Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) is changing

Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) share options usually benefit from a very attractive tax treatment in the UK. Provided qualifying conditions are met, no income tax or Insurance Contributions (NIC) arise on the grant to, or exercise of EMI options by employees. When the shares are sold, the gains to the employees are taxed at Capital Gains […]

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Opportunity for a recruitment company

Once a company raises investment, the initial spend is usually on hiring new talent before focusing on sales and marketing spend. We recognise the value a recruitment partner can bring to our clients. If you are a recruitment company and works with technology companies, you might be interested in partnering with us. If so, please consider […]

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Learning from mistakes

I am learning from a mistake I made and instead of hiding under the carpet, thought of sharing it and the actions I plan to take to avoid such in the future. The mistake involved two parts.   Working with My interpretation of “working with” was not interpreted by my friend the same way, even […]

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#SaaSTMSf18 is no more, but future looks bright

As some of you know, Stewart Townsend and I worked for several months to get a Tech Mission to San Francisco off the grounds for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies. We made a number of mistakes which resulted in having to cancel it two weeks ago. I like to share our learnings in case it may help […]

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Manchester is the best UK city for Freelancers

A thriving Freelance community is vital for the sustainability of a tech ecosystem. It allows tech companies to easily source talent for short-term projects without being burdened by heavy recruitment costs. I came to know the freelancer community of Manchester through Andrew Disley due to his efforts in bringing the community through GeekUp Events in […]

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Fact finding mission to Sri Lanka

I visited Sri Lanka for a week in January 2018 in order to understand better the Sri Lankan tech ecosystem with the intention of developing UK Sri Lanka Tech Partnership, where Techcelerate Ventures would deliver a number of services in collaboration with Sri Lankan partners. The visit included meeting a number of potential partners and […]

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Techcelerate 11-Year Reunion Analysis – Part 2 – The Second Coming

In Part 1, I captured the event. As tradition dictates, we continued networking at a local bar, this time at Refuge. I left at 1 am but some continued networking until 4:30 am. I’m glad to report that the legendary Sam Sethi slept this time before getting the train back to London, unlike 11 years […]

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Techcelerate 11-Year Reunion Analysis – Part 1

On 23rd Nov 2006, a group of tech entrepreneurs from London to Dublin and their friends met at Institute of Directors (IoD) Lounge at Oxford Road, Manchester to share their startup stories. Over the next 7 years, we built a thriving community from San Francisco to Shanghai with Manchester as our base. Some of these […]

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Forbes Top 25 European Venture Capitalists

Good to see a number of known investors among the top 25 selected by Forbes as the leaders in European tech investments.  Among them, Reshma and Harry attended pitching events organised by Techcelerate in Manchester and Saul had significant influence on the ecosystem development. Reshma Sohoni – Took part in June 2008 event, where 8 […]

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Denial of the impact of AI is not the answer!

Fresh from attending Robot World hosted by Manchester Science Park where I am based, I must admit, I was disappointed on two fronts. There were no robots on site. A trip to Museum of Science and Industry is required, which I will duly oblige time permitting. The panel denied the inevitable, i.e. their jobs are […]

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