MiniBar x Mother at SXSW Austin

As part of Hackneyhouse we will be doing a MiniBar x Mother at SXSW in Austin on Saturday 9th from 6pm to 8pm. You can register here.

Its free to attend, as always, there will be free beers and free pitching slots. So if you are in Austin please join us for some good times. Hackneyhouse will show off loads of fun techie stuff going on in Hackney and we’d love you to be a part of it.

The evening will be just like a MiniBar in London with the theme ‘Hackney meets Austin’.

++We are looking for MiniBar alumni and Hackney based start ups who will be attending SXSW and would like a free pitching slot. We will also produce a video of the event’s highlights, which will be distributed afterwards via MiniBar and partners.

All in all its a great promotional opportunity and if you are interested we’d love to hear from you. To get in touch email us at

We will be joined by some excellent Austin based start-ups from Capital Factory and a good crowd of SXSW attendees.

We are looking forward to seeing you there…


Program: TBC


Thanks so much

Your MiniBar Team


An Elance Thank You Offer for MiniBar Members

Thanks to all those hardy souls who gave us such a warm welcome at Minibar on Friday despite the Arctic temperatures – the rest of you missed a great night!

Lots of people were asking how best to get started using Elance so we thought we’d give you a little helping hand – here’s $50 off your first job posting on us.­ All you have to do is go to:

Thanks again and hope to see you again soon at another great Minibar night! There are definitely lots of fantastic things happening in the London tech scene this year and we’re thrilled to be part of the action.

Hayley Conick, Country Manager, Elance UK



ICT KTN Webinar: Connected Digital Economy

Time: 12 noon

Date: Wednesday 13th February

Description: The first public presentation by Neil Crockett, the newly appointed Chief Executive of the Connected Digital Economy Catapult (CDEC).Neil will give a short update on CDEC and this will be followed by an extensive Q & A session.

To join in please see here


More info on the programme:

The UK has one of the world’s strongest digital markets. The ICT, software and digital content sectors are together worth £100bn. The UK internet economy is estimated to be larger per head than in any other country. It is expected to grow to 10% of GDP by 2015.

We have world-leading academics and businesses working in media, internet, communications and cyber-security, and a growing open data movement. We are one of the best places in the world to exploit the digital economy.

The Connected Digital Economy Catapult will help businesses and researchers to collaborate and to address some of the large and complex challenges facing the UK. It will provide access to testing facilities and demonstrators, and it will coordinate and link expertise across the country. We expect it to open for business in spring 2013.

The Catapult will encourage new and sustainable ways for digital media and content providers to generate value from their products, help to find ways for whole business sectors to embrace digital services, and help business to take advantage of the opportunities arising from the way information about our environment and physical objects is becoming available in the digital domain.

It will be a single physical centre and will enter into a series of strategic and delivery partnerships with businesses and centres of technology. The Catapult will be led by an inspirational chief executive and will work closely with partners that have resources and capabilities that can be used in its operations, projects and activities.  

Want to present your start up at MiniBar?


We’re still looking for presenters for our next MiniBar on 22nd February so if you’re interested in presenting your start up let us know by emailing us at

This MiniBar will be sponsored by Oxygen who are announcing a new competition to win a place in their next accelerator programme and Elance who will be telling us how to outsource and manage software development.

Read more on our MiniBar Blog to stay up to date with what’s going to be happening and remember to RSVP if you want to join us on the night.

MiniBar speaks with its Presenters May ’12

Meet some of our presenters and hear them talk about what MiniBar has done for them. Thanks to everyone who came along to MiniBar sacrificing a beautiful, sunny Friday evening to learn about tech! And thanks to our two sponsors FireHost and MongoDB. SalesForce was also there to give away a fabulous JawBone JamBoxes

MiniBar Special With Qualcomm

This MiniBar was organized in partnership with Qualcomm to present their VC activities, bring some companies they have invested in to tell us about Qprize.

The QPrize 2012 venture investment competition’s aim is to identify and fund the industry’s most promising, early-stage technology companies across Eastern and Western Europe. The winner in each region will be awarded €100,000 in convertible note financing from Qualcomm as seed funding. This is part of Qualcomm’s wider, international QPrize competition which was launched in China, India, Israel, Korea, Latin America and North America on May 21. The deadline for business plan submissions is August 17, 2012. From the pool of competing entries, Qualcomm Ventures will select up to eight finalists.

March ’12 MiniBar

In March MiniBar did a special on what’s new, cool and money making in ‘Online Retail’.

We had a great mix of innovative payment methods, new delivery options, hyper local retail services, social a and mobile shopping start-ups.

We were again at our usual home in the lovely premises of Mother in the Tea Building.

If you want to present, or sponsor, or having something interesting to announce please get in touch via


Pingit – Sarah Rigos (Barclays)

Shutl – Tom Allason

Yreceipts – Alexander Stegman

EatSocial – Matthew Slight

GetBrandit – Arush Segal

PayPal xCommerce – Corrado Tomassino

Shopitize – Alexey Andriyanenko

Foodity – Jonathan Agnes