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The latest news on how Microsoft helps SMEs and start-ups

Digital transformation just got a lot easier for financial firms

Financial companies that want to digitally transform how they work can now use artificial intelligence and machine learning to oversee and accurately measure the change. London-based GainX has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a platform that allows executives at banks and other financial firms to monitor innovation plans, investment, … Read more »

Apprentice star Bianca Miller reveals her top tips for starting a business

Microsoft has teamed up with Apprentice finalist and entrepreneur Bianca Miller to launch the #My365 campaign, which aims to help budding business owners start their own venture in just 365 hours. Miller founded The Be Group, a specialist provider of personal branding, image consultancy and employability skills training. She will be offering … Read more »

Imagine Cup: Young developers to battle it out for $100,000

Young developers who enter the next Imagine Cup will battle it out for $100,000 after Microsoft doubled the prize money. Registration for the annual competition, now in its 15th year, has opened and teams from across the world can apply. Entrants must use technology to create “the next big thing”, which should … Read more »

A British company has created a simple test to help premature babies

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A simple bedside test that could improve the lives of millions of premature babies suffering from underdeveloped lungs has been developed by a British-Danish company. SIME Dx, a digital diagnostics company in Microsoft’s start-up programme, has announced that its laser-based test can accurately predict which babies are likely to develop … Read more »

CES 2017: The model car kit that can improve kids’ lives

A model kit that helps children build and program their own toy cars has been recognised by one of the world’s top innovation award shows for improving kids’ lives. SAM Labs, which is based in London and graduated from Microsoft’s start-up programme in 2014, has revealed that its Curious Cars … Read more »

A company that makes meetings worth going to just raised $1m

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A company that allows people to easily share ideas and content during meetings and presentations has secured $1 million of funding to expand into the US. Glisser, which enables presenters to interact and share slides with audiences via their smartphones, has been handed investment from backers including Downing Ventures, the London … Read more »

Microsoft is helping a company that tries to predict the future

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A program that tries to predict the future, a home health monitor for people with cancer and an online bot that can chat to customers are just some of the proposals that have won places on a Microsoft course for start-ups. Microsoft Accelerator, a global initiative that helps entrepreneurs to grow their companies, has chosen eight … Read more »

Fitwell is the personal trainer that everyone can afford

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Setting up your own business can be painful, both financially and emotionally. The bills, the long hours and the stress can all take their toll on a person’s health. But for one entrepreneur, starting his company was literally painful. Baris Ozaydinli developed such serious back and neck pain that he … Read more »

How one square mile of the UK has become a hub of creativity

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By Lee Schuneman With a rich history in arts, music, film, advertising, television and fashion, Soho has long established its reputation as the centre of creativity in London – and arguably the world. Now predominantly made up of media and technology offices, production and editing studios, Soho is still a … Read more »

UK start-up handed grant to boost free internet

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UK start up Movivo is one of 12 entrepreneurial businesses to be awarded a Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative grant.  The grants will help these businesses scale their services and business models to increase affordable Internet access for the 4.2 billion unconnected people in the world. Each company will receive seed … Read more »

TruRating: helping customers to rate shops – as they shop

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Answer the following questions truthfully: how many times have you left a restaurant after a great meal and vowed to write a positive review online? Or got so angry at poor service that you made it your mission to drag that company’s name through the mud using just your computer … Read more »