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OpenGenius team members run Cardiff Half Marathon for charity

They’ve done it! Yesterday, on Sunday 1st October, OpenGenius team members from the Tec Marina running club completed the Cardiff Half Marathon. The running club is made up various members from companies at the Tec Marina office space, including OpenGenius.

The Cardiff Half Marathon, first held in 2003, smashed its own records this year with a total of 25,000 runners taking part in the annual event.

All 12 runners completed the 13.1 mile course around the city, with the fastest member of the team finishing in a fantastic 1 hour and 46 minutes.

The Tec Marina team’s chosen charity for the the event was Tŷ Hafan, one of the leading UK children’s palliative care charities based throughout Wales, and raised an impressive £2,000 in result of their fundraising efforts.

We’d like to say a huge well done to our fantastic colleagues who took part, a superb job done by all. We already can’t wait for next year’s event. 

Digital Festival 2017 roundup

OpenGenius had an important part to play in this year’s Digital Festival, held at Tramshed in Cardiff, on 18th and 19th September. The two-day event showcased the very best of the tech scene in Wales along with centre stage presentations, panels, pitching opportunities and interactive workshops.

During the course of the event, we set up camp at the ‘Nucleus Expo Zone’. The Nucleus Zone was packed with start-up companies exhibiting their finest technical products to the public.

We also had the chance to present in front of a live audience, on the Showcase Stage, along with the rest of this year’s Digital Dozen. Our very own Marketing and Communications Executive, Frankie Birch, presented in front of the Digital Festival’s audience and talked about OpenGenius’ story so far and our exciting plans for the future.

As part of the festival, on Monday 18th, we held our own event at our headquarters, Tec Marina, where the GoCompare boat set sail down the River Taff for delegates to hear more about the opportunities that the London Stock Exchange provides.

Once docked at Tec Marina, attendees were treated to a one-off talk by serial entrepreneur and OpenGenius CEO, Chris Griffiths. Chris was live-streamed from the London Stock Exchange offices into Tec Marina. He provided insight into how OpenGenius became the first ever Welsh business to join their ELITE accelerator programme.

Offering guidance to early-stage companies looking to take their businesses to the next level, the talk aimed to inspire early stage entrepreneurs to not give up at the first hurdle. Griffiths talk ended with his favourite quote: “‘Winners fail more times than losers ever try”.

While aboard the GoCompare boat, delegates also took part in a workshop with Emma Titmus, Business Development Manager at the London Stock Exchange. Emma spoke to attendees about accessing finance for growth, and the acceleration that ambitious companies can gain when they join a programme like ELITE.

We were honoured to have been given the opportunity to be a part of Digital Festival 2017. We’d like to say a huge thank you to Innovation Point for putting on such a superb event, we already can’t wait for next year.

Join us at Tec Marina during Digital 2017 to hear our CEO talk live from LSE

 

On September 18th-19th, we’ll be attending Wales’ biggest digital event ‘Digital 2017’. The event will be hosted by Innovation Point, and held at The Tramshed, Cardiff. During the Digital Festival we’ll be joining hundreds of digital innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, to discuss and showcase the very best of the tech scene in Wales.

As part of Digital, we’ll be hosting our own event at our OpenGenius headquarters, Tec Marina. The GoCompare boat will be collecting delegates from Tramshed on Monday 18th September at 3:30pm. From there, it will set sail down the River Taff for Tec Marina, Penarth. At Tec Marina, our CEO, Chris Griffiths, will be talking live from the London Stock Exchange. Chris will share insight into how OpenGenius became the first ever Welsh company to join the London Stock Exchange’s ELITE accelerator programme, and how he sees this impacting the future of Wales.

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You can catch some of our OpenGenius team in The Tramshed across the two days of Digital 17. We’ll be joined by the rest of the Digital Dozen finalists at the Nucleus Startup Zone. Here we’ll be discussing what we’ve been working on, and sharing our plans for the upcoming months. Plus, on Monday 18th, we’ll be revealing some exciting plans that we’ve been working on and sharing these as part of the Digital Dozen showcase pitches – a session not to be missed! Tweet us and let us know if you’re attending: @OpenGenius #ImGoingtoDigital

To view the full agenda of the nation’s biggest Digital festival, click here.

OpenGenius CEO, Chris Griffiths, sheds light on his journey to ELITE

 

OpenGenius CEO, Chris Griffiths, at the London Stock Exchange.

Back in April, we announced that we were the first Welsh company to join the London Stock Exchanges ELITE accelerator programme. Since then, things have been moving forward pretty quickly.

OpenGenius, CEO, Chris Griffiths, has been travelling back and forth to London for his regular cohort meetings with the ELITE group. The OpenGenius story has been presented at the top of the UK’s tallest building, the Shard, a 95-story skyscraper looking over the sights of London. Chris has had the opportunity to work with key mentors, industry experts and investors who’ve been providing him with the guidance he needs to take OpenGenius to the next level.

