Government launches latest bid to fund proptech start-ups

first_imgAgentsAgents wondering where their taxes are spent now have at least one answer – to help proptech businesses get off the ground.The government has launched its latest bid to stimulate innovation within the proptech industry via a new funding round backed by HM Registry and Ordnance Survey.Entrepreneurs with ideas or fledgling businesses in need of cash and expertise have until 27th August to bid for funding of up to £20,000 each.Successful bidders will also be given a Dragon’s Den-style support package including tech, property and mapping expertise plus business and investor mentoring.Called Geovation, the programme’s ‘hub’ offices in London are used by up to 900 tech firms including many with designs on the property industry.Geovation also says it has directly funded and supported 72 start-ups which in turn has created 152 jobs and helped the companies raise £17 million in additional funding from investors.The programme helps start-ups in several sectors including property, mobility and transport, infrastructure, energy, health and connectivity.Proptech successIts most high-profile proptech success so far is GetRentr, which enables landlords  and letting agents to track all UK property licensing regulations and consultations in real-time to ensure property portfolios are compliant.Since joining Geovation earlier this year GetRentr has raised a further £500,000 from investors and earlier this month signed a distribution partnership deal with ARLA.“Geovation has been life changing,” says its co-founder and CEO Orla Shields (pictured). “The grant money has helped us do things we couldn’t have done while we were waiting to secure our investment.”Free office space in [London’s] Clerkenwell is a major benefit for any business – early stage or not. It’s a great environment, with numerous other inspiring start-ups in a similar field.”Other proptech firms being funded by Geovation include Hipla, a consumer-facing online service that enables buyers to prove their seriousness and financial profile when house hunting and negotiating, a flat sharing platform called Fruumi whose tagline is ‘no more dodgy agents’ and a conveyancing disruptor named ThirdFort. geovation Hipla proptech GetRentr Orla Shields ThirdFort Frummi July 18, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Government launches latest bid to fund proptech start-ups previous nextProptechGovernment launches latest bid to fund proptech start-upsLand Registry and Ordnance Survey are to help fledgling businesses with advice and £20,000 startup cash.Nigel Lewis18th July 201801,256 Viewslast_img read more

Hybrid platform signs up 30 partner estate agents as it ‘goes for growth’

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Hybrid platform signs up 30 partner estate agents as it ‘goes for growth’ previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid platform signs up 30 partner estate agents as it ‘goes for growth’Love2Move says it’s growing fast after launching in April 2017 and expects to bring more agents on board this year.Nigel Lewis7th August 20190673 Views An online service that enables estate agents to fight off hybrid competitors such as Purplebricks and HouseSimple now has 30 partner estate agents using the service, it has revealed.Love2Move describes itself as being in its ‘infancy’ and was launched in April 2017 year by Mark Worrall and his mother Georgina Cox. The company has also now added a third director, Worrall’s wife Rachel, now that the company has begun growing. She will be heading up its marketing effort and previously worked for the company as a consultant.“I’m delighted we are now in a position to take the business to the next stage of development; this is the perfect time for me to join love2move on a permanent basis,” says Rachel (left).As well as signing up 30 partner estate agents to use its service, Love2Move has secured ‘significant investment’ for the business, saying that the company is “ideally placed in the estate agency market following the shift towards online services which will result in substantial agent recruitment over the next year and, consequently, significant sales growth”. It has also secured the backing of FIA chairman Graham Lock, who turned up to its recent second anniversary party.Its partner agents are mostly in the north at the moment near its Leeds base but also in SW London and Torquay.This includes two branches of MovingWorks, four branches of Edwards Grounds, three branches of Kirkham Property and two branches of Home Truths.Love2Move is a hybrid estate agency that offers consumers the ability to sell their home for a flat fee of £895 but with local ‘franchises’ held by the 30 estate agents who do the face-to-face work on the ground. Mark Worrell Georgina Cox FIA Chairman Graham Lock hybrid agency love2move August 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

BAE Systems to Undertake USS Iwo Jima Repair Works

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems to Undertake USS Iwo Jima Repair Works View post tag: works Share this article July 6, 2015 View post tag: Navy BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Mayport LLC, Jacksonville, Florida, is being awarded a $26,8 million contract for the phased maintenance availability of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).The work package consists of structural and tank repairs, ventilations and auxiliary systems repairs, temporary services habitability preservations, structural preservations, ship alterations, and miscellaneous repairs.This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $32,644,089. Work will be performed in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be completed by July 2016.Southeast Regional Maintenance Center, Mayport, Florida, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”16402″]Image: US Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: News by topic Authorities BAE Systems to Undertake USS Iwo Jima Repair Works View post tag: repair View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: USS Iwo Jimalast_img read more

