BizSpark Member myhomehelper Fights Dementia With The Cloud, Makes Technology4Good Finals

A one-man Microsoft BizSpark company from Hull is up against the likes of Barclays Bank with a dementia memory aid that he made for his Mum.  myhomehelper beat off competition from over 200 candidates to be selected in the final of the AbilityNet Technology4Good awards. Aimed primarily at those living on their own myhomehelper displays…


Gaming Your Education

Most students graduate facing the challenge of getting a job, but Chai Botta, the CEO of GameIn this isn’t a problem.  He and his co-founders are already running their own successful start-up, with a fast-growing game in the Windows 8 store, even though some of them are still in full-time education, including Chai. The story…


It’s Quite Okay to Make a Little Bit of Money

James Bond said it was okay, so why  not?  We are going to run this brief Experience interview with co-founder of Trade ChaseColin Smith. Trade Chase are an online BizSpark company that takes a very interesting approach to gambling. TradeChase is a stock market trading game.. They offer a range of day-trading games that pit you…


TradeChase Gets Ready to Launch — First Azure-Based Startup to Gain a Gambling License in the UK

Congratulations to TradeChase, which is getting ready to launch.  One of the co-founders, Colin Smith, holds an Olympic Silver Medal in rowing, which he won during the Beijing Games, according to our Emerging Business lead Bindi Karia. Keep following Microsoft BizSpark for more founder stories, or submit your own. You can find a lot of…

Microsoft UK (and BizSpark!) backs today’s launch of StartUp Britain

Greetings from the BizSpark Team here in the UK! I wanted to take the opportunity to share a bit of exciting news which happened this morning in our Microsoft London offices. The team at Microsoft UK hosted the launch of Startup Britain ( , an initiative similar to Startup America, in our Central London offices….


Microsoft UK BizSpark Summit, London, UK, September 23rd, 2010

I wanted to write to all of you about the second annual UK BizSpark Summit, a one-day event held in Microsoft’s offices in Cardinal Place, Victoria, London, UK to connect BizSpark startups with the wider entrepreneurial community of investors, network partners, and journalists and provide information to enable BizSpark members to grow their businesses. This…


Second Chance Tuesday

Today I spent the afternoon and evening at the Second Chance Tuesday event in London. In the afternoon there was an “Early Stage Funding Workshop” for an audience of about 100 companies, which consisted of a panel discussion with entrepreneurs and investors talking about what setting up and investing in a business is really like….


Ideas Igloo

On Tuesday I was at the launch of the Ideas Igloo at Thames Valley University, Ealing, which was one of the Enterprise Week events going on this week. The Ideas Igloo is a roadshow of events that will visit about 20 universities between now March. This is all part of raising awareness and getting more…