Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) is a not-for-profit volunteer-led invitation-only series of events that bring together early stage investors, successful serial entrepreneurs, students and alumni with leading serial entrepreneurs and investors to discuss and debate how and why they have come to create and fund today’s most disruptive technologies that aim to change our world.
It was founded eight years ago by Ellen Levy (Investor, Advisor and tech company exec) and co-Chairmen Reid Hoffman (Founder of Linkedin) and Sherry Coutu CBE (Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor) to support the ecosystem for entrepreneurs in the UK. It brings leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders to the UK to explore ideas and to ignite local entrepreneurship.
SVC2UK aims to
- help the most promising first time CEOs in Europe to scale their companies better
- inspire students to consider entrepreneurship as a career
- foster relationships between leading entrepreneurs, business people and investors
Every November Silicon Valley and UK leaders in entrepreneurship lead workshops, masterclasses and lectures, with the aim to debate, discuss, create and fund today’s most disruptive technologies to change our world in the years to come. In 2013 SVC2UK also launched the 100 Club, now called Scale Up Club, for CEOs who are expected to take their businesses to £100m in revenue within 3-5 years. Please see separate tab on this exciting initiative.
Each year, SVC2UK grows in reach and influence. This year, cities from around Europe and beyond hosted Silicon Valley Comes 2 You (SVC2U) – a programme of events that run concurrently with SVC2UK and harness the momentum of SVC2UK to showcase local talent and motivate others to start their own enterprise.
SVC2UK is supported by a number of businesses and has grown into an eagerly anticipated event, with thousands of students and entrepreneurs benefiting from the collective expertise of the group. We would like to thank our sponsors and partners without whom these inspirational events would not have been possible.