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Our thoughts on the future of Travel, in collaboration with easyJet

From a renewed commitment to sustainable tourism, to tools which will enable the travel sector to save time and cut costs, here are some of the areas we believe will shape the future of the travel industry.

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Our thoughts on the future of Travel, in collaboration with easyJet

From a renewed commitment to sustainable tourism, to tools which will enable the travel sector to save time and cut costs, here are some of the areas we believe will shape the future of the travel industry.

Why we're releasing a Venture Design course

Why we've launched our own course to teach more people how to design and test their startup ideas. We have partnered with one of the UK's leading learning platform, FutureLearn to teach more people the frameworks and techniques we use every day in the studio to increase the chance of our startup's success. With the world in flux, we're proud to help democratise the routes for entrepreneurial success.

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How Bower Collective went from zero to £130k revenue in their first six months

Co-founder Nick Torday talks us through how Bower Collective was launched in January 2020 with Founders Factory, generating £130k+ revenue in just six months - even as the pandemic threatened to disrupt their crucial supply chains.

Techcrunch

Cosmose, a platform that analyses foot traffic in physical stores, gets $15m Series A

Cosmose tracks foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores to help predict customer behavior, providing data that is increasingly important as companies try to weather COVID-19’s economic impact. Today the startup announced it has raised a $15 million Series A...

Evening Standard

Caper is the play-inspiration app parents never knew they needed

Imagine being five years old and getting a call from Frozen’s Elsa about a mission to help her in your local park. You’d be out of the door in a flash, with some parental help of course...

EU-Startups

UK-based Caper gets backing from LEGO for its interactive outdoor family adventures

Caper, the London-based startup providing interactive entertainment to families, has announced a seed investment round of approximately €300K, led by LEGO Ventures with participation from Founders Factory...

Financial Times

Treasury enters realm of venture investing with AI start-up Monolith

How the Treasury's Future Fund is backing UK startups like Monolith AI, recent graduates of our accelerator. Monolith uses machine learning to help engineering companies significantly improve their product development- via FT

Techcrunch

Hammock collects £1m seed for its current account for landlords and property managers

Hammock, a U.K. fintech/proptech helping landlords and property manages gain better oversight on the financial health of their rental properties, has raised £1 million in seed funding as it readies the launch of a current account...

Business Insider

Europe's tech unicorns follow Silicon Valley's lead on flexible working post-pandemic: in with long-term remote working, out with high-density open plan offices

"In lockdown we have hosted 2 virtual investor showcases which were our best attended to date, we have helped our startups close approx £30 million in funding, and we have welcomed 15 new startups to our program," Louis Warner speaks to Business Insider

The Drum

Fanbytes Fund aims to create an ecosystem to support Black businesses and creators

Influencer marketing agency Fanbytes has committed £100,000 towards campaigns for Black-owned businesses and by Black creators...

Overseas students a boon for UK university start-ups

Almost sixty per cent of British university start-ups have founders who came to study in the UK from other countries, underlining the importance of international students to the education sector...

Sifted

Today’s students want to become startup founders

There’s a revolution happening at universities — students aren’t quite as keen as they used to be to become lawyers and bankers and management consultants; they want to become founders instead. A quarter of UK students now run — or plan to start a company — while at university. Collectively, they raked in £1bn in 2019; a 32% increase on 2016...

Techcrunch

Admix raises $7M to bring more ads to games, VR and AR

The London-based company was founded by CEO Samuel Huber (previously owner of an indie gaming studio) and COO Joe Bachle-Morris (who previously worked in the ad agency world). The company is working to bring ads to games, esports, virtual reality and augmented reality.

The Times

Unicorns become rare beasts in a market no longer in the pink

Kelvin Au, Head of Venture in The Times, “In spite of a slowdown in March, in April we started seeing more investors come back with interest and appetite. And in May things have become much more active in terms of fundraising and discussions".

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