SVC2UK: December Newsletter

Thanks to those of you who actively participated in SVC2UK this month – our 10th anniversary! What a week it was. It was run by London & Partners again this year so huge thanks to the team there who helped across the programme. We have had incredible feedback from our guests and our international speakers. Throughout the summit this year we were able to recognise the achievements over the past 10 years of SVC2UK. These included:

  • Hosting over 30,000 guests at events across Cambridge, Manchester, London and inspired events in other cities such as Tallinn.
  • Working with over 1000 volunteers in running the SVC2UK events and inspiring them to become entrepreneurs themselves.
  • Helping over 400 founder-CEOs to scale up their businesses for the first-time and Supporting over 60 Female founder-CEOs to raise their ambitions and scale up their businesses with 2 Trade Missions to Silicon Valley.
  • Hosting over 170 prominent entrepreneurs (speakers) from Silicon Valley
  • Inspiring the creation of Founders4Schools
  • Inspiring the creation of the ScaleUp Institute

Click here to see the short film showing some of these highlights.

Manchester and Cambridge

SVC2UK 10 Years Summit

On 1 November events took place in Manchester and Cambridge. Thanks to Peter Lusty and Lynn Shepherd for organising successful events in Manchester for students, CEOs, investors and serial entrepreneurs. It is great to see the inspiration of SVC2UK being shared with the community in the Manchester area.

In Cambridge the debate focused on Artificial Intelligence and which industry it was likely to have the biggest impact on over the next ten years. Healthcare came out on top with compelling arguments from our speakers followed by lively Q and A from our audience. Huge thanks to Ann Fisher, Helen Poole and the team at Bailey Fisher Executive Search for all their hard work in arranging the Cambridge events including the dinner after the debate and the round tables the following morning hosted at Mills & Reeve to help scale ups in AI to continue to grow. Photos from the Cambridge debate can be seen here and the press coverage can be viewed here.

Masterclasses @ Campus London

There was a great energy at Campus London for the Masterclasses with topics such as scaling a business, accessing finance, building a healthtech business and business opportunities in Machine Learning (ran by the Royal Society). Lots of discussion, debate and networking and a recipe that we will continue in the future. 100% of the participants found the speakers at the event to be very engaging. Huge thanks again to Sarah Drinkwater and the team at Campus London for their partnership and for hosting these masterclasses.

10 Years from Now

Oli Barrett and Obi Felton

Our “Ten Years from Now” talks at the Royal Institute of Great Britain chaired by the wonderful Oli Barrett heard our speakers share their vision for driverless cars, flying cars, and much more with technologies changing every aspect of our lives at an exponential rate. You can view all the talks on our youtube channel here.

CEO Summit

CEO summit 2016

Our flagship CEO Summit was a huge success this year held at the London Living Room in City Hall. We brought together some of the UK’s fastest growing scale ups together with our speakers and mentors to explore the topics that prevent them from scaling. Our mentors included Nick Beighton (CEO of ASOS), David Buttress (CEO of Just Eat), and Megan Smith (CTO for USA). You can see images here of the day.

We were also fortunate to host a very special dinner at Windsor Castle with His Royal Highness the Duke of York. The guests included a number of tech influencers including Sir Tim Berners Lee plus serial entrepreneurs, CEOs from some of the fastest growing scale ups from SVC2UK events over the past 10 years and a handful of volunteers and advisers who have repeatedly supported and helped shape SVC2UK to what it is today. Photographs can be seen here.


SVC2UK would not be possible without the support of our partners, so I would like to give a huge shoutout to the following companies who provided both financial support and resources to help make SVC2UK 2016 such a roaring success: Mastercard, London & Partners, Campus London, KPMG, Bailey Fisher Executive Search, Barclays, Penningtons Manches, Buzzacott, The Royal Society, Mills and Reeve, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Fieldhouse Associates, and Mind the Bridge.

US Speakers

Megan Smith CTO United States

We are always blessed with inspirational speakers who join us from the UK and from across the pond to deliver short talks, mentor our first time CEOs and also take away some great insights and impressions of our thriving tech start-up and scale-up ecosystems. Huge thanks again to our speakers who joined us this year from Washington DC, Boston and Silicon Valley. Your contribution across the programme helped to inspire many people across our communities.

Please do share your own experiences

Do please share some of your SVC2UK experiences by posting on our LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter sites. If you know others who are interested in partnering with us or are simply interested in the world of entrepreneurship and Scale-Ups, please do direct them to us.


Janet Coyle

London & Partners