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Why Europe has no Silicon Valley: startup culture comparison

29 January 2015
Start up culture (CC) Walter Lim

Start up culture (CC) Walter Lim

Silicon Valley has become a synonym for innovation and with its ecosystem of super venture capitalists it is world renowned as a hub for new products and software. However, as we teach on the digital innovation module for The Salford MBA: Digital Business, recent developments suggest that the tide of innovation is turning towards Europe.

Investments such as the £1m raised locally by Wakelet in December 2014  and TransferWise’s $58m in Janaury 2015 suggests that European startups are finally starting to attract interest on a global scale.

Innovation ecosystems and the start up market was studied by the University of Salford for the INNOPOLIS project. A key conclusion from the project and a critical success factor for innovation and startups cultures is the importance of University City Region. These are places where there is a concentration of intellectual capital and high levels of “risk happy” funding.

We line up the US and European situations in a head to head comparison of the key success factors for a startup…


From Salford MBA to Debt Solution Centre

25 July 2014
Muhammad Rafiq

Muhammad Rafiq

Welcome all allow me to take you through a journey from University of Salford MBA all the way through to working at Debt Solution Centre Limited, ‘oh’ and all the bits in between.

Who am I?

Well I’m a graduate in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science from the University of Salford, currently working at Debt Solution Centre Limited. Avid follower/supporter of Liverpool FC and a keen traveller.

22 years of age I graduated from University of Salford in Biomedical Science in 2012. But I decided to explore other avenues and get a degree in business. Shortly after graduation I decided to pursue an MBA at the University of Salford starting September 2013 at the age of 23.


What did Salford MBA students do in May 2014?

23 July 2014

Bodnarec, Zenia, Salford MBA student

I am an MBA student at the University of Salford.  I chose Salford University as I felt that the rich and extensive programme they offer would be the most beneficial and useful for my career progression.

Part of the Salford MBA course is a customary trip abroad to visit different business’ and business schools. This year was no exception and we were lucky to have a choice of 3 destinations:  Brazil, Hong Kong and Almeria in Spain.

Some of us chose Brazil (10 students) but myself and seven other students opted for Hong Kong.

With it’s thriving economy and being the world’s business Hub – Hong Kong (HK) was certainly the best option in my opinion! Read more…..

Salford MBA International Trip to Brazil

22 July 2014
Paul in Rio de Janeiro

Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janerio

In May of this year, the Salford MBA students were given the opportunity to take part in an MBA International Trip. The choices provided were Almeria in Spain, Hong Kong or Brazil. The latter destination was most appealing to me, not just because of the impending World Cup, but because as an emerging market there are great business opportunities.

With that said, I eagerly submitted my choice and hoped for the best!

Thankfully, I was successful and on Sunday 11th May at 6:05am, in the early hours of the morning, my MBA cohort eagerly boarded a plane at Manchester Airport and left for Brazil.

After many hours in the air, we finally touched down in Sao Paulo at 17:10pm. Excited, we all disembarked the plane before quickly finding ourselves stuck in a two hour queue at immigration (Painful is the only word to describe it!). However, this was not enough to dampen our spirits and once out of the airport, we climbed aboard our coach and set sail for the hotel.

So, the big question is, what did we get up to whilst on our visit?