What we're about

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The One-stop shop for SMEs, Start-ups and Scale ups!

We bring people in the Silicon Roundabout together to discuss, share, pitch and network.

In London’s competitive investment climate, entrepreneurs often lack the business connections and brand awareness to get the attention of potential funders, and at the same time many investors don't have a pipeline into early-stage technology and Internet companies.

TechCitizen provides a unique funnel for innovators to interact with a wide range of investors, present their plans, receive expert feedback, bring in strong leadership, and pave the way for them to receive angel and institutional funding.

The focus of the groups is to host events on business and personal development for startups/scale ups. We can also organise events that your members suggest. Also, we place lots of emphasis on Mentoring and face to face meetings.

Examples of our events include – law, finance, accounting, marketing, sales, PR, pitching, mentoring, etc. most of these are free to attend. I would suggest to have a look at our meetup page to see the standards of our events.

Strategic Partner:

London and Partners, TechUK, F6s, DIT, Bloomberg, WeWork, European Expert network, Woto, Radium services, Swiss impulse, Ourfield, Thinkingaroundcorners.

The Mayor's International Business Programme (http://gotogrow.london/?utm_source=SVC2UK%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=00&utm_campaign=SVEMEX00-MIBP_SVC2UKnewsletter&utm_content=newsletter) helps high-growth businesses from London’s Technology, Life Sciences and Urban sectors, to expand internationally. Tailored to fit a company’s specific international growth ambitions, the programme provides a bespoke mentoring scheme, delivered by leading entrepreneurs and business leaders; expert advice and workshops; targeted trade missions; and access to live leads and opportunities.

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Tech Citizen Entrepreneurship Academy (TCEA)

As we approach our 300th event with this meetup group, our members have requested that we have a framework that will help them to progress up the Entrepreneurship ladder.
This will enable members to see what more they need to do and for the co-hosts to assess the quality and feedback from the events. For this reason, we have designed 10 modules for Entrepreneurship development.

Action plan

You and your team should attend events for all the modules below. You will only get out of this meetup group what you put into it.

Common mistake

Avoid focusing on or spending a disproportionate amount of time just on one or two of the modules; this is a fundamental/fatal mistake. All the 10 modules are important and we suggest you get a good understanding of all their content.

Proactive and preparation

Planning and preparation to create a road map is the key to success. You will need to be proactive and have a plan whereby you have good knowledge of each module, 12 to 18 month before you need it.

Relevant resource

The Number 1 Skill That Entrepreneurs Use in Their Business- Antony Robbins:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cORxDp2RqTo

Objective

For startups teams to build their competence and skillset/mindset in all the 10 modules, as early as possible in the business life cycle.

Modules

The modules are listed together with a competence level (/10 for each module) and a time frame for completion. We will reference our events and workshops to each of the 10 modules below:

Description Competence Time frame

1. Managing teams

Module: MT

Content: hiring, training, culture, communication

change, engagement, incentives, team, leadership

2. Marketing & Sales

Module: MS

Content: Growth hacking, CRM, BI, customer, personas,

partnerships, PR, Branding, traction, Go to market

3. Finance & Accounting

Module: MA

Content: Financial management and modelling, margins,

accounting, pricing, cash flow, financial statements, reporting

4. Legal & Compliance

Module: LC

Content: Employment law, IP, Trade marks, regulation,

contracts, privacy, term sheets, stock/shares

5. Market fit

Module: MF

Content: Testing, Market research, Pivot, market size,

competitor analysis, monetisation, value proposition

6. Funding & Investment

Module: FI

Content: Investment, SEIS/EIS, pitching, presentation,

Business plans (SWOT, Goals, vision), milestones

7. Product development

Module: PD

Content: Lean start up, MVP, UX/UI, outsourcing, 10x,

outsourcing, back/front end, iteration/improvements

8. Operations & Logistics

Module: OL

Content: Admin, procedure/process/policy, risks, governance,

suppliers, IT, KPIs, Metrics, Ratios

9. Scale up strategy

Module: SS

Content: Growth, expansion, execution, export

country beach head

10. Personal development

Module: PD

Content: Founders mindset, resilience, persistence,

proactive, performance, time management, discipline

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“Investment ready”

Requirements, to be in the top 1 %:

1. 10 slide pitch deck,

2. Pitching practice,

Practice makes perfect.

