Partners for 2013 Programme

Lead Partners


Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.


UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit or visit the online newsroom at


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Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and Google products. With over 50 programs in 110 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas. To learn about the programs, or to grow your own skills through free online courses, visit or on Google+ at


American Airlines is committed to supporting entrepreneurs to help them succeed. Through Business Extra, American’s loyalty program for small and medium enterprises, businesses can earn points for every dollar spent on travel, while their employees continue to earn AAdvantage® miles on every flight. Additionally, American supports select companies through the Innovators Initiative by providing travel grants, marketing support, sourcing of products/services or fostering connections that enable growth. For additional information on Business Extra, please Connect with American on Twitter@AmericanAir or


Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge, and it furthers the University’s mission by advancing education, learning and research worldwide.

It is the world’s oldest media business, with a fast-growing global digital presence in Academic, English Language Teaching and Education publishing, and 90 per cent of its sales outside the UK.

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London-based accountants specialising in outsourced accounting and finance solutions to entrepreneurs and tech start-ups in the UK and US. – See more at:


Penningtons Solicitors LLP is a forward-thinking, top 100 UK law firm which provides a broad range of legal services tailored to the needs of businesses and individuals. With offices in London, Cambridge, Hampshire and Surrey, it offers partner-led advice with an emphasis on team work. As a member of Multilaw and the European Law Group, Penningtons has close links with law firms throughout the world.


London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London. Our company attracts and delivers value to business, students and visitors. We work in partnership with organisations across the world to achieve our goal – that London is recognised as the best big city on Earth.

Microsoft Ventures

Microsoft Ventures is a strategic partner for promising startups around the world. Part of our global Accelerator progamme, the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator London is looking for promising early-stage startups who are doing big things in the cloud, internet, mobile & gaming to join an immersive 12-week accelerator programme aimed at compressing time to launch. We also offer startups access to free tools, software, cloud and visibility through our BizSpark Programme, as well as access to our global startup community.


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Brunswick is a leading business communications firm: a global partnership with 22 offices in 13 countries. Founded in 1987, Brunswick has grown organically, operating as a single profit center – allowing us to respond seamlessly to our clients’ needs, wherever they are in the world.


Entrepreneur First is the only seed investment programme in the world that selects entirely on the basis of talent. We recruit brilliant students and recent graduates, often pre-team and pre-idea, and support them to build high-growth tech startups in London. This is the hardest and most rewarding graduate programme in Europe.


Seedcamp is the most connected international seed investor in the world and is Europe’s leading micro-seed investment and mentoring program. Since launching in 2007, our family now includes 90+ of Europe’s most promising startups with several acquisitions. Backed by an awesome team, board, and group of investors, we are incredibly active and invest in about 20 startups globally annually.

Level 39

Level39 is Europe’s largest accelerator space for finance, retail and future cities technology companies. Occupying the entire 39th floor of the iconic One Canada Square building, and established by Canary Wharf Group plc, Level39 was opened in March 2013. At Level39, we put our high potential entrepreneurs in the same space as some of the world’s most influential technology buyers and investors, accelerating their traction and access to markets. Level39 also creates & hosts accelerator programmes and a busy events calendar.

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The Mayor wants London to be the ‘best big city in the world’. His work includes making it easier for people to move in and around the city, improving London’s environment, helping the capital’s businesses to thrive, providing Londoners with more affordable housing and giving young people in London more opportunities.

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Cambridge University Entrepreneurs was founded in 1999 by three people. Ten years on, CU Entrepreneurs have evolved to being a key part of the University’s ecosystem for supporting and accelerating entrepreneurship and innovation. CUE’s goal is to promote and nurture entrepreneurship in Cambridge and beyond. However CUE do this in quite a unique way. Their business creation competition, along with the training, mentoring and networking events in support of it, takes an individual from idea to business in under a year.

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The Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club’s mission is to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit amongst academics and students. CUTEC facilitates interaction between industry experts and students, thereby providing students with exposure to the wider business and fundraising communities. Investors and the industries that support students in turn gain access to the vibrant research and entrepreneurial communities at the University of Cambridge.


A great business school at the heart of Cambridge, advancing knowledge and leadership through people who leave a mark on the world. Judge Business School is one of the top business schools in the world, offering a variety of teaching programmes including the Cambridge MBA, the Master of Finance, the Executive MBA, PhD, MPhil, and undergraduate degrees together with a suite of Executive Education courses. The world-class faculty of the School comprises around 55 members. They represent all continents and likewise their research interests span the globe and the full spectrum of business issues. Many are leaders in their field directing cutting-edge research, consulting for top businesses, advising governments, and most of all, bringing their experiences and new found knowledge into the classroom.



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