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)

Investor pitch deck for startups/scaleups: Business plan and Fundraising webinar

*** EventBrite registration required - see link below *** · How do you prepare for an Investor presentation? · What are the key points to include in your presentation? · What are the pitfalls and common mistakes to avoid? · How to use your customer “use case” in a story to show what your product does? · What are the key item two thirds of startup pitches leave out that is critical to customer adaption? This seminar focuses on what angel investors and venture capitalists have indicated they are looking for in startup pitches. This content was derived from live pitch events with angel investors and venture capitalists. WHO IS THIS FOR For all startup/scaleup founders and staff who want to improve their pitch and presentation skills Recommended for all startup/scaleup founders who want to pitch to Investors and are looking for Funding. KEY TAKEAWAYS 1. Key point to include in a pitch deck to make it attractive to an investor 2. The type of questions that an investor will ask 3. The numbers and data that an investor is looking for 4. The research will you need to do for the content 5. Top tips on how to improve your presentation skills 6. Time management during a presentation 7. How to avoid the pitfall and common mistakes AGENDA The schedule for the evening will be as follows: 07.00 pm to 07.10 pm Introductions and Seminar introduction 07.10 pm to 07.45 pm – Investor pitch deck 07.45 pm to 08.00 pm - Q & A and Feedback INSTRUCTOR Osmond Desilva, Funding & Finance partner I am an Accountant and Electronics Engineer and assist in Business Plans, Pitch, Development, Strategy, Mentor and Funding for Startups and Entrepreneurs for over 25 years around the world. He has also been the host of the Business Funding show, Tech city and VC stand The seminar is based on the speakers Udemy course READING Ask James: former Dragon’s Den judge answers your small business questions https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/ask-james--former-dragon-s-den-judge-answers-your-small-business-questions-163533671.html 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. EVENTBRITE REGITRATION Eventbrite registration for event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/investor-pitch-deck-for-startupsscaleups-fundraising-webinar-tickets-115626009507

Optimal performance - Productivity & Time management - work SMART

*** EventBrite registration required - see link below *** *** Zoom link will be provided shortly for online event *** Working hard is not the same as working Smart! Being busy is not the same as being Productive! Working long hours is not the same as getting Results! Welcome to this seminar on Productivity & Time management! This course is for Entrepreneurs and Professional, who can apply the skills in this course, in their workplace. This seminar is based on the Udemy course produced by the speaker. KEY CONCEPTS COVERED You will learn about: 1. Key concepts of Productivity and time management 2. How to apply these principles in your daily lives, and 3. To become successful and a high achiever, using 1. and 2. above. WHO IS THIS FOR This course is for: • Entrepreneurs, Business owners, • Startups • Professionals It is for everyone who would like to be productive in the working time and to learn to manage their time better. AGENDA The agenda is as follows: 1: Introduction (15 mins) 2: Key Productivity Principles (15 mins) 3: Tools of the trade (30 mins) 4: Q & A and Feedback (20 mins) ABOUT THE SPEAKER I am experienced mentor and business coach at Tech Citizen Entrepreneurship academy in London, which has over 7,000 members. My mentors and myself work with entrepreneurs, startups and scale ups, to get them to the next level. We hosted over 500 talks, seminars and workshops over the past 7 years. Our USP is always to produce quality business content and our mentors each have 30+ years of experience in their field of expertise. Also, these online courses are based on the workshops we host in London. Over the years I have worked in many different organisations of all shapes and sizes. From this I have obtained knowledge of industry best practice and I get to see the things that work (and a lot that does not) I have an Engineering (electronics/computer science) and Accounting/Finance background. I also have a keen interest in personal & self-development, including health and nutrition. EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION EventBrite registration is required for this https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/optimal-performance-productivity-time-management-work-smart-tickets-115326867766

Investor Metrics for Startups:Growth KPIs, ROI & Traction for successful Funding

*** EventBrite registration required for this event *** · What are the KPIs that investors look for in your startup? · How do you plan for your Metrics goals and strategy? · How can you best report the metrics to Investors and Stakeholders? Recommended for all startup founders who want to pitch to Investors and are looking for Funding and Investment WHO IS THIS FOR For all startup founders and staff who want to improve their Metrics and KPIs competence and knowledge SEMINAR OBJECTIVES The main objectives to be achieved in this SEMINAR are: 1. Understanding of KPIs and Metrics 2. How to implement them in an organisation 3. What data to collect and focus on 4. How to report the information correctly 5. Common mistakes to avoid INSTRUCTOR Osmond Desilva, Funding & Finance partner I am an Accountant and Electronics Engineer and assist in Business Plans, Pitch, Development, Strategy, Mentor and Funding for Startups and Entrepreneurs for over 25 years around the world. He has also been the host of the Business Funding show, Tech city and VC stand AGENDA The schedule for the seminar will be as follows: 07.00 pm to 07.10 pm Introductions and Seminar details 7.10 pm to 7.45 pm Investor Metrics & KPIs 7.45 pm to 8.15 pm Q & A and Feedback STARTUP DATA You are welcome to bring your companies data with you. EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION Please fill in the registration below:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/investor-metrics-for-startups-growth-kpis-roi-traction-for-funding-tickets-115891997083

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