5 high-tech startups chosen to join Bristol’s Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator Program

New businesses focusing on artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality to benefit from the new next-generation startup accelerator The first five tech startups to win the chance to be part of the Bristol-based Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator Program have been announced. The businesses, who were chosen from hundreds of applicants, specialise in various high-tech pursuits, ranging from artificial intelligence and machine learning to virtual reality. “Oracle opens up new opportunities for ... read more


ICON Corporate Finance shares best practice alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in The Parliamentary Review

ICON Corporate Finance appears alongside Prime Minister Theresa May in the 2016/17 Parliamentary Review. Established by former minister The Rt Hon David Curry in 2010, The Parliamentary Review’s September release is now a key fixture in the political calendar. ICON features alongside the Prime Minister and a small number of outstanding organisations in a document that looks back on the year in industry and Westminster. The main aim of the ... read more


What’s up with WhatsApp? Why messaging apps are critical to banks

Do you feel lost without a mobile device? Research suggests mobile users can't leave their phone alone for six minutes and check it up to 150 times a day. Banks need to adapt to this fundamental shift in customer behaviour. As customer change, organizations are heavily investing in deploying bots to service them. Capital One’s chatbot Eno, Royal Bank of Scotland’s chatbot Luvo have helped streamline operations. Other banks also ... read more


Hunting unicorns in the desert: The sudden rise of Arab startups – The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. 

M&A:  Amazon.com Inc acquired Souq.com, a Dubai-based eCommerce platform, for $580M Funding: Careem Networks FZ, a regional Uber Technologies Inc rival, became the Middle East’s only Unicorn – a tech startup with the valuation over $1Bn drew backing from Daimler AG and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. In the rapidly evolving gig economy, there is a new way to car shop: spot one on the road that appeals, snap ... read more


JPMorgan’s Dimon says bitcoin is a fraud that will eventually blow up, compares it to tulip trade

While most other Wall Street veterans are embracing the cyptocurrency, the JP Morgan CEO says bitcoin is "worse than tulip bulbs and it won't end well."....FYI:Tulips are still a successful export product in the Netherlands:) JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took a shot at bitcoin, saying the cryptocurrency "is a fraud." "It's worse than tulip bulbs. It won't end well. Someone is going to get killed," Dimon said at a ... read more


Jack Ma surprises employees at Alibaba’s 18th birthday celebration

Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma turned the company's 18th birthday celebration into a thriller with a Michael Jackson-inspired dance performance. The company has had a lot to celebrate. Stocks hit an all-time high on Aug. 17 after the company beat earnings estimates. Full article on CNBC here >> This article, by Michelle Castillo, first appeared on CNBC.com on the 12th September 2017. read more


9 Regulatory and Compliance RegTech Start-ups

With the smallest of compliance slip-ups costing banks millions of dollars - fines across the industry are expected to surpass $20B this year. Here's a list of some of the global firms that help banks and financial institution mitigate risk and stay compliant:   Fenergo Founded in 2009, Irish startup Fenergo has taken in $80.43M in funding from investors that include asset management group Investec.   Digital Reasoning Founded in ... read more


Cap Tables, Share Structures, Valuations, Oh My! A Case Study of Early-Stage Funding

An interesting piece for Crunchbase written by Jason D. Rowley a venture capital and technology reporter based in Chicago, that we thought worth sharing. For many entrepreneurs, especially first-time founders, raising outside capital can be daunting. Between all of the new vocabulary – like “term sheets,” “capitalization tables,” “pro rata,” and different valuation metrics – and the very real legal implications of the agreements being signed, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. ... read more