Crowdfunding

Already disrupting the global finance sector and predicted to surpass venture capital as the primary source of finance for startups and SMEs, crowdfunding is flexible and boast almost endless economic potential. Crowdfunding expert, Kristine Pontoppidan, examines the four main types of funding, and why SMEs should consider this alternative finance tool.

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Rising Star | Tim Lagerpusch, SugarTrends

LA catches up with Tim Lagerpusch, co-Founder of SugarTrends; an online platform which brings together small, independent stores and boutiques from around the world on one site. It allows the store owners to take their local stores global and compete with larger e-tailers, while enabling consumers to ‘shop glocal’; shopping a curated edit of products from local stores in their favourite cities around the globe.

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The Value of Design to SMEs

In an increasingly design-savvy world, it is remarkable how little the UK’s world-leading design services are exploited by UK businesses. Talk to many small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and it becomes clear that their view of design rarely reaches beyond their website and logo. While these are critical aspects of design, there is so much more it can do.

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Rising Star | Ján Žižka, Photoneo

LA catches up with Ján Žižka, CEO of Photoneo, a Slovak start-up that specializes in 3D vision technology. Cooperating with leading industrial suppliers, Photoneo delivers sensoric performance to drive future autonomous systems ranging from collaborative robots, drones, self-driving vehicles to face-recognition and enhancing human vision in augmented reality applications.

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