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‘Earning curves’ – Future Worlds’ journey featured in innovation magazine

The inspiration and vision behind the dynamic startup culture that Future Worlds is helping to create at the University of Southampton is described in a special article this month in...

Work vs life – is it possible to strike a balance?

An entrepreneur is in control of their own destiny. They can change the world around them and – sometimes – build a personal fortune along the way. Exhilarating, right? What...

Five tips to showcase your startup with video

You only need to look across social media to see the increasing value of video content. It’s a great way to get attention and quickly communicate who you are and...

The Best Yet – re-discover expert advice from our past Mentor Masterclasses

A key value of Future Worlds lies in the trusted network of mentors that support the incubator. Their experience and global network of contacts is a priceless resource that is...

Life changing access to information – Southampton spinout reaches rural Zambia

Ambitious technology spinout company BluPoint is delivering information and services to offline and off-grid remote communities around the globe as it pursues its mission to improve the lives of 20...

Motion capture and me – five questions with Product Engineer Tyler Ward

Entrepreneur Tyler Ward is on an exciting journey developing the SharkStream motion capture system, a University innovation that can accurately record and display movement in real-time without the need for a...

Growth hacking – ignite your startup

Think of your product’s success as a fire – a process with conditions that need to be satisfied. You cannot throw gasoline over a fire without the initial flames. But...

Getting to ‘the why’ – a workshop in customer experience

This week, we held the first of our new series of workshops, focused on helping entrepreneurs to drive their startups forward. Future Worlds Mentor Robbie Rice was joined by Marc Barfoot...

Fantasy football managers dared to compete with entrepreneurs’ advanced AI

A team of artificial intelligence (AI) experts from the University of Southampton is challenging fantasy football managers across the world to take on their fiercely competitive machine learning algorithm in...

Discovering Future Worlds – Aaron’s story

Isn’t the momentum of life interesting. What I have learned is to tighten your grip on any opportunity, and to not let go until an opportunity becomes your success. This...

Mentor Masterclass – getting your hands on the cash with Michael Gifford

Indigo& co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Michael Gifford has valuable experience that can help SMEs grow. Last week, he shared his tips to make startups and spinouts investment ready in...

Dragons’ Den reflections – follow the student startups’ continuing stories

Check behind the scenes in sunny Southampton this summer, and you’ll find an energetic entrepreneurial culture is quietly on the rise. As some students prepare to sit back and relax...

Collaborating for success – lessons from an entrepreneurial summer school

I wasn’t always interested in entrepreneurship. Like most people my age, I’ve been unsure about what career path to take. What sparked my interest towards entrepreneurship was an inspiring Future...

Lessons from a software spinout – five questions with Senior Enterprise Fellow Yunjia Li

Senior Enterprise Fellow Yunjia Li has converted two decades of University research into an ambitious spinout company. His Synchronised Notes software, known as Synote, enhances the learning and engagement of students...

Improving treatment for premature babies – an entrepreneur’s journey ‘from bench to bedside’

Child Health Professor Howard Clark has founded University spinout Trimunocor to combat neonatal chronic lung disease. This week, he discussed his inspirational journey ‘from bench to bedside’ as he approaches...

Mentor Masterclass – Ben Clark’s dos and don’ts to scaleup your startup

Startup specialist Ben Clark’s diverse business experience has helped create a national waste management service, developed ambitious enterprises in Africa and grown a Hampshire and Silicon Valley based software-as-a-service (SaaS)...

Accelerating medical innovations towards global impact – introducing Future Worlds Medicine

University innovators are set to break into the healthcare and pharmaceutical markets through Future Worlds with support from the Medical Research Council (MRC). Future Worlds Medicine will grow a culture...

Six design tips for an attention grabbing logo

Designing a logo for your startup can be a rewarding and enjoyable process. Even if you’re not the most creatively minded person it’s possible to create a design that’s a...

The Kanji king – five questions with web scientist Travis Ralph-Donaldson

Web science entrepreneur Travis Ralph-Donaldson has developed Handy Kanji, an iOS app that gamifies the teaching of the Japanese writing system. The fun learning tool, which is set to be launched this spring, teaches...

Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards shortlists social media startup

A rising student startup business that has leapt forward with unique mentoring and opportunities from the Future Worlds network has reached the semi-finals of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards. Proofer,...

