We’re in the 250…

ACCELERATE 250

It’s going to be an interesting week next week for the folks at Screach.

In seven days time, we’ll be travelling down to Liverpool to attend Accelerate 2013, a festival devoted to some of the fastest-growing businesses in the UK.

Screach is one of 250 growing businesses that have been hand-picked to attend the event, which has been championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young. The Accelerate 250 brings together businesses making a splash in fields ranging from technology to finance, food and fashion.

Speakers include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox and Tech City UK CEO Joanna Shields.

Former Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy said: “It’s our belief that Britain’s prosperity in the 21 century global economy is going to be built on the success of high-potential, fast-growth businesses.”

On Tuesday, we’ll also be chatting to some of the UK’s best universities at the NUS Trade Conference and Exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC. We believe that universities could do excellent things with the ScreachTV platform, so we’re heading to the Midlands to show them all it can do.

If you’re popping down next week, wander over and say hi. We’ll be at stand 116 throughout the day…

Screach: A Part of Tech Britain

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A few months ago, we got a visit from Doug and Shaun from TechBritain.

For those of you that haven’t come across the project before, it’s the brainchild of two startup founders that decided to get a flavour of the bubbling tech communities springing up around the country.

Doug Ward and Shaun Gibson travelled up to Newcastle by Megabus to meet founders making a splash in Newcastle, a journey which took them to Screach’s offices in Hoults Yard.

In this video chat, Paul Rawlings and Sam Morton chat to Doug about Screach’s ambitions, working in America, the role of the government and the tech scene in the North East.

Screach on Tour: Report from the road

For the next couple of weeks, ScreachTV is going to be on the road.

We’re taking part in EmpowerLive, a series of seven roadshows organised by Enterprise Inns. The idea is to allow publicans across the country to talk to interesting suppliers, and find out the new and exciting products that could make their pub stand out from the crowd.

This week, we’ll be hitting Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol on Tuesday and Birmingham’s National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday. The roadshow arrives at Wembley Stadium on April 30 and in Bolton on May 2, before finishing up Exeter Rugby Club on May 9.

So far, Screach’s trusty van has wound its way to Donington Park and Elland Road, the home of Leeds United. We asked Screach’s Georgia Rakusen for a quick report…

Introducing Version 3.3

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If you’ve updated your phone apps in the last few days, you might have noticed that Screach has undergone a bit of a makeover…

Screach3.3Screach version 3.3 is now available for iPhone and Android, and we’ve been focusing on making it as simple as possible for Screach users to get stuck into some fun experiences, whether they’re on the bus, at home or in a pub.

Screach’s chief technology officer David Challener says:

“We’ve made some changes to the interface, and the main purpose has been to simplify it down to some core features. We’ve made the app very simple so that people can get an idea of what it is straight away. The profile page is much clearer, we’ve redesigned the offers and we’ve focused on just having the four screens for now.”

Screach at Licensed Trade International

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In the space of a couple of days, we’ve met a lot of people, hung out at a supercar bar, and made cocktails live on stage.

And there’s still a couple of hours to go.

Yesterday and today, the folk from Screach made the short hop to The Sage in Gateshead for Licensed Trade International, a trade show featuring some big names in leisure and hospitality.

ScreachTV on tour

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Have you seen ScreachTV in action yet?

Well, there’s a pretty good chance that we’re passing your way in the next few weeks.

After a busy week on Tyneside, we’re packing our overnight bags and our equipment and heading around the UK to meet some of the people who make the pub industry tick.

Big news for ScreachTV

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It’s been a busy last few months, but we were pleased to be able to announce this week that we’ve raised $2.5m to really push ScreachTV in the UK and beyond.

As reported in The Next Web, Sixteen:Nine and others, we’ve got funding from Northstar Ventures, Hotspur Capital Partners and other strategic investors to accelerate the rollout of ScreachTV across pubs and bars around the country. We’ll also be keeping an eye on other markets too.

Dispatches app shortlisted by One World Media

 

A few months ago, the Dispatches second screen app made it to the final of the British Journalism Awards.

The Guardian’s Reading the Riots project won the Innovation of the Year award that time around, but news reaches us that the second screen app has been shortlisted for a digital media award at the One World Media awards 2013.

Screach in LA: A Hell of a Trip

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Guess we can tick this off the startup “bucket list”.

It’s Monday morning in LA, and Screach CEO Paul Rawlings is sitting about 20 feet away from music man and tech investor Will.I.Am, who’s being interviewed on future technology by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales.

In a little while, he’ll be pitching his own digital innovation to a crowd which includes international entertainment bosses, investors, and hotly-tipped startup talent.