What we're about

https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/4/a/b/2/600_398539122.jpeg

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.

https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/4/5/2/600_453561586.jpeg

https://a248.e.akamai.net/secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/e/0/a/c/600_453957516.jpeg

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

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/9/4/2/5/600_461377925.jpeg

“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.

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/6/e/5/600_461422245.jpeg

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:

https://twitter.com/EC1Capital/status/556393006421790720/photo/1

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 (5+)

Agile in a start-ups – the why, when & how of this methodology

A short introduction to working Agile in a small, fast paced environment. WHO IS THE EVENT FOR? - Founders/Entrepreneurs thinking about how they want their company to grow and how to work with software developers. - Programmers, Testers, Product people and others who need to help entrepreneurs and managers grow the company in the right way KEY TAKEAWAYS - When start-ups need agile - The truth about MVPs - Thinking small to maximise diseconomies of scale and reduce risk - Moving fast with quality - Building a team which can learn the right thing to build - The key role of Product owners SPEAKER Allan Kelly Allan Kelly advises teams from many different companies and domains on adopting and deepening Agile practices and development in general. He specialises in working with software product companies and aligning products and processes with company strategy. When he is not with clients he writes far too much. He is the author of three books: 1. "Xanpan - team centric Agile Software Development" (https://leanpub.com/xanpan), 2. "Business Patterns for Software Developers" and 3. “Changing Software Development: Learning to be Agile” The originator of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets (http://www.dialoguesheets.com) and a regular conference speaker. He can be found on Twitter as @allankellynet (http://twitter.com/allankellynet) and blogs (http://blog.allankelly.net). Tech Citizen Entrepreneurship Academy (TCEA) 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 Confidentiality All the information discussed in this meetup is confidential No documentation or information in the event, is to be distributed or used outside of the event. RSVP We appreciate your cooperation in updating your RSVP to be an accurate representation of whether you will attend. CAFE CONDUCT The venue is provided to Tech city for free and we need to respect the owners hospitality. You are required to buy one item from the cafe counter. You are not allowed to consume/leave any drinks (including branded water) and food from outside, on the premises.

The Business Funding Show 2019

The East Wintergarden

Please note! It is required that you book your tickets through the following link: https://bit.ly/2F5LOls (RSVP is not enough) The Business Funding Show 2019 is UK & EU's only business event exclusively focused on funding opportunities and growth support. Our fourth annual flagship Show will be the biggest show you've seen us putting on and will feature leading debt and equity funders, growth support institutions and entrepreneurs, all actively contributing the continued success of UK & EU's growing number of SMEs. There will be talks from notable speakers, 1-to-1 investment clinics and an all day exhibition. Come explore all of your options on how to get your cash-flow running, attend the investor clinics to get crucial advice from top investors and lenders and finally network with funders at the networking reception in order to discuss funding options and growth pathways. Business Funding Show welcomes businesses across all industries and stages to get the necessary support to improve, evolve and expand. All attendees to the event will have an ample opportunity to liaise with representatives of various leading financial institutions. EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Investment Clinics: Top Funders and Investors will be on site for 1-to-1 meetings to give valuable ideas, advice and feedback. Wondering how you can join? 1. Book the All-Inclusive Ticket Type 2. Send us your sector, stage and desired funding amount at [masked] and we'll help you schedule your meetings. Event Sponsored by: - Newable - British Business Bank - Spotcap - GrantedConsultancy - A City Law Firm - Asset Advantage - Marks & Clerk - Envestors Organisers: Business Funding Show 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 UK’s business growth. TICKETS TO THIS EVENT ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

1-to-1 Investment Clinics @BFS'19

East Wintergarden

Please note! It is required that you book your tickets through the following link: https://bit.ly/2RgaK0K (RSVP is not enough) Tired of searching right funders' contacts? Chasing investors but not hearing back? Not sure which investor is the best fit for you? All your worries end here! Just join for us for the exclusive 1-to-1 Investment Clinics at the Business Funding Show '19 on Feb, 21st. This will be your chance to attend prebooked face-to-face meetings with the best-fit investors selected based on your needs. How to participate? Step 1: Purchase the ticket (it'll also grant you an access to the entire Show). Step 2: Be as acurate as possible while filling the check-out questionnaire, as we'll use your answers to match you with investors. Step 3: Send us your pitchdeck via [masked] (optional) Once the above steps are done, sit back, relax and let us find the right match for your business. Is this for you? Yes, if you are looking for a business angels or angel networks or institutional VCs, that invest from pre-Seed to Series B. Event Organiser: The Business Funding Show The Business Funding Show is 70,000 strong network of entrepreneurs and funders. We're recognised for bringing top quality audience of key decision makers and leading industry experts representing funding and growth support organisations. We also run the only funding exhibition in the UK & EU. Our next flagship show is the Business Funding Show'19 on Feb, 21st. There you will be able to attend funders expo, learn from notable speakers, who are industry leaders, and discuss your business with the best-fit funders within 1-to-1 Investment Clinics.

Fintech Funding @BFS'19

East Wintergarden

Please note! It is required that you book your tickets through the following link: https://bit.ly/2Fmhq6n (RSVP is not enough) Remember – as long as the world is still turning, there’s business to be done! Despite the continued uncertainties of Brexit, 2018 was another year for the UK’s fintech sector. Record levels of investment poured into the community, with $16bn secured in the first six months of 2018, exceeding the value of investment in US fintech by almost $2bn. In addition, progressive regulation and a thriving financial services sector attracted more entrepreneurs from around the world. According to EY, the UK is home to 1,600 fintech companies, with over 80 per cent based in London – creating a true global fintech capital. If these figures are intriguing enough for you and you are a fintech entrepreneur actively seeking funding, then join us at the exclusive fintech funding section of the Business Funding Show'19. Here's a great opportunity we created for you: - Exhibit amongst top UK funders and fast-growing Fintech businesses; - Discuss your business with pre-vetted and most relevant investors in 121 settings; - Bring along your colleague or partner to help handle multiple enquiries from attending HNWI and VCs; - Take most of all activities, which will be available for you at the Show; and - Benefit from a number of pre- and post-event marketing and media opportunities we secured for you. ORGANISER: The Business Funding Show The Business Funding Show is 70,000 strong network of entrepreneurs and funders. We're recognised for bringing top quality audience of key decision makers and leading industry experts representing funding and growth support organisations. We also run the only funding exhibition in the UK & EU. Our next flagship show is the Business Funding Show'19 on Feb, 21st. There you will be able to attend funders expo, learn from notable speakers, who are industry leaders, and discuss your business with the best-fit funders within 1-to-1 Investment Clinics. Event Sponsored by: - Newable - British Business Bank - Spotcap - Granted Consultancy - Marks & Clerk - A City Law Firm - Asset Advantage - Envestors

Past events (399)

How we used API’s to onboard 4000 new customers in 1 week & Business Growth

Techhub London: 20 Ropemaker St, London EC2Y 9AR

Photos (1,187)