Hub Media Round-Up: January 2022

01 Feb 2022

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  • Hub Member DiffBlue have closed Series A round, led by IP Group plc with Parkwalk Advisor. DiffBlue are a spinout from University of Oxford and are a pioneer in using AI to automate writing unit tests. See more.  
  • "Rise of the cobot puts robot helpers alongside humans" Such a great piece from The Times on British designed robots assisting everyday needs. From education to insulation, check out the three Hub Members Q-Bot, Robotical and Wootzano included here
  • Woohoo! The City of London Global Report that finds the UK is the leading centre for financial and professional services globally. Hub Member Tribosonics are also mentioned - download the report.
  • Congrats to Hub Member Monolith AI - in collaboration with Imperial College London have received £500,000 funding from Innovate UK to build an artificial intelligence solution that will assess metal components manufacturability. Learn more.
  • Well done to Hub Member Aceleron for making BBC News headlines! We're proud to be support engineering entrepreneurs who are working to make their innovations accessible globally. Learn how they will be using £5 million of funding to help farming in Africa. 
  • Well done to Hub Member Pathfinder Medical - they have managed to raise £8.5m in funding led by BGF investments, Parkwalk Advisor and joined by Deepbridge Capital, to further technology that helps to connect blood vessels during endovascular surgery. Learn more.
  • What an amazing achievement! Hub Member Aceleron have secured investment from Mobility 54 (part of Toyota) to scale their circular battery technology in Africa, in a bit to increase innovation and infrastructure power solutions in Africa, Read more.
  • Fantastic to see Hub Member Koalaa Community have launched a pilot project in Sierra Leone, the first step to making prosthetics accessible and affordable for everyone on the planet. For more on the project, see more.  
  • Wednesday Lives @ientrepreneuruk spoke to Hub Member and CEO of Ideabatic Kitty Liao last week, to delve into her story, business journey and key learnings with her SMART vaccine carrier SMILE. Watch it here
  • We're delighted to have been named by Sifted as of the UK's most successful accelerators! None of this could have been possible without our Hub Members - we're just thrilled the hard work they've shown has been honoured by Sifted. To see the list.
  • Delighted to see Hub Member mOm Incubators have been nominated for a IoT Social Impact Award. They have utilised IoT technology with their neonatal incubators, to provide accessible, high-quality healthcare globally. Vote for them here.
  • Hub Member Sixfold Bio share how they will further develop their therapeutic RNA delivery process, using the $10.5 million of funding they secured from Y Combinator and Cantos VC. See here for more details
  • Hub Member Vivacity Labs have been nominated for a What Car? Innovation Award 2022 from Thatcham Research in the Road Safe project category for their work with Ford. Congratulations! To learn more about the project, watch their BBC London News video here.
  • Check out Strategic Allies' tech spotlight on Hub Member EcoNomad - their innovation BioNomad, allows small farms to transform their waste into biogas for cooking, heating or electricity as well as organic fertiliser that can be sold or used on crops. For more, see here.  
  • What a great start to 2022 for Hub Member Humanising Auto - they will be collaborating with Nextbase UK iQ dashcams to advance road safety, enhancing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) with their behaviour AI technology. See more
  • A new year means a new year's resolution! We're delighted to see that half of respondents to Hub Member Xampla UK's survey, aim to use less plastic in 2022, but 14% say they don't know enough about other alternatives. Xampla aim to change this - learn how
  •  Making Bill Gates smile with SMILE: Hub Member Kitty Liao, CEO and founder of Ideabatic, exhibited her smart vaccine carrier at the The Expo Live, resulting in questions from the fourth richest man in the world! Learn more about SMILE and Kitty.
  • "Loo What? The Story of an Entrepreneur Tackling the Global Sanitation Challenge". Hub Member Loowatt have been featured in Impact Money Blog, showcasing their mission to provide hygienic, waterless flush toilets to communities who lack access. Check out the blog here

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