Fincantieri cuts steel for second Italian Navy PPA

first_img Fincantieri cuts steel for second Italian Navy multipurpose offshore patrol ship Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has started construction of the second Italian Navy multipurpose offshore patrol ship (PPA).The steel-cutting ceremony took place on October 3 at the shipbuilder’s Riva Trigoso, Genova, shipyard.The unit will be delivered in 2022 and is part of the Italian Navy vessel renewal plan which started in May 2015.The project as a whole involves the construction of nine units, including seven PPAs, one multipurpose amphibious unit (LHD or Landing Helicopter Dock), and one logistic support unit (LSS or Logistic Support Ship).The 132.5-meter multipurpose offshore patrol vessels will serve multiple functions, ranging from patrol with sea rescue capacity to civil protection operations and, in their most highly equipped version, first line fighting vessel.PPAs will have different configurations of the combat system: starting from a “soft” version for the patrol task, integrated for self-defence ability, to a “full” one, equipped for a complete defence ability.The vessels will be crewed by 171 servicemen and, propelled by a combined diesel, a gas turbine plant (CODAG) and an electric propulsion system, they will be capable of reaching speeds of over 33 knots. RHIBS up to 11 meter in length will be deployed through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern.The PPAs will be built at the Integrated Shipyard of Riva Trigoso and Muggiano, with delivery expected, for the first vessel of the class, in 2021. Subsequent deliveries are scheduled to take place in 2022, 2023, 2024 (two units), 2025 and 2026. Share this article View post tag: PPA Back to overview,Home naval-today Fincantieri cuts steel for second Italian Navy multipurpose offshore patrol ship October 4, 2017 View post tag: Italian Navy Authorities View post tag: Fincantierilast_img read more

Gov. Cuomo Calls For Coal Phase-Out In New York

first_imgGov. Cuomo Calls For Coal Phase-Out In New York FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:New York made waves yesterday when it unveiled a slate of clean energy proposals that sets the highest energy storage mandate in the country. Cuomo wants to commit at least $200 million from the NY Green Bank for storage investments that will help integrate renewable energy. The plan is to roll out 1,500 MW of energy storage by 2025. Cuomo’s proposal also calls for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to invest at least $60 million through storage pilots and activities to reduce barriers to deploying energy storage, including permitting, customer acquisition, interconnection and financing costs.But the energy package is also being framed as a boon to the state’s economy. Cuomo wants the state to employ 30,000 workers to establish New York as a home to the clean tech industry — a goal that he says could produce $2 billion in “energy value” to the state.The proposal would also develop a solar program for 10,000 low-income residents, with NYSERDA utilizing its purchasing power to secure community solar subscriptions and provide them at zero cost.Cuomo will also direct the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to launch a rulemaking this year to implement the 30% reduction in the carbon dioxide emissions cap announced by the RGGI states last summer. Those changes would include revisions to cover peaking units that collectively exceed RGGI’s capacity threshold of 25 MW. Cuomo also indicated his office would work with RGGI states and potential new partners in Virginia and New Jersey to broaden the compact’s reach.To “immediately reduce emissions” from the state’s highest-polluting power plants, Cuomo also directed the DEC to propose complementary reforms to decrease emissions of smog-forming pollutants from peaking units, and to adopt regulations ending the use of coal in the state’s power plants by 2020.More: New York clean energy proposal seeks 1.5 GW of storage, coal phaseoutlast_img read more

Clips of the Week: Our Favorite Web Videos

first_imgOur favorite web videos of the week that was:1. Big Jim Whittaker and A Life Well LivedAmerican climbing legend Jim Whittaker – first ‘merican to summit Everest (but you already knew that), and his life, well-lived.A Life Well Lived | Jim Whittaker & 50 Years of Everest from eric becker on Vimeo.2. Fishin’ Ain’t Easy…Unless it isHere is a nice little fly fishing video from a fly fishing school session from the Orvis store in Woodbridge, Va. Some nice fishing action and good pacing in this one.3. On the RoadThis trail for a short feature from Fitz Cahill has been making the rounds and getting attention from all over the web. The film was self shot by high-alpine climber Kyle Dempster on a solo, mountain bike driven climbing trip to the remote and unclimbed peaks of Kyrgyzstan.4. Moose Vs. TruckA truck hits a moose in Ontario, fireworks ensue….literally.5. I Know It’s Summer, But…Here is a trailer for the Appalachian Project. Not sure what it’s all about, but if Bruce Persinger is involved, it must be good.Appalachian Project Trailer from Appalachian Boarder on Vimeo.last_img read more

Terrapin Tree Hugger: A Delicious, Conscientious Amber Ale

first_imgI officially have a new favorite beer. Now, keep in mind, I’m a fickle beer drinker. I change favorite beers at about the same pace that Taylor Swift changes boyfriends, but right now, at this moment in time, my favorite beer is Terrapin Tree Hugger, an amber ale with so much caramel goodness, you might as well be eating a Milky Way.Terrapin is best known for their experimental, limited release beers (ginger and green tea IPA, anyone?), but Tree Hugger couldn’t be more mainstream. And that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with an easy-drinking beer that doesn’t turn off anyone but the most pure beer snobs. Think of Tree Hugger as a tastier Fat Tire—the perfect introductory beer for those who aren’t initiated in the art of craft brew hijinks.And here’s the best part, Terrapin partners with the Dogwood Alliance, a non-profit that keeps an eye on the South’s forests and various logging projects, so every Tree Hugger you drink helps protect a tree, or a squirrel living in that tree. So drink up. Don’t you love trees? And squirrels?Check out Terrapin here (, the Dogwood Alliance here ( And Daddy Drinks here ( read more