Mentor Masterclass – how to succeed with crowdfunding

Crowdfunding expert Chris Buckingham has supported everything from artists to zoos in the UK’s evolving startup ecosystem and recently launched Crowdfunding Readiness Assessment, his latest in a series of books...

Student startups seal the deal at Southampton Dragons’ Den

A smart academic search platform and a Japanese learning app scooped £50,000 of investment as student startup talent was celebrated at Future Worlds’ third annual Southampton Dragons’ Den. Six ambitious...

Entrepreneurship is not a job, it’s a lifestyle

I get it, the title is cliché. Yet, most people seem to miss this point. I don’t want this article to be yet another ‘My Entrepreneurship Journey to Success’ because I’m...

Secrets to success – investors’ tips on how to prosper in Dragons’ Den

Future Worlds’ annual entrepreneurial extravaganza returns this weekend with the latest instalment of its growing Dragons’ Den series. The contest offers six aspiring student startups the opportunity to pitch for...

Destined for investment? – Meet the entrepreneurs pitching at Dragons’ Den 2017

Six bold student startups are making their final preparations before they go face to face with Future Worlds’ dragon investors at the hotly anticipated Dragons’ Den 2017 event on Saturday...

Mentor Masterclass – What are the common features behind entrepreneurs’ successes and scars?

Electronics expert Steve Braithwaite has consulted for startups and companies on over 50 designs in his role as founder and Chief Technology Officer of ASH Wireless Electronics. Last week he detailed...

The story behind Proofer – from aeronautics studies to soaring investment

It all started three years ago when I was doing an internship at a local social media agency. Guestlist Social, run by Oshi Okomilo, uses social media expertise to write...

Best Blogs – the top 10 exclusive videos, mentors’ tips and inspiring startup stories

We’ve hit a milestone! Future Worlds and its superb entrepreneurial network has reached 100 blogs on the futureworlds.com platform. It’s been an honour to collate the very best features, advice,...

Smart technology for stroke survivors – five questions with researcher Kai Yang

Senior Research Fellow Kai Yang loves market-oriented research and is innovating entrepreneurial applications for printed electronic textiles in her work with Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. As...

‘Growing a thriving startup culture’ – Future Worlds is runner-up at Guardian University Awards

As the only team shortlisted from the University of Southampton for this year’s Guardian University Awards, it was a real honour to take the trip to the beautiful venue of LSO St...

Mentor Masterclass – lessons from the Ministry of Sound Chairman and the ‘ever-changing’ music scene

Ministry of Sound Chairman Lohan Presencer has grown one of the most famous music brands in the world across two decades in a sector that is almost unrecognisable from when he...

Embracing entrepreneurship – five questions with superfast spinout co-founder Taihai Chen

Supercharged wireless spinout co-founder Taihai Chen reached the third year of his electronics PhD before he was introduced to Southampton’s growing entrepreneurial scene. As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions...

Startup skills: highlights from the sprint

It’s not every day that a group of Business School students get together with their peers from Electronics and Computer Science, to compete for VIP entry to Ministry of Sound....

Future Worlds shortlisted for Guardian University Award

When Future Worlds launched in December 2015 I remember a tangible energy in the room, a real belief that collectively we could build an authentic and meaningful startup culture at...

SharkStream and STEM shows – your guide to Science and Engineering Day 2017

Enquiring minds can lose themselves in over 120 hands-on activities, talks, shows and tours across Highfield and Boldrewood campuses this Saturday at the University of Southampton’s 15th Science and Engineering...

The entrepreneurial recipe – Filippo Massarelli’s five ingredients for startup success

Entrepreneur Filippo Massarelli has been on an exciting journey since he first flirted with the startup scene as an ambitious engineering student in Southampton. Last week, he arrived back in...

Ready, Shoot, Aim – expert advice from an Apple Director

University of Southampton alumnus Chris Broad has launched the game-changing products of technology giant Apple in Europe over the past two decades and is the company’s current Director of Contracting and...

Cybersecurity startups and quantum cats – five questions with Simone De Liberato

Technological entrepreneur Simone De Liberato is using musical cartoon cats to explain quantum mechanics and is in the running to win an international short film festival. As part of Future...

My journey so far: from engineer to entrepreneur

When I ask people how they got to the job they are doing now it often seems like it happened by accident. But as you go deeper into their lives...

