Local start-ups gain inside track from tech giant Amazon

  • Amazon Web Services’ have hosted their annual ‘Start-up Day’ at the Game of Thrones Studio in Banbridge.

    “Act like a Fortune 500 company”, that was the advice given to local start-ups and entrepreneurs at Amazon Web Services’ annual ‘Start-up Day.’

    Focused on accelerating start-up innovation and growth, attendees heard from the Department for International Trade on programmes available for local firms as well as advice from Amazon Web Services on how to build a successful start-up.

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    Guests also heard from successful local businesses on best practice and what they would recommend to other tech-driven entrepreneurs. One keynote speaker was Ellen Marks, Agri Tech Manager at leading blockchain company, ubloquity. Ellen has recently been shortlisted for ‘Best Young IT Professional’ and ‘IT Woman of the Year’ titles at the upcoming Belfast Telegraph IT Awards.

    In less than 18 months, the company has signed an exclusive contract with Fujitsu to be its smart border blockchain partner and quadrupled in size, expanding from a local team of four to an international team of 16, with engineers in the Republic of Ireland, UK, Czech Republic, Romania and Spain.

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    Presenting at the Amazon Web Services event, Ellen said: “At ubloquity, we embrace smart people and smart processes, focusing our limited resources on the things that matter. We’ve created a flexible, family friendly culture, where employees are well rewarded with the freedom to problem solve and work from home.”

    Ellen added: “This values-led approach extends to how we do business, and by championing diverse thinking we’ve been able to create a business model for our technology platform that means once it is built to solve a problem, it is replicable across the world, for every sector. As a company, we shy away from the stereotypical ‘start-up’ archetype and instead we embrace what it is we want to become. Our advice to entrepreneurs is to be as professional as a Fortune 500 with the agility and flexibility of a start-up.” 

    Source: Written from press release.

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