Get your head round code – 2 hour seminar on September 3rd

Do you want to gain the skills to have a career in tech? Why not join Liverpool Girl Geeks as  they host a two hour session at the Liverpool Science Park on the 3rd September?

Who: Liverpool Girl Geeks

Where: Liverpool Science Park – Break Room at ic1

When: Thursday 3rd September  2015 18:00 – 20:00

Price: £50.00

Booking Instructions: https://liverpoolgirlgeeks.wordpress.com/events/

Get your head around code book now

This is a 2 hour session on the benefits of learning coding languages and technical technique to improve career opportunities and skills.

These sessions will include practical examples,  if you have a laptop please do bring it! This intro into code will be the perfect starter if you are fresh to the industry; alternately if you are already working in the tech industry these courses will be invaluable bolt ons to your skills portfolio. 

The session will cover:

  • What is code?
  • What do we use code for?
  • How do we learn to code?
  • What’s it like to work as a coder?
  • How do we get in to the industry?
  • A very basic introduction to the languages of the web – HTML, CSS, and Javascript

For any questions relating to this course or any further course held by the Liverpool Girl Geeks please contact Co-founder Chelsea Slater on 07532 033 562.

July #LSP10 Competition Winner Announced!

LSP10-5-Elephant-DigitalThe July #LSP10 challenge was to submit your finest LSP skyline picture to be in with a chance to win a Tula Moon Patchwork print of the Liverpool Skyline by North West artist Steph Dekker.

Our fifth #LSP10 competition highlighted just how majestic our surroundings are with a beautifully captivating skyline. We received some striking entries and have collated some marvellous imagery to represent LSP in it’s 10th year along the way.

We asked Lee Browne of our neighbours, LJMU’s John Lennon Art & Design Academy, to judge our fifth LSP10 tenant competition. After much deliberation, Lee has chosen Alex Lloyd of Elephant Digital as the winner of the July #LSP10 competition.

Our judge compliment the creativity of the entries received but liked how the winning image captured the curves and angles of our newest building beautifully against the wonderful backdrop of the bright and hazy sky.

Congratulations to Alex Lloyd on winning the stunning Patchwork Art Print of the Liverpool Skyline, by Tula Moon artist Steph Dekker . You’re now also in with a chance to win the Grand Finale prize at Christmas.

Take a look at the other fabulous entries received using the hashtag #LSP10 on Twitter. Here you will also find details of previous competitions, with the announcement of our next competition following shortly.

Boost for innovative North West healthcare technologies

A North West life sciences investor has ploughed a further £1.6m into companies developing cutting edge healthcare technologies including those for combatting and diagnosing cancer and developing regenerative medicine opportunities.

Spark Impact teamThe funding from the North West Fund for Biomedical, managed by Liverpool Science Park based SPARK Impact, has topped up five existing investee companies and takes the latest overall figure invested by the fund to more than £27.5m.

Amongst recent investments, Manchester-based Zilico Ltd has received a further £107,000, in addition to £1m already invested by SPARK Impact, which will fund the full commercial roll-out of its cervical cancer detection device, the Zedscan.

The device, which improves the accuracy and speed of cervical cancer detection, has already been adopted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and will now be rolled out across other hospitals in the UK, Israel, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, France and Germany.

Meanwhile, Liverpool Science Park based Videregen, the developer of stem cell organ regenerative medicine, has secured follow on funding of £400,000 from the North West Fund for Biomedical. The funding will allow the business to extend the scope of its technology to transform a pig’s bowel so that it can be transplanted into a human.

Explaining this, Dr Steve Bloor, chief executive officer at Videregen, said: “We have found a way of removing all the living cells from an organ and ‘reseeding’ it with the patient’s cells, creating a bespoke organ which is specific for the patient. With the support of SPARK Impact, we are now working to develop this technology and bring it up to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations and to continue to develop stem cell harvesting and extensive testing for using these as replacement organs.”

A further £230,000 has been invested to allow Liverpool Science Park based CellCap Technologies to accelerate its development of blood tests to diagnose Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and similar diseases. Meanwhile, Liverpool Science Park based Ostara Biomedical, an artificial fertility specialist company, has received a further £750,000. This will allow the business, which aims to reduce the number of animals used in research, to complete product development with a target product launch in early 2016.

Another Liverpool Science Park based company to receive funding is Stuff of Life (trading as Secret Saviours) the developer of anti-stretch mark underwear for pregnant women. A £150,000 investment will be used by the company to further market the product in the UK before expanding into the EU.

Speaking about the latest instalment of investments, Dr Penny Attridge, investment director at SPARK Impact said: “The latest round of investments features a real variety of up and coming technologies which are all at various stages of product development and success. But what’s clear to see is that each is making a big impact in its respective field – targeting problems such as the shortage of organ donations and the need for more accurate diagnosis of cervical cancer.

