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Founder diaries – Keep Calm and Love Tanzania

Former International Relations student Andreas Ostrovsky-Pereira is writing a new startup adventure in Africa as he helps the night fishing community become safer and more sustainable with his solar powered fishing lamps. He has joined the Anza accelerator in Tanzania and will be posting updates for the Future Worlds network...

Entrepreneurs, VC investors and strategy: Insights from a healthcare perspective – Annie Jullien Pannelay

Annie Jullien Pannelay’s career and experience span over multiple areas within the financial, pharma and health policy sectors. She is a shareholder in a number of startups that she supports and has previously worked for a venture capital fund. Her current work as an independent advisor focuses on European health...

What is Enactus Southampton? – five questions with Louise Brent

Future Worlds Society Partner Louise Brent is flying the flag for social entrepreneurship as Enactus Southampton’s Corporate Relations Executive. As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, she shares tales from Enactus Southampton’s hard work in preparation for a National Expo. The Enactus United Kingdom National Expo saw the University...

Entrepreneurial adventures in the medicines of the future – Nick Camp

Future Worlds mentor and University of Southampton graduate Nick Camp is a medicinal chemist with over 20 years drug discovery expertise gained within major pharma and biotech. As a group leader at Eli Lilly he drove the diversification of the UK Chemistry Group and was responsible for the development of future...

The Top Line – stress strategies, a co-founder trend and the school of hard knocks

A wealth of business stories and strategies are being published online and Future Worlds is constantly scanning the web for amazing inspiration for our network. As part of our new round-up series, The Top Line, here are five essential reads that we recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs this April: 1) A...

Biotech and pharma futures – our mentors’ prognoses

Biotech and pharma form one of the world’s largest industries, yet it is still relatively new with great potential for driving medical progress through pioneering advances in research and innovation. Future Worlds Medicine supports the groundbreaking research taking place at the University of Southampton and as our students, researchers and scientists...

Founder diaries – setting off on an African startup ‘rollercoaster ride’

Former International Relations student Andreas Ostrovsky-Pereira is writing a new startup adventure in Africa as he helps the night fishing community become safer and more sustainable with his solar powered fishing lamps. He has joined the Anza accelerator in Tanzania and will be posting updates for the Future Worlds network...

The Top Line – treehouses for offices, founders in Forbes and the Snapchat story

Entrepreneurial stories are being told every day across the globe, forging future game-changing businesses and changing our ways of working forever. The best tips and trends can be found online and Future Worlds is constantly scanning the web for amazing inspiration for our network. This is our new round-up series, The...

Stents, spinouts and student wrestling – five questions with Ali Mosayyebi

Senior Research Assistant Ali Mosayyebi is an expert in using microfluidics to investigate different therapeutical and sensing devices. As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, he shares how he is transferring University research into the real world through the Simple Stents spinout and offers his advice for fellow...

Founder Dilemmas – Future Worlds Panel Event

Future Worlds this week hosted an exciting panel event looking at the challenges of founding, growing and selling a startup. The event was an interactive panel discussion with audience members submitting questions via Twitter using the hashtag #AskFutureWorlds. The panel members ranged from new founders to experienced entrepreneurs who have...

Five great reasons to enter Future Worlds Dragons’ Den

The sense of anticipation is already building across campus. Six student startups will take to the stage this May to pitch for real investment from Future Worlds dragon investors and set their business plans into motion. There’s now less than one week left to submit your application, so what are...

Mentor Masterclass – lessons from Silicon Valley with entrepreneur Gordon Clyne

Future Worlds mentor Gordon Clyne has excelled in a creative career that included notable stints with Apple and SanDisk. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass talk, he revealed how he once took a $32,000 order from an international pop star and taught a valuable lesson that we can all learn from Thunderbirds....

How can a startup know when it’s ready for investment?

It’s the million dollar question. You have a great commercial idea and have sculpted a captivating business plan, is it now time to find that generous investor who can make your startup dream a reality? Or do you wait? Should you keep developing your proposition, striving towards those invaluable first...

Mentor Masterclass – building the DNA of a successful business with Jim Wicks

Future Worlds mentor Jim Wicks co-founded biotech company Primerdesign and was a pivotal figure in the development of the world’s first swine flu and bird flu detection kits. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass talk, ‘How to start a company at University, with no money and no experience’, he shared the...

What’s the biggest mistake a startup can make?

