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Rhea Papanicolaou-Frangista

Prettly looks to nail startup success

TECHNATION200: Being a busy student, career woman or stay-at-home mum should not preclude any woman from being on point in the nail department. That’s the view of Rhea Papanicolaou-Frangista, whose venture, Prettly, means time-poor ladies can still look polished.

arabella lewis

Salad adds tech to its creative mix

TECHNATION200: Salad is a Dorset-based integrated design agency, where tech is increasingly harnessed to meet client needs. Founder and principal Arabella Lewis-Smith tells Julian Blake about the business – and what’s so good about the south coast cluster.

nick halstead

Welcome to the world of Big Human Data

There’s a new kind of data in town – human-generated data – and it’s the fastest-growing type of data there is. But where does it come from and how can we make sense of it? Datasift chief Nick Halstead explains.


Silicon South greets rising startup tide

TECH NATION: The Dorset mini-conurbation of Bournemouth and Poole hosts the UK’s fastest-growing tech cluster, according to Tech City UK. What’s so special about the place? David Ford and Anthony Story of Silicon South offer their local view.

guy levin

Levin’s coalition moves into election mode

TECHNATION200: Coadec, the Coalition for a Digital Economy, last year took a decidedly politics-led turn, with the appointment of ex-Conservative special adviser Guy Levin as executive director. As the UK election kicks off, he talks about the coalition, tech and politics.

Claire Braithwaite

North welcomes Braithwaite appointment

North of England politicians and technology business leaders have welcomed the appointment of entrepreneur and impact investor Claire Braithwaite as the new head of Tech North, the new regional base for Tech City UK.

Martin Macmillan

Pollen counts on good finance

TECH FUNDAMENTALS: Pollen VC offers a lifeline to emerging app developers by extending debt financing, allowing them to make the most of their initial success. Co-founder and chief executive Martin Macmillan talked to us about investment and the challenges of finance.

Husayn Kassai

Onfido keeps the checks coming in

TECHNATION200: Background personal checks to assess people’s suitability for jobs have until now been a process shrouded in mystery and inefficiency. Husayn Kassai co-founded Onfido with the aim of changing all that.

big ben nvrd

Bite the Ballot helps young votes count

DIGITAL DEMOCRACY: Not-for-profit young voter engagement campaign Bite the Ballot broke world records in February with a voter registration drive that cost just £200. Ahead of UK polling day on May 7, its focus is a new voter advice tool. Mike Sani explains.

Mark Gracey

Gracey’s Scottish Equity investment mix

TECHNATION200: Mark Gracey works as a principal for venture and growth investor Scottish Equity Partners, sourcing new investee companies and working with them to achieve a successful exit. He talks to us.