional Bitcoin brokers as founding members of its Coinfloor Market, who will advise personal and retail investors on trading Bitcoin peer-to-peer. CEO Mark Lamb said: “Coinfloor Market and the introduction…

Your md

Your.MD digital health startup raises $5m

London-based digital health startup Your.MD has raised a $5m seed funding round led by Smedvig Capital, with participation from its existing angel investors. The company has already signed a partnership with the NHS to use clinically-approved data to power its personalised mobile health assistant and will use the cash to improve its AI capabilities so…

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Grant Thornton pumps £22m into Geniac

Geniac, the UK start-up taking the headache out of fast growth for small businesses, has secured investment of up to £22m from business advisors, Grant Thornton UK LLP. The London-based business is looking to transform the rate at which small businesses can flourish by fully managing their business support functions through an innovative“office as a…

The Next Big Thing

Unilever and Starcom cry out for startup innovation

Agency and brand leaders, from Unilever to Starcom Mediavest, have taken to the stage at the inaugural The Next Big Thing conference in London crying out for the kinds of innovation being delivered by startups. Jim Kite, strategic development director at Starcom Mediavest, said: “The future of our business is in forming new partnerships.” While…

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WeWork opens 3,000-seat workspace on Moorgate

WeWork is opening its largest ever workspace in London, housing 3,000 members across eight floors. Tech City UK and KweekWeek are already signed up to take space at the building on Moorgate, which opens its first phase today, with the remaining areas all going live by this September. Gerard Grech, Tech City UK CEO, said: “Collaboration is…

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Huddle creative win ReHack

Huddle Creative, which looks to tackle up to 70% of waste in Unilever’s supply chain, has been named the winner of the annual ReHack The Shoreditch based startup hopes to engage families and housemates by using gamification  to save energy. Joe Comiskey from Unilever said: “We’re thrilled to have found such an exciting and relevant…

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Tim Draper sets sights on European investments

Tim Draper is setting his sights on Europe as DFJ Esprit officially rebrands as DraperEsprit along with other members of the global Draper Venture Network, formerly the DFJ Network. Draper, the VC who has invested in hundreds of startups including Tesla, Baidu and Europe’s own Skype among others, will work closely with the team of…

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European sharing economy to grow by a third in the next 12 months

The sharing economy pioneered by companies like Airbnb and BlaBlaCar is taking hold in Europe, with more than 150 million consumers expected to pool property or possessions over the next year. An international study of almost 15,000 consumers across 15 countries reveals the profound effect that sharing technologies could have on economies worldwide, with participation…

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UK population faces Digital Amnesia

The ‘Google Effect’, the impact on our memory of being able to find information online[i] has extended to include important personal information and mobile devices, a new study by Kaspersky Lab has found. The study reveals that the majority of connected consumers in the UK can’t recall critical phone numbers from memory, including those of…

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Big chip awards

Mums In The Know wins Best Startup at Manchester’s Big Chip Awards

Chirp

Chirp smashes £400,000 funding target

hassle_team

Helpling and Hassle.com join forces to form the world’s biggest home-cleaning marketplace

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$90m raised in London, crowdfunding for Greece, plus much more in your week in tech

Bitcoin

London’s Coinfloor launches broker-based Bitcoin marketplace

Your md

Your.MD digital health startup raises $5m