Startups of MCR


This is Startups of Manchester. Each week you’ll meet a new business based out of Manchester. Listen and delve into their business idea to find out the secrets of what makes it tick, how the idea came about and discover the stories of the entrepreneurs behind it.

You’ll hear about the latest tech innovations plus new local amenities providing new takes on services.

Subscribe now to hear from the startups fuelling the northern powerhouse.


Latest Episode

Vonkel is an recruitment platform app which connects brilliant young people with the perfect employer from a 60 second video.

Episode 11 – 6th June 2017

In this episode of Startups of MCR, we speak to Charlotte from ‘Luna Child Collective’ who expertise in placing exceptional Nannies with specialised and dynamic skill sets to families worldwide.


Episode 10 – 24th May 2017

This week we chat to Joe from Cool Cold Brew. They aim to revolutionise the coffee industry by brining their refreshing caffeinated drink which is clean and not full of nasties to our retailers shelves.

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Episode 9 – 9th May 2017

Founder Duncan talks to Startups of MCR about how Bounceback Food came about and how their ‘buy one, donate one’ initiative is helping create more donations for food banks in Manchester.

We also discuss their ambitious plans to move into other markets, such as education.

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Episode 8 – 25th April 2017

Beastro is a new restaurant from local chefs Richard and James. The latter who goes under the name ‘Bobby’s Bangers’ producing arguably some of the best sausages we’ve ever tasted!

Anyway, after frequenting the street food scene in Manchester and surrounding areas for the past few years, the duo decided it was time to step up their game and launch a new dining concept. Beastro has just launched in Spinningfields and combines the best of local produce and ingredients with a passion for food that can only come from two guys who have worked the markets and really know how to deliver!

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Episode 7 – 11th April 2017

A great local success story. Raf talks to James about how he started out renovating furniture as a hobby, then grew into selling his unique pieces in local markets right upto the present day where he is opening his first showroom.

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Episode 6 – 4th April 2017

This week we talk to Andy King, founder of FLYT which aims to change the way helicopter charters are booked.

Their innovative product allows customers to book travel via helicopter with the click of a mouse or tap of a finger. It wants to disrupt an industry that traditionally doesn’t rely on technology and make it more accesible form of transport for the wider population!

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Episode 5 – 28th March 2017

Andy Culbert, founder of MERó talks about how he established his branding and design agency to cater for a range of clients, including startups. He discusses the differences in creating a brand vs a logo and talks about how building a brand that lives entirely online needs different consideration.

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Episode 4 – 21st March 2017

Paul from Fanfare set up his platform aimed at YouTube content creators to enable them to better monitize their audiences. He discusses what it takes to become a ‘youtube celebrity’ and some of the benefits to the Fanfare platform.

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Episode 3 – 14th March 2017

Another Story aim to disrupt the modelling agency world with their sleek platform that allows companies to book models online in an instant. They are in the process of growing their hand selected model list and Zoe, a former model herself also has some good advice for young people looking to get into the industry.

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Episode 2 – 7th March 2017

In the second episode of Startups of MCR we talk to MCR Live neighbours Glowworm Digital. They are a lean PPC marketing agency that have grown quickly over the past 18 months and service a variety of clients in the small to medium sized business marketplace.

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Episode 1 – 27th February 2017

This week James Mulvany talk to Sliips. The new tech startup that promises to revolutionise the gender pay gap and give consumers greater insight into their pay packet. Sliips are launching and focusing in on the big corporate consulting companies, founded by a team of 3 ex IBM employees who were frustrated by the lack of information available.

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