Intelligent Issue 29 | Page 7



Comerica Bank launches innovative new programmes to support local small businesses
Comerica Bank is expanding its support for small businesses by providing North Texas customers with a set of unique new product and service offerings designed to help them grow and thrive .
The backbone of our economy , small businesses account for 99.9 % of all US and 99.8 % of all Texas businesses . Yet , most are often at a disadvantage compared to their bigger competitors – with significantly smaller budgets and fewer employees , the owner usually plays multiple roles at once .
“ At Comerica , we believe in doing everything possible to empower our small business customers and give them the opportunity to succeed ,” said Cassandra McKinney , Comerica Bank ’ s Executive Director of the Retail Bank . “ These opportunities are designed to deliver real value to our customers and create an even stronger relationship with them .”
TechMarketView and Capita on the lookout for start-ups and scale-ups transforming the public sector
Technology start-ups with innovative digital solutions to transform and automate the public sector are being given the chance to partner with the UK ’ s largest business services company to turbocharge their growth .
The TechMarketView Innovation Partner Programme ( TIPP ) has once again teamed up with Capita Scaling Partner , the corporate venture unit of Capita plc , to find start-up and scale-up companies delivering gamechanging solutions . Applications are now open for eligible firms ahead of a pitch event in March .
The successful company will join the Capita Scaling Partner ( CSP ) portfolio in a unique equity-for services model , ensuring mutual success and business growth . Since 2018 , CSP has earned an esteemed reputation for scaling tech start-ups by providing full-time , dedicated employees to open new sales channels and widen networks in both public and private sectors . As a result , companies within the CSP portfolio see an average growth per annum of over 200 %.
AI assistance , digital fingerprinting and more to support national security
The National Cyber Security Centre ( NCSC ) and Plexal , an innovation company closing the gap between government , start-ups and industry , have welcomed a new intake of talented cyber companies to the NCSC For Start-ups programme .
Over the course of 12 weeks , four start-ups will receive technical expertise , insights and guidance from the NCSC , Plexal and partners . The programme is designed to help them develop their business , enhance solutions , adapt their current technology and generate ideas to meet the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing the UK .
The four companies which join the programme are : Lexverify , an AI-powered assistant that prevents legal and compliance risks on electronic communication in real-time ; RoboShadow , a cybersecurity start-up aiming to bridge the cybertechnology gap ; Rowden Technologies , which is working on the digital fingerprinting of devices to help secure networks ; and ZORB Security , which provides cyber protection for business employees .
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