With the hopes of floating on the AIM market in fewer than 18 months, it’s an exciting time for all of us here at OpenGenius. Eager to hear more about our plans during and after ELITE? Follow the link below to hear Chris Griffiths lift the lid on the next chapter in the OpenGenius story:

https://uk.elite-growth.com/en/companies/opengenius

OpenGenius announced as one of Innovation Point’s 2017 Digital Dozen

We are pleased to announce that OpenGenius has been made one of 2017’s Digital Dozen finalists, and has won a place on this year’s accelerator programme. The programme is made up of ambitious Welsh tech start-ups and scale-ups making waves within the digital sector. Launched by Welsh Government’s Innovation Point, the Digital Dozen programme aims to amplify the diverse range of tech services and products that Wales has to offer.

Our CEO and Founder, Chris Griffiths, commented on OpenGenius’ appointment to the programme: ‘We feel very lucky to have been accepted onto the programme among some outstanding entrepreneurs. The next few months are shaping up to be really exciting for us at OpenGenius, and we’re really looking forward to working with a range of experienced mentors during the Digital Dozen programme’.

Innovation Point has great ambitions to make Wales the second biggest digital economy outside of London. Over six months, the Digital Dozen programme will connect its finalists with investors and mentors in the aim to boost growth and strengthen Wales’ status as a global digital player.

We’re so excited to have been given the opportunity to be a part of 2017’s Digital Dozen and are looking forward to the exciting and fast-paced months ahead!

To learn more about the Digital Dozen, click here.

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As finalists of the Digital Dozen,  we have also been invited to be attend Wales’ biggest digital event ‘Digital 17’. The event, hosted by Innovation Point, is taking place in The Tramshed, Cardiff, this September 18-19. At Digital 17 we’ll be joining hundreds of digital innovators, investors and entrepreneurs, to discuss and showcase all things tech in Wales. If you’re attending the event, pop on over to the ‘Start-up Zone’ to meet the OpenGenius team and hear all about what we’ve been busy working on. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed with what we have in store, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

You can register your attendance here.

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OpenGenius joins London Stock Exchange’s Elite UK

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OpenGenius, the creators of iMindMap and DropTask, achieved a Welsh first this week when we joined the London Stock Exchange’s Elite UK. The Elite UK community includes over 520 businesses, from across 26 countries and 36 sectors, so we’re thrilled to be the first Welsh firm on this special accelerator programme. OpenGenius has already seen excellent growth globally, and we can’t wait to drive that forward with ELITE. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for us – watch this space!

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3 easy ways to stimulate creativity when you’re feeling uninspired

It may seem that only the likes of Stephen Hawking, Arianna Huffington and Richard Branson ever generate ground-breaking ideas, and that they go through some secret, complicated process to produce them. Well first of all, you don’t have to be a millionaire CEO to be a creative genius. And secondly, there are simple, everyday techniques you can perform to tap into your creative powers and draw out your own brilliant ideas. These techniques are designed to allow your mind to wander. This means that you will come up with ideas without working your brain too hard. So let’s take a look at them…

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Struggling to find inspiration? Discover the power of play

Creative Ideas

Looking to spark creative ideas? Our best advice is to take a break and play.

One of the key factors to any successful business is being able to come up with new ideas to keep processes, products and services fresh and to stay ahead of the competition. A very serious attitude can be harmful in the workplace; it can prevent you and your team from discovering the new idea that may lead to success. In this article, we will discuss the impact of play on creativity using four playful methods that will help you reach better creative solutions.

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Break the rules and foster a culture of innovation: ‘Reverse the challenge’ technique

Chris Griffiths Applied Innovation Course
Article by Chris Griffiths
 
Over the years I’ve worked with businesses from around the world, from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies, whose rules and bureaucracies have held them back from adapting to the changing dynamics of their marketplaces.
 
Despite spending time and money on implementing change, whether it’s improving customer relations or adding new products and services, they experience little or no improvement. These failed attempts at implementing innovative strategies can have a more damaging effect than not being innovative at all. If rules are never open to investigation or challenge, how can you ever break new ground? How can you see the merits of other approaches when you’re not free to look for them?
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Former Chairman of Microsoft Europe becomes new Chairman of Think Productivity

DropTask team with Jan Mühlfeit
Retired Chairman of Microsoft Europe, Jan Mühlfeit, is now the Chairman of OpenGenius’ sister company, Think Productivity. They are the creators of DropTask, the productivity enhancing application with a game-changing visual approach to task management. The company’s announcement came during their recent showcase at this year’s UK flagship digital event, ‘Digital 2015‘.

CEO of OpenGenius and Think Productivity, Chris Griffiths, said:

“Jan Mühlfeit has experienced great success during his career, and spent many years side by side with Bill Gates as they travelled all over the world. With a wealth of knowledge obtained throughout his career – as well as during his time as Chairman of Microsoft Europe, we’re lucky to have such a high profile and successful figure interested in getting involved with a start-up here in Wales. It’s absolutely fantastic for the Welsh community and in particular, our flourishing digital economy which is being showcased at this year’s Digital 2015 event – which we’re honoured to be a part of. I very much look forward to the road ahead. We’re in for an exciting journey.”
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