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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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Recently our Head of Partnerships, Andrew Dean, caught up with the guys from the Startup Van to discuss how Nova started, why we're different from an incubator or accelerator and how we help entrepreneurs start their tech businesses.

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Pitching for investment can often feel like a big and daunting milestone in your startup’s journey. You understand why your startup needs to exist, and how rewarding and lucrative it will be for all involved - but how do you go about convincing external investors?

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