Tech Help For Start-ups

A new technology comparison site was launched last week that aims to provide start-ups with an online search portal to find IT solutions. Comparetheware.com will enable businesses to source over a million IT products and services from 1,300 different manufacturers.

According to the firm, the site will provide companies with affordable and ‘match-fit’ solutions by allowing them to compare manufacturers and product information, find IT suppliers and systems integrators and download case studies and white papers.

As one of the co-founders said, it can be hard to keep pace with new developments and know what solutions to select when a business starts up but by having this resource at their fingertips, they can move forward with their IT decisions quicker.

Meanwhile, tech giant Nokia have announced its support for Entrepreneur First, a London-based technology start-up accelerator for graduates, which matches big company expertise and advice with insights from bright young graduates.

Matt Clifford, CEO of Entrepreneur First explained that there are certain things start-ups are good at and big companies are typically not, such as the very rapid iteration of ideas.

He added that in his experience, one thing that really works is giving a number of small, nimble, reactive start-ups a challenge, like coming up with ideas for giants.

Entrepreneur First also believes that their matching service can revolutionise the way young people find jobs. With youth unemployment and skill shortages such a critically important issue, it is vital to tackle this head on by providing job seekers with a new way to view and find jobs.

Other big firms partnering with the not-for-profit accelerator include Microsoft, BSkyB, Experian, the City of London Corporation, and the Silicon Valley Bank, who joined with Nokia and Business Secretary Vince Cable at Entrepreneur First’s Innovation Day last week.

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