Argentina and Brazil Ratify Agreement to Build KC-390

first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2011 BRAVO!! Argentina and Brazil agreement for airplaines KC-390 IT’S ABOUT TIME. BUT I WOULD PREFER TO SEE MENEM AND CAVALLO LOCKED UP!!!!!! I hope Argentina keeps this up. The project to build the KC-390 military cargo plane, designed by Embraer, at the Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (Fadea), in the Argentine province of Córdoba, was a highlight of the joint declaration of cooperation signed by the defense ministers of Argentina and Brazil, Arturo Puricelli and Nelson Jobim. During the meeting between the two ministers in Buenos Aires, at which bilateral defense issues were discussed, Jobim confirmed that both countries will continue working on the project. “We’re going to continue developing the KC-390 with the Fábrica de Aviones in Córdoba, so that development can move forward and in order to participate more in the design of this aircraft, which is a plane of very great strategic importance,” indicated Jobim, who specified that the plane is designed to transport twenty-one tons and that “its first prototype will be in 2016, so that it will be on the market in 2018. This plane should be ready in 2018, because nearly 1,500 Hercules military transport planes are going to reach the end of their lifespan in that year.” The Brazilian minister added that “it’s important that Argentina participate in building the KC-390, because Brazil’s strategic policy in Latin America is one of collaboration.” The dates for the KC-390’s prototype and manufacture mentioned by the Brazilian minister indicate slippage from the forecasts previously used at Fadea. According to Embraer’s plan, the objective was to be that the aircraft would enter into service at the end of 2015, although Jobim mentioned that this would happen in 2018. Jorge Viqueira, one of the directors of the military manufacturer, has stated that another seventy-five technicians and engineers will be brought on board in the next two months as part of the process of cooperation with Embraer, to work alongside seventy-five engineers recently added to the project. “In the last few months we’ve been in the process of meeting a series of requirements regarding equipment, internal processes, and human resources, in order for Fadea to qualify as a supplier for this program with Brazil,” added Viqueira, who said that he did not know whether the ministerial meeting also included discussion of the proposal for the joint development of another primary training plane to be used by both countries and offered to other Latin American air forces. According to the Argentine Defense Ministry, other highlights of the issues discussed in the meeting included a variety of technological and industrial development projects, such as the Gaucho vehicle; the maintenance of naval turbines by the “Comandante Espora” National Shipyard; cooperation in the area of logistical support for the binational campaign for a nuclear-weapons-free South Atlantic; and strengthening the annual program of combined exercises and joint cooperation for aid to other countries. Jobim specified that the scope of this joint declaration will also include “agreements on knowledge transfer and the transfer of sensitive technologies, and for that reason, it will be necessary to sign a confidentiality document.”last_img read more

Austria will lift restrictions on movement to Croatia tomorrow

first_imgCover photo: Within European Union and it was previously agreed, although the decision in each state is independent, that from 15.06. open European borders for travel within the EU. It has already been announced that France intends to open its borders on June 15, as well as Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, which plan to lift the travel warning for European countries on the same date.center_img On his Twitter profile, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced that he had agreed with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz that Austria would make a decision on Wednesday to lift restrictions on the movement of people between Croatia and Austria. last_img read more

Gold Coast: solid property market but momentum has slowed

first_imgProperty analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the Coast market had been gradually fading in terms of suburbs with growing sales activity.THE Gold Coast property market has slowed but is expected to surge again closer to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, according to a leading property analyst. A new report revealed six suburbs on the Gold Coast where transaction numbers were steadily rising but 35 which were classified as plateau markets. Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said Southport had a “plateau market”.Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the Coast market had been gradually fading in terms of suburbs with growing sales activity. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It remains a solid market but there’s no doubt that, after two strong years, its momentum has slowed,” Mr Ryder said.“The elements that caused the Gold Coast revival — rising tourism, major infrastructure spending and a strong construction industry — remain in place and the market may surge again as the 2018 Commonwealth Games approaches.” The Coast market remains solid but has slowed according to property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting.Despite having a largely “plateau market” there were no danger suburbs on the Gold Coast.Suburbs which recorded a consistent rate of sale quarter after quarter included Benowa, Clear Island Waters, Labrador, Tallai and Varsity Lakes. The report found both the Sunshine Coast and Townsville markets overtook the Gold Coast in “growth suburbs”.center_img Property analyst Terry Ryder of Hotspotting said the market may surge again as the 2018 Commonwealth Games approaches.”Mr Ryder said “plateau markets” were those where sales levels remained strong but had tapered off below the peak levels.His latest Price Predictor Index found Broadbeach Waters, Burleigh Waters, Carrara, Currumbin, Helensvale, Hope Island, Mermaid Beach, Nerang, Oxenford, Palm Beach Parkwood, Runaway Bay, Southport and Upper Coomera were among the 35 suburbs to receive a plateau ranking. In terms of suburbs performing well, Mr Ryder said Arundel, Bundall, Burleigh Heads, Main Beach, Miami and Mudgeeraba were rising steadily. last_img read more