Founders Factory expands its corporate-backed accelerator to Africa

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The Next Chapter: Founders Factory Africa

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Founders Factory launches in Joburg to back African startups

Founders Factory has launched in Johannesburg, from where it will build and scale 100 tech startups across Africa over the next 5 years.

Disrupt Africa

Mystery shopper app Shepper wins £4.2m from Aviva

Shepper a recent graduate of the Founders Factory start-up incubator, received investment from Aviva Investors

The Sunday Times

Are we speeding towards AI consciousness?

What then follows is a greater use of smart AI to improve relationships between businesses, employees, consumers and the world around them


Founders Factory signs Marks & Spencer as exclusive UK retail investor

M&S will become Founders Factory’s exclusive UK partner and invest in a number of start-ups, sourced through Founders Factory’s network


Amazon’s sexist AI recruiting tool highlights the importance and challenge of training data

For some, the solution is to anonymise data, however Peony Li argued that this often damages its effectiveness for training AI


Perlego raises $4.8M for its ‘Spotify for textbooks’

For £12 per month you get unlimited access to the best textbooks. We do not operate a complex leasing model and publishers benefit


The Winners of The Europas Awards 2018 show Europe’s startup power

Founders Factory is cleverly matching corporates with startups for wider distribution partnerships and collaborative innovation


How 2 Big Textbook Subscription Services Are Teaming Up

ollowing this textbook-service-consolidating partnership, that world is likely to be led by Perlego and Cengage


The best free and paid apps to help you nail student life

Strictly, for GCSE students only, Studytracks is one of the most genius revision apps out there.

Evening Standard

Time for a digital detox? The rise of 'anti-tech' tech

Hold An app that recently launched in the UK is allowing users to earn rewards for not going on their phones.


FinTech startup Previse closes $7m Series A

Previse is a recent graduate of the Founders Factory fintech accelerator programme


Most influential women in UK tech: The 2018 longlist

The 2018 most influential women in UK tech longlist includes Founders Factory's Farah Kanji and Claire Morris.

Computer Weekly

M&S looks to start-ups to give it a leg up in the age of online retail

After over 60 investments we have seen the huge potential of combining start-up innovation with corporate scale and expertise

Mail Online

A Million Ads gets £2.3m to deliver targeted advertisements

The company recently graduated from Founders Factory‘s technology accelerator programme, where the media vertical is backed by GMG


This digital assistant is here to bring an end to tube anxiety

A digital journey assistant will soon offer a “virtual hand-hold” to people who feel anxious on the Tube network

Evening Standard

New tools will transform property asset management

Aviva is trialling blockchain tech through a pilot with Founders Factory partner Luther Systems on its long-lease property portfolio

Property Week

The tech start-ups ready to disrupt the UK’s £20 billion social care industry

OnCare, born in the Founders Factory incubator, has built tech for carers and families to improve the monitoring aspect of care provision

Evening Standard

Why the UK is a digital dynamo

We offer the talent, the ambition, the research excellence and the regulatory environment to develop tech that changes lives for the better

City AM

This 39-year-old quit his job running one of Google's funnest divisions and took a huge pay cut to launch a startup — here's why

So while Ripert has made a big leap, thanks to the Founders Factory support, he is not without a parachute.

Business Insider

Four innovations to make life easier for business travellers

Lumo has attracted cash from JetBlue Technology Ventures and Founder’s Factory (a UK accelerator whose travel program is backed by EasyJet)

Financial Post

London’s Founders Factory Backs Indian AI Startup Orbo To Help It Scale Across Europe

Founders Factory will build a bespoke plan of support for Orbo across a range of functions as the company looks to scale across Europe.


L'Oreal Buys Silicon Valley Startup, But AR Beauty Is Just The Beginning Says CDO

In 2016, the business announced its ongoing involvement with London-based digital accelerator Founders Factory


This Week In Startups: Brent Hoberman

Brent shares insights building ecommerce pioneer, joys of early-stage VC & backing obsessed founders.

This Week In Startups

easyJet adds startup LuckyTrip to iOS mobile app

easyJet has integrated LuckyTrip into its iOS mobile app, making it easier for travellers to find their ideal trip

Future Travel Experience

AI will only reach its vast potential if ethical dilemmas are tackled

Tech companies need to ensure their software and data practices are ethical and their consumers are protected even as they drive innovation

The Telegraph

Social network for medics lets doctors discuss cases

On MedShr, set up in 2014 by a London cardiologist, doctors can post details of cases and other medics can give their input.

The Times

Britain in £300m drive to become AI sector 'hotspot'

he Government is aiming to make The UK an artificial intelligence (AI) research "hotspot" under a new investment drive.

