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There are a number of services that help connect seed stage entrepreneurs with angel investors in the UK.
If anyone has any first-hand experience with any of these services or any others that I’ve missed, then please do comment.
UK Startup Guide – Resources, Funding and Support for Tech Startups and Entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom
The UK is a notoriously difficult place to be a tech entrepreneur. However, there are always opportunities if you look for them. Below I have detailed just a few main sources of support, incubators, accelerators, VCs, angel networks, and competitions that I came across during my research into setting up my startup. Please feel free to add other sources that you may know of, and help make this an extremely useful, current and robust guide for tech startups in the UK.
STARTUP FUNDING AND SUPPORT
Support Incubators and Technopoles/Science Parks (offer workspace and networking in exchange for capital)
Daresbury Science and Innovation Park
Fab Lab Manchester
e4f (Birmingham Science Park Aston)
Accelerator London (Metropolitan University)
Incubator Accelerators (offer seed capital, workspace, and networking in exchange for equity)
The Difference Engine – Northeast England
Seedcamp – London
Springboard – Cambridge
InQUBAtor – Sheffield
H-Farm – London
Start VI – Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tycoon Bootcamp – London
Venture Capital Firms & Angels (offer capital for equity):
The Accelerator Group
I came across a very interesting video made last year by Microsoft on how technology was progressing and what the future would look like in 2019.
Unfortunately, I think Microsoft overshot their prediction by about 7 or 8 years. The technology they “predict” already exists. Bonnier’s Mag+ had a very similar looking UI designed by Berg, the digital agency in London that’s become quite popular.
Also, TED revealed last year the concept of sixth sense, developed by Pranav Mistry, that used extremely simple existing technologies and created an immensely innovative application that allowed users to digitally access, share and preview information immediately, without the need for a screen.
I guess Microsoft is just a little behind the times. But it was a very enjoyable video nonetheless.