No startup journey is going to be perfect. Mistakes are inevitable and all rising businesses must overcome some self-inflicted frustrations on their road to success. The key is to ensure these slip-ups are not fatal. Mistakes can be made through misplaced priorities, ill-advised strategies or an inadequate understanding of markets...

Our entrepreneurs share their New Year’s resolutions

It’s fair to say that for many of us, as we stare another rainy January day in the face, a brighter, warmer future can seem a long way off. It’s worth remembering though that you only get to “make hay while the sun’s shining” if you’ve previously done the hard work...

‘Get out of the building’ – understanding your customer with Simon MacKenzie

Future Worlds mentor Simon MacKenzie has built on a background in drug discovery and biotech to launch multiple startups, now with a wider scope towards providing his business development, strategic management and sales expertise to ambitious entrepreneurs. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass session, ‘How well do you really know your...

‘Persistence is key’ – startup tips from NetPay’s Carl Churchill

NetPay Group Managing Director Carl Churchill is a specialist in business structure and sales growth, boasting close to two decades’ experience launching award-winning telecom, ISP and fintech ventures. In last week’s Mentor Masterclass session, ‘Achieving growth from a startup concept to success across the globe’, he covered how to take...

What’s the perfect gift for an entrepreneur this Christmas?

Google has announced that the most searched for gift ideas this Christmas are Call of Duty, Ugg boots and the iPhone X. Let’s face it though, we’re all more likely to receive some toiletries, socks and a chocolate selection box. But what do entrepreneurs really need this Christmas? The great...

What advice would you give your younger self?

Youth is wasted on the young. It’s a time brimming with countless opportunities but passes when we’re lacking in the experience, wisdom and judgment to best navigate it. What a difference it would make if it was possible to hear wise words from our futures and make better business and...

Spinning out smart 3D audio – five questions with co-founder Marcos Simón

3D audio scientist Marcos Simón is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and co-founder of Soton Audio Labs, an upcoming spinout pioneering new soundbar technology. As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, he shares his motivation for commercialising university research and reveals his ambitious vision for the...

Mentor Masterclass – how to build a biotech company with Simon Kerry

Business expert Simon Kerry has built a number of early stage life science companies, including the successful University of Southampton spinout Karus Therapeutics.  In his Mentor Masterclass last week Simon shared his valuable experience of building a biotech company, addressing the challenges faced and how these were tackled. Watch his...

Five startup lessons from my first year with VoiceIQ

I’m told it has been a year since my first blog for Future Worlds, an article where I shared my experience from the brilliant Dragons’ Den event, and can’t quite believe where the time has gone. The well-known phrase ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ springs to mind and certainly...

Dare Mighty Things – three things you need to know about AI

A run-down of how AI affects you, what you should learn about AI, and some cool examples of how AI is being applied today. How we got here In May of last year Maciej, Przemek and I got a chance to pitch Researchably (then called FuseMind) at Future Worlds’ Dragons’...

Hitting the sweet spot – lessons from Nectar with co-founder Duncan Stirling

KEM Investments Director Duncan Stirling built on one the nation’s most recognisable brands, Nectar, by devising and marketing a data driven business model. Last week, he advised how to start and grow a startup business in the first Future Worlds Mentor Masterclass of the new semester. Watch his full talk...

The perfect recipe for Fish on Toast – five questions with Asher Fischbaum

Computer Science student Asher Fischbaum is at the heart of a dynamic student startup culture with Fish on Toast, one of Southampton’s largest and liveliest societies.  As part of our Five Questions (5Qs) series, he offers a glimpse inside the entrepreneurship and business group and shares his ambitions for the...

The future is now: why it’s time to start your business

The Cube at the University of Southampton Students’ Union was a hub of activity last week for ‘The future is now: teenage millionaires, entrepreneurs and innovators’, a packed Freshers’ Week event that set out why there is never a better time to think about starting a business. Experience the excitement...

Spinout Stories with Ali Tavassoli – ‘From the lab to the clinic, and back again’

Enterprise Champion Professor Ali Tavassoli leads an interdisciplinary team of scientists developing novel chemical tools that will inspire new therapeutics, expanding on a research platform he co-developed in a five-year spell at Penn State University in the USA. This week, he shared his inspirational journey ‘From the lab to the...

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 the glossy magazines and glamorous business magnates don’t always say though is that the entrepreneurial lifestyle doesn’t come without sacrifices....

