News from the Factory Floor

The Times
  - 3 months ago

Still recycling? It's all about refilling now

What makes Bower Collective clever is its refill service - they send you large pouches with soap etc. You decant into stylish dispensers...
  - 3 months ago

Founders Factory backs Creator Fund, student-led VC to back EU student startups

Founders Factory has invested in Creator Fund, the student-led VC fund, to unearth startup innovation within European universities
  - 3 months ago

UK spin-outs to be given boost by student-led venture fund

Creator Fund has received backing from Founders Factory, so its "network of student VCs" will have £30k to invest in uni-based startups
Financial Times
  - 3 months ago

Founders Factory trains UK students as venture capitalists

Creator Fund was inspired by the success of the Dorm Room Fund, a US VC firm focused on investments in student start-ups
  - 3 months ago

M&S: How we're using data to revitalise our mentoring scheme

we’ve given our mentoring scheme a complete overhaul and launched a new partnership with Guider.
  - 3 months ago

Heston Blumenthal joins Karakuri as advisor

In October 2019, Blumenthal joined the board of Karakuri, a London-based startup that wants to bring robot arms to restaurant kitchens.
The Grocer
  - 4 months ago

M&S-backed food surplus app Cogz looks to rescue fruit & root veg

Cogz, backed by M&S’s through its partnership with Founders Factory, aims to cut food waste and create a more transparent supply chain.
  - 6 months ago

Cosmose AI raises $12 million to track brick-and-mortar purchasing habits

The funding comes after a year in which revenue tripled following Cosmose’s graduation from a startup program Founders Factory.
  - 6 months ago

Startups: speak up. Corporates: listen: 5 ways corporates and startups can improve a partnership

“Make sure everyone is really excited about the shiny new thing you are providing,” says Cat Jones.
The Times
  - 6 months ago

Founders Factory Retail is parachuting alternative ideas into Marks & Spencer

Partnerships like Founders Factory are catalysts for that cultural change— enabling us to work with the disrupters and not be the disrupted
  - 6 months ago

How to pick a winning name for your startup

Bhavesh Mistry, the brand, experience and design lead at Founders Factory, advises founders to go through a 'naming hypothesis' session
  - 6 months ago

Perlego raises $9M Series A for its textbook subscription service

Perlego enables students, and also professionals, who now make up 30% of users, to access textbooks on a subscription basis.
  - 6 months ago

Headstart raises $7 million for AI that tackles recruitment bias

leverages data science to help companies reduce unconscious bias in the hiring process, has raised $7 million in its seed round
Business of Fashion
  - 6 months ago

Building the Glossier of the Black Hair Market

Radswan is part of beauty startup accelerator Founders Factory and has raised $2 million in funding from an all-female investor group
Evening Standard
  - 6 months ago

Fashion influencer Freddie Harrel raises £1.5 million to launch start-up for premium afro hair extensions

Harrel has been taking part in the Founders Factory beauty accelerator programme, which has helped to get the business of the ground


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