“The quality of our portfolio companies continues to excel and we look forward to further boosting our existing companies which need the essential funding to help make their ideas a reality.”

The North West Fund for Biomedical is a sub-fund of The North West Fund, a substantial pot of money jointly financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank and available to invest in small and medium sized businesses in the North West of England to support their start-up, development and growth.

Article by Active Profile

July #LSP10 Competition

Submit your finest LSP skyline picture to be in with a chance to win a Tula Moon Patchwork print of the Liverpool Skyline by North West artist Steph Dekker.

LSP’s doors opened to our first tenants back in January 2006. To celebrate 2015 as the countdown to our tenth anniversary, LSP has been hosting ten LSP tenant challenges, each with a lovely prize for the winner.

Each of the ten challenges will centre around showcasing LSP in its tenth year through photographs, artwork and imagery leading up to the #LSP10 Grand Finale at Christmas. Here, the main prize will be awarded to the overall winner drawn up from a shortlist, as voted by you, our tenants! On the way, we’ll be lucky enough to gather some lasting images of LSP in its tenth year to exhibit around the Park.

As LSP itself is committed to promoting Liverpool and local companies, we’re keen to support other Liverpool independents and promote our love of the city of Liverpool generally, so the gifts and prizes will reflect this.

With this in mind, the July #LSP10 challenge seeks to capture photos of the LSP skyline through our tenants’ eyes.

The winning applicant will receive a stunning Patchwork Art Print of the Liverpool Skyline, by Tula Moon artist Steph Dekker and be in with a chance to win the Grand Finale prize at Christmas. The deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 19th August 2015.

You can submit your entries to us via LSP10@liverpoolsciencepark.co.uk or by tagging LSP on Twitter with the hashtag #LSP10.

Good luck and best wishes,

The LSP Team

Please note, only current LSP tenants may enter this competition and in doing so, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions (available from the LSP team).

British Interactive Media Association launch event

Calling all digital agencies in Liverpool – city branch of British Interactive Media Association to launch in September.

Ian Finch Mando Group

This autumn sees the launch of a Liverpool regional branch of the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA). Represented by Ian Finch, Managing Director of Mando who will become the BIMA Regional Specialist, the group is welcoming digital professionals of all backgrounds and disciplines to come together to build relationships.

The launch event in September will be kicked off with a Directors’ Dinner for Agency Founders and C-Level industry execs, on Wednesday 30th. Speaking at the dinner will be BIMA Ambassador Justin Cooke, digital entrepreneur and investor, and BIMA Executive member Natalie Gross, CEO of Amaze.

The following morning a Breakfast Briefing will be held, for all other digital agency staff, at Amaze in Liverpool.

This will begin a calendar of regular events, including twice annual Directors’ Dinners, quarterly Breakfast Briefings and additional support for other local, regular creative industry events, such as Creative Kitchen hosted by Studio Mashbo.

Set up 30 years ago, BIMA represents and supports the British digital industry, sharing knowledge and best practice and encouraging the future generation of digital industry leaders.

Three existing regional BIMA branches in Scotland, the South (centred on Bournemouth) and Bristol, are all flourishing and the North West is now set to join them.

In recent years Liverpool has experienced the second-fastest growth in new digital companies, more than doubling its number of digital firms (Tech Nation report). This new branch of BIMA is keen to support this and, through working together and sharing good news stories and achievements from around the city’s digital landscape, will help to ensure that Liverpool remains at the forefront of the industry.

Bridget Beale, Managing Director at BIMA, said: “We’re really glad that such an exciting city will now have its own BIMA regional group.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how BIMA Liverpool can help to augment and promote the innovative work which is already being done here.”

Ian Finch, Managing Director of Mando said: “I’m really proud to be appointed as Regional Specialist for BIMA and to take forward the setting up and running of BIMA Liverpool.

“Mando has been a member of BIMA for over 10 years and I’ve seen the association go from strength to strength in that time. They are good people, making good things happen.”

Scraperwiki provides vital data for humanitarian crisis in Nepal

A Liverpool Science Park technology company is helping aid workers to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Nepal – by providing them access to the data they need to manage relief efforts.

scraperwiki header-logo

ScraperWiki, which has received funding from The North West Fund for Venture Capital which is managed by Enterprise Ventures, specialises in the emerging field of data science.

It helped to set up the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX), a UN website which brings together statistics and intelligence from different sources to help aid agencies respond more effectively to crises and disasters.

Now the HDX has been proving its worth in the wake of the Nepal earthquake in April, which left more than 8,700 people dead and 2.8m in need of assistance.

