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For this month’s Coffee Club session, we’re partnering up with Newable & Innovate UK Edge.
We will be discussing their free business support programme that helps with sourcing funding, entering new markets to grow and scale, improving innovation management and more. If you are an innovative business requiring help to develop, launch, scale or grow your business, then this is for you!
We look forward to seeing you.
Are you a science-tech-creative startup or organisation based in Hammersmith and Fulham? If your resolution in 2021 is to grow your network, make new connections or ask opinions and share advice with like-minded entrepreneurs, Upstream’s Coffee Club is for you.
You bring the coffee and we will convene like-minded startups, innovators, creatives and tech workers along with the occasional expert. Sessions are a perfect opportunity to discuss your journey as an entrepreneur or startup and make valuable connections.
Attendees will be required to fill out a short application to state what type of support they require. We will support your needs as best as we can.
We look forward to seeing you!
A bit about us - Upstream is a partnership between Imperial College London and Hammersmith and Fulham Council here to connect and support the Science, Tech and Creative industries in the borough and help transform White City into an innovation district.
Here are a few entrepreneurs & organisations in Hammersmith & Fulham we’ve helped:
“OpenCell has found in Upstream an enthusiastic advocate for our businesses. From raising the profile of OpenCell businesses on social media to connecting us to local institutions and large businesses, everything the team has done has made our arrival in West London that much better.” - OpenCell London
“Upstream’s events are a source of very useful insights, good connections and get me thinking.” - Lavolio Boutique
“Upstream are a vital source of ideas, connections and support for us and the business based in our Hammersmith & Fulham co-working spaces. They’ve created a buzz and community of entrepreneurs…” - Work.Life
“Upstream’s initiatives are galvanising the Hammersmith and Fulham Technology community: the support they provide and meetups are critical to the creation of a vibrant tech ecosystem.” - CyLon
Are you a startup seeking investment? Join us to hear from exceptional startups who have raised millions in funding and discover how they did it and what they have learned.
Upstream is delighted to bring you the next event in the Money Talks series where we will be exploring the do’s and don’ts of fundraising in a panel discussion with innovative startups based in Hammersmith & Fulham. The panel features White-City based fintech Comma, the UK's first payment system that enables small and micro businesses to bulk-pay bills, salaries and taxes efficiently who has just raised £4.34M ($6M) in a seed round of funding led by Octopus Ventures and Connect Ventures.
*More speakers to be announced!*
The panel discussion will last around 40 minutes with speakers sharing their fundraising experience and how to overcome pitfalls followed by a Q&A.
We will then have a short talk from the Newable & Innovate UK Edge Growth and Scale programme. This free programme advises innovative organisations on sourcing funding, entering new markets to grow and scale, improving innovation management and more - scroll down for more details. Attendees will be able to sign up for an initial meeting to discuss their eligibility.
About the venue -
This event will take place in one of West London's hot spots - Huckletree White City. Huckletree is a workspace accelerator bringing together a diverse, disruptive community of startups, scaleups, innovation teams and global brands - all powered by the belief that collaboration is key to building a successful business. A place where "creativity meets talent and curiosity inspires innovation".
**The venue has COVID safety measures in place, we will update you via email in the lead up to the event. Attendees are required to show proof of vaccination status OR a negative lateral flow test (LFT) on the day.
About the speakers:
Tom Beckenham (CEO of Comma) - Tom is second time founder focused on fintech and payments with a mission to "remove business banking bs from people's lives" - to make the whole process simpler. With previous experience working with Specle and then running global operations at an international marketing consultancy, Tom noticed that billing and payments over £1000 was a very painful process. Comma was developed out of passion for efficiency, aiming to make the payments process for large amounts as simple as paying by card. It is the UK’s first bulk payment system that pays bills, taxes and salaries for accountants and small businesses making use of the latest additions to open banking technology.
Raj Tandon - Innovation & Growth Specialist, Innovate UK EDGE
Newable & Innovate UK Edge Growth and Scale programme is for innovative businesses requiring help to develop, launch, scale or grow their business.
Newable, the London delivery partner for Innovate UK EDGE, provides free support to London-based innovative and ambitious businesses along their growth journey to scale.
This funded support is led by experienced innovation & growth specialists to maximise the company’s potential by working with them to identify needs, develop an action plan and achieve desired outcomes. They can help within a variety of areas from funding and finance, through to protecting your IP.