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‘Student fee lender secures $240m for US push’(FT 21.08.17) Prodigy Finance founder , Cameron Stevens, writes exclusively on the problem he wants to solve!


Though Prodigy Finance has now extended over $325 million in student loans, the company began, humbly, over a couple of beers. My INSEAD colleagues and I sat around, nodding our heads in complete understanding as we chatted about the difficulties …

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As London-based Trint secures US$3.1 million in Pre-Series A funding, Emmy-award winning war correspondent turned Co-founder and CEO, Jeff Kofman, talks career 2.0 and how he stumbled into the world of entrepreneurship.


If you had told me 10 or 20 years ago that I was going to be an entrepreneur and CEO, running a company with 20 employees, I really don’t think I would have believed you. I’ve been a journalist all …

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‘If we believe that our efforts are making the world a better place, are we simply fooling ourselves? If we don’t fool ourselves sometimes, will we not even try to make a difference? ‘(Robert Safian, Editor, Fast Company Jul/Aug 17) We asked 7 leading entrepreneurs about the difference their businesses were making in an era of dramatic change?


Acast’s business is fundamentally changing audio for everyone. 1 in 5 mobile queries, according to Google, are now voice searches, which is an incredible indicator of the growing power of audio. Our technology platform is making it easier than ever …

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Mandeep Singh, Co-Founder of Trouva, writes exclusively on the evolving future of retail!


Commentators have talked about the death of the high street for several years now, and indeed the market continues to change as customers change their shopping habits with the continued rise of online. Whilst as the high street as we …

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‘The growing shift to e-commerce has made online payments big business, as Vantiv’s £9bn deal to buy Worldpay this week shows. Banks are playing catch-up as the leading providers develop other services..’(FT 8.07.17) 2 leading entrepreneurs reflect on the implications of the deal and the future of their own fintech businesses!


As the shift to the digital banking grows, financial institutions are facing new challenges. Global banking fraud is up 26% (£800m in UK) over the last year and the problem is getting worse as customers continue to move to mobile …

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Emotional Intelligence should be at the forefront of workplace strategy! Claude Silver of New York’s VaynerMedia explains why?


Imagine running a company built to service Fortune 100 clients in a highly strategic and creative way. Imagine running that company without empathy, kindness and care of your employees, a place where no one says thank you and no one …

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‘Medical chief vows to spread ‘genetics dream’ (FT 4.07.17). “This week Sally Davies ‘said she wanted genetic testing to become part of “health professionals’ normal care”, so the science was brought to patients, rather than the other way round..’ We asked two leading Healthtech founders to put the pace of medical innovation into perspective and explain how their own businesses were evolving!”


At HealthUnlocked, whilst we do not focus on people’s genes in the same way Genetics Sciences do, we are building information systems that effectively describe people’s relationships with their health, both as individual and collectives. Our work aims to understand …

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‘Stories of exodus are alarmist claptrap. Frankfurt is dull and has no office space. You can’t sack anyone in Paris. Dublin is too small…and so London’s status is not threatened…’(taken from a piece Sunday Times 11 June 17). We asked 6 leading entrepreneurs if the ecosystem in London was in for a nasty surprise!


I arrived to London 17 years ago, first to study, then to get some work experience only to wake up one morning about 10 years ago realising that this is my home and I don’t want to ever live anywhere …

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‘As London based Quiqup secure a £20m Series B Round, Co Founder and CEO Bassel El Koussa talks on-demand logistics, e-commerce and comparisons with San Francisco’s Postmates!’


Since the commercialised internet and the myriad products spawned in the wake of digitisation — think the smartphone and its armies of derivative apps — the world has changed a lot. One such change has to do with how consumers …

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As Rover.com acquire Santa Monica based DogVacay, we catch up with London’s BorrowMyDoggy Founder Rikke Rosenlund as she shares her journey, algorithms, and the lessons she’s learned along the way. Pawsome!


The BorrowMyDoggy idea was developed in July 2012 after I spent the day taking care of a neighbour’s dog, Aston. I realised that lots of dog owners could use a helping paw looking after their dog, and that there are …

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