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Maths Startup’s Investment Adds Up
added on Wednesday, February 25 2015 added on Wednesday, February 25 2015
Belfast startup Komodo, which focuses on interactive maths learning, has received significant backing from top UK investors- closing a seed investment round of £255,000. Komodo is a home maths tutor system on tablets and computers for children aged 5 to 11. Winner of two industry awards, it encoura ...

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MAD MONEY # 35: Back to Front Crowdfunding
added on Tuesday, February 24 2015 added on Tuesday, February 24 2015
There are two schools of thought on using crowdfunding for your business. You can do it to get money- which always feels like a good idea- or to gain market traction and validation. But whatever your reason is for using it, you’ll undoubtedly use it in the first place since, in a sense, it’s ‘ ...

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MAD MONEY # 34: The Known Unknowns of NI Finance
added on Tuesday, February 17 2015 added on Tuesday, February 17 2015
It was Donald Rumsfeld who said there are known unknowns and unknown unknowns. This may sound like management speak, but it actually makes sense. I often hear it said that there isn’t enough funding available for start-ups in Northern Ireland. And that’s clearly true. But there are a lot of sour ...

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Mad Money #33: The Flintstones’ Watch
added on Tuesday, February 03 2015 added on Tuesday, February 03 2015
No doubt you’ll remember the Flintstones, a modern Stone Age family! When you hear that phrase, immediately the annoying theme tune enters your mind and you’ll now be stuck listening to it in your head all day. Thanks Alan! The really clever theme of this children’s programme was of course all ...

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NI Mentor Named as One of the UK’s Top Business Advisers
added on Friday, January 30 2015 added on Friday, January 30 2015
A Northern Ireland startup entrepreneur has been named as one the UK’s top 50 business advisers. Stephen Houston was picked from hundreds of mentors from around the UK for his work with early stage companies at the Northern Ireland Science Park. The awards are run by the small business network Ent ...

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Mad Money # 32: Let me Pay More Tax – I’m From Northern Ireland
added on Tuesday, January 27 2015 added on Tuesday, January 27 2015
You can say many things about the taxman, not all of them nice, but you have to admit he never lies. So his latest release of statistics about the Enterprise Investment Scheme, while perhaps not a page turner, is likely to be very truthful. And the facts are clear – Northern Ireland people like pa ...

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A New Year and Halo Dates
added on Monday, January 19 2015 added on Monday, January 19 2015
Halo wishes you a prosperous 2015   It’s a new year and we hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Halo has big plans for 2015 so hold these dates in your diary to see some great opportunities! And after last years pilot we are expanding out London angel dinners too. We expect to run the us ...

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Blowing Bubbles?
added on Monday, January 12 2015 added on Monday, January 12 2015
Whatever way you look at it, the growth in crowdfunding is amazing. But is this a bubble and is it going to burst? In the UK alone, crowdfunding has grown from £267m in 2012 to £1.7b in 2014. Last year alone it grew 160%. Of course there is no such thing as ‘crowdfunding’. These days it’s a ...

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