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How to navigate the London startup scene: one member’s take

by Adele on September 13, 2012

Stuart attended our last startup event with Rob Fitzpatrick and took some excellent notes, that apply to anyone interested in the tech startup world, who’s looking to get more involved in the London scene. You can read the original post here

I recently attended How to navigate the London startup scene with Escape the City. Huge thanks to Adele at Escape the City and Rob Fitz for a great event.

Rob knowledgeably navigated the world of Venture Capital, Angel Investors, Crowdfunding and Accelerators with an engaging style, demonstrating his experiences of the London startup scene in the process. Refreshingly candid about his own failures, Rob provided useful advice and excellent insights, from his experiences of the startup scenes both in London and Silicon Valley. The full video recording of the event can be viewed below.

I have provided hyperlinks, Twitter and blog links and other snippets of information for a range of the companies Rob referenced below. Note all information below is my own, so excuse any errors.

Venture Capital

Angel Investment

The government Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is designed to stimulate entrepreneurship by untying huge amount of angel capital from first time investors and high net worth individuals (HNWI).

Tech Angel Investors:

Lists of Angels:

  • Bangers & Mash - run by azmat, a directory of angel investors
  • Seedsummit - European angel list, created by seedcamp founders
  • AngelList - also allows blogging/posting news from your business

Crowdfunding

These platforms are typically very specific and many (e.g. Kickstarter in the US) are geared to funding products rather than companies.

  • Crowdcube - launched in early 2011
  • Seedrs – online platform for seed capital, for raising £10 – £150,000

Accelerators

A typical program lasts around 3 months with various support including legal, accounting, company setup, typically in a class with 10 to 30 others. Most importantly perhaps, they give you a big in-road into the investment community.

Places to work and meet others

Learning within the community

  • Adele

    Thanks Stuart – you took better notes than I did…! If there’s any future startup events you’d like to see, just let me know.

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