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Tech Disrupter: Bubblo. Peer-review social meet-up app

Bubblo is a true tech-disrupter. It’s a classic example of how technology is evolving, layer-upon-layer. It demonstrates perfectly the convergence of data sources available today by blending the big open data of social media with the fantastic automated intelligence of IBM’s chess champion Watson.

Midlands Start-up Stalwart Joins Shadow Foundr Advisory Board

Shadow Foundr, the private investor network and crowdfunding platform that encourages the crowd to follow the lead of experienced investors into early-stage companies, has appointed Paul Jenkinson to its Advisory Board. Based in the Midlands, Paul has vast commercial experience not only with his own businesses, but also as a mentor to many other start-ups in the region.

Are We Seeing a Paradigm Shift in the Perception of P2P Lenders?

There is no doubt that peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders have faced a certain amount of criticism within the UK markets during the past few years. Some claims have been erroneous while others were entirely unfounded. However, we may be starting to see a paradigm shift in regards to the ways in which such companies are viewed. One interesting example can be seen in the recent comments made by former P2P opponent and financial regulator Lord Adair Turner. How has his position changed, why has he backtracked on several perspectives and what could this signify for the peer-to-peer lending industry as a whole?

Bubblo – Event – 2nd March

Bubblo - Thursday 2nd March - CitizenM bankside
Partnered with several impressive blue-chip companies, Bubblo is an intelligent discovery app that harnesses the Artificial Intelligence power of IBM’s Watson supercomputer, to rank venues based on customer check-ins, digital reviews, and social media feedback. It then matches this with the unique preferences of consumers to give them their very own personalised “Top 5” venue recommendations wherever they are, in real-time.

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Shadow Foundr Joins UK Business Angels Association

We are delighted to announce that we are now a member of the UK Business Angels Association, the national trade body for angel and early-stage investment. UKBAA represents more than 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors. Its members include angel networks, syndicates, individual investors, early-stage VCs, equity crowdfunding platforms, accelerators, professional advisers, and intermediaries.

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End of Tax Year – Take Advantage of EIS & SEIS

With the end of the tax year just around the corner, investors can take advantage of some of the benefits of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Both schemes were introduced by HMRC to help small, early-stage companies raise equity finance, by offering a range of tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase shares in those companies.

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Shadow Foundr Raise About to Close

With the end of the financial year fast approaching, Shadow Foundr are set to close off our own round of funding and enter the 2017-18 year full of gusto. Already we have begun the marketing campaign to attract a wider audience to our platform and our recruitment of additional resource has begun in earnest.

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Evaluating a startup: million pound investment or huge mistake?

Whether for purposes of philanthropy (such as giving a helping hand to your entrepreneurs) or because they believe that they have spied a good business opportunity, many investors feel tempted by the idea of investing in a startup. Accordingly startups often attempt to attract large scale investments by advertising the amount that their business will be worth once it is up and running. However, can such statements be trusted? Is that new startup really worth 5 million pounds, and how can you tell?

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