The Telegraph

Our ambition for AI must match the Apollo programme that put man on the moon

We visited Founders Factory and met with innovative start-ups from across the world, developing and exploiting AI

The Times

Hold: This Startup Gives Away Millions To Mindful Smartphone Users

Nordic startup Hold is giving away millions of dollars in rewards to students that keep their smartphones in their pockets


The product management cheat sheet for tech CEOs

Be a storyteller and an interpreter, telling design, engineering, quality, and delivery teams what and why in words that they understand


Social care start-up OnCare raises over half a million to transform the care industry

For too long, social care has been subject to over-priced, poorly-designed software and we don’t believe that’s right.

Evening Standard

Hold app: Is there really a cure for smartphone addiction?

Digital technology invades our privacy and is all-consuming. These geeks want to save us from it

The Times

JetBlue’s Venture Arm Invests in a Startup That Predicts Flight Delays

If venture-backed startup Lumo has its way, more travelers will avoid flight cancellations thanks to breakthroughs in AI


Brent Hoberman helped lead the dotcom revolution, but now he is warning of a new technology threat

As one of Britain’s dotcom poster boys and an adviser to the Government on all things tech, Hoberman’s views matter.

Mail on Sunday

We asked investors, startups and (ex)GCHQ their thoughts on cyber technology. This is the conversation that followed…


Free treats for students who put down phones

An app that rewards students for time spent away from their phones is being released in the UK


EasyJet Tightens Its Relationship With Travel Startups

We're waiting for proof that accelerators aren’t kindergartens for entrepreneurs. But the word from easyJet and Founders Factory is upbeat.



easyJet and Founders Factory have announced the three new start-ups who are set to join the travel tech accelerator programme.

BQ Live

TeacherGaming, a startup from MinecraftEdu team, raises $1.6M to put games into the classroom

A recent graduate of Founders Factory’s edtech accelerator program, TeacherGaming appears to be picking up where MinecraftEdu left off.


easyJet wants to help you find a pet-sitter-which is a great business move

easyJet has folded the TrustedHousesitters service into its booking experience


Founders Factory: tackling the innovator’s dilemma

Founders Factory is tackling this “innovator’s dilemma,” by teaming up with the large firms to incubate, accelerate and invest in startups

The Investor

The 36 coolest tech investors in the UK

In 2017 Brent launched Firstminute Capital— a new $85 million European investment fund, that focuses on seed-stage startup funding.

Business Insider

TrustedHousesitters secures growth partnership with easyJet via Founders Factory

The growth partnership was facilitated by accelerator Founders Factory which TrustedHousesitters is a part of.

Real Business

EasyJet customers can now organise a free house sitter for their pet when booking a flight

The carrier has teamed up with TrustedHousesitters - the partnership will make it easier for pet owners & animal lovers to travel

Daily Mail

British GQ and Universal Music test shareable podcast formats

Entale integrates with Google Analytics, so publishers can track listener behaviour and how much listeners interact with supporting content.


Virtual therapy and stress-busting apps: can tech support mental health at work?

"VR can be used to help people calm their nerves, relax, become better speakers, all useful things"

The Guardian

A playbook for failure: fail fast and face up

Justus succinctly offered “Much like fixing a bug in code, do it early.”

Tech City UK

Get up and grow: inside the UK’s biggest technology accelerators

Founders Factory: the world’s best co-founder


IoT startup Shepherd lands $870,000 Seed


Imperial team takes first steps towards robot restaurant

The Engineer

Robot Restaurant Hackathon

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Meet the companies from our Earliest Stage Startup Showcase

Brent Hoberman linked the day to ‘licensed insider trading’ as we know big things are coming for these companies


Startup CEOs: how to become your own product manager (with the help of this cheatsheet)

Just because you’re part of a tiny team, or can’t afford a product manager yet, doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from “product thinking”


How to work with investors, according to the investors

I have sat in countless pitch meetings of our portfolio companies with external VC funds. Here is what I have learned in the process


Guardian Media Group launches £42m venture fund

The Guardian

How to start a business, find investment and make people believe in you

The best businesses are often the most controversial because you see a future that others can’t

The Guardian

5 Ways to Help Employees Keep Up with Digital Transformation

Consumer packaged goods landscape is in the midst of a significant shake-up; L’Oréal has made a strategic investment in Founders Factory

Harvard Business Review

L'Oreal and Founders Factory pick three new startups for beauty tech accelerator: Sampler, Riviter and Alegra

Open innovation is a win-win strategy that fosters disruptive thinking and pushes forward our digital leadership in beauty.

City AM

L’Oreal & Founders Factory pick startup trio for their latest beauty tech accelerator

We are supporting the development and growth of promising young entrepreneurs by sharing our expertise and network...