The Nepal earthquake page on the HDX site provides relief workers access to over 80 different datasets, covering everything from census data and details of local infrastructure to casualty figures, and an interactive map showing the location of camps.

Aidan McGuire of ScraperWiki says: “Aid agencies do a remarkable job but ultimately the impact they make depends on having the right information to hand – such as details of casualties, local and the resources available in the area.

“This information is usually held by many different organisations and in different formats. Now for the first time, developments in data science allow us to bring such information together very quickly and even combine it with data from mobile phones and social media to give relief workers a much clearer picture.

“The Nepal earthquake, and the ebola outbreak before that, have proved the value of HDX when planning relief efforts. Now more organisations are coming forward to offer access to their own data, the most recent being the World Food Programme. The more quality data that is included, the more powerful a tool it becomes.”

ScraperWiki, which employs eight people at Liverpool Science Park, was founded by Aidan McGuire and Julian Todd in 2009 with initial funding from Channel 4.

Article by Tony McDonough of Liverpool Echo.

Follow on Investment for Stem Cell Innovator – Videregen

Spin-out regenerative medicine company, Videregen, has received £400,000 in follow on funding from The North West Fund for Biomedical, managed by SPARK Impact.

Based at Liverpool Science Park, the company’s core technology uses decellularised organ scaffolds seeded with patients’ own stem cells to create non-immunogenic, regenerative bespoke organ replacements.

This new round of funding follows on from an original £900,000 investment from The North West Fund for Biomedical in 2014. The business leveraged this investment to further develop its lead product for trachea replacement, which aims to become the world’s first commercially available tissue engineered stem cell organ replacement product. Based on the same core platform technology, the follow on funding enables the Company to progress work on its bowel replacement programme.

Dr Marc d’Abbadie of SPARK Impact, said: “The developments Videregen is making into improving regenerative medicine are potentially groundbreaking. SPARK Impact is very proud to continune to suport the company as it continues to develop and thrive.”

The North West Fund for Biomedical is a sub-fund of The North West Fund, a JEREMIE programme  jointly financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) and available to invest in small and medium sized businesses in the North West of England to support their start-up, development and growth.

It’s here! June’s #LSP10 competition

Take the best company ‘selfie’ and win a supply of customised company cupcakes!

LSP’s doors opened to our first tenants back in January 2006. To  celebrate 2015 as the countdown to our tenth anniversary, LSP is hosting ten LSP tenant challenges, each with a lovely prize for the winner.

Each of the ten challenges will centre around showcasing LSP in its tenth year through photographs, artwork and imagery leading up to the #LSP10 Grand Finale at Christmas. Here, the main prize will be awarded to the overall winner drawn up from a shortlist, as voted by you, our tenants! On the way, we’ll be lucky enough to gather some lasting images of LSP in its tenth year to exhibit around the Park.

With this in mind, the June #LSP10 challenge is set out to capture snapshots of our vibrant tenant community in their usual habitat (i.e. your own office/lab!):

Team selfie

The LSP Team selfie

The winning company will receive a lovely supply of bespoke cupcakes from The Custom Cupcake Company, who are based on Bold Street in Liverpool, for their team.

The deadline is 12 noon on Friday 26 June 2015. The customised treat will be delivered to the winning office the following week!

You can submit your entries to us via LSP10@liverpoolsciencepark.co.uk or by tagging LSP on Twitter with the hashtag #LSP10.

Good luck and best wishes,

The LSP Team

 

Please note, in entering this competition, the applicant agrees to the terms and conditions laid out here: LSP 10 Competition Terms and Conditions

Angel Solutions double office space

An award winning company which has developed an innovative app used by every single local authority in England has almost doubled its office space at Liverpool Science Park.

 

Education software development company, Angel Solutions has expanded following rapid growth including increasing its turnover by 35 per cent over the last two years. The company, which has been based at Liverpool Science Park since it opened ten years ago, is also recruiting up to ten new staff after taking on a number of new projects.

The latest expansion sees the unique circus themed office, complete with gypsy caravan, fairground mirrors, popcorn machine, mini grandstand and drinks bar move into a further 2,000 sq ft. of space to take up the top floor of a complete wing of ic1.

Explaining the office setting, chief executive of Angel Solutions, Andy Kent, said: “The circus theme of our office truly reflects our work ethos. It’s all about talented people training and working hard to impress people with our skills. We want the people we work with to be wowed by our software and by the service and support they receive.”

Established in 1999, Angel Solutions has made a real name for itself in the education sector due to its passion, creativity and wealth of experience. Andy and his colleagues specialise in developing innovative web applications that analyse data more effectively in order to save time in an era where budget cuts mean people need to do more with less.

