e-invoicing vendor, CloudTrade closes £2m investment round from Calculus Capital

I was surprised to see an email from CloudTrade this morning announcing their latest funding round. There was two reasons for my surprise: This was the first time a company has sent a press release to us. This means our weekly investment newsletter is already making an impact after 5 editions. I’ve never heard of […]

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Secret to running a great tech startup event

People attend tech startup events for fundamentally two reasons, these being: To learn the subject matter To network   During the previous Techcelerate, I ran over 100 tech entrepreneur-centric events in Manchester, London and elsewhere. I believe following is a true reflection of my experience of what makes a great event, based on both running […]

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ResponseTap Uncut – Founder Insights

Richard Hamnett, co-founder and CTO of ResponseTap spoke at Old Granda Studios in Manchester on 19th July 2018 sharing the journey and the challenges. Richard was interviewed by Luke Grimes of Webantic/ANS Group. The event series known as Founder Insights is becoming a must attend event for tech entrepreneurs in Manchester. I managed to get […]

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Report on Techcelerate Coffees #3

Third #TechcelerateCoffees was held today to Benugo at XYZ Building in Spinningfields, Manchester attended by 21 tech founders and friends (3 dropouts and 1 unregistered attendee). These events are capped at 25 to ensure quality of conversation. Among the attendees were 8 tech CEOs of Malinko (MedTech), CGHero (MarketPlace), Collabor8Online (Business Software/SaaS), DadShed (PropTech), UnifiedVU(Business Software/SaaS), MakeUrMove […]

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25 free tickets to unbound London!

Techcelerate has teamed up with Unbound to help Manchester tech community get free access to Unbound London taking place from 18th to 19th July 2018 at Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, London.      Claimed as the Europe’s largest and most exciting Innovation Festival, Unbound returns to London to bring together rich sources of innovation from across Europe. […]

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Will North regain its voice after the demise of TechNorth

After attending the London Tech Week, Jonathan Lowe of RSM has raised the issue of North loosing its tech voice as a result of the demise of TechNorth. Whilst I joked with Jonathan on Linkedin, the topic required a well thought out response. Here goes.. enjoy! Before I get going, articles of this nature (Jonathan’s) […]

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Network at the heart of Techcelerate

Techcelerate is evolving and as I like stories, it’s good to capture the stages it goes through together with rationales at the time. Based on recent internal discussions, Techcelerate’s core focus will be supported by three further services. Mission: Help Tech Companies of Manchester achieve their full potential and grow faster towards achieving £100m revenues. […]

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Hottest 25 VCs in Europe

According to an analysis by Dealroom.co, below are the 25 most successful venture capitalists of Europe today. It’s good to see six of the top 10 have a significant presence in the UK. Thanks to Balderton Capital’s early investment into The Hut Group, at least the North West is represented as far as the portfolio […]

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Where does Manchester fit into UK and European funding markets?

According to research undertaken by London & Partners, UK captured more funding than any other European country since Brexit vote with London attracting 80% of that funding and topping other European cities with ease. Based on data taken from PitchBook from 24th June 2016 to end of May 2018, the following graph captures the level […]

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Launching Techcelerate Coffees on 15th May #TechcelerateCoffees

Remember #OpenCoffees which I started in Manchester in March 2007, three weeks after Saul Klein first introduced the concept? I am relaunching the same as #TechcelerateCoffees on 15th May 2018 at the same venue (Starbucks, 10 -12 Mount Street, Ground Floor Television House, Manchester, M2 5PB, United Kingdom behind the Central Library) from 10:00 to 12:00 […]

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