The Drum

Founders Factory and GMG seeking mediatech start-ups to join its accelerator

Join the GMG and Founders Factory 2017 Accelerator Programme

The Guardian

Aviva and Founders Factory are betting on these five fintech startups

The Founders Factory partnership has given us access to leading entrepreneurial talent, enabling a faster way of trialling new innovations


London-based MarTech startup Tailify closes $1m Seed

London-based startup Tailify has raised $1m in Seed funding from Awin, alongside Founders Factory and various undisclosed angel investors.

Tech City News

Wunderman and Founders Factory partner to swap client and start-up expertise

we can help clients innovate and work with promising young startups and, in return help these startups build their businesses for the future


Innovative startups in the transport sector

Connecting the easyJet team with the next generation of disruptive entrepreneurs will drive fresh thinking and uncover new opportunities


Ethical algorithms: The good, the bad, and the ugly

illumr's secret sauce, if you will, is how it presents that data to its users, and the ensuing insight that its visualisations enable

The Engineer

Founders Factory invests in its first two A.I. startups - and illumr

CSC Group and Founders Factory want to provide a ‘bridge’ for these startups to later enter the Chinese market


Brent Hoberman left and formed an empire. This is how he did it

We help entrepreneurs and the side effect is that we are helping corporates, too.

Wired data rewards app gets Telefónica co-branding push


Debunking AI: what is it and what are the opportunities?

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Backed by LocalGlobe, London-based Flourish launches data visualisation platform

Founded by journalist Duncan and computer scientist Robin, the Flourish platform began development after they entered Founders Factory


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Beauty and Wellbeing

Founders Factory graduate Vidsy lands £1.3m

Tech City News

The 22-year-old adman using Snapchat to push brands to Generation Z

Snapchat is the new TV for 13-21year-olds. We want to be the company to help brands engage with that audience.

Evening Standard

UK's Hellocar secures £1M to to disrupt UK car buying market

Hellocar removes the dealer from car buying. Industry research show only 7% UK consumers trust car dealers & 80% find the process stressful


First two start-ups for Founders Factory's AI accelerator programme announced

When is the best time to invest in a startup?

You have to feel that the team demonstrate resilience when times are tough, are smart and understand the sector they’re attacking

The Stand

easyJet and Founders Factory name first startups for accelerator programme

As part of the programme the firms will receive hands on support from Founders Factory and EasyJet for six months to bolster their growth

City AM

The rollercoaster challenges of building successful businesses, with Brent Hoberman

Irish Tech News

Car buying website Hellocar raises £1m

Tech City News

It’s about survival of the fittest for start-ups racing to the top

The pure engineering cycle can be much shorter than it was and it’s much lower-cost because of open-source software cloud computing power.

The Times

L’Oréal invests in ‘beauty tech’ start-ups for digital makeover

This illustrates how the world’s largest brands are seeking to tap into innovative new companies to harness the power of digital

Financial Times

L'Oréal And Founders Factory Unveil First Five Beauty Start-Ups Selected For Accelerator Program


L'Oréal and Founders Factory Reveal First Tech Start-ups for Accelerator


This Ex-Angry Birds Team Wants to Make Particle Physics Fun

Rovio veterans bet they can make a learning game kids want to play.


12 UK insurtech startups to watch

Blockchain specialist startup Luther Systems is working with Aviva on a secret bespoke product via Founders Factory


Give young people the chance to build a hopeful, open London

One of the best ways to be equipped for the future is to give more responsibility to younger employees

London Evening Standard

'App lets doctors trade photos of patients for advice'

The London-based app, created by cardiologist Dr Asif Qasim out of the Founders Factory accelerator, raised over £1.5m

Daily Telegraph

Reviewing a brain-powered game by Cortechs to help kids with ADHD

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Tech Tent: Fun and Games in Finland

We visited their offices in Helsinki to find the team celebrating a milestone; their first game, Big Bang Legends, live in the iTunes store


Trialling EdTech at School 21

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We built an award-winning product to help the visually impaired in under 48 hours. Here's how.

The app uses Watson Speech service to translate voice input from user and gives feedback e.g. “warmer” as the user moves the phone’s camera


China’s CSC buys into UK AI talent with incubator

We want to fuse the technology we find in the UK with the Chinese market.

Financial Times

EasyJet Hopes Its Plan to Invest in Start-Ups Will Help It Stay Ahead of Competition

There was a real synergy in what we were both trying to do with startups. It felt like a really strong relationship from the outset


Channel 4 News - Brent Interview

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Channel 4 News - Berlin tries to lure tech firms

Channel 4 News

The first 100 days of your startup: advice to founders from Founders Factory


The 39 most creative people in UK tech

Business Insider

Laws Of Attraction - Is Beauty Tech Poised To Catch The Eyes Of Investors?


Why do some startups fail?

