Digital innovation Contest – Data’

Digital Innovation Contest- Data Briefing Event

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Date: 9 April 2014
Location: BL-NK, UK

Meet the TSB Digital Team - Cambridge

Open invite: meet TSB @innovate_uk & @ictomorrow digital teams, 24 April in Cambridge. Email TSB funding and @ictomorrow info session & digital meet-up, 24 April. @ideaSpace Email

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Date: 4 April 2014
Location: IdeaSpace City, UK

Who's Who and What's What on this year's Digital Mission

It’s almost time for us to head off to the bright lights of New York City, but before we do, there’s just time to let you know who’s coming and what we’ll be doing.  

This year, we have a very impressive list of start-ups and agencies joining us

  • Coull is a technology company that's reinventing the way online video advertising works. 
  • Easyfundraising has been at the forefront of developing technology platforms that harness the power of customer loyalty to generate donations for good causes across the globe.

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2014's BBC Worldwide Accelerator Program Now Open to Applicants

BBC Worldwide Labs is a six-month programme for emerging media digital companies in the UK. It is designed to help startups gain traction by working closely with the experts at BBC Worldwide across all divisions: from technology and content to marketing, sales, advertising and legal, as well as having access to prime office space in the Media Centre in White City.
And the good news is, applications for 2014 are now open.
Eligible companies will:
·       Focus on the intersection of technology and media
·       Have a synergy with BBC Worldwide business units & brands
·       Have a product in market or ready to launch
Do you have a startup that’s looking for success, or know of someone who does? Take a look and apply here. 
Partnerships secured so far are:
·       Foodity & BBC Good Food - an e-commerce toolkit that allows publishers to turn recipe ingredients into online shopping baskets.
·       WireWAX & BBC News Online - A video tagging tool that adds clickable ‘tags’ to moving people or objects.
·       Ko-Su Mobile & BBC Motion Gallery Education – a mobile learning platform that allows users to create and publish interactive content that makes teaching and learning via connected devices accessible to anyone around the world.
·       Future Ad Labs & BBC Good Food - Playcaptcha is an alternative to the traditional (and tedious) human response tests known as ‘captchas’.
Other companies include The Backscratchers & BBCW Procurement, Peekabu Studios & BBCW Corporate Comms and Jack Burke & BBCW YouTube.
To celebrate the launch of the 2014 programme they are hosting an event on Monday 3rd February at Google Campus from 6:30pm.
This panel event, chaired by Alex Wood from Tech City News, will see previous Labs’ companies talk about the programme and some of the commercial partnerships obtained with BBCW. There will also be the opportunity to hear objective feedback on how investors and partners view startups that come through these types of accelerator schemes.
Keen to come along? Sign up here

BBC Worldwide Labs is a six-month accelerator programme for emerging media digital companies in the UK. It is designed to help startups gain traction by working closely with the experts at BBC Worldwide across all divisions: from technology and content to marketing, sales, advertising and legal, as well as having access to prime office space in the Media Centre in White City.

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Fundraising: The Essentials - Building a High Growth Company

The next in the series of Fundraising: The Essentials is here! Come and join us over breakfast to hear Guy Rigby talk and to learn about building High Growth Companies and to hear how Growth Accelerator can help you.

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Date: 28 November 2013
Location: Central London - Full details upon successful application, UK

Apps World North America 2014 - Discover the future of multi-platform apps

12/11/214 13/11/2014 ExCeL Arena Apps World Europe 2014 - Discover the future of multi-platform apps

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Date: 12 November 2014
Location: ExCeL Arena, London, UK

Apps World North America 2014– Discover the future of multi-platform apps

Apps World will be welcoming 8000+ attendees and 250+ exhibitors for 2 days of discussions and debate around the app ecosystem on 5-6 February at Moscone Centre West, San Francisco.

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Date: 5 February 2014
Location: Moscone Centre West, San Francisco, UK

SME Growth Hack. Build. Promote. Sell. Inspire. (Nov 21)

Open For Business

Chinwag and the UKTI have collaborated on the up and coming event SME Growth Hacking. Build. Promote. Sell. Inspire. (Thurs 21 Nov) This event is completely free to attend and is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (18 - 24 Nov).

The day will be split into panels, case studies, mentoring sessions & an exhibition all focused on the 4 key themes: Build. Promote. Sell. Inspire. The ticket also includes complimentary lunch and coffee for all attendees.

This event is for SMEs and entrepreneurs with potential for fast-growing UK businesses with export potential.

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Internet Leaders Dinner: Cut the Crap with Ajaz Ahmed

This is a no–nonsense and entertaining talk about what it takes to be successful based on real life experiences and observations. Not to be missed!

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Date: 21 November 2013
Location: Elysee Restaurant, UK

Raising Start-Up Capital

Piggy Bank

The path to securing investment for your start-up can be steep, twisted and challenging, Darren Hamer decided to interview a veteran in this field, Mathias Plank , the founder of Sticky, the world’s first webcam based eye tracking platform (formerly known as Eyetrackshop).

Mathias was interviewed by Darren Hamer, (Managing Director UK, Sticky) where he outlines the path to securing investment for your start-up.

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SMW REWIND: Tech 4 Good Showcase [video]


Wrapping up SMW London, on Friday, September 28 2012, was our Tech 4 Good Showcase.

It featured social innovators showcasing their startups as part of our Disruptive Social Innovation Day, exploring how social media platforms, tools and technologies can be used to create social good.

Contributors included FairPhone, the world’s first ethically made mobile handset; #wewillgather, an initiative to get people together to do good things, as inspired by the upsurge of ad-hoc volunteering in response to the London riots, and DrDoctor, a start-up changing the way hospitals and patients communicate using mobile technology.

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Win a Ticket to Thinking Digital Conference 21-23 May

Thinking Digital

Insight and ideas drive Thinking Digital, an annual conference with a reputation for attracting the best thinkers and speakers.

The sixth event takes place between 21-23 May at The Sage Gateshead, and one lucky Chinwag reader will be attending free.

Thinking Digital have given one ticket worth £275+VAT. The competition closes on April 30th - see below for entry details.

Can't Wait? Thinking Digital have given us a discount code for all you registered users of over 15%. 

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“Doing Business in the USA” - A Tale of Two Cities

Doing business in the USA

Doing Business in the USA was a highlight of SXSW Interactive, demystifying what’s involved and letting digital entrepreneurs connect in the grand arena of Austin City Hall.

A welcome from Mayor Leffingwell (@TheLeeTeam - yes, he's on Twitter) started the day, with the Brits thanked for bringing the rain with them.

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Start-Up Diaries: It's a Long Way Down to the Top [video]


Pitching is a nightmare. No error, plenty of terror, which is why we’re so impressed with Kate Jackson’s literal elevator pitch for her company, TableCrowd. She explains how it is done.

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More Doing Biz Summit Speakers Announced: TechStars, ustwo, The Next Web


Our SXSW masterclass, Doing Business in the USA, is happening on March 8, in Austin, Texas.

We still have some speakers to spoil y'all, including Hermione Way and Jason Seats.

Tickets are still here.

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