As well as having its web tools adopted by every local authority in England, the 20 strong team at Angel Solutions also works with thousands of schools, children’s centres, and nurseries nationwide and internationally.

The success of the Liverpool based business has not gone unnoticed within the tech industry. Angel Solutions has recently been placed in the top 50 fastest growing digital and tech companies at the Northern Tech Digital Awards 2015 which covers the whole of the north of England as well as Scotland.

Andy said of the company’s office expansion:

“It’s a really exciting time for Angel Solutions and we are busier than ever. Every month we’re seeing new education establishments using our programmes and we launched several new applications last year which is why we are looking to increase our team. We’re also taking on a large-scale national project this year so we felt that is was the right time for us to extend our office space in order to be able to deliver the best service to our clients. Our bigger office space is a reflection on the growth that we’ve experienced over the last few years – something we are extremely proud of as we work in an incredibly competitive industry.”

Chief executive of Liverpool Science Park, Chris Musson, said:

“Angel Solutions is an outstanding and innovative Liverpool technology business. We’re proud to have watched them grow and thrive at the science park, alongside fellow knowledge intensive companies.”

www.angelsolutions.co.uk

Meet the Tenant – Elephant Digital

Introducing one of Liverpool Science Park’s newest tenants, Phil Birss, managing director of Elephant Digital.

Phil Headshot

1 – “Tell us how Elephant got started?”

My business partner, Rob Findlay, and I met 12 years ago, and have worked together ever since. We originally worked in the banking sector followed by a stint in recruitment before stumbling on marketing and web development in 2007.

Rob was launching a new business venture and needed a website, so we worked through the night (well a couple nights actually) to learn the basics of web development and WordPress and got him a website live. Please don’t ask for the URL, it was not our finest work!

Deciding that a career in marketing and web design was for us, I went on to work for some the North West’s leading digital and development agencies before turning client-side, working as a group marketing manager for a  large engineering business in Wigan.

Rob took a similar path working in account and project management roles for some great local agencies before joining a Fast Track 100 company as a marketing manager.

As good friends we had long shared an ambition to start a business together, so with the pulse of post-recession Liverpool starting to beat louder we decided to make the big jump, and Elephant Digital was born!

2 – You have been trading for a year now, how are things going?

We recently celebrated our first birthday and are proud to say that the future looks bright, which is fantastic.

For us, year one was about building our reputation and doing the best possible work to get our name out in the local market. We love what we do, and we are looking forward to a successful second year in business.

3 – So, what services Elephant Digital offer?

In a nutshell, Elephant Digital offers branding, website development and communications to companies and organisations based in the North West.

We are at home developing digital strategies for clients who have a specific need to increase their sales, build their brand presence, launch into a new market or simply create a digital hub for their wider marketing plan.

4 – Your ‘security’ guard, Jed the Dog, looks like a bit of softie. How lethal is he in protecting the Elephant team?

Ha! We’re very lucky that Jed agreed to join us to be honest. We interviewed far and wide to find the right ‘person’ for this role, but in the end, a lifetime’s supply of Pedigree Chum won him over.

What else can I say? Jed is a ruthless, trained killer but he has heart of gold and a penchant for long walks and tummy rubs. It is great to have him on board!

Jed Headshot

5 – You recently moved in to the Science Park earlier this year. How are you finding it so far?

The Science Park is a perfect place for companies like ours, and we are really happy to be here. We have an office in the innovation hub, which is on the 3rd floor of IC2, with great views of the cathedral and the new hospital that is flying up.

The LSP team is great, always listening to our needs and sorting things out as quickly as they can. As a company, we are growing fast so having a degree of flexibility with the space available is a great bonus for us.

5 – Where is your favourite lunch spot in the city centre?

We try to share the love with local businesses in Liverpool and support as many local, bars, restaurants and cafes as we can. Tough life, I know!

If we had to single out a couple (apologies to those we have not mentioned!) it would be Frederiks on Hope Street who have a cracking menu, some great beers and a great little function room at the rear, where we host our monthly Social Media and LinkedIn masterclasses.

Our other favourite is Free State Kitchen on Maryland Street, which is owned by a good friend of ours and offers the absolute best burger in Liverpool! The double French onion burger is a must-try!

6 – What did you do on your last team social event?

We’ve been so busy with the move to the Science Park, as well as bringing on a number of great new clients that we really haven’t had the time to hit the town. It’s been all hands on deck since March 1st!

Having said that, we enjoy a wind-down on Friday afternoon. You can usually find us if you head down Hope Street and poke your head into Frederiks, or Free State Kitchen, or The Clove Hitch, or The Philharmonic Pub or… well, you get the idea.