Career choices – four answers for student entrepreneurs’ career conundrum

Time flies. Another semester has sprinted by and students across the land are one step closer to joining the big wide world of work. The fabled graduation ceremony approaches at...

Joining the team – my first steps into an exciting entrepreneurial ecosystem

Whenever I talk to friends about what we are doing at Future Worlds, I start by saying “I work at an incubator”. They often reply, “What? For babies?” Business incubators...

Celebrating a decade of excellence in employability

Graduate prospects and career planning is big business. With students typically amassing thousands of pounds of debt by the time they graduate, employability is now a key aspect in the...

A good idea plus investment – is that all a startup needs?

Never has the UK been such a great place to start a new business. The Centre for Entrepreneurs recently reported that, in 2015, a record 608,000 new companies started-up on...

Mentor Masterclass – What are the ingredients to building an $85m business?

University of Southampton alumna Shirin Dehghan founded, expanded and subsequently sold mobile communications business Arieso for $85m. Last week, she returned to Highfield Campus as a speaker and series sponsor...

From Beer to Fraternity

Or more accurately, from fraternity to beer… The fraternal aspect of our startup is that the three owners have known each other since our school days, frighteningly some 40+ years...

My passion for student startups and school outreach – five questions with Charnley Worth

Student entrepreneur Charnley Worth is growing a startup project while completing a Masters in Physics with Astronomy at the University of Southampton. As part of our Five Questions With (5Qs)...

#FutureWorlds – the story of CES 2017 in 20 tweets

‘There’s no other event experience like CES’, claims the Consumer Electronics Show’s sales pitch. After this month’s first taste of the international expo, I’m tempted to agree with them. A...

My CES 2017 memories – messages from the team

Exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show is an exhilarating experience. Seven representatives from the University of Southampton traveled to Las Vegas for this privilege last week and will remember the...

CES 2017 – Day Eight – reflections on an incredible show

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room just a few hundred meters from the edge of the south rim of the Grand Canyon. I can hardly believe that just 38...

CES 2017 – Day Seven – massage chairs and misadventures

Everyone seemed in high spirits as we gathered in Tyler’s room, ready to head to the show for one last time. With the constant activity and all the excitement over...

CES 2017 – Day Six – Freddie, Facebook Live and Film Crews

The Minister for Digital and Culture is a difficult act to follow, but by the time we were halfway along the backstreet route to Sands Expo an even more important...

CES 2017 – Day Five – digital minister wowed by Future Worlds tech

Wow. What a day. The government lead that I hinted on in yesterday’s blog not only came off but escalated to monumental levels. Let me start at the beginning: You...

CES 2017 – Day Four – Excitement at Eureka Park

I’ve adopted a familiar routine now, which involves waking at 5am each morning. This affords two hours to write the blog before I send it to Jon for the next...

CES 2017 – Day Three – “Dude, your stand has been pimped!”

An overflowing bowl of Cheerios has been my breakfast of choice in the last few days and this morning was no exception. It’s a welcome sprinkling of normality in a...

CES 2017 – Day Two – SharkStream motion capture stops traffic

Having woken at 2am I was a little envious to discover that the rest of the Future Worlds team had got four more hours under their belt when we gathered...

CES 2017 – Day One – flying high with the BBC team

A feeling of déjà vu swept through me this morning as I awoke at 2am in my Las Vegas hotel room and realised the chances of getting back to sleep...

What tech is Future Worlds unveiling at CES 2017?

Future Worlds will be showcasing British innovations as the UK’s only university exhibitor for a second year running at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The incubator...

From startup to superpower – a Mentor’s inside story on how to get there

Staff and students at the University of Southampton have been receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which was...

Future Worlds turns one – inside our anniversary event

On Tuesday evening, The Future Worlds team packed up the studio and headed to London to celebrate a year since the official launch of Future Worlds. Held at the Digital...

Zero to startup in 72 hours – five questions with three entrepreneurial engineers

Engineering students Pablo Serrano (PS), Pawel Kostlowski (PK) and Pawel Wienclaw (PW) learned how to start a company over the course of a weekend in a recent 3 Day Startup...

Entrepreneurialism and EnvoPap – how I took my family business to an international market

Growing up in a business family in Pune, India, I was always inclined towards business, especially the international business development side of it. I graduated with an International Business degree...

Lights, camera, action! – uncovering your competitive advantage with disruptive design

We’re always looking for innovative ways to engage with our entrepreneurial network, so when we heard about the possibility of screening new documentary Design Disruptors, we leapt at the chance....

