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I very much enjoyed researching and writing this feature on #Wales #fintech scene for #StDavidsDay! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

What an exciting emerging world-class cluster, as referenced in the UK Government’s Fintech Strategic Review on Friday. Great companies, exciting leadership and a passionate fintech community.

Thank you to everyone who spoke to me for the piece:

Gareth Lewis from Delio
Louise Harris from Tramshed Tech
Louise O. from
Richard Theo and Sarah Williams-Gardener from FinTech Wales
Sina Yamani from Yoello
David Janczewski from Coincover
Simon Thelwall-Jones and Helen Di-Girolamo from Development Bank of Wales
Nish Kotecha from Finboot
eduard panteleev from ANNA Money

And of course my colleague Gino Brancazio (On Paternity Leave) for making the connections.

#tech #wales #stdavidsday #cardiff #newport #swansea #digital #entrepreneurship #scaleups #treasury #ukgovernment #bitcoin #crytocurrency #investment #venturecapital #product

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My latest piece for Tech Nation, on how London-based BOOST&Co‘s #venturedebt loans are helping tech #scaleups thrive.

Includes info on applying for the Government’s #CBILS (#Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme), which can help scaleups thrive and has a deadline of March 31 to apply.

An essential opportunity for companies seeking alternative finance to spend on anything from hiring, to purchasing equipment, to R&D.

#scaling #venturedebt #investment #funding #vc #venturecapital #covid19 #scaleup #startups

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My latest feature offers a – ahem – deep dive into how to scale a #deeptech company.

I’m particularly proud of this article. It is such an exciting and broad area of tech that is solving huge, mind-boggling global challenges.

Those operating in the space are academic, persistent – and undoubtedly talented.

Many thanks to everyone who provided insight:

Mathew Lodge
Warren Fauvel
Xavier Parkhouse-Parker
Isabel Fox
Simon Hepworth
Martin Fiennes
Robert Walker
Andy Collins
Jane Garrett
Joshua Western
Ash Ravikumar
Gail Eastaugh
George Neville-Jones 🌄
– Alex van Someren FIET

#deeptech #innovation #startups #scaleups #cern #robotics #ai #cyber #spacetech #biotechnologies #wearetechnation

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Leeds Digital Festival Director Stuart Clarke, quoted in the Yorkshire Post this morning:

Regardless of the difficult year that we have had around the world it shows the resilience of the tech sector. We’ve seen not only high profile success stories such as Zoom but there are so many firms that I know of in the Leeds city region from the tech world that have had their best year ever because they are providing the products and services that people want. Tech has provided a lot of the solutions to the problems that 2020 gave us.

My LinkedIn feed is being constantly peppered with advertisements from Leeds-based startups and scaleups who are hiring to develop the next big product or service. These include roles from Panintelligence (a Tech Nation Upscale 5.0 alumni) and The Data Shed (featured in Tech Nation Report 2020). As the article notes, data from Adzuna featured in Tech Nation’s most recent report showed that 3,570 jobs were adverised in Leeds during November, 969 of which were in tech and IT. The average advertised tech sector salary in Leeds was £50,447, compared to £39,210 for non digital roles.…

My Tech Nation colleague Harry Davies outlines why it’s an exciting year for AI companies, writing for Information Age:

Venture capital investment into AI startups has been on a meteoric rise for a number of years; Tech Nation data showed that investment increased six-fold from 2014-18. As a recent State of AI 2020 report shows, investment into AI continues to be strong in 2020 – despite Covid-19 – and this seems set to continue into 2021. The sector shows signs of maturing too: companies raising over $100m have captured 10% of overall funding since 2018, Darktrace was rumoured to be exploring an IPO, and we see an increasing prevalence of success stories in AI like Tessian, Tractable, and Signal AI.

AI is such a broad area that it’s never short of exciting companies. In this article, I picked out a few that stood out in the summer of last year. As Harry goes on to note in the piece, construction, climate change and healthcare (and life sciences) are three areas where AI (machine learning, specifically) could make great strides in 2021.…