Technology

Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

August 1, 2019
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Pitch programme to prepare ambitious firms for Dragons’ Den-style investor showcase

Innovative companies from Bristol are being invited to pitch to investors for financial support from £100,000 up to £2m. PitchFest South West provides ambitious businesses with an intensive expert training and investment programme designed to help them become both pitch and investment ready.  They then get to pitch to...

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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

July 19, 2019
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Industrial Strategy unveiled to harness potential of West of England’s innovation and creativity

The first-ever industrial blueprint for the West of England was launched today with the aim of building on the area’s unique creativity, collaboration and ingenuity to secure sustainable growth. Among ideas suggested in the strategy are connecting researchers, businesses and residents through a Global Centre of Innovation Excellence to...

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Bristol firms and university to collaborate on world-beating £100m ‘future tech’ research centre

July 12, 2019
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Bristol firms and university to collaborate on world-beating £100m ‘future tech’ research centre

A  £100m institute tasked with creating transformational technologies for the future is to be opened on the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. In what the university described as a unique collaboration, the institute will act as an international-leading research facility, bringing together its engineers with social...

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Digital engineering pioneer poised for strong growth after it lands ex-Airbus UK boss as chairman

July 12, 2019
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Digital engineering pioneer poised for strong growth after it lands ex-Airbus UK boss as chairman

Former Airbus UK managing director Prof Iain Gray has joined Bristol-based digital engineering specialists The Centre for Modelling & Simulation as chairman. Iain, pictured, is a highly respected figure in UK engineering, having also been chief executive of Innovate UK, formerly the Technology Strategy Board, and Professor and Director...

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Venture capital funds back Bristol’s fledgling firms in contrast to national picture

July 11, 2019
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Venture capital funds back Bristol’s fledgling firms in contrast to national picture

Bristol’s start-ups and scale-ups have bucked the national trend over the past three months by attracting the lion’s share of venture capital investments made in the city, according to new research into the UK funding market. KPMG’s Venture Pulse survey, published yesterday, shows that more than 70% of deals...

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Breakthrough for trio of BAME tech businesses under SETsquared Bristol’s innovative bursary scheme

July 5, 2019
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Breakthrough for trio of BAME tech businesses under SETsquared Bristol’s innovative bursary scheme

Three Bristol companies have been awarded bursaries under a scheme launched by the city’s world-class SETsquared business incubator to help support Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) entrepreneurs access tech business support. Chisel Robotics, Cyber Scholars, and NORTHSTAR will join SETsquared Bristol’s programme this summer.  The three placements under...

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Bristol Technology Festival launched to create joined-up showcase of city’s tech strength

June 28, 2019
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Bristol Technology Festival launched to create joined-up showcase of city’s tech strength

Bristol’s world-class tech sector is to get a new showcase with the launch of a festival to bring together a wide range of existing and new events that will demonstrate the breadth of activity in the city. Bristol Technology Festival, which will run from November 2 to 10, aims...

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Staff at two more high-growth Bristol firms take ownership as employee acquisitions gather pace

June 28, 2019
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Staff at two more high-growth Bristol firms take ownership as employee acquisitions gather pace

The founders of two fast-growing Bristol firms have this week sold them to their staff as the trend for ‘employee ownership’ continues. Digital agency Torchbox, which works with some of the world’s biggest organisations including Google and NASA, is handing 100% of its shares to its 65 employees. They...

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Bristol’s innovation and talent earn it second place in table of UK’s best cities for business growth

June 28, 2019
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Bristol has been named as the UK’s second-best city outside London for business in league table that rates major urban centres on their appeal as places to run and grow knowledge-based companies. The ranking of 21 towns and cities, compiled for Management Today magazine, was topped by Manchester with...

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Burges Salmon acts for IT group SCISYS as it recommends £79m approach from Canadian bidder

June 25, 2019
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Burges Salmon acts for IT group SCISYS as it recommends £79m approach from Canadian bidder

The corporate team from Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon is advising specialist software developer and IT services provider SCISYS – a long-standing client – on its £78.9m takeover by Canadian IT giant CGI. The all-cash offer, which has been unanimously recommended by SCISYS’ directors, remains subject to anti-trust...

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‘Best pitch’ award for Bristol biomed firm aiming to tackle problem of antibiotic resistance

June 21, 2019
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‘Best pitch’ award for Bristol biomed firm aiming to tackle problem of antibiotic resistance

Bristol biomedical tech firm Vitamica, which is transforming the way clinicians make decisions about antibiotics, has been crowned as the city’s best up-and-coming technology business. The firm, based in the Unit DX science lab, won the popular vote and was named ‘Best Elevator Pitch’ at SETsquared Bristol’s annual Tech-Xpo. ...

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Event highlights how Bristol Private Equity Club is supporting city’s tech entrepreneurs

June 21, 2019
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Event highlights how Bristol Private Equity Club is supporting city’s tech entrepreneurs

Sixty of Bristol’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders have gathered to hear how they can support the city’s fledgling and growing tech businesses reach their potential. The event was the biggest meeting so far of members of Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC). Since its launch three years ago, the club’s members...

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Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

June 14, 2019
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Director Awards recognise bosses who are in the driving seat of business transformation

The bosses of Bristol businesses ranging from the West of England’s largest bus operator to a recycling firm behind a state-of-the-art waste handling centre and a fast-growing recruitment firm have been named among the region’s top directors. First West of England managing director James Freeman won the Institute of...

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