There is no substitute for practice.

3. Business plan

Pitch deck and pitching to Investor

All companies that pitch at the event will use the same pitch deck.

If your company would like to pitch to the investors, then request the
“10 slide pitch deck – 5 min pitch” template.

First, you will have to send me all 7 items/information about your company:

1.description, 2. age, 3. stage, 4. team, 5. investments, 6. Traction, 7. Website.

Investor meeting conduct

You will get to meet with many investors in this meetup group. Follow this code:

1. Primarily, research and read the Investors website, in particular their portfolio. 2. Investigate and check if the VC is a relevant fit for you and your company. 3. Be prepared to spend a percentage of your time on a regular basis to get investment. 4. There are no short/quick fixes to the investment process. 5. You will need to meet with several investors over a long period of time. 6. Do not form a queue in order to talk to a VC, during the networking session. 7. Do not cold approach investors. It is better to get to know them by a warm introduction from a person within their network

Four stages of growth and Investment

Tech investors make Tech investment based on the Tech Milestones that you achieve

These are guidelines for you to follow, when looking for investors/investment:

Stage 1: Idea

Investment size – up to £ 50 k

Risk to investor - Extremely high

Milestones - You have a good idea and are putting together a team.

You will need to form a UK based company.

Stage 2: Seed stage

Investment size – up to £ 150 k (SEIS)

Risk to investor - High

Milestones - You product has been successfully tested and you are about to launch.

You also have a great team.

You will need to register for "HMRC: SEIS Advanced assurance"

Stage 3: Revenue

Investment size – up to £ 250 k

Risk to investor - Medium

Milestones - Your company has recurring UK revenues and significant traction.

Both the quality and the quantity of the revenue/traction is important

Stage 4: Growth

Investment size – over £ 250 k

Risk to investor - Low

Milestones - Everything is in place and your company is looking to expand and scale

Your GPS system

Emphasis is on Growth, Profitability and Scalability_Sustainability

- by using industry best practises.

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http://fundersandfounders.com/startup-mistakes/

https://www.cbinsights.com/research-reports/The-20-Reasons-Startups-Fail.pdf

Jason Huertas (https://medium.com/@jasonhuertas), author of My Startup Failed, says this is common, writing:

“You think that you know it all. After all, you’re already successful in your mind, so who cares what others have to say? Fight that urge every day…You know nothing.”

Harvard Business School’s Shikhar Ghosh explains the problem like this:

"Start-ups often fail because founders and investors neglect to look before they leap, surging forward with plans without taking the time to realize that the base assumption of the business plan is wrong. They believe they can predict the future, rather than try to create a future with their customers. Entrepreneurs tend to be single-minded with their strategies—wanting the venture to be all about the technology or all about the sales, without taking time to form a balanced plan…failure is the norm."

Top 1 %

Successful Business model is ALL 3:

- high Tech,

- solid Business best practice, &

- disciplined Entrepreneurs

Start up stands for:

S calability

T eam

A real need

R evenue (rule breaker)

T hird party validation

U SP (users)

P rototype (MVP)

Important Cs

***Collaboration***Content***Contacts***Cash flows***Concepts

***Competition***Costs***Connection***Customers***Change

Personal Development

Confidence, Discipline, Motivation, Positivity, Optimism, Communication,

Time management, Leadership, Focus, Health, Self-Esteem, Resilience,

Resourcefulness, Teamwork, Proactive, Initiative, Personality, Passion, Character,

Corporate functions

IT, Finance, H.R., Customer services, Governance, Compliance, Marketing,

Sales, Product dev, Project Mgt, Operations, Enterprise, Export, Risk,

Purchasing and Inventory, Legal, Admin.

Planning and Performance

Forecasting, Monitoring, Metrics, Measurement, Deliverables, Deadlines

Targets/Goals, Achievements

Mentor

Methodology, Execution, Network, Tutor, Organisation, Results

Revenue model

Projection, Forecasts, Metrics, cost of Acquisition, Repeat customers

Markets

Supply, Demand, Risk, Size, Segmentation, Disruption, Market research,

Market data, Market fit, Tracking, Saturation, Maturity, Message, Barriers,

New markets, Adjacent markets, Market niche

Sales

Marketing

Operations

Products/Services

To be in Business, you have to know about Business.

