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Key entrepreneurship events taking place in London

By Aurélien Fonteneau, account manager at We Are Social

 

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
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.

 

Tech meetups
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
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.

Apéro Entrepreneurs #7 – Baranis (Chancery Lane) à partir de 19h le 7 Avril

Et oui, le 7ième Apéro Entrepreneurs est à porté de vue. Il est donc temps de réserver votre soirée pour le jeudi 7 Avril à partir de 19h. L’équipe des Apéro Entrepreneurs London a décidé de poser ses valises au bar Baranis 115 Chancery Lance WC2A 1PP 020 7242 8373 Baranis, avec Yohann aux commandes, est connu pour avoir uns piste de pétanque en sous-sol, ce qui devrait aider pour briser la glace des premiers contacts ne vous inquiétez pas, les premières boissons seront fournies. Autre surprise, une journaliste de la French Radio London devrait être présente pour prendre les impressions de quelques entrepreneurs. Donc il ne faut pas manquer l’occasion de parler de votre entreprise. Pour ceux qui ne savent pas où se trouve Baranis : Stations de métro: Chancery Lane et Temple Vous pouvez vous enregistrer par email: loic@frogvalley.net, Facebook, LinkedIn ou sur le site des Apéro Entrepreneurs en sélectionnant Londres parmi les différentes villes. On continuera de publier un article chaque mois sur un des entrepreneurs présents aux Apéro. Ce mois-ci, on postera un article sur Jean Viry-Babel de Thousandsuns qui a eu l’idée géniale de proposer Solarpod, une petite mallette portative qui permet de collecter l’énergie solaire et de brancher des appareils électriques de toutes sortes. Jusqu’à présent, ils ont reçu pas mal d’intérêt d’individus ou organisations telles que l’émission célèbre Dragon’s Den (ndlr: ils ont rejeté l’offre. On espère vous vois nombreux pour cet Apéro Entrepreneurs

qui s’annonce assez spécial. N’hésitez pas à inviter 1 ou 2 de vos amis. L’équipe des Apéro Entrepreneurs Londres Des questions? idées? suggestions? Vous pouvez envoyer un email à loic@frogvalley.net ou poster un commentaire Apéro Entrepreneurs London sur LinkedIn et Facebook.