Startups fail either because they don’t manage to find — or maintain — product/market fit, or because they fail to scale their user growth


Hannah Blake joins Founders Factory


easyJet pumps cash into tech startups

The Sunday Times

M&S looks to start-ups to give it a leg up in the age of online retail

After over 60 investments we have seen the huge potential of combining start-up innovation with corporate scale and expertise

Mail Online

These are the Main Reasons why Tech Startups Fail


easyJet invest millions in tech startups with Founders Factory

City AM

EasyJet investing millions in tech start-ups to find the next hot company in 'travel tech'

Interesting areas for the company to explore include e-commerce, payments, artificial intelligence and analytics


Brent talks AI and our CSC Group partnership with Bloomberg Technology

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Corporate venturing: entrepreneurs enter the embrace of bigger companies

Financial Times

Brent Hoberman discusses China's focus on artificial intelligence investments with Bloomberg

The UK is a talent pool for AI


EdTech is more than just iPads in classrooms - it helps teachers teach better

Technology can enable the teacher to understand its students better and tailor the learning approach to them using data...

International Business Times

Tricks that help big companies innovate

Henry Lane Fox is one of those acting as a marriage broker between big business and early-stage companies

Financial Times

Global Corporates: A New Dimension To Tech Entrepreneurship

Large corporates are engaging with assembled groups of innovators to empower new ideas and leverage their own scale and distribution power


Start-ups need to jump into bed with corporate giants

"The opportunity to connect start-ups is more prevalent than ever and the reason we launched Founders Factory."

The Sunday Times

Start-up London: Founders Factory has conveyor belt of talent ready to change way we work, eat and live

International Business Times

Brent Hoberman reveals plan to create 200 British start-ups

This is a new model for how you launch technology businesses.

The Telegraph

The two best pieces of early-stage pitching advice


Could an accelerator actually setback your startup?


Founders Factory: An accelerator with a difference, interview with George Northcott

Closely affiliated with the Founders Forum, the Founders Factory links startups with corporates in very specific verticals

Access to the EU and soon the single digital market is critical for the UK tech community – an interview with Brent Hoberman


Do Education Apps Actually Improve Learning?

The Atlantic

Brexit: Fears Of Science And Tech Brain Drain

Sky News

Aviva banks on tech start-ups with Founders Factory investment

The factory intends to help launch 200 new technology businesses in the next five years

The Telegraph

Founders Forum uses AI to predict tech founders of the future

Tech City News

The 7 Attributes of Exceptional Founders


CEO Secrets: Tips from's Brent Hoberman

BBC News

EdTech Forum 2016

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L’Oréal invests in beauty tech startups to blaze forward with digital innovation

The Drum

L'Oreal's chief digital officer on what it takes to find the right start-up partner

Founders Factory have the right level of ambition to accelerate our own digital programme.

The Drum

A Million Ads gets £2.3m to deliver targeted advertisements

The company recently graduated from Founders Factory‘s technology accelerator programme, where the media vertical is backed by GMG


Aviva To Invest In Hoberman Tech Incubator

Sky News

13 digital leaders driving education forward

The Memo

L'Oreal will co-found two companies a year to explore the future of beauty


This AI Engine Takes Common Biases Out Of The Venture Capital Process

Fast Company

Here's How L'Oréal Plans To Continue Its Digital Innovation


L'Oréal investit dans les start-up de la beauté connectée

Le Figaro

Nothing ventured, nothing gained: Brands are becoming more like VC's

The Drum

Founders of the Future launch event, No.10 Downing Street

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Initiative launched to uncover Europe’s future technology founders

Top British school Eton to deliver online lessons to pupils in China

South China Morning Post

London scientist creates artificial intelligence to stop 'old boys’ network bias'

Evening Standard

Why London is best for innovation


Can Artificial Intelligence Solve Sexism At Work?

Sky News

Aviva’s putting millions into fintech startups with Brent Hoberman’s edgy Founders Factory accelerator

New Statesman

Who is Brent Hoberman?

Edtech providers move from Moocs to social networking

Financial Times

A high-flying London tech entrepreneur rocked up to No. 10 in shorts and Ed Vaizey loved it

Business Insider

Start-up London: AI plucks budding entrepreneurs to become Tech City stars

International Business Times

Vanessa Gstettenbauer - Investing in our Future Founders!

Founders Factory

Start-up London: Tech City on cusp of its first $1bn Google success story

International Business Times

Guardian invests in Brent Hoberman's tech startup incubator

The Guardian

This medical app is being used in Europe's refugee camps to help doctors

The Telegraph

Eton exports its expertise in producing leaders – to China

The Telegraph

Eton launches online lessons for China

BBC News

Corporates sponsor a third of Europe’s accelerators

Tech City News

Tech businesses get backing from Macmillan owner Holtzbrinck

Evening Standard

Sainsbury’s and British Land chairmen join late payments start-up

Previse aims to end the culture of late payment that plagues SMEs has recruited two FTSE 100 chairmen as investors and advisers.

Financial Times