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As a founder, your main focus is on driving your startup forward and you have a lot of responsibilities to juggle like deadlines, meetings, funding and networking. Health and well-being probably don’t even make it into the top 10 on your list of priorities, but they are just as important as nailing that investor pitch and also make just as big of an impact on your business.

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A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is one of the most common tools used in business to protect intellectual property and confidential information. ‘Will you sign my NDA before we speak?’ is a very frequent question first time founders have, and something that we hear a lot from those wanting to join our programme.

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Ash Maurya, author of Running and Scaling Lean and creator of the Lean Canvas, recently spent the evening at Nova HQ. Whilst here he gave a talk about his lean approach to building startups and some of the topics covered in his new book, The Innovators Gift.

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I always wanted to be a superhero. I was 4 when I received my brother’s hand-me-down spidey pyjamas which, despite missing the mask, increased my strength tenfold as I threw pillows across the living room with ease.

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While undoubtedly a hub of ingenuity and innovation, the UK tech industry can be notoriously difficult to break into, particularly for startup businesses. But with proposed legislation looking to open up competition rules for the digital age, could now be the perfect time for UK tech startups to shine?

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Andy Davidson, CEO at Nova, recently sat down with Ash Maurya, author of Running and Scaling Lean and creator of the Lean Canvas.

Their discussion, shown below, covers the search for ‘problems worth solving’, new problem discovery techniques, critical analysis of some startup programmes as well as a preview of Ash’s new book ‘The Innovators Gift’.  

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Last week our head of partnerships, Andrew Dean, completed a 30-minute facebook live session on the Just Entrepreneurs facebook page.  
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Information overload goes hand in hand with life as an entrepreneur, especially when seeking advice for investment. Knowing what to say, and more importantly what not to say, is often the difference between receiving the coveted funding to take your business to the next level and going home empty-handed. You can know your pitch and data set like the back of your hand but this all goes out of the window if you say the wrong thing in your investment pitch.

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When you initially have an idea to start your own business, it is easy to get carried away with the ‘how’ and ‘what’ you’re going to do, becoming fixated on the solution that you ‘think’ is going to bring you success.  This solution bias causes many entrepreneurs to miss great opportunities that present themselves, through the learnings of their startup journey.

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NHS veteran and healthcare innovator by day, cycle mechanic and charity volunteer by night; it’s safe to say, Richard Cooke is a fairly extraordinary entrepreneur. Recently retired from his position as the ‘Director of Infection Prevention & Control’ at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Richard is revolutionising hand hygiene compliance across the healthcare system with his tech startup Hy-genie.

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