Mind the gap – London, Europe’s biggest start-up scene

With over 2,000 start-ups, 30 accelerators and 48,000 people employed in the digital economy, Silicon Roundabout in East London is the beating heart of the UK start-up scene, and Europe’s number one start-up hotspot, at least for the time being. This is, in part, thanks to David Cameron’s government. Silicon Roundabout has grown organically, but since 2011 it has been actively promoted by the Cameron governmen...

A newbie's guide to accelerators and incubators: are they right for you?

Accelerators are a booming business. The phenomenon is generally seen as a blessing for the growing number of start-ups. Who is behind these initiatives, what do accelerators do exactly and do you, as a start-up, really need them? The terms ‘incubator’ and ‘accelerator’ are often seen as interchangeable, but they are not synonyms. An incubator is associated with a large company or university and can ‘hat...