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Becoming Open Entrepreneurs

By Mike Stephens, CEO, Entrepreneurial Spark I’m not a software engineer. I don’t know what a container, stack or kernel is, and I find even trying to describe an API a bit like trying to explain the offside rule. And until May 2016, I had never heard of “Open Source”. So it was with fascination…
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Entrepreneurial Spark Alumni Celebrates 5 Years In Business!

Independent wedding boutique, The Bridal Emporium, celebrates its 5th birthday in style. If you saw a group of women dressed as brides traipsing around Leeds a few weeks ago, chances are, you were witnessing the all-female team behind fashionable wedding boutique the Bridal Emporium. To mark the shops fifth year in business and inspired by…
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An International Entrepreneuring Resilience

We were astounded by the number of applications we had for our Ignite powered by Entrepreneurial Spark hub in Bermuda. Bermuda is a small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a population of around 65,000. So, to receive 178 applications for 15 places in the hub, really overwhelmed us. But there is…
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What type of entrepreneur are you?

Entrepreneurial Spark have teamed up with Brunel University and the British Design Fund to pilot Entrepreneurial Pulse, a groundbreaking research study and thirty of our alumni business leaders are participating in the pilot. Entrepreneurial Pulse will understand entrepreneurs inside out. The aim is to be the UK’s most significant research investigation into the different types of entrepreneurs and…
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Being Part Of An Accelerator

Michelle Nicklin – Sandstone Yoga The real business journey began when I joined an accelerator… I love yoga.  I have loved yoga for over 30 years.  I had a growing yoga and Pilates business and when one of my private clients said in my studio you are very entrepreneurial you should try ESpark, I did…
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What You Can Learn From Global Entrepreneurs

Since we found a new home for our UK accelerators 12 months ago, we have been spreading our wings to champion entrepreneurs globally. Now we’re back having just launched two new programmes in the UK, and we want to share some of what we have learned to help you in your own journey. Where have…
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Returning To Our Roots

MY, how we’ve missed you! 12 months ago we returned to our entrepreneurial roots. Our team, hubs and entrepreneurs were safely huddled in their new home at Royal Bank of Scotland, and we went back into startup mode – exploring, discovering, testing. We’ve been riding the entrepreneurial rollercoaster along with you and as expected, it…
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Are you boring your own team?

People do their best work when they are in their stretch zones. I don’t mean stretched in the way most people use it, which is just another term for “busy” – they’ve got too much to do and don’t know how they will fit it all in. I’m talking about a different stretch. You know…
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Entrepreneurial Spark Launches its 20th Accelerator Hub for Entrepreneurs!

Sparks ignite in Bermuda as Entrepreneurial Spark launches 20th accelerator for entrepreneurs Today, Entrepreneurial Spark (ESpark) has launched its 20th accelerator hub, Ignite Bermuda, the island’s first privately funded entrepreneurial accelerator. The launch comes a year after ESpark transferred its UK accelerator network to the Royal Bank of Scotland to be run in-house. ESpark, headquartered…
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7 Key Steps to Build Business Performance by Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Innovation: Defined simply as a “new idea” device or method. Innovation in its simplest form within an organisation is iterating on a process to improve the quality of the output. From the work we have been doing with larger organisations, we have learnt a number of different things about harnessing an entrepreneurial mindset to build…
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