As this week is London Tech Week, we are realising the second part of the interview with Dr Rachel Daniel and Ed Clarke from IP21, a leading law firm specialising in intellectual property services. You can read the first part of the interview here
IL: If an entrepreneur is interested in protecting their most valuable IP assets, could a robust IP position be created on a start-up’s limited budget?
IP21: Yes absolutely. As mentioned earlier, there are ways for young businesses to prioritise their investment in IP to try to protect as much as possible for the long term and revisit their strategies as the business develops. At early stages, it’s important for businesses to be aware of potential pitfalls so as to minimise risks as far as possible.
Nettoken founders: Charlotte Slingsby and Simonetta d’Ottaviano
Back in 2019, we had the fantastic opportunity to speak to Simonetta d’Ottaviano, co-founder of Nettoken and get her perspective on women in tech as well as the general tech eco-system in the UK. We have caught up with Simonetta to check what has happened in the last two years and how has Nettoken flourished.
This week we revisit Silicon Roundabout to check on the tech hub in London’s East End. For those who are not familiar with it, Silicon Roundabout is nestled between the financial district to its South and Shoreditch, to its East - a world-renowned creative hub for art, tech, and advertising. This positioning is one of many factors contributing to its irresistible appeal, both for big corporates and the countless start-ups that continue to sprout up in the area.
Matthew Khoury, CEO of LOKE
This week we had a great pleasure to interview Matthew Khoury, CEO of LOKE Global, who gave us a fascinating insight into LOKE’s intelligent payment solution which retains customers for their clients through AI-driven target marketing.
IL: How did you start LOKE Global, tell us a bit more about your business and its unique value proposition?
MK: LOKE is a globally focused, data-driven technology company, headquartered in the United Kingdom (UK), providing a sales and marketing platform to the hospitality and retail industry designed to increase revenue by predicting and influencing customer purchase behaviour.
This week we are publishing the first part of an interview we conducted with Dr Rachel Daniel and Ed Clarke from IP21, a leading law firm specialising in intellectual property services. They told us why building a sustainable IP portfolio is important to protect start-ups’ innovation, and how IP21 helps entrepreneurs succeed and gain competitive advantage. You can follow IP21 on LinkedIn.
IL: IP21 is a very well-established firm specialising in a range of intellectual property services. Could you describe the ins-and-outs of what you do?
IP21: The core of our work is in helping our clients obtain worthwhile protection for their innovations, product designs and branding using the IP system. A key value-add for us is helping our clients build a strategy for building a sustainable IP portfolio over time, in tune with their commercial strategies, needs and resources.
Mary Liu and Caroline Williams, founders of junee
We had the great pleasure to chat with Caroline Williams who told us how she and Mary Liu invented a sustainable reusable packaging system for take-away food. This makes re-use as easy as single-use, which in turn led them to start their own company, junee…
Caroline and Mary met during their studies at London Business School (LBS), bonding over sharing sustainable living tips. Over the countless lunches they ate on campus, they discovered an interesting phenomenon - they were willing to spend extra money on things like sustainably sourced produce and refillable toiletries, but even when they were effectively paid to bring our own reusable container with a BYO discount provided by the LBS canteen, they didn’t do it. Why?
Created in 1919, Germany gave the world Bauhaus – the most famous design school in history – the Bauhaus revolutionary approach was to fundamentally change how we view material culture and the built environment around us. For the last 100 years Germany has built on this prestige and in doing so has remained at the forefront of world-leading design. Here we look at four German designers that led the world.
It’s 1990s Berlin. Following the fall of the Berlin wall and the city’s re-unification, there is a momentous excitement in the air. The city is a blank canvas. A significant proportion of the city’s buildings are empty. Prices are low and the parties are wild.
Stephanie Rogers at the Entocycle Lab
In the face of the rising global demand for food and many sources linking deforestation of the Amazon to the cultivation of soy, we look at the future of nutrition. According to some, science is our best pathway to confront these challenges and the biotechnology industry is booming.
This week, we caught up with one of our new partners – a leading light in sustainable biotechnology. Find out how Entocycle’s innovative business model can help solve some of the world’s most critical issues in our interview below with scientist, Stephanie Rogers.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has been a generous host to several of our groups this summer. ICAEW is a professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports chartered accountants and students across the world. This institution was formed in 1880 and now boasts 153,000 members across 148 countries.
We caught up with Thao Bui, their Global Student Recruitment Manager for some great insight into the career path of a chartered accountant in ICAEW.
As evidence of the climate crisis mounts, it’s clear that mankind is facing its biggest challenge in history. Unique challenges are posed to each industry when “business as usual” is no longer an option. This week, we look at five ways the business world is changing.
Research published last week for the government’s Digital Economy Council showed that the UK Tech industry has, in just seven months, attracted $6.7B (£5.5B) in foreign investment. Reassuring to those who fear that Brexit may already impacting the sector, this is one and half times the average amount raised last year per month. The UK eco-system remains the clear favourite with US and Asian investors by a comfortable margin ($14.6B has been invested in UK tech start-ups since 2013 compared to $6.5B German start-ups and $2.5B in French start-ups).
Anyone who has visited Excel London may not have fallen in love with the place but at least getting there is straight forward. Excel has over 3,000 parking spaces, two DLR stations and City airport is just five minutes away. When hosting an event as large as London Tech Week choosing Excel is a bit of a no-brainer.
When we talk about innovation and tech in the UK, we tend to only look at London and the famous ‘silicon roundabout’. As the country’s capital and (by far) largest city, that is fully understandable. Just by sheer size, London easily outperforms any other city in the UK. However, if you account for population differences, suddenly it drops out even from the top 20. Read on, and find out about the top 5 tech cities in the UK that successfully punch above their weight.