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Appear Here raises $12m Series B led by Octopus Ventures
posted on May 17, 2017

Appear Here, an online marketplace for short-term retail space, has raised $12m in Series B funding.

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Appear Here expands to the US with New York office opening
posted on April 19, 2017

AppearHere, an online marketplace for short-term retail space, is expanding to the US.

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A $9m Series B, a £60m fund for UK tech, WhatsApp payments and more in The Week in Tech
posted on April 7, 2017

Welcome to the Week in Tech, your roundup of the week’s top UK technology news. This week, we have a $9m Series B, a £60m fund for UK tech, news of a WhatsApp payments function and much more.


Forward Partners raises £60m fund for UK tech startups
posted on April 5, 2017

London-based VC firm Forward Partners has raised a £60m fund to invest in UK pre-Seed and Seed-stage startups.

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Tech and dating: How you can score funding and help millions find love
posted on February 14, 2017

Online dating is a lucrative industry – recent research estimates that dating apps contribute a staggering £1bn to the UK economy every year – so it’s hardly surprising that new services, both big and small, are springing up faster than you can say ‘I love you’. But how can tech startups and scaleups break through the noise?


Mens fashion tech disruptor Spoke raises $1.8m late Seed
posted on January 30, 2017

Spoke, an online fashion platform for menswear, has raised a $1.8m late Seed round led by Oxford Capital.


ClickMechanic lands $1m in funding round led by Forward Partners
posted on January 18, 2017

ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car mechanics, has closed a $1m funding round led by early stage VC Forward Partners.


Live Better With gets $2m to help improve the lives of cancer patients
posted on August 15, 2016

Live Better With, a curated healthcare platform which seeks to improve the daily lives of cancer patients, has closed a $2m late seed funding round.

Pitching to a VC

What not to do when pitching to a VC
posted on July 13, 2016

Getting funded and how to approach VCs for investment is often on every startup founder’s mind. Nic Brisbourne, managing partner at Forward Partners, shares his advice on how to approach tech investors. In my role as a VC investing in very early stage startups, I’m lucky to meet aspiring and established entrepreneurs every week and…

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Startup Weekly: Google Campus Exchange, Activate Capital accelerator & more
posted on July 8, 2016

Here’s your weekly round up of news about startup competitions, awards, co-working spaces, accelerators and any other exciting things happening in the UK tech sector. Google’s search for startups Global tech giant Google is on a nationwide search for startups in an attempt to mentor 10 of the country’s most innovative businesses this summer. Selected startup…

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Travel tech startup Edge Retreats gets $1m in seed funding
posted on April 7, 2016

Edge Retreats, a London-based tech startup specialising in luxury villas, has closed a $1m seed funding round led by VC fund Lean Investments. The round, which also drew support from the startup’s current investor Forward Partners, brings Edge Retreats’ total amount of funding raised to $1.4m. Speaking about the round’s closure, McCormick said: “After getting…


Google and Facebook execs join Forward Partners’ UK e-commerce mentorship scheme
posted on February 10, 2016

Senior executives from Google Deep Mind and Facebook have joined Forward Partners’ mentorship programme for UK e-commerce startups. Launching today, FP50 network will seek to provide an open forum for early-stage startup founders to collaborate with successful online executives. Founded in the summer of 2013, Forward Partner invests in startups from inception to late seed…

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Startup Weekly: IKEA Bootcamp, Nesta’s ShareLab Fund and much more
posted 6 hours ago

Theresa May

Theresa May: Tech giants should be encouraged to do more to fight online extremism
posted 8 hours ago

Alfa Financial completes ‘largest UK tech listing in almost two years’
posted 11 hours ago

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The Liberal Democrats Manifesto: what does it mean for UK tech?
posted 12 hours ago

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A £20m Series B, Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, mermaid emojis and more in The Week in Tech
posted 15 hours ago

British robot firm moves production to Madrid to maintain EU base post-Brexit
posted on May 25, 2017