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THEYA Healthcare Founder Named as a 2017 EY Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist


Ciara Donlon, founder and CEO of THEYA Healthcare, (www.theyahealthcare.com), which designs and manufactures healthcare garments, has been named as a finalist in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of The YearTM (EOY) programme.

A total of 24 finalists have been selected across three categories – emerging, industry and international – with Ciara Donlon shortlisted in the emerging award category.

PraxisUnico Announce the finalists of the Impact Awards


Nine projects and five volunteers have been shortlisted in PraxisUnico’s Impact Awards for 2017. The Impact Awards for KEC Professionals continues to celebrate the achievements of KEC professionals and our volunteer community in delivering and developing best practice across the sector.

The Finalists:

KEC Partner of the Year


  • Heriot-Watt University – Renishaw
  • University of Huddersfield – Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT)
  • University of Liverpool - Tate


Green business idea competition gains global impact


Innovation Birmingham’s ClimateLaunchpad programme kicks off the fourth edition of its successful green business idea competition! Now welcoming Serbia, Azerbaijan, France and Germany as new participating countries and with interest from Argentina, India, Kenya and Australia, ClimateLaunchpad is no longer a European affair with over 35 countries expected to join the 2017 edition.

Plusvital and Curragh Racecourse Renew Partnership and Launch New Race Series


Plusvital (www.plusvital.com) and the Curragh Racecourse (www.curragh.ie) today announced that they have agreed to renew their partnership for another year.

South’s start-ups get pitch perfect with Apple support


Tech start-ups and entrepreneurs from the south were put through their paces during practice pitches at Apple in Basingstoke recently (26 April).

The pitching event, which is a collaboration between global number one business incubator SETsquared and tech giant Apple, aimed to get businesses ready to present to international corporates and investors next month, at SETsquared’s Open Innovation Showcase.

Sale of Bio-Pharma Firm Agalimmune Puts Discovery Park in Driving Seat for Immunotherapy and Immuno-Oncology Research


Pioneering research underway at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent into the treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases has been given a major boost following the sale of Agalimmune to the Israel-based biotech, BioLineRx Ltd.

The acquisition of Agalimmune, in a multi-million-pound cash and shares deal, represents the first UK investment for the Tel-Aviv based company, giving it access to promising technology for oncology and immuno-oncology.

Agalimmune is one of a cluster of companies at Discovery Park working on drug discovery and development.

SETsquared announces exclusive list of top 50 entrepreneurs on historic day for UK

SETsquared will be announcing its exclusive list of top 50 entrepreneurs at a reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday (29 March).

The top 50 entrepreneurs to be honoured have all reached milestone achievements, such as successfully raising a significant amount of investment, exporting products globally, had considerable societal impact, or achieved a world first.

Lloyds Bank continues support for small business with Boxworks at Engine Shed sponsorship renewal

Lloyds Bank, who supported the enabling of Boxworks at Engine Shed, which was opened on 2 December 2015, is continuing its sponsorship for the re-imagined shipping container development for another year.

Bristol City Council (BCC) granted planning permission for the development on 9 June 2015 in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

Exeter’s tech scene highlighted in 2017 Tech Nation Report

For the second year running, Exeter has been highlighted in the Tech Nation report as a thriving cluster within the UK’s digital landscape.

The latest report confirms London’s position as an international powerhouse, and the UK as the leading European country in the digital sector and possessing unrivalled digital tech specialisms.

Johnny Murtagh Partners with Plusvital as an Official Brand Ambassador

Plusvital (www.plusvital.com), the Irish equine science company, today announced a new partne