Weekend takeaway: The hot start-ups edition

20 Jan 2017

All the start-ups, all the sizzle. Image: AVN Photo Lab/Shutterstock

With multiple looks at start-ups that sizzle, this week we cover all the important areas in the sci-tech world.

1. 10 marvellous medtech start-ups you need to know

Where research and entrepreneurship converge, magical medical innovation can happen.

2. Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter: Home of the digital innovators

Belfast is a city steeped in rich history, but its Cathedral Quarter is fast becoming the home of future thinking. Emily McDaid met with the people behind Dawson Andrews, a studio that is driving digital innovation.

3. Something is sizzling in the start-up city of Stockholm

Stockholm is on fire when it comes to start-ups, with $1.4bn of venture capital raised by 247 companies in 2016 alone – more than half of the total investments in the Nordic region last year.

4. 15 of the super start-ups to watch in Stockholm

When it comes to successful European tech start-ups, Stockholm has more than its fair share, from Skype to Spotify, King and more.

5. Meet some of the women-led start-ups that pitched at NDRC Investor Day

We interviewed a few of the female-led start-ups that participated in the NDRC Investor Day, which took place in December.

6. Here are the 8 new start-ups selected for the 2017 StartPlanet NI accelerator

Whittled down out of applictions from 40 countries, eight start-ups have been selected to take part in the latest StartPlanetNI accelerator, based in Belfast.

7. Samsung believes it has found the cause of the Note7 battery fires

Ahead of the release of its official report into the Galaxy Note7 debacle, Samsung has found that the cause of the battery issues was down to a manufacturing error that saw a number of irregularly sized batteries.

8. LinkedIn finally gives its desktop site a design overhaul

LinkedIn has finally revealed the redesign of its desktop site, which is more streamlined and comes with new chatbot and search features.

9. Year of the machines: 2017 will be a breakthrough year for machine learning

2017 will be a breakthrough year for machine learning, with capabilities evolving from smartphones and arriving in drones, tablets, cars, the internet of things, and AR and VR devices.

10. Has Krebs unmasked the creator of IoT DDoS worm Mirai?

Infosec journalist Brian Krebs has claimed to have unmasked the creator of the Mirai botnet, which caused the internet’s biggest meltdown to date by taking over vulnerable IoT devices.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years