Ask the Entrepreneur – seven things we learned from our panel of startup supremos

Future Worlds Mentors Mike Payne, Robbie Rice and Brian Luff took to the stage at Union Southampton this week for an honest Q&A session with an audience of future startup...

Innovation strategies for demanding markets – special insight from a strategy consultant

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being...

My Launchpad to startup success – reflections on a People’s Choice Award

Over the past 12 months I’ve been riding the rollercoaster that is running a startup. One of the recent highlights took place at the imposing Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)...

Programming, pitching and patents – five questions with tech expert Tom Bell

Electronic Engineering alumnus Tom Bell has specialised in Intellectual Property Law since exploring several entrepreneurial ventures during his studies at the University of Southampton. As part of Future Worlds’ Five...

Growing an incubator at the Digital Catapult ColLab Festival

Future Worlds sees the creation of an on-campus physical incubator to inspire and drive the development of the University’s startups and spinouts as a key component of its roadmap for...

Making innovation happen – charting the rapid rise of a teenage millionaire mentor

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being...

‘Seizing every opportunity’ – five questions with Xavier Parkhouse-Parker and Dominic Baber-Norris

Ambitious graduate Xavier Parkhouse-Parker strove to take every entrepreneurial opportunity during his years at the University of Southampton and is now launching recruitment startup Plato Solutions with business partner Dominic...

A Fresher’s Guide to Future Worlds

You’re here at last – years of exams, numerous UCAS visits and careful applications all culminating in that scary moment when you opened your results. And now, your freedom and...

Step by step: innovating commercial impact from biomedical research

I remember being gently chided as a lad by my father for spending a large chunk of my pocket money on the Halfords book of the bicycle. It wasn’t that...

Advice from inside the Dragons’ Den

Having watched the BBC Two series of Dragons’ Den for a number of years, I thought I knew what to expect entering the University ‘Den’. In many respects there was...

Transferring from Particle Theory to Music Theory – the Tune Tutor app story

‘Theoretical Particle Physicists become Award Winning Entrepreneurs with a Music Tutor app.’ It’s not the sort of sentence you’d expect to read every day! How on Earth could a group...

What marks out successful entrepreneurs? – Reflections from a career chameleon

Don’t let the smart shirt fool you, I’ve spent much of my career away from the comfort of the written word. I’ve boasted a truly awful builder’s tan in a...

Top of the Blogs – your countdown through 10 unmissable articles

Put the Poké Balls down, we have a distraction that deserves your attention this week. Amid a busy first year for Future Worlds, nothing has emerged as the platform’s unexpected...

Embracing risk and winning a Vice-Chancellor’s Award

There are many teams at the university who work incredibly hard for what they believe in, with little expectation of reward, other than the satisfaction of a job well done....

Leveling up from ‘enterprise novice’ to ‘enthusiastic amateur’ – five questions with entrepreneur Jay Laver

Researcher Dr Jay Laver has found himself at an entrepreneurial crossroads in recent years after he identified an unlikely ally in the worldwide battle against infectious diseases. He has invented...

Hackers, Bar-bots and Fire Pong – a glimpse inside the Electromagnetic Field festival

High speed internet and mains power are not amenities you might expect in your tent at most festivals. This is not the case for the Electromagnetic Field, also known as EMF...

Drones, paper planes and flying men – the 2016 Farnborough International Airshow

The University of Southampton is home to some of the smartest researchers, academics and students in the world and these individuals are constantly pushing the boundaries of science and technology....

What is crowdfunding success?

In late 2012 a record was set for the fastest equity raise in UK history. The raise was for an online community platform called microco.sm. Microco.sm was really about empowering...

Who to pick? – The optimised 2016/17 fantasy football squad selected by computer science

There’s hardly a moment to catch a breath in this exciting summer of sport. With Euro 2016 already a distant (and dismal) memory and Olympic fever now sweeping the nation, it’s...

Growing and changing – lessons in leadership from a cyber defence chief

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being...

Get to know your business basics – the importance of understanding our capitalist society

A friend, who’s the MD of a tech company, is in the good habit of engaging regularly with his staff.  In collecting feedback from a recent staff meeting, ready for the...

Wonder Wall – six lessons a white brick wall can teach us about entrepreneurship

I’ll let you all in on a little secret… The white brick wall you see in the top corner of our Mentor, Team and Blog pages is not a brick...