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 what you do. For an entrepreneur, a well-produced video will deliver clear messages about your company’s brand and values to...

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 carefully matched with the entrepreneurs supported by our unique startup ecosystem. Each month, one of our mentors visits campus to...

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 million people in 20,000 communities by 2020. Effective communication in these challenging locations can enrich education, healthcare and commercial applications,...

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 green screen or camera. As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, he shares his tips for fellow University...

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 once the flames have occurred, the gasoline will ignite the fire to burn greater than ever. Imagine your product as...

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 to bring together decades of experience helping SMEs grow. Their experience is met by a passion to translate knowledge into...

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 the new Premier League season. Associate Professor Dr Sarvapali (Gopal) Ramchurn claims that his system, which is being promoted 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 is where my Future Worlds story starts. Future Worlds, like much of the University of Southampton, is a bastion of...

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 an instructive addition to Future Worlds’ Mentor Masterclass series. Watch his full talk in the video panel above or read...

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 over their long summer break, others are hard at work behind the scenes continuing their ambitious startup stories. Among them...

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 Worlds talk, delivered by Filippo Massarelli, titled Five ingredients to startup success. This talk motivated me to discover what I...

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 through online notes and transcripts from lecture recordings. As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, he shares his vision...

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 clinical trials for his innovative protein fragment. Watch his full talk in the video panel above or read on for...

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) company. Last week, he shared his scaleup tips and stories as he offered a dynamic insight into the excitements and...

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 startup schemes pitched in front of a large, live audience at The Cube at Union Southampton on Saturday, seeking funding...

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 not even close to my subjective version of success. If you are reading this, then you are likely a young...

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 real investment from four seasoned Future Worlds Mentors in front of a live audience. Student entrepreneurs have raised over £190,000...

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 successful and iconic focal point for the visual identity of your brand. Creating a logo can also be a challenging...

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 hundreds of Japanese kanji characters with the aid of underlying analytics and a feedback engine.  As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions...

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 on the topic. Last week, he outlined trusted crowdfunding models and methods for startups in a spring Mentor Masterclass session....

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 entered it in the early 90s. Last week, he charted his rise from starting as a Southampton Students’ Union Officer...

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 some of the secrets behind entrepreneurial success and the mistakes that lead to lasting business ‘scars’ in an instructive Mentor...

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 (5Qs) series, he shares his unique spinout story and offers valuable advice to help engineer your own startup success.  ...

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 posts for other companies. During my summer there, Oshi and I both realised that they were using four or five...

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 part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, she shares how she’s developing wearable tech for use in stroke rehabilitation and...

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. Not often do these students collaborate to create business ideas, monetise and marketise their plans, then hone their pitch, all...

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 his student city fresh from launching his latest international venture, Nanga Mai, and brought with him an insight into his...

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 on several continents over the past two decades and is the company’s current Director of Sales and Contracting in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. He returned to Highfield Campus to outline the entrepreneurial ethos of...

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 Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, he shares his startup advice and explains how yellow cats are illustrating the scientific concept...

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 you realise that chance is merely a consequence of the actions and choices they made. So, being just a couple...

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 an unrelenting speed and with it comes the inevitable question, ‘so what will you be doing next?’ There are plenty...

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 are generating excellent outcomes in the UK and it is never a long explanation before my friends exclaim – “Awesome,...

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 choice of course and university. University open days feature presentations on employment prospects, and league tables provide detailed statistics identifying...

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 our shores – and tech startups in particular are multiplying. The expanding number of supportive hubs and networks is helping,...

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 to open Future Worlds’ new Mentor Masterclasses. Watch her talk on ‘building an $85m business’ in the video panel above...

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 ago. So the good news is that you don’t have to be young to be an entrepreneur! That said, our...

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) series, he talks student societies, school outreach, plus why he believes physics students can make excellent entrepreneurs.   What entrepreneurial...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, featured some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts....

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 event at the University of Bath Innovation Centre. As part of Future Worlds’ Five Questions (5Qs) series, the trio share...

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 and immediately decided to pursue higher studies. In my research, I came across the University of Southampton. The course and...

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. And so, as part of last week’s Global Entrepreneurship Week programme, we made ourselves comfortable with some popcorn in The...

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 founders. The evening, which kicked off a packed schedule in the University’s celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, explored the whole...

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) building in the West End of London. The first time I heard of the RAEng was an email from Future...

