Big Data is described as being “a broad term for data sets so large or complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. Challenges include analysis, capture, data curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, and information privacy.” While this definition may seem a bit wordy, it can be easily broken down. Data is simply information – like the type you get on your phone bill every month – and prefixing it with ‘big’ simply means it’s using this information in a large quantity.
Cityzenith - a company already supported by Shadow Foundr investors - are celebrating more success this week after a commitment investment of $500k from Dreamit Urban Tech, a start-up accelerator founded in partnership with Strategic Property Partners – a joint venture by Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates. Cityzenith were up against hundreds of candidates for this amazing investment opportunity, and were selected by SPP, who are leading a $3bn redevelopment of the Tampa Bay waterfront in Florida. This is one of the largest real estate projects in the US, and a rare opportunity to build a smart, connected city in an existing urban zone.
Shadow Foundr was recently privileged to sit on some judging panels for Venture Fest in the West Midlands.
Around 50 early stage businesses pitched their opportunities, with the final 9 going head to head at Birmingham’s NEC in late June.
What was evident was the quality of proposition coming out of the Midlands. What was encouraging was that most of these had realistic valuations unlike many over-inflated valuations often seen in the capital and surrounds.
An undeniable game changer in the car rental industry, BookAclassic emerges as the leading vintage car rental company as it reaches 30 countries with access to over 20,000 premium cars to date. The online booking portal for rental classic vehicles confirms receiving more reservations since the past year that led up to their expansion to 3 more countries in early 2017.
Just over a year after Britain voted to leave the EU, investors remain confident about strong growth in the Fintech sector, according to Altfi. The second quarter of 2017 saw a huge investment of £1bn into Fintech, around £760m more than in the first quarter, the highest investment level for six quarters.Read More
Described as “SimCity for real cities” as well as “Minecraft for architects”, Cityzenith has developed a platform which allows users to incorporate all aspects of digital architecture in one place. Prior to Cityzenith’s creation of its award-winning Smart World software platform, architects struggled using multiple pieces of software, which was often incompatible with each other, or difficult to use. Perceiving this difficulty, Cityzenith spotted the gap in the market, and with the help from Google Earth creators, their award-winning Smart World platform was born.Read More
Five things to look for before investing into a start-up. The world of start-ups sounds very exciting, and it can be if you back a winner. But the reality is most start-ups fail. And with a plethora of opportunities being presented to us daily via various crowdfunding platforms, how does one find the time to understand the deals in order to make a sounds investment decision. Here are five keys things you should look for before investing into any start-up.Read More
Based out of Loughborough University, Dynamic Flow Technologies Ltd (DFTL) is a waste management company which has spent the past 7 years developing their unique and patented non-intrusive Microwave WasteWater Meter. The WasteWater meter is a device that cheaply, accurately, and reliably measures wastewater flows inside sewer pipes.Read More
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