Week 7: Never a dull moment at NatWest Boost

Not only does the HUB provide a great place to work, it also provides a useful network to test ideas and develop. To give you a flavour of a few hours in the week away from the development and delivery week……

 

‘Speed Dating’? Part 1

 

One of the many benefits of being in the NatWest accelerator is the access provided to potential experts and mentors who give up some of their valuable time to help our businesses develop. 

From legal support to IT architecture, mentors of all sorts gathered for a speed dating afternoon in the HUB. 3 minutes with each of about 12 mentors to pitch, discuss a couple of pertinent points and move on with the knowledge that there could be a productive follow-up. 

Sounds a little crazy but it worked well, and for us, we found some willing and able allies. 

All over too quickly but experts in marketing, financials, funding and IT are all accessible as we develop our technology solution for SMEs.



Economics

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From practical help to strategic economics at a round table discussion on ‘Normalising’ – central bank policy and the ‘real’ economy. A round-table discussion/debate with half-a-dozen leading economists. 

Setting aside some very obviously different views, the cornerstone of a good panel, we learnt about the challenges faced by economies around the globe and in particular associated with the value of assets and the effect of Quantitive Easing – public money propping up the economies of nations. 

Conclusions: Well, as best as I can translate from economic theory;

1.    The shift of assets from the public ‘ownership’ as acquired through governments lending, and back to the private sector will have a significant impact on economies as they ‘normalise’.

2.    The European financial model is under significant stress as the political landscape in Italy is undergoing a degree of turmoil and ‘nationalist’ reaction to the power of the northern European economic powers.

 

HEAVY STUFF but from a ‘local’ perspective it is worth keeping an eye on the papers to see what happens in Italy!


 

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'Speed Dating' part 2

 

The CAP Talent programme is a new internship programme, developed by Capital Enterprise, to match Masters and Undergraduate Computer Science students with London’s top tech start-ups. 

Some great companies and some great talent – we have applied for the funding support to take on one of these bright tech talents.

 

Notice Board – ‘Shout-out’

More important is perhaps the success of some of our colleagues from the HUB; 

“Ultimately, the Startups 100 aims to support the market leaders of tomorrow along their growth trajectory and acknowledge the disruptive ideas that will change the way we live and work for the better.” 

Not one, but TWO businesses were listed in the best 100 startups to list that was published this week. Well done to Well & Truly for healthy snacks and Pouch an automated voucher code add-on! Definitely start-ups to watch.

 

Congratulations to Kafoodle for winning the Best Public-Sector Project of the year award at the UK Cloud Awards! Kafoodle is a fast growth food-tech company matching people to food within both the hospitality and healthcare space.

 

One day soon and with all this excellent support and inspiration around us, we hope to be there in the lights.

 

Thanks NatWest ;-), it is fantastic to be surrounded by so many talented people starting their own businesses.

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