Tags: Start up

Innovation is coming to America, coming to the UK

Sage has announced four winners of its Start-up exchange competition. The competition was created in partnership with the Department for International Trade and Invest Atlanta back in July. The exchange is between Atlanta, where Sage US HQ is located and Newcastle where the corporate headquarters are. Four start-ups will take part in a residency program in Atlanta…

Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London gets first members

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced the first three members of the Pfizer Healthcare Hub: London. The three companies are Echo, Cera and GiveVision. Pfizer is providing them support over the next year as they look to persuade the NHS to adopt their technology. They will share £56,000 between them to help with marketing. One of the…

Lakeside Partners launches blockchain competition

Lakeside Partners has launched Switzerland’s biggest blockchain start-up contest. The competition is aimed at the insurance industry and carries a top prize of US$100,000. The call for entries has gone out today and entries have to be in by July 30th. The jury will select the top 50 in September and reduce that to 10…

AI-based home security FLARE takes on Nest

Berlin-based start-up BuddyGuard is taking orders for FLARE. This is the Artificial Intelligence (AI) home security solution it first showed in 2014. In February this year the company announced that it had received over $1 million in seed funding. It has now launched an IndieGoGo campaign for pre-orders. Initial orders are already at over $250,000,…

CEO’s less prepared for cyber attack

Titled Now or Never, the KPMG 2016 Global CEO Outlook has been published. It shows some interesting if worrying trends that should prompt CEOs to take a long hard look at their own businesses. In the foreword, John Veihmeyer, Chairman, KPMG International said: “In this year’s survey, we found that while CEOs are confident in…

Sage to help heroes

Sage has taken the laudable step of sponsoring a televised event, the Invictus Games. They have also signed a multiyear agreement with the Invictus Foundation to support former servicemen and women as they look at life beyond the military. The next Invictus Games will be held in Orlando between May 8 and May 16. The Orlando games will be 20%…

6 Questions to ask in a reference call

A while ago NetSuite issued a press release announcing that three “high tech” companies had chosen NetSuite as their future accounting tool. After researching the story it became clear that the implementations were hardly recent and could not be termed “news” as such. It turned my thoughts to various reference calls I have done over…

Expensify launches in Europe with FOC expenses

To celebrate the opening of its UK office in London, the first in Europe, Expensify is offering new European customers its cloud-based expense reporting solution free of charge until the end of 2016 for those who register before June 2016. Expensify is the fastest growing expense reporting software around at the moment according to a Gartner…

Start-Up thoughts from Abacus CEO, Omar Qari

Omar Qari is the CEO of start-up Abacus software that provides a SaaS solution for real time expense management. In the run up to Christmas we interviewed him to discover more about his company and their plans for 2016. Abacus recently launched on the NetSuite appstore bringing their expenses platform to a wider audience. Lessons…

Fund to improve Internet access 

Microsoft has announced a new fund designed to improve access to affordable Internet in underserved markets. The fund will offer cash, technology and mentoring to help companies scale solutions that close the digital divide. Companies that are interested have until Jan 15 2016 to submit their applications to the Affordable Access Initiative. According to Peggy…