Building businesses after Brexit – our Mentors’ messages to entrepreneurs after the EU referendum

Whichever side of the debate you fall on, the British public’s decision to end the United Kingdom’s longstanding participation in the European Union has opened a new chapter in the...

Coming Soon – Taking Southampton innovations to the global stage at CES 2017

The Future Worlds team is excited to reveal ambitious plans for this winter that will open up a huge opportunity for our network of entrepreneurs, startups and spinouts to reach...

The Collaborative Entrepreneur – cracking a common caricature at the Enterprise Summer School

There can be a caricature of an entrepreneur being an independent and lone creature. Before becoming a qualified Career Practitioner, I spent most of my working life starting and running...

Converting potential into profits – a Mentor’s guide to successful sales strategies

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being...

Climbing the ‘steep slope’ to becoming a University spinout – the AccelerComm story

Talented University entrepreneurs featured in Future Worlds’ growing Discover section are living exciting startup and spinout stories as they change the world with their ideas. Dr Rob Maunder, an Associate...

Planning your sales boom: How to craft the compelling event

There’s a ticking time bomb in the corner of the room. You know it’s a time bomb because there’s one of those Hollywood-style LEDs telling you that you’re 12 minutes...

Putting the user first – a Fresh approach to user experience design

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being...

‘Take the leap of entrepreneurial faith’ – the Catalyst Founders’ philosophy

Guest contributor Stephen Barnett believes that university students have the potential to develop large, sophisticated businesses and wants to provide the best support structure to prove it. He shares how...

Student startups shine – reaction from an intense Southampton Dragons’ Den

Six teams of entrepreneurs. Eighty tense observers. Four dragon investors. The stage was set for a thrilling afternoon celebrating the best of Southampton’s bright, young business minds – and it...

Meet the candidates – student hopefuls destined for the Dragons’ Den

The wait is almost over. Six sets of student entrepreneurs are sharpening their pitches and refining their business proposals ahead of a dramatic meeting with Future Worlds’ dragon investors this...

Vision and values – a Mentor’s guide to starting, growing and selling successful businesses

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in new a series of engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being...

How to succeed with a large corporate buyer – a Mentor’s advice on using risk as a tool

Staff and students at the University of Southampton are receiving first-rate business advice from Future Worlds Mentors in a series of informative engagement lunches. The talk series, which is being...

‘Cheers!’ Five lessons we can learn from the Flowbot Bars startup

Entrepreneurial PhD student Marc de Vos has invested himself in an exciting startup journey this past year as he helped convert a promising business concept into an impressive reality. Flowbot...

Generating impact from research – the PRiME guide to releasing software into the real world

PRiME is a five-year Electronics and Computer Science collaborative research programme (2013-2018), funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Four UK universities work together in the...

Why should science and tech startups take marcoms seriously?

Each science and technology entrepreneur commences a business with a different outlook on the importance of marketing communications (marcoms). For some, this could be their first priority when starting out,...

The Best of Future Worlds – highlights from an exciting first six months

We are now half a year on from the launch of Future Worlds – and what a fantastic six months it has been. Over a dozen startups and spinouts have...

‘Prepare for an amazing day’ – taking science and engineering to our communities (part two)

Saturday 12th March sees the return of our award-winning Southampton Science and Engineering Day! This major public event will engage and inspire people of all ages with hands-on activities, shows...

‘Keeping talent is key’ – Mike Payne on startups, SolidWorks and sales secrets

“Why did SolidWorks win when there was a product in the market that was more mature?” entrepreneur Mike Payne asked his audience. “The answer is it didn’t have a single...

‘Taxi! What’s the best route to career success?’

It wasn’t the prospect of free taxis that tempted me in, honest! It was late 2014 when I was first approached about an ambitious tech project two brothers were moving...

Bursting with potential – The Engineering and Technology Careers Fair 2016

One of the biggest events in our Faculty’s calendar is our annual Engineering and Technology Careers Fair, which provides a fantastic opportunity for students to meet some of the UK’s...

Roses are red, don’t let your business turn blue…

… searching for the perfect partner? Then this post’s for you. Millions of people across the UK are yearning for life with a faithful partner. While we can’t guarantee you’ll...

A new partnership to help grow the UK digital economy

Aspiring entrepreneurs can now benefit from creative opportunities presented in an exciting new partnership we are thrilled to announce this week. Future Worlds is one of the first associates of...

