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14 May 2018 - 2:50 pm Challenger banks, orange credit cards and Monzo

When I got my first Monzo card

Aside my Masters, I have three part time jobs (which accumulate to less hours than you would think) but they help with paying the rent (and the cinema and theatre) . One of my employers is Coffee Revolution in the SU. And whenever I’m on the till taking orders, I start noticing more and more orange credit cards. At first, I would ask: is that a Monzo card? And when met with a positive response, I would get really excited to meet a Monzo user. Now, it’s just becoming the order of the day. But what is Monzo do you ask?

Monzo is a challenger bank and a tech startup. It’s a newly established enterprise that aims to compete with the longer established banks in the country (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds). It distinguishes itself through its focus on technology and online data. Monzo is an app-bank. Transactions happen online, the app has interesting features such as freezing your card if you’ve lost it, or saving money into separate pots. It also has free costs to use abroad.

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27 July 2017 - 11:02 am Bright Toys wins £855 to get more kids into STEM

“My name is Kisha Bradley and 20 years ago, I had my mind blown.”

This was the opening to Kisha’s pitch at Sheffield SOUP last night that would win her an £855 grant to buy tools and equipment to run interactive workshops designed to get more kids interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Continue reading “Bright Toys wins £855 to get more kids into STEM” »

6 September 2016 - 3:08 pm Become a Venture Capital Investor while at University

For students with investment ambitions, Venture Capital can seem like an inaccessible career. Associate positions for recent graduates are rare, making it difficult to gain real work experience in the field.

For students intent on startup life, insight into the minds of VC investors is like the Holy Grail. It’s something that literally can’t be experienced until you start the fundraising experience in your own startup. And then you learn the hard way. Continue reading “Become a Venture Capital Investor while at University” »

27 October 2014 - 12:31 pm Fancy a trip to New York to ring the NASDAQ bell?

I can hardly contain myself. It seems like such a long time since we had a Startup Weekend in Sheffield. The last one was in March and the time has just flown by since then. Luckily for me, I got involved in plenty of startup stuff in Vegas in May and had the amazing opportunity to facilitate Startup Weekend: Art Edition in London at the beginning of this month. Combined with the monthly Startup in the Pub meetups and last month’s Entrepreneurs’ Pub, I’ve certainly been getting my startup fix. But nothing quite compares, does it, to the awesome nature of a full-on Startup Weekend Sheffield.

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13 November 2013 - 10:10 am Foundbite for Windows Phone Released

Since travelling to Finland as part of the Microsoft and Nokia funded AppCampus program  last November, I’ve been working full-time for Mendzapp building Foundbite for Windows Phone.

AppCampus provides funding, marketing and support for developers building innovative apps which remain exclusive to Windows Phone for 3 months. The concept for Foundbite was lucky enough to be picked last May and since last December I’ve been building the app and service with the help of George Powell (a fellow Sheffield student) who worked with me for several months and Alfie Woodland who works from time to time on the website. Continue reading “Foundbite for Windows Phone Released” »

13 December 2012 - 11:50 am Finland Week 3: Slush, Slush and more Slush

As you can probably tell from the title of this post week 3 in Finland was all about Slush. Slush is Finland’s (and Northern Europe’s) largest event for entrepreneurs, start-ups and tech – it’s called Slush due to the type of snow they have a lot here. Much of the previous week’s work on pitching, demoing and presentation had all been in preparation for this really. Continue reading “Finland Week 3: Slush, Slush and more Slush” »

14 November 2012 - 10:02 am Discovering all about linguistics

Enterprising activity – and enterprise education – comes in all shapes and sizes, and one of USE’s aims is to bring enterprise education to ALL students in the University, partly by giving it a different ‘flavour’ within the curriculum, according to the degree subject the student is studying. Continue reading “Discovering all about linguistics” »

26 October 2012 - 10:01 am Baby racer

All adoring parents would say they’d do anything for their kids. Colin Furze, a new father from Stamford, Lincolnshire has taken that perhaps one step too far by constructing the worlds fastest pram for his 1 month old son. Continue reading “Baby racer” »

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3 September 2012 - 3:39 pm When is an innovation not an innovation?

When it comes to technology, I’m not what you’d call brand-loyal.

USE has very kindly provided me with an iPad for working whilst out and about and by gosh, is it useful.  The smartphone that I have for personal use, on the other hand, is one that runs on Google’s Android operating system.  The PCs I use both at home and at work are Windows-based (well, technically the one at home is dual-booting as my husband occasionally dabbles with Linux, but you’d have to ask him about that…).  If I had to state an absolute preference in terms of interface, I’d probably plump for Android over Apple, but it’s very much a personal thing. Continue reading “When is an innovation not an innovation?” »


31 August 2012 - 9:56 am Will you tweet off?

For a long while, I have been bugged by Samantha Deakin to get a Twitter profile. It began to get vicious when #lizree was born and then a campaign began to get stronger… After a few months, I finally succumbed to the pressure and signed onto Twitter. This is the ups and down of my first week of Twitter… Continue reading “Will you tweet off?” »