- We’ve Moved!
- Last Chance to Apply!
- Fuelling Your Startup
- Collider13 Announces Brand Partners
- Moment.Us Teams Up with 7digital to Deliver a Unique Music Experience
- Locomizer, a Collider Startup, Featured in the Startups 100 List
- Pizza, Beer, & Startup Advice
- Investor Breakfast at Warner Yard
- Collider13 is Open for Applications!
- We’re Hiring! Programme Manager
There are only a few days left until our applications close for our next round! If you haven’t yet applied, get yourself over to f6s.com/collider13 for the chance to work with Unilever, BBC Worldwide, CBS Outdoor, William Hill and Bauer Media. Good luck!
We had a great event last night at TechHub Manchester which explored the different funds that are available to startups. On our panel to discuss this was Doug Stellman from Enterprise Ventures, Darren Westlake the CEO of CrowdCube, Andrew Ko the co-founder of Manchester startup Moment.Us, and Rose Lewis the co-founder of Collider. With representation ranging from venture capital to crowd funding, the discussion was lively with plenty of questions from the audience.
There was a lot of discussion around what investors look for in startups, what stage a startup needs to be at to raise finance, as well as more grueling questions concerning the pros and cons of accelerators, crowd funding, and venture capital. There was a lot of tweeting, so be sure to head over to our account to take a look at some of the responses.
We love coming to Manchester and will definitely return soon with more pizza, beer, and lively startup debate. Thanks to TechHub for putting us up for the evening, and thanks to everyone who came along instead of trick-or-treating!
Digital companies in the North West are being called on to apply for funding and mentoring through a startup accelerator programme. Collider13, launched by Pembridge Partnership and Creative England and backed by the government’s Regional Growth Fund, aims to partner fledgling companies with established brands.
Brands taking part include Bauer Media, BBC Worldwide, CBS Outdoor, Unilever and William Hill. The programme provides startups with £100,000 funding in a mix of loan and equity, plus access to mentoring for a year, office space and technology testing facilities.
Jim Farmery, Creative England’s director of investment, said: “Creative England is delighted to launch Collider13 and I’m looking forward again to seeing what fascinating technologies and products we see from the teams that take part this year.
“We are leveraging significant private sector investment of £600,000 against our Regional Growth Fund investment of £400,000, and we also looking to create and safeguard almost 70 jobs.”
7digital provides Moment . Us, a new streaming radio and music discovery app, with over 25 million tracks. The Moment.Us app allows users to discover music using emotions, environments, and experiences to tailor playlists.
7digital, the leading open digital music platform, today announced a partnership with Moment.Us Ltd., making its library of 25 million tracks available via Moment.Us’ streaming radio and music discovery app. The Moment.Us app allows users to discover music in a new way by using emotions, environments and experiences to tailor playlists. Unlike other streaming radio services that only use musicology, the app learns from contextual data such as pictures, locations and weather to personalise music.
“We wanted our app to be as simple as turning on the radio, but smart enough to deliver music that is personalised to what you want to hear, exactly at that moment”, says Andrew Ko, CEO of Moment.Us. “The Moment.Us app offers a different kind of music discovery experience. The app can visualise how each song has touched the user’s life by capturing their most significant moments with music. Our aim is to bring playlists to life!”
Ben Drury, CEO of 7digital comments, “We want to work with companies like Moment.Us that concentrate on delivering the best music experience in a creative way. The history of music and radio demonstrates that targeted services for music fans have an important place in the market. The Moment.Us app will offer a new music experience and we are excited that our API and streaming platform is behind this.”
7digital’s feature rich API allows partners a legally licensed offering to choose between a number of software methods and a global catalogue of over 25 million songs from all the major and independent music label distributors and aggregators. The 7digital API already provides digital music services to hundreds of partners globally including Samsung, BlackBerry, Microsoft, HTC, Sonos and now, Moment.Us.
Read the press release here.
Startups.co.uk has today revealed the UK’s 100 most exciting and innovative new businesses that make up the 2013 Startups 100. Launched in 2008, Startups 100 was the first index of its kind – a celebration of the best in new British businesses. Now in its fourth year, the list is Startups.co.uk’s biggest and most popular annual feature, counting down the top 100 start-ups to have launched in the last three years. Entrants are judged by the Startups team against a host of criteria, but primarily for innovation, impressive financials and growth potential.
Included in this list is Locomizer, a Collider12 startup. Alex Polykov, a co-founder of Locomizer, said that “We are very excited to be part of this year’s 100 startup list. There was a rigorous selection process and the fact that we have made the list serves as a perfect validation for locomizer’s product vision. There is still some room for improvement and we are determined to move up the ranks next year.”