Director’s Cut – Student entrepreneurs’ pitches in the Dragons’ Den

Soak up the atmosphere from a gripping ECS Entrepreneurs Dragons’ Den as we reflect on the show’s stories and look forward to the contest’s revival this spring. Over the years,...

‘Probably the best job in the world’ – taking computer science to our communities (part one)

Outreach and public engagement has really taken off in Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) over the last couple years thanks to academic staff, research staff and students. It’s important that...

CES 2016 finale – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Seven

Future Worlds reached a truly global audience this January as it showcased its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team promoted all of the platform’s startups...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Six

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Five

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Four

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Three

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day Two

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the...

CES 2016 – Inside the world’s largest Consumer Electronics Show – Day One

Future Worlds is reaching a truly global audience this January as it showcases its latest products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team is promoting all of the...

Our Mentors’ predictions for 2016 – Virtual doctors, peer group policing and smarter software

We’ve seen the launch of the iWatch, the dawn of contactless payments and the mass consumption of Ultra HD 4k screens. Take a bow 2015, you have been quite a...

We’ve only just begun – the Future Worlds official launch

The Future Worlds launch event was a fantastic example of what makes the vision behind this pioneering platform so powerful. With over 100 invited guests from across the top tier...

The experiences and motivations which led to the creation of Future Worlds

I’ve been fortunate over the last 15 years to have enjoyed a unique experience bridging the gap between cutting edge university research and the real world of consumer and industrial...

Essential reading – our mentors’ favourite books

Here at Future Worlds, we all love a good book. They inspire, they inform and they entertain. We’ve been chatting to our mentors about their favourite reads and they’ve put...

Introducing the women of Electronics and Computer Science

Come and meet the women of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)! Around 15 percent of staff in ECS are women. As a percentage it might sound like we are few; as...

The Making of… a Mentor Interview

The gallery of smiling faces is growing on the far wall of the Future Worlds studio. More than a dozen business brains have passed through our cosy studio for their...

How to pitch to Lord Sugar – an interview with Future Worlds’ in-house entrepreneur

How does a serial entrepreneur prepare for a make or break pitch with a business giant? ECS Entrepreneurs’ Ed and Steph recently caught up with Future Worlds’ co-founder Reuben Wilcock...

Audio anarchy – behind the scenes in the video games sector

I was dressed to impress when I arrived at my big interview with video games developer Codemasters, but was immediately told that I’d been unsuccessful. “Nobody wears a suit in...

Expert Insight: Raising funds for your new business (part three)

Future Worlds mentor and business expert Mike Lurcock has overseen the financial planning of tech startups and multi-million pound investment funds across an impressive career as a management accountant. He...

From Southampton to San Francisco: My exciting startup story

Future Worlds mentor Ali Saheli traveled across the Atlantic in his quest to become a successful entrepreneur. The charismatic Electronics and Computer Science alumnus created an innovative startup from a pet project in...

Licensing or spinout? An overview of your options

It’s no surprise that research-led universities are a breeding ground for new innovations and technologies. The unique combination of ingenious minds with the freedom to explore new areas catalyses the...

Sonic washing machines and supersonic jets – why I became an engineer

I don’t recall there was ever a time when I considered becoming anything other than an engineer. I guess it all started spending hours as a child making all sorts...

Expert insight: Raising funds for your new business (part two)

Future Worlds mentor and business expert Mike Lurcock has overseen the financial planning of tech startups and multi-million pound investment funds across an impressive career as a management accountant. He...

‘What we feed them’ – inspiring the world’s best students in electronics and computer science

‘What do you feed them?’ – asked one of our company partners this summer. They were referring to the extraordinary enthusiasm that our students show for technology development, and the...

Top tools for building a software startup

Building a startup is a lot of work. So much work. However, it’s also very fun and probably the most rewarding labour you’ll do. To make life a little easier,...

Expert insight: Raising funds for your new business (part one)

Future Worlds mentor and business expert Mike Lurcock has overseen the financial planning of tech startups and multi-million pound investment funds across an impressive career as a management accountant. He...

Enter the Dragons: Students stride into Dragons’ Den

A nervous excitement buzzed around the University of Southampton’s Students’ Union this spring as six sets of ambitious student entrepreneurs prepared to pitch their business ideas to real investors. Stacks...