Reasons why startup fail:

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10 tips to deliver a successful Silicon Valley pitch. Check it out here:

http://www.slideshare.net/MPerruchet/10-t-46776150

Chris O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures offers an inside look at his calendar and activities to display how he spends his time in “What the Heck Does a VC Do All Week Anyway? (http://mailer.mattermark.com/e1t/c/*W3XHwff30rpCgW2HH0mD8JrhN50/*W1MqK9d89xtddW1C5yHT4T9dJP0/5/f18dQhb0S65P2jVZsxW12hl181f7ZtbW53xcq05Yx4r9W2SfsHC707wYPN37SC0SmqPfZW29ykW98q-RTqW540W4028f6kbMM0GNzrvYpdN8FlyDPh9PXYW6XnDJg71L6spN6R5vYltb_mjW6Rp7M65Nr6k7W2HzXlN3GjYhbN6c-7-j1xqfsW23DNxv7jJKGzW1rsDX61C3rSYW2fGK9n5WvkW6W1PNP402yc_NJW35_Tv-2zc_VsVjLD4K1tRBfdW5GZYRK4YDfHzW2xfj3S229CZ6W6krfrk66VzYVW7wT1QD5gVjlxW5n4v6N40_52RW6mcn1v9l6KsLW67Cjlv4xlJXfW3ZghW35zkjJcW9fbsVK2RlTpZW2pMNNC5kkT0bW833Bq98YPTpNW6w-Zq95tTHp8W6yVXYz4CjYK9W6c_tf44mBmj0W1R4RHc5PWM82W4kqyZl6cFdzhW7ccDz76wDzXrW3Kxmsy8DnmDGVlC_N158QQ6zW1Wb7_s2YgnJNW1S6X986mmXPZW8b_Qgg31bF8fN2qGcX2tzXPrW2kNJ_l3qK2nVW5MJDQj7xYGYlW6qZrpk8SgtYLW8NlZ0_8mW7kMf25dzxX02)”

http://tinyurl.com/oyba66k

Growth hacking:

https://growthhackers.com/growth-studies/

https://www.reddit.com/r/Entrepreneur/comments/2clqa3/how_startups_such_as_dropbox_airbnb_groupon_and/

The open meeting is held on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday and everyone interested in

Business and Personal Development is welcome!

Upcoming events (3)

Premium networking event with investors. Grand re-launch of BFC

Carlton House Terrace

The ultimate networking event of fall '21 is here! If you're looking to connect with top funders and growth support organisations...

We welcome businesses across all industries and stages to benefit from this ample opportunity to liaise with leading VCs, Business Angels & Business Angel Networks, Lenders, Grant experts & many more.

We're recognised for bringing a top-quality audience of key decision-makers and key experts representing funding and growth support bodies.

✓ Get exclusive brand exposure and outreach to top UK investors.

✓ Enjoy an evening full of connections and opportunities.

Great News! There are pitching opportunities for businesses that wish to maximise their brand exposure. If interested, please purchase PREMIUM ticket and our team will get in touch with detailed guidance.

*The organisers maintain the right to pre-vet the applications and to approve or disapprove any pitching/showcasing/attending applicants. In this case unsuccessful candidates will be provided with a refund.

BOOK YOUR TICKETS & get 50% off winning pitch template on our website >> https://www.bizfundingclub.com

Held at prestigious Carlton House Terrace...

This event will offer a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs and top funders to connect in the luxurious setting of this extraordinary historical venue located in the heart of London.

Places are limited so do not miss out on this unique opportunity!

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Brought to you by Business Funding Show, originally the first-ever funding exhibition for the UK & EU, is now a series of events bringing together high potential SMEs and leading financial institutions to ensure the UK’s business growth.

Startup Fundraising: Selling your vision effectively with Financial data

Many founders are struggling with raising funds, due to the many manual, repetitive and time-consuming workflows across the fundraising cycle. One of barriers is financial modelling: for founders without an analytical background, this can be a daunting task.

