When Loic asked me to write an article about the various entrepreneurship and startups events organised in London, I just didn’t know where to start. London’s entrepreneurship landscape is indeed vibrant and there are plethora of tech/startups/entrepreneurship/networking events – and that’s something very surprising when you just arrive from Paris, where the entrepreneurship community is not that open and active (but things are getting better).
So here’s a non exhaustive but useful list of some key startups events you should attend if you’ve just arrived to London and want to create/expand your startup:
London Open Coffee
The Open Coffee club was created in London a few years ago and the concept spread all over the world since then. Taking place every Thursday morning at 10am in one of University College of London’s building, they’re a great way to meet other entrepreneurs, but also some developers and investors in a chilled-out atmosphere.
Seedcamp is a mentoring program which aims to help young founders to create, run and grow their businesses. Mentors include investors, entrepreneurship veterans,marketers, recruiters, PR professionals…
Startups are selected during Mini Seedcamp events taking place all over the world regularly. Winers are then invited and gathered at the Seedcamp week taking place in London in September every year, as well as regular meetups (social events, lunches…).
At last, wining startups get a basic investment of £50,000 for 8 to 10% of the company. So if you’ve just launched your business, just visit Seedcamp.
London Tech meetups gather tech & web entrepreneurs (or wannabe entrepreneurs), investors and developers from the Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch every month. Their aim is to promote & market technology companies.
Les Apéros Entrepreneurs
Les Apéro Entrepreneurs are informal meetups on the first Thursday of each month for entrepreneurs, in an chilled-out and informal atmosphere.
TechHub is a working space in London’s Silicon Roundabout for tech companies, created by TechCrunch Europe’s Mike Butcher. They’re also organising lots of networking events and conference aimed at entrepreneurs, and most of TechCrunch Europe events are taking place at TechHub – so make sure you subscribe to their newsletter!
Mobile Monday London
If you’re into mobile business, then Mobile Monday London is the must to attend event in the UK. Organised by the powerhouse lead by Helen Keegan, #MoMoLo brings together every month mobile entrepreneurs and developers, tech journalists and PRs, telcos executives… around a conference followed by networking drinks.
London Startup Weekend
If you’re still hesitating to take the plunge, then you should definitely attend London Startup weekend! Launched in 2007, Startup Weekend is a weekend event in cities around the world. A highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more meet and in a short 54 hour event work on building projects out. Next London Startup Weekend should be in September, so stay tuned.
Startup weekend is also organised in Cambridge.
UK Trade & Investment
UKTI is the British government agency that offers services to British based firms wanting to gain access to global markets through export, and foreign based firms wanting to use Britain as a base to expand globally. They’re organising lots of London based events and workshops, and are regularly offering spot for UK based startups to attend worlwide tech events such as SXSW and Open Mobile Summit
At last, let’s not forget anual conferences taking place European web focused, tech and mobile landscape such as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain), The Next Web in Amsterdam (Netherlands), LeWeb in Paris (France & London now), the Open Mobile Summit and Digital Shoreditch in London (UK)… it’d take me to long to list them, and Wired UK is already doing it very well here.