Bootstrapping - Launch Your Startup on a Low Budget

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According to Paul Graham, “Raising money is the second hardest part of starting a startup. The hardest part is making something people want."

Money to build the business is the number one challenge for most startups. Don’t believe the urban myth that you can sketch your idea on a napkin, and professional investors will throw money at you. In reality, only 3 out of 100 companies who apply are successful with Angels, and the success rate with VCs is even lower. A large percentage of startups never apply to either.

You need to explore more common and more productive approaches for getting your startup moving forward. However, the good news is - you do not need to have a fortune to start your own business! During this event we will be revealing the secrets on how to build a successful venture with a very low budget.

Join us at the amazing Google Campus for some useful startup tips and networking over a few drinks.


6.30pm Networking

7.00pm Introduction and Keynote Speech

7.30pm Presentation

8.30pm Drinks and Networking


Christopher Fogg FCA, BSc, MBA  - Director of UKBI and BBAA [masked]

Christopher has been involved in supporting entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses for over 30 years.  He is a Chartered Accountant, Physicist and took a “Late in Life” MBA in 2000.  He opened his first formal incubator in 1998 and has now started a total of 4 business incubators.  He has tried a number of models – for Profit; Hybrid- part For Profit, Part Not for Profit; and fully funded by the LDA – London Innovation Centre.

Christopher is a director of UKBI and British Business Angels Association (BBAA).  He has prepared a preliminary research document on the sustainability of Business Incubation.  Christopher is the Visiting Entrepreneur to the seven West Focus universities in London.

Christina Richardson (Twitter: @ChristinaR13 Website: is founder of The Nurture Network the UK’s first on-demand marketing department for start-ups and entrepreneurial brands, and is co-founder of Brand Gathering – the place where savvy brands collaborate.

Christina has spent much of her career managing and growing FMCG brands worth in excess of £100 million. Now, she and her blue-chip trained marketing team work with start-ups and SMEs just when they are needed - be it one day a week or one day a month. Working side-by-side with entrepreneurs and business owners as one of the team, they create commercially effective marketing strategies and then help implement those strategies on a budget – calling in creative specialists from their network as and when they are needed.

Nico Perez is co-founder of Mixcloud - an award winning Internet radio company based in London, UK.

In late 2008, he decided to start Mixcloud to help people find great radio shows online. As an experienced DJ and radio presenter, he saw the need to re-think traditional radio and Podcasting, and develop a new solution for the "socially networked" generation.

Mixcloud's aim has always been to build a legal solution. This proved a difficult task at first, but eventually the company was awarded first-of-their-kind licences in the UK. Today Mixcloud has millions of monthly listeners and powers listen again services for the BBC, The Guardian, Jazz FM and many more.

Nico contributed to the Hargreaves report consultation commissioned by the UK government, and is active in pushing for modernisation of the UK and EU copyright frameworks. He has also been selected as a "Young Advisor" to Neelie Kroes - the EU Commission Vice President on the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Nico holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Cambridge University.

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  • Peter C.

    Very informative, picked up some very good tips. It was good to meet Nick Perez from Mixcloud

    February 12, 2013

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