After more than 10 years of scientific research on cell behaviour in nature and humans, Polyakov and Poliakov came up with an idea to invent a new method of audience discovery. Locomizer and the nature-based algorithm behind it is the final product of that idea. Using its specialised algorithm, the company enables businesses to better understand their customer profiles by providing them with accurate user interest profiles generated by the places and surroundings where they spend their time. The concept behind it being that our real-life interests and preferences are a ‘product of our local footprint’. Launched only recently with £150,000 of seed capital from business angels, the company has already signed five major clients to its service and has a series of growth plans in place. Over the next year it’s looking to expand its engineering team which in turn will help develop the scale-up of its commercial infrastructure. It also has strategies in place to execute full-scale launches of its personal location data service with select commercial partners.
A highly experienced panel will be at TechHub Manchester on the 31st October to answer your questions about raising money for your startup. We have all grounds covered with representation from crowdfunding, venture capital, an accelerator and a startup, all of whom have the relevant experience and knowledge to offer advice to startups seeking to fund the growth of their businesses.
The format of the event is a 1hr Q&A on the subject of gaining investment with a panel of 4 people, followed by beer, pizza and the chance to network. You can tweet us in advance with any questions on the subject which you would like the panel to answer, at @Collider12.
- Venue: TechHub Manchester
- Time: 31 Oct 2013, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
- Register: On Eventbrite
- Price: Free
- Rose Lewis, Founding Partner of Collider;
- Darren Westlake, CEO of CrowdCube;
- (TBC) from EV and
- Andrew Ko, CEO of local heroes and TechHub Manchester members, Moment.Us, a Collider12 startup.
Here’s your chance to probe the experienced minds for when it comes to choosing the right funding for your startup. Sign up for your spot by clicking here!
We recently held an Investor Breakfast at Warner Yard, where startups and investor chatted informally while sipping coffee and snacking on bacon sarnies. We were pleased to be able to introduce Beem and Miappi to Russell Buckley from Ball Park Ventures/ UKTI, Federico Pirzio-Biroli from Playfaircapital and Pamir Gelenbe from Hummingbird Ventures. The investors got to try out the technology for themselves, ask the founders any questions, and offer hard-earned advice.
One particular theme which came up a few times was the question regarding whether your startup is a vitamin or a painkiller. There has been quite a few articles written around this subject (you can find one here) but it’s also good to question your own startup. Are you solving a real problem to a large pain (a painkiller), or are you simply providing a short-term solution (a vitamin)?
We love holding events where we can introduce our tech startups to our wide network of investors. If you want to become a Collider startup and join our accelerator, apply here.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that our startup accelerator Collider12 launched earlier this year to great acclaim. We invested in 9 of England’s best startups and worked with them to develop technologies that helps big brands. Over a 3 month period they were introduced to over 20 brand and marketeers from brands such as Unilever, William, BBC WW and CBS Outdoor. They were also extensively mentored by entrepreneurs who have all been there before, allowing us to help build some solid startups in the ad tech space. The results speak for themselves – already 4 of the 9 have received more investment and 5 of them are negotiating commercial deals with the brands involved.
After the success of the Collider12 startup acceleration programme, we have a new career opportunity for a dynamic Programme Manager. As we are in the midst of launching Collider13, we need a Programme Manager to effectively manage the delivery of the Collider accelerator programmes to targets and within budgets set.
The Programme Manager’s primary responsibilities are:
- To manage delivery of the project plan keeping all team members updated and driving forward operational objectives
- Hold regular meetings and follow up operational actions with all team members to ensure the project plan is delivered successfully
- Staff – manage the Communications Manager and Programme Executive
- Engage relevant Brands to the programme and manage the relationships with those to Colliders best advantage
- Brand relationships –be responsible for understanding the needs of participating brands and liaising with start-up’s and brands to ensure ‘collision’ happens successfully
- Work with the programmes team of professional advisers to ensure the Collision series of workshops happens to schedule and maintain our existing good relationships with these
- Manage the events during the Immersion phase ensuring maximum attendance from all Brands, Coaches, Investors, Startups and Advisers
- Events – organise and attend events nationally as and when required
- Recruit Sponsors onto the programmes and manage those relationships throughout, ensuring maximum revenue is achieved through sponsorship
- Work with the Investment Manager to ensure selected Collider companies are matched with relevant coaches
- Work with the Investment Manager to ensure Collider companies are matched with relevant investors for mentoring during the Collision phase
- Work closely with the Investment Manager to schedule all events with the recruited Startups during the Collision phase
- Manage the 13 week Collision phase delivery of scheduled workshops, lectures, networking events, brand, investor and coach meetings
- Work with the Collider Directors to identify opportunities , develop, launch and deliver future Collider programmes
- Recruitment – alongside the Collider Directors identify recruitment needs and manage the recruitment process for additional hires