The rise of fintech

Fintech is reshaping the money transfer industry


The internet and the growth of mobile technology has transformed the way we manage our money and mobile banking apps, contactless payment, Apple pay and even Facebook payments have revolutionised our spending habits.

Approximate figures show that the number of people with access to their bank account via a mobile device grew by 700 million between 2011 and 2014. Financial tech (fintech) therefore, is more prominent and more lucrative than ever – so much so that some experts predict that it will replace cash payments in future years.

There’s really never been a better time to launch your fintech startup or think seriously about your financial solutions ideas; last year, investments in fintech startups quadrupled to $12 billion and crowdfunding is expected to bypass venture capital investments by 2016.

Read more here.

Venturefest 2015

Venturefest – Manchester, Tuesday 22nd September, 9-5pm

venturefest2.0Venturefest returns to Manchester this September, with the chance to hear from inspirational speakers, take part in interactive workshops and meet some of the region’s most successful business leaders.

Venturefest 2015 will also feature a host of specialist workshops on innovation, digital marketing and low carbon technologies, to name but a few.

For more information about the day and to register your place, click here.

Free two-day business event

The Business Show 2015, 3 & 4 December, Olympia, London


Free business exhibition with 170 interactive training sessions, invaluable opportunities to network, pitch to investor panels  and get insider knowledge from industry experts.

This is an opportunity not to be missed if you are pursuing a start up or looking to expand your existing business. The Business Show 2015 also runs alongside Techpreneur 2015, the UK’s number one exhibition and conference for early stage and start up tech businesses.

Click here for further details and to book your tickets.

James Whittaker Masterclass: The Internet of Things

James Whittaker, Microsoft’s Distinguished Technical Evangelist, will be at Lancaster University on 17th August 2015

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Monday 17th August, 10.30am – 1pm (Masterclass 11am-12pm, LUMS LT1), Lancaster University Management School

James will deliver a masterclass for staff, students and local business on the ‘Internet of Things’ and the role of data in our society now and in the future. He has had an exciting career, having worked for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft and Google and is a sought after speaker.

Speaking of the upcoming event, Ian McCormick, Director of LU’s Research & Enterprise Services said:

“It gives us great pleasure to welcome one of the world’s leading thinkers in technology to talk at Lancaster University. Dr Whittaker is a very accomplished and passionate speakerand will provide an entertaining and enlightening account of how the Internet of Things is revolutionising the world around us.”

Download the flyer here for more information and register for the event now.

Learn to code and be a successful tech entrepreneur

Digital skills are increasingly in demand; knowing how to code is vital to your tech business


Britain will need 745,000 additional works with digital skills for continued economic growth. Great news for techies, but what about digitally illiterate entrepreneurs with a tech start up in mind?

Daniel Thompson believes not knowing code is a significant disadvantage to a tech start up. ‘Ideas guys’ can be dead weights, productivity can be affected if you are reliant on external experts, and as the use of apps and e-commerce is increasingly important, knowing at least basic code will allow you to think about your digital content and initiatives.

Do you know your HTML from your CSS? Heard of Java, C#, SQL?

Read more about the importance of coding to your tech start up here.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Innovation Showcase Competition

Venturefest: Innovation Showcase Competition


The Innovation Showcase is the centrepiece of Venturefest Manchester and is set to feature some of the region’s most innovative businesses, who will have won the right to pitch their business ideas to potential investors in the Venturefest audience.

And that business could be yours.

The overall winner will also receive a unique package of business support worth up to £30,000 and including a year’s free space at the Sci-Tech Daresbury, support around accountancy, patents and legal issues and a range of marketing and PR services. Applicants can pitch for the competition prize alone if investment is not required.

This year’s competition is open to both Start-up (businesses under 3 years old) and Growth businesses (businesses trading 3 years+).

To enter, please fill in the relevant form. Please note the closing date for applications is now MIDNIGHT 24th JUNE. If you have any queries please contact

Key dates

Thursday 28 May – Innovation Showcase competition opens

  • Friday 19 June – Closing date for entries
  • Thursday 25 June – Shortlist for those to take part to next stage revealed
  • W/c 13 July – Practice session with Business Growth advisors and Access to Finance
  • W/c 24 August – Final Practice session
  • Tuesday 01 September – Finalists selected to pitch at Venturefest to be revealed

Find out more about Venturefest Manchester 2015 and book your place today

Tom and Fraser: Back from San Francisco

Silicon Valley is the place to be for tech start ups


In April 2015,  LU students Tom Young and Fraser Williams, went on a trip of a lifetime to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Meetings with venture capitalists, visits to Google and Stanford University, and even breakfast outside Twitter, the pair made the most of their fantastic opportunity in the Californian city and are willing to share their experience and advice on pitching, networking and entrepreneurship.

Tom and Fraser’s trip was sponsored by several groups who they wish to thank:

“Our trip was funded through four sources, which we’d like to extend our highest gratitude to. Santander Universities, Lancaster University Enterprise Centre, Lancashire County Council and Lancaster University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development – thank you!”

To read about what the pair got up to in San Francisco and what they learnt on the way, access Fraser’s blog here.