Who was Entrepreneur of the Year 2017?

The Women in IT Awards, the world’s largest technology diversity event, recently revealed the winners of its 2017 programme including ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in front of 1,000 business and technology leaders.

It came as no surprise to us that Dr Kim Nilsson, founder of Pivigo, was ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’.

Pivigo’s upward trajectory…

18 months ago, I reported that data science marketplace, Pivigo, had closed its latest funding round (£300k through Angel Investment Network) off the back of some impressive growth.

6 months ago, I reported that Pivigo was one of the 15 fastest growing female-founded UK tech companies selected to represent the UK government in a link building initiative with Silicon Valley and the US tech scene. (The lowest growth rate of the 15 companies selected was 118% annually!).

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Following a career in academia (including work on the Hubble Space Telescope), Dr Kim Nilsson has walked a gilded path since founding Pivigo in 2013. Pivigo has closed numerous funding rounds to propel its impressive growth – it is now the world’s largest community of data scientists.

This latest accolade came at the Women in IT awards, an event aimed at celebrating diversity and inclusion in the tech industry, hosted by Maggie Philbin OBE and Martha Lane Fox.

Dr Kim was typically magnanimous in her acceptance of the award, highlighting the great work of the whole team at Pivigo:

To be chosen as the winner in a highly competitive category is great validation for the work we do at Pivigo, innovating and disrupting an exciting industry.

On behalf of the team at Angel Investment Network, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Kim and the team.

Keep up the good work!

If you’re a business looking to leverage the power of its data or an individual looking to build your career in data science, visit Pivigo to find out more.

Six ways to prepare your home for colder weather

With the clocks going back and Bonfire Night taking place, Winter is officially here! That means colder weather is coming and it is time to take measures to ensure you have a cosy and well heated home this Winter. But this doesn’t mean just whacking up the heating and spending a fortune.

Before you turn on the central heating system, find out more and think about where you might be losing heat to start with. If you think you need an hvac repair, you may visit sites like https://macvik.com/ to see the services they offer or call Airsheen Services, LLC for an ac repair. You can also repair your broken ac unit in Arlington, TX during this season, so that when summer begins your unit is ready to beat the heat.

Simple physics dictate if you can stop heat escaping, you don’t need to spend the money and burn energy by creating more. In addition, you should also take time to assess your electrical systems. If you need to replace your electric panel, contact a professional electrician near you. Here are six smart ways you can prepare for the colder weather.

  1. Have an energy audit: An energy audit is an assessment and analysis of your homes’ energy use. An Energy performance certificate will provide a rating scheme to summarise the energy efficiency of your building. The building will be given a rating between A – G. The EPC will include basic tips on the most cost effective ways to improve your homes’ energy rating. A more sophisticated audit of the kind offered by Zing, includes branch analysis of your energy habits, based on an interview and testing the function of your energy system. This can lead to a bespoke solution for your home’s needs and reduce your energy use as well as keeping you warm.

  2. Deal with drafts: Doing simple things can make a massive difference to your energy bills. Heavy lined heavy curtains can help to retain warmth in a room. Also, a draft excluder works wonders at keeping the cold at bay and also reduce the bills. Another simple step is to close doors throughout a property, this will also help trap the existing heat within rooms, without the need to replace it. However in the longer term you should consider an insulation solution as the most efficient way of increasing energy efficiency.
  3. Insulate your property: If you just turn up the heat in an uninsulated home, you will just lose the heat, costing more money by burning more fossil fuels. By trapping heat in through insulation you reduce the need to spend money putting heat back in. The different types of insulation include:

    Roof and loft insulation: Up to a quarter of your heat in homes leaves through the roof due to heat rising and seeking out an escape route. Insulating your roof or loft with insulating material is the best way of stopping this heat from escaping. For your roofing needs and concerns, look for a service like Bondoc Roofing and other similar services to guide you. You may visit sites like carolinahomespecialists.com for more info on roofing services. And if you need immediate roofing repair or replacement services, you may call for a residential roof replacement with Beemer Kangaroof and get the proper ventilation underneath your roof.
    Floor insulation prevents heat loss through the floor. Insulating will also block draughts coming in
    Cavity insulation: A cavity wall is a type of wall with a hollow centre, which have two walls leaving a small space in the form of a cavity. Insulating cavity walls, which are more prevalent in newer homes will save energy and can dramatically cut your heating bills.
    Solid wall insulation: If your home was built before the 1920s, the wall is likely to have solid walls. Solid wall insulation can lead to even bigger savings than cavity wall insulation.

    There are a variety of grants available for insulation which Zing Energy can help you unlock.
  4. Bleed your radiators: This may sound obvious to many, but we often find homeowners who forget this simple step to increase a boiler’s efficiency. Bleeding a radiator means letting out air that has become trapped inside an un-vented system. If air is trapped it can prevent water from heating the whole radiator, creating cold spots. A simple feel of the radiator once the heat is turned up should let you know if you need to do this.
  5. Check your boiler’s performance: Once any insulation, draft and and radiator issues have been addressed the heat source needs to be examined. Any energy audit would of course include this. Modern gas boilers, heat far more efficiently than boilers that were manufactured even ten years ago. An efficient combi boiler helps to provide heat on demand, but crucially also saves money  because it doesn’t need to run all day, like old gas boilers. There are grants available for boilers and it may prove a worthwhile investment to save you money and also boost the value of your home. Also to safely deliver fuel for the heating of your boilers, look for a Fuel train company that can help you on this.
  6. Put on an extra layer of clothing: The traditional Dad’s favorite solution! Just as you would take measures to keep yourself insulated when going outside, no reason not to apply the same for the inside. If it is effective and warms you up, then there no need to then turn up the heat, waste energy and burn more fossil fuels. Surely a win/win. Unless of course you have very dodgy taste in jumpers!