Pip Brangam

Pip Brangam

Passionate about writing, Pip heads up the blog and marketing copy. She loves to surf and hosting dinner parties for friends.

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November 21, 2016

Startup of the Week: Repairly

Ed. Note: we had a chance to chat with Rich Edwards of Repairly, a very cool Techstars startup based in the UK. Read on! :) 

How did you come up with the idea for Repairly? What was the inspiration?

Both myself and CEO Fraser Williams have had experience in similar business models before. We saw that there was a huge problem in this industry.

When you break your technology, there’s a confusing amount of options. From slow manufacturers to untrustworthy high street shops, there’s no one company that you can turn to if you need to get something fixed. Technology has progressed at such a fast rate that the repair and support side of it has been left in the 90’s. Repairly is here to support people.

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October 12, 2016

Startup of the Week- Future Electric

I'm a motorcycle guy, and have been all my life. I started riding when I was 10 on a Honda CT90 Trail bike, then upgraded over time to a YZ80 and XR400. When I was 16, my parents -- believe it or not -- let me get a Kawasaki Ninja.

Somehow I survived. Since then I've "downgraded" to slower bikes like my current BMW r/80 and 1150 GS.  But I'm particularly excited about this week's Startup of the Week-- a company in Denmark that is pioneering the art of making wicked-fast electric motos.

My colleage Pip spoke with founder Jesper Vind about his experience developing his company. Enjoy! 

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September 28, 2016

Startup of the week-Uniti

In the near future, it looks as if we will all be driving electric cars and even potentially moving to Mars! Team Uniti are ahead of the curve with their version of the electric car. I spoke with their founder about their experience and inspiration.

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August 29, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Blue Startups

This week we are heading to the blue waters of Hawaii, or 'Startup Paradise' as the ecossytem here has been described. Blue Startups are located in downtown Honolulu. After a recent visit to San Francisco, we spoke with the team about their accelerator programme. 

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August 19, 2016

Startup Ecosytem: Berlin

All eyes are on the Berlin startup scene, and it’s easy to see why. With a new startup being founded every twenty minutes, the hype has been heating up for some time. Berlin is the perfect playground for startups to thrive. A melting pot of creativity, people flock to the city for its diversity, thriving social scene, and cheaper living costs. 

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August 18, 2016

Startup of the Week- Bluboard

This week we are heading out to the Midwest to Cleveland. Mark Lorkowski is CEO of ePaper display startup, Bluboard. I spoke with Mark about his experience as a founder and how Foundersuite has helped him stay focused. 

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June 30, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: IndieBIO

This week we are travelling to Cork, in the Emerald Isle. Being Irish, I am excited to see the wealth of talent coming from my home country. Our accelerator of the week is IndieBio, short for Independent Biology. I spoke with Steven O'Connell, assistant director about the accelerators unique offering. 

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June 20, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: The Accelerator Centre

Situated in Waterloo, Canada, the Accelerator Centre provides a network of facilities dedicated to developing and commercializing startups. They have a wide variety or programs and mentorship available to help entrepreneurs move from startup to scale up. I spoke with Michael Pereira, the Director of Marketing and Community Development about the centre.

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June 14, 2016

Startup of the Week: Space Cadet

Finding short term office space can be a challenge. You need a cool, affordable place to hold a client meeting or throw an event or host a photo shoot, but perhaps you aren't quite ready for the expense of a full time office.

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June 7, 2016

Rock Your Fundraise: 101 Fundraising Tips

We know fundraising sucks. It’s a soul-crusher, especially for first time founders. That’s why we are putting together an epic guide called ‘101 Fundraising Tips'. The guide will have insider advice from CEOs who have "been there, done that, and lived to talk about it."

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June 2, 2016

Startup of the Week: Foldimate

For most people, the days of coming home and finding a pile of warm, neatly-folded, Bounty-scented laundry on your bed, lovingly placed there by Mom, are long gone.

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May 27, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: OPO Startups

Startup offices spaces are often pretty cool, but Missouri startup accelerator OPO Startups has a particularly sweet set up: they built their accelerator in a 10,000 square foot renovated post office.

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May 18, 2016

Hustle like a Boss: Top 10 Hustler Traits

I recently attended Hustle Con, a conference for non-technical startup founders. It was by far my favorite conference I have been to this year. The speakers were from some of the fastest growing startups, including Mattermark, Headspace and Bonobos, to name but a few. These founders know how to "hustle like a boss," and have built multi-million dollar companies in the process. Who wouldn't want insider tips on how to do that?

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May 10, 2016

Startup of the Week: Opti

Startup founders often have a tough time staying positive, as realistically, the odds are stacked against them. To counteract this, Renat Gabitov summons boundless enthusiasm by constantly pushing himself to learn and grow.

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April 29, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Catapult Chicago

This week we take a visit to the Windy City. Even though the winters are brutally cold, the startup community is heating up and gaining some serious momentum. Catapult is a major player in the burgeoning Chicago startup accelerator scene.

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April 14, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Metavallon, Greece

Greece continues to face a challenging economic climate. Startup accelerator Metavallon is poised to help through the healing power of entrepreneurship.

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April 1, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Beta-i, Lisbon

Hailed as the "sunniest capital in Europe," Lisbon is rich with culture and a vibrant nightlife. It's also rich with hundreds of new startups that are sprouting around the city. Testament to this, it will host the massive startup love fest called Web Summit, which is relocating after several years in Dublin. Beta-i is at the center of this growth. Beta-i an acceleration program with the mission to improve entrepreneurship.

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March 25, 2016

Startup Ecosystem: Austin, Texas

Team Foundersuite just returned from a fun-packed week in Austin at South by SouthWest (SXSW), livers barely intact. There were  ample amounts of networking, hustling, and admittedly a fair bit of partying. Our 'Hustle SXSW Like a Boss' guide certainly came in handy.

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March 4, 2016

Hustle SXSW Like a Boss

Here at Foundersuite, we have been gearing up for the bustling madness known as SXSW. Our team will be landing in Austin next week for 5 fun packed days of  events, networking and inevitable partying! The schedule is vast, and for first timers it can be daunting to even know where the action takes place. We are here to help. We've put together the ultimate guide for how to hustle SXSW.

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February 9, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Elevate Blue

As a view from your desk goes, looking out across the picturesque shores of Lake Tahoe is pretty sweet. Accelerator Elevate Blue recently installed their office space in Incline Village on the north shore. Several weeks ago in our tech ecosystem series, they joined the conversation about the growing scene emerging in Silicon Mountain. Following on from that discussion, I spoke with the CEO of Elevate Blue, Jameson Stafford, about their evolution, and experience with startups.

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February 1, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Manos

Quick-- name three startups with Latino founders. Who did you come up with? Latinos have an incredibly strong entrepreneurial spirit, but they are under-represented on the global startup stage.The Manos Accelerator in San Jose is poised to change that. It's both a great challenge, and a great opportunity. Manos is championing a new generation of Latino entrepreneurs by providing access to early-stage capital, mentorship support and resources that will enable them to build and grow their startup companies. I caught up with Jim Weldon, the COO of the accelerator to find out more about their programme.

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