In this seminar, we will talk you through the steps of creating your first financial model and show you how you can use your numbers to sell your vision efficiently.

Who is the event for?
Early-stage Founders that are fundraising or looking to fundraise

Key take-aways
These are the key take-aways:
1. Ability to understand main drivers of business and how they are interlinked (Build a simple P&L financial model)
2. Effectively communicate vision and financial outcomes to investors (Storytelling with Data)

Content covered
These topics will be covered in the seminar:
1. Why and when do you need a financial model
2. Assumptions:
a) Where do you find assumptions to build a financial model?
b) How do you now the assumptions make sense?
3. How to differentiate between approaching financial modelling for internal (growth) and external (investor) use
4. Key elements of a financial model and how they are connected
5. How-to build your first financial model/P&L sheet (we suggest a practical session to review different options, i.e. excel and non-excel)
6. Benefitting from your financial model, beyond the pitch deck
7. Using your financial model as a storytelling tool

Agenda[masked] pm Introduction[masked] pm Seminar[masked] pm Case studies[masked] pm Q&A[masked] pm Closing

Speakers
Kayode is the Founder and CEO of Caena.io, a financial technology company building tools to simplify the fundraising process for startups and private investment firms.
Before Caena, he worked for 14 years in financial services across retail banking, strategy and investment banking. His most significant stint was in investment banking where he was Vice President, Leveraged Finance at Standard Chartered Bank.
He is an associate alumnus of MIT Sloan Management School. He holds an M.Sc. International Management from University of Liverpool and a B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

Charlotte Vermedal
is a Product Marketing Manager and has spent most of her career in the world of startups, including within Telecomms, HealthTech and FinTech. She has also been an associate at Techstars London, where she consulted 10 of UK's most promising startups.

Company profile
Caena is simplifying the fundraising process for startups. Our mission is to eliminate barriers to funding and unlock access to capital for every founder, regardless of background.

We are leveraging technology and Artificial Intelligence to significantly reduce the time and cost of growing a small business.

How to be in the top 10 % of FIT & HEALTHY people? Checklist for an Optimal YOU!

Everyone is chasing and prioritising the externals (career, success, wealth) and
usually ignoring the importance of taking care and looking after oneself.

All the pressure of modern-day living has made us side line our health. So, the result is lots of obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle becomes the norm. The mindset is that if this is how I have been always doing things, then I will continue in this way.

The emphasis here is on work-life balance. This will require you to make your health a priority and set your schedule around it.

WHO IS THIS EVENT FOR?
Everyone who want to take their fitness and health to the next level.

FAQ
These are the common questions I get asked:
1. When is the best time to start?
Always now, today

2. Is this focused on any type of diet regime?
No. It only looks at what is best for you

3. Who will benefit from this event?
Everyone (above the age of 5 years)

4. Will this be a lot of hard work and is it difficult?
No. However, it will require your motivation over a long time frame

5. Will I benefit from making changes?
Yes. Each person is different and requires a unique set of goals to work towards.

KEY CHECKLIST
We will look at each of these 10 factors that play in key role in determining your health and fitness, in detail:
1. No sugar & Low carbs (< 20 %)
2. No Supplementation
3. Blood test
4. Dental & Eye health
5. Skin, Hair & Nails
6. Feet & Hands
7. Gut microbiome
8. Exercise
9. Nutrition & Water
10. Sleep

Bonus
Mindset, Mindfulness & Breath

This checklist has been devised by Osmond only.

AGENDA
7.00 to 7.10 pm Introduction and Networking
7.10 to 7. 15 pm Modern Health epidemics
7.15 to 7. 25 pm Blue Zones & Longevity
7.25 to 7.35 pm Objections and Resistance
7.35 to 7.45 pm Blood test results for Osmond
7.45 to 7.50 pm Dangers of Sugar & Carbs
7.50 to 8.00 pm Exercise & Fitness
8.00 to 8.30 pm Q and A

SPEAKER
Osmond Dsilva is an advocate for healthy living and for giving this a TOP priority. He has been practicing and learning about health and fitness for over 30 years, every single day (almost).

Also, he uses the knowledge gained from meeting with people from most countries around the world and applying the best practice.

Note:
I am not a qualified health specialist.
Make sure to seek professional advice, if required.

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