January Roundup: Nutty Butter & Cyber Security
Welcome to Match Capital’s brand new monthly feature. Each month we’ll be bringing you a speedy briefing on some of the most exciting and interesting stuff from the UK’s thriving startup scene.
This month we look back over January’s latest startup hot spots in the UK, learn more about a brand new initiative for young cyber security businesses and meet some of the entrepreneurial winners of the Crowdcube awards…
LendMeYourLiteracy and Pip&Nut Celebrated at Crowdcube Awards
Online children’s publishers LendMeYourLiteracy (LMYL) and natural nut butter company Pip&Nut have been honoured at the Crowdcube Awards, an event created to celebrate the very best of crowdfunded businesses.
Working to give young writers a voice, LMYL was awarded both the People’s Choice award and the Crowdcube Award for Service Business of the Year. At the same ceremony, Pip&Nut founder Pippa Murray was presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year award after creating her healthy brand in her garden shed.
Cyber London: Initiative Launches to Champion UK Cyber Security Startups
A not-for-profit accelerator programme launched in London this month, providing valuable funding to help make London a centre for cyber security startups in Europe. The CyberLondon scheme (CyLon) will offer funding to 10 teams over a 13 week period in 2015, supporting young companies with mentoring, professional advice and training.
- Are you a cyber security startup? Apply for the programme online.
Apple Buys British Startup Semetric
British startup Semetric, the company behind music analytics tool Musicmetric, has been snapped up by Apple according to records filed with Companies House in early January 2015.
Although both Semetric and Apple are remaining tight-lipped about the acquisition, it’s widely believed that Apple is planning to incorporate the tool into their relaunch of the Beats Music service, acquired for $3bn in 2014.
Developed by Semetric to help record labels monitor digital sales, streaming and social media statistics, Musicmetric could become a key feature on the Beats Music dashboard. With Apple poised to challenge Spotify’s dominance as a music streaming service, many industry insiders speculate both services are prime for a rebrand under the stagnant iTunes banner.
2014′s UK Startup Hot Spots Revealed: Were You There?
The UK is rapidly becoming a startup nation, with over 580,000 new businesses registered with Companies House last year, averaging just under one new startup to every 100 Brits in 2014.
As you might expect, London is the UK’s undisputed startup superhub, but strong startup activity in its outlying boroughs and neighbouring counties (including South Buckinghamshire and Barnet) demonstrated that, for some new enterprises, the big city is just too expensive.
The Guardian’s interactive startup hub map also shows exciting activity elsewhere in the UK, with impressive startup growth in:
- Tewkesbury (18.3 startups per 1000 people)
- Exeter (15.4 startups per 1000 people)
- Daventry (17.3 startups per 1000 people)
- Lincoln (17.9 startups per 1000 people)
- Warrington (19.7 startups per 1000 people)
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