Following an $11m Fundraising Round, Flatfair’s Franz Doerr discusses how they have brought convenience to Private Renting!


The idea for flatfair came about when I was facing an all-too-common problem. As my previous tenancy was coming to an end and my next was about to begin, I found myself having to pull together a deposit for the new landlord before the previous one had been returned to me.

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Fresh from a $250M Series D Round Ariel Cohen and Ilan Twig discuss how TripActions are disrupting business travel


When we started TripActions, we put the user first, working to solve all of the pains of business travel that we experienced ourselves as road warriors. From frustrating booking tools that lagged far behind consumer sites to feeling left stranded when a delay or missed connection occurred, business travel was a pain. And not just for travellers; for enterprises as well. With so many employees going “rogue” to find the best deals and book travel to meet their individual needs, organizations suffered from a lack of visibility and control over their travel spend.

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The Disruptors | Founders outline the problem, solution and unique value proposition that led to the creation of their business


The idea of GuestReady started in Taiwan in 2016 when I was renting out a room in my flat on Airbnb. I quickly learned how difficult and time-consuming hosting was, especially since I was often away for work.

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Introducing Cordy Griffiths, CEO of Ballou | Building brand awareness and engaging with the press


For any start-up, building brand awareness is one of the highest priorities on the to-do list. After building a great product that solves a lucrative problem, along with a world-class team to keep the momentum galloping along, getting your story out there is a key component of driving growth.

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‘Trust in government is falling, and tech helped it happen. Now, a collaborative digital platform for policymakers wants to help bring it back.’ Says Ella Mae Lewis, Head of Product at Apolitical!


In 2015, sat in a restaurant in SoHo, a group of my friends couldn’t contain their mirth. “You’re building a platform for government… innovators? Isn’t that an oxymoron?!” They weren’t alone in their scepticism. Trust in government has been in freefall for years, and stereotypes abound. The crusty bureaucrat, gleefully encircling our lives with rules and red tape, or the duplicitous politician, sneaking around Westminster and expensing new bathtubs. Across the pond, government is portrayed as House of Cards, or as one entertaining podcast host has it “the plot of House of Cards with the cast of Veep.” The tech industry has hardly helped matters by violating user data and enabling the spread of targeted misinformation about people, politics and policies.

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The energy sector is going through massive transition and Upside Energy are at the forefront of change. Devrim Celal, CEO of Upside Energy, explains!


Improvements in technology and the internet of things (IoT) are transforming the way energy is being generated, used and traded. With countries across the world committing to ambitious carbon reduction targets and the cost of renewable technologies reducing, we are seeing the energy landscape evolve at pace.

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The staffing crisis in Healthcare is a huge problem. Fresh from a £5m Series A Round, Charles Armitage CEO at Florence, has a cure!


We’re living through a time of unprecedented demand on the care workforce in the UK. Across the country, 10% of all healthcare shifts are filled by temporary workers and the way they are managed – by expensive and inefficient recruitment agencies – is bleeding billions of pounds out of the system.

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Briefing | Fitness to Scale is an accurate predictor of commercial outperformance! We catch up with Ed Lascelles, Head of Technology Investment, AlbionVC


A positive workplace culture is a vitally important feature of early stage businesses, conferring competitive advantage on those that prioritise its development and nourish it over time.Workplace culture starts to form when founders make their first hires and the dynamics within the executive team start to form. It is made up of a number of attributes: some tangible, others less so.

Certain characteristics are obviously positive, such as teamwork, just as some are clearly undesirable, like bullying. Many others, for example learning, purpose, authority, stability, results, risk, safety, fall somewhere in-between.

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The Disruptors | Founders outline the problem, solution and unique value proposition that led to the creation of their business


There was there no simple, chic and affordable way to buy flowers online.

I was buying my clothes on Net-a-Porter, my groceries on Ocado and everything else on Amazon, yet I was still schlepping to the Covent Garden flower market to buy flowers to avoid paying Chelsea florist prices.

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As both mainstream medicine and personalised therapeutics go through fundamental change, leading entrepreneurs provide their vision of the future


We’re at a crossroads when it comes to traditional healthcare across Europe. In a world of an ageing population and rising costs, healthcare systems are at a breaking point. Barriers are put in people’s way and stop them from getting the support they need, be that financial barriers, lack of knowledge or even time pressures.

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