Technology

Bristol ‘touchless technology’ pioneer gains funding to speed up product development

November 14, 2014
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Bristol ‘touchless technology’ pioneer gains funding to speed up product development

Ultrahaptics, the innovative University of Bristol spin-out company developing technology that uses ultrasound to create the feeling of touch in mid-air, has secured a £600,000 investment to accelerate product development. The funding has been led by London Stock Exchange-listed IP Group and one of its managed funds. It will...

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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

November 11, 2014
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Investment doubles to £60m for SETsquared’s innovative firms

Investment raised by innovative firms based at SETsquared, the highly-successful business incubator backed by the University of Bristol, has doubled over the past year to £60m – and is expected to rise again in the coming 12 months. Funding has come through a mixture of angel investors, venture capitalists...

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R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

November 11, 2014
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R&D tax credit take-up spirals as firms finally realise the benefit

West of England accountancy firm Bishop Fleming, which has a large office in Bristol, has secured more than £53m in research and development tax credits for clients over the past year. The tax credits were introduced 14 years ago but take-up had been slow until recently – a fact...

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Bristol tech entrepreneur develops innovative platform for taking ‘groupies’ not selfies

November 7, 2014
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Bristol tech entrepreneur develops innovative platform for taking ‘groupies’ not selfies

An innovative video-sharing platform that lets people take ‘groupies’ rather than selfies on their phones has been developed by Bristol tech entrepreneur Tim Kindberg. The Nth Screen has been in development for two years and has already received prototype funding. Tim, who is based in the Pervasive Media studio...

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Latest Bristol-Guangzhou link will harness cities’ leading innovation in energy, education and urban design

October 24, 2014
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Latest Bristol-Guangzhou link will harness cities’ leading innovation in energy, education and urban design

Bristol and its Chinese sister city Guangzhou are to explore closer links between their important educational, industrial and energy sectors following the second visit by a high-powered delegation to Bristol in as many weeks. A Bristol-Panyu Urbanisation and Cooperation group is to be established to look at how the...

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Bristol musical instrument firm looking for perfect pitch at royal innovation event

October 24, 2014
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Bristol musical instrument firm looking for perfect pitch at royal innovation event

Nu Desine, the Bristol firm behind the revolutionary AlphaSphere electronic musical instrument, is to take part in a pitching event with a royal twist. The firm, based at Bristol’s SETsquared innovation hub, has been shortlisted to take part in Pitch@Palace, a project spearheaded by the Duke of York and...

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Award nomination for Bristol’s SETsquared business incubator in recognition of its track record

October 23, 2014
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Award nomination for Bristol’s SETsquared business incubator in recognition of its track record

SETsquared, the highly-successful business incubator backed by the University of Bristol, has been named as one of the UK’s most dedicated champions of entrepreneurs. SETsquared, whose Bristol base is at the Engine Shed at Temple Meads, will compete in the national finals of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards next...

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National innovation in IT roadshow to stop off at historic Bristol conference venue

October 21, 2014
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National innovation in IT roadshow to stop off at historic Bristol conference venue

Engineers’ House, the historic conference and meeting venue in Clifton, has been chosen as one of the locations for a major national IT roadshow touring the UK throughout October and November. Organised by industrial IT firm SolutionsPT, the Industrial IT Roadshow will showcase the latest innovations in industrial IT...

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Bristol-China links boosted by visit from high-powered delegation from Shenzhen

October 7, 2014
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Bristol-China links boosted by visit from high-powered delegation from Shenzhen

Bristol’s burgeoning links with China have been strengthened following the visit of a high-powered delegation from Shenzhen – the city often described as the country’s silicon valley. The event, staged by the West of England China Bureau and supported by inward investment agency Invest Bristol & Bath and HSBC,...

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Software innovator SciSys buoyed by £1m RNLI lifeboat contract extension

October 7, 2014
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Software innovator SciSys buoyed by £1m RNLI lifeboat contract extension

Specialist software firm SciSys has landed a £1m extension to a contract to supply its innovative technology to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The firm, which has a base in Brislington, Bristol, was originally contracted to supply system and information management (SIMS) systems for the first 11 vessels...

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Innovation showcase will thrust Bristol’s tech firms into the spotlight

September 25, 2014
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Innovation showcase will thrust Bristol’s tech firms into the spotlight

Bristol’s world-leading tech innovation in areas as diverse as app development, gaming and microchips will take centre stage next week when the San Francisco-inspired OpenCo festival is staged in the city. The free event will showcase the area’s leading technology businesses and organisations, placing Bristol, along with Bath, at...

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SciSys on launchpad for more growth after profits soar by 86%

September 24, 2014
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SciSys on launchpad for more growth after profits soar by 86%

Specialist software group SciSys has signalled more acquisitions after it reported interim pre-tax profits up by 86% and a strong order book. The profits rise to £1.3m at the international business, which has a base in Bristol, was achieved despite revenues for the six months to June 30 dipping...

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Bristol to host major conference tackling the safety and security of the software that runs our lives

September 23, 2014
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Bristol to host major conference tackling the safety and security of the software that runs our lives

More than 100 leading software engineers and academics will gather in Bristol later this month to attend a major conference giving the latest insights into the increasingly vital area of safe and secure software. With highly-integrated and sophisticated IT and mobile systems impacting evermore on everyday life – from...

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