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 success as much as our bustling blog section. Provisionally neglected as a sorry place for content that didn’t fit anywhere...

‘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 Baber-Norris. As part of Future Worlds’ new Five Questions (5Qs) series, Xav has been reflecting with Dom what has helped...

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 the ENTiTi platform, a versatile system that uses ‘friendly’ bacterial species for the long-term delivery of antigens. As part of...

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 communities by allowing them the opportunity to develop and manage their online forums with simplicity and style. At the time...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts....

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 Questions (5Qs) series, he explains how programming has become one of the most desired skills on the planet and offers...

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 little difference; stage lights, millionaires, cameras and tricky questions, all very much present. However what I did not expect was...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts....

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 next, he saw that several senior engineers wanted to know what was meant by profit, and why did the company seem...

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 away from meeting your maker.  The room has no windows, and the door you came through is made of steel...

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 my own ventures or with investing in business development/training roles for organisations I’ve worked for. I feel passionately about the need...

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 wall at all. It is a specially-printed backdrop and – unknown to the vast majority of our network – it...

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 nation’s economic and political history. But what does this mean for Future Worlds’ entrepreneurs? How will the process and outcomes...

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 of particle physicists with little-to-no experience in the real world go on to create a winning business idea from scratch?...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

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 Professor and telecommunications expert in Electronics and Computer Science, has been on an inspiring journey commercialising technology for fifth generation...

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 he disagreed with books but more that he considered bicycle maintenance as something you picked up as you went along....

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 year constructing a new roadway through a maritime town and sweated under the Sub-Saharan sun as a language teacher in...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

‘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 his journey navigating a winding career led him to establish Catalyst Founders, a startup incubator investing in the nation’s best young...

‘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 advantage, it had a lot of little advantages.” A crowd of over 30 aspiring business leaders listened on attentively as...

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 didn’t disappoint. Over £70,000 was raised across two student startups in Saturday’s Dragons’ Den event. All of the contestants can...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

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 jointly hosted by Future Worlds and Research and Innovation Services, features some of the network’s finest entrepreneurs and industry experts...

‘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 towards fruition in Southampton. Cab My Ride is a taxi booking app offering a fair deal for drivers and customers....

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 leading employers – from multinational blue chip companies, to niche consultancies and innovative startups. This year’s event takes place on...

‘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 Bars provides compact, mobile, automated and cashless bars to events across the country. In an exclusive blog for futureworlds.com, Marc...

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 programme, addressing the challenges of power consumption and reliability of future high-performance embedded systems utilising many-core processors. The four universities...

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 meet your soulmate through Future Worlds, we can help you build a relationship with a business partner that will last...

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, and for others it could come way down the list after developing the technology or seeking investment. For many businesses...

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, there have been many entrepreneurial activities on campus. There have been talks and competitions, but none have provided a real...

‘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 and tours. A fantastic 800 volunteers consisting of staff and student helpers will be opening up the university and the...

‘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 we introduce young people to the world of electronics at an early age and increase the number of women entering...

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 year for business and technology. What could possibly come next? What treats does 2016 have in store? We’ve spoken to...

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 forward a diverse collection of literary classics and business essentials for your consideration. So whether you’re looking for a cosy...

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 though we each sit isolated in an office, seeing little of other women, enslaved to a single objective: science. You might...

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 hour in the hot seat, sharing their favourite anecdotes from the past and some pearls of wisdom for our entrepreneurs’...

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 for their fortnightly YouTube show Techbyte. Check out the full interview above and visit youtube.com/c/EcsentrepreneursSoton for more editions of the...

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 the games industry.” Then they started laughing… I was successful and joined the Technology group at the gaming giant, where...

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 is offering his experience to help establish new business ventures in physical sciences and engineering, and is sharing his trade...

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 Canada and grew the business until he decided to switch his focus to future ventures. Ali wants to share his...

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 kind of thinking that is difficult to achieve in industry under the constant pressure of revenues and profits. The output...

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 from Meccano, creating a working model of a crane or various things using all the cogs and motors. I also...

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 is offering his experience to help establish new business ventures in physical sciences and engineering, and is sharing his trade...

‘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 passion and problem-solving ability that drives them forward. It’s an aspect of student life in Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)...

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, there are an assortment of tools on the market all voicing how they can help you succeed. As we’ve progressed through our...

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 is offering his experience to help establish new business ventures in physical sciences and engineering, and is sharing his trade...