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SVC2UK MHP Digital Roundtable – Top takeawaysClick to watch a short video of the attendees talking about the key takeaways of the evening.
Roundtable discussion on all things digital with MHPHow do you ensure that a lack of time or resource never impacts your digital strategy? SVC2UK and MHP hosted 20 Scaleup Club CEOs to talk about digital media while scaling.
The BBC today launched Make it DigitalWe are super excited here at SVC2UK to be partnering with the BBC on the “Make it Digital campaign launched today.  Make it Digital is a major UK-wide initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. It …
Top 3 trends Seedrs CEO Jeff Lynn sees in the industryAs the CEO of a successful startup investment firm, Seeders' Jeff Lynn gives us the top 3 trends he sees in investment.
On a mission with Boris Johnson: the Seedrs storyJeff Lynn, CEO and Adam Kauffman, co-head of SVC2UK Scale Up Club company Seedrs', the equity crowdfunding platform, joined the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's trade mission to New York and Boston. Jeff Lynn talks to us about what he has learned on the trip.
On a mission with Boris, Day 2Join us in following the adventures of Scale Up Club CEOs with Boris Johnson in US. Read on for the highlights of Day 2, featuring Arianna Huffington and Joanna Shields. I arrived on Tuesday night in time to join a monthly …
On a mission with Boris JohnsonFour of the CEOs in the SVC2UK Scale up Club have hit the road to Boston and NYC with Boris Johnson as part of a Trade Mission to boost exports. Clare Flynn Levy, Founder & CEO of Essentia Analytics, is sharing her highlights.
TrialReach Raises $13.5M Series BTrialReach has closed a new $13.5 million Series B round of funding. The investment is being led by Smedvig Capital, with participation from existing backers Amadeus Capital and Octopus Investments
Essentia Analytics wins Best Performance Data AnalyticsEssentia Analytics has been awarded the Best Performance Data Analytics Award at The Hedge Fund Journal Awards 2015, which celebrate the leading service providers to the European hedge fund industry.
Sherry Coutu chats with a class of Year 9 studentsSherry Coutu CBE, Founder and Chairman of  Founders4Schools chats with a class of Year 9 students as part of the Hour of Code, and answers questions about computing and investment, how technology can help solve every day problems and what …
Cambridge University students come up trumps in Founders4Schools ‘Appathon’ and win trip to Silicon ValleyBy Matthew Gooding It’s a well recognised fact (sort-of) that everyone has a book in them, but can the same be said for apps? Certainly it seems that the younger generation are full of ideas for applications for smart phones …
Welcome to the SVC2UK 2014 Scale Up ClubThe SVC2UK 2014 Scale Up Club is worth more than £300M and grows at an average of 228%
SVC2UK 2014 Scale Up Club list announcedSVC2UK has today announced the 60 companies who have been invited to join the Scale Up Club this year, including Amplience, Appear Here, Blippar, CertiVox, CityFibre, Conversocial, Glow, Genius, Jolla, Secretsales, Spark Energy and Somo.
Old Cambridge University to Give Birth to New Ed-tech IdeasBy Julia Palatovska If you are like me and dream to contribute your knowledge and energy in the development of innovative educational solutions, you can hardly find a better place for your venture than Cambridge. The town hosts one of …
Britain must do more to scale up tech firmsBy Joseph Mills City AM BRITAIN is great when it comes to helping tech startups, but we lag behind many countries when it comes to scaling-up these companies to reach their full potential, a report will reveal. The Scale-Up report …
Government urged to support ‘scale-ups’“Getting our ecosystem to produce a greater number of scale-ups is more ambitious and challenging than producing a greater number of start-ups or celebrating entrepreneurs.”
UK urged to back business ‘scale-ups’ rather than start-upsSince small companies fail or stay still as often as they manage to grow, it makes sense to focus on the more established scale-ups as the engines of prosperity
5 reasons to attend the SVC2UK events next weekWith just 5 days away, we are over the moon about the upcoming SVC2UK series of events next week in Cambridge, London and Manchester and you should be too! With fantastic speakers and mentors from Silicon Valley, days packed with …
SVC2UK 2014 – Manchester, Cambridge, LondonFrom 19th to 21st November 2014, SVC2UK will once again bring leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors to the UK to share their views on the future
5 Thoughts from David White, CEO of import.ioBefore you ask – import.io allows anyone to tap into the huge potential of data on the web with their free tools that turn any website into a structured table or API in minutes – with no coding knowledge required. …
How to Deal with Challenges of Scaling a Business?By Xavier Tang Startups face incredible challenges from the get go. Even if your business has survived the turbulent founding years, new hurdles will arise; the challenges of an early stage startup evolve as a company transitions into the growth …
Scale Up ReportThoughts by Janet Coyle, MD Silicon Valley comes to the UK Scale up report to be launched 17 November We all know that Britain is a great place to start a business and here in London innovation is everywhere.
Voices from Silicon ValleySilicon Valley Comes to the UK had handpicked 17 female CEOs from some of the UK’s most rapidly growing tech firms and taken them to Silicon Valley to learn from some of its most influential brands. What does Silicon Valley have to teach 17 of Britain’s up-and-coming female CEOs? Rather a lot, as it happens!
The countdown to the Cambridge Materclasses has started!By Akosua Ayim Are you inspired by entrepreneurship? Venture Capitalism? The latest trends in EdTech? If any of these peak your interest, you absolutely need to be at Silicon Valley Comes to the UK! This 3 day conference between Cambridge …
Lessons from Silicon ValleyDebbie Wosskow: "The contacts and experiences I gained from my trip to the west coast should be highly useful as we embark on our next stage of expansion. If I learned one thing over there, it’s that the sky’s the limit".
A word from… Zoe Peden of Insane LogicZoe Peden, co-founder and chief juggler of Insane Logic, shares her insights on how to get the best out of SVC2UK and take a company to a new level. Since taking part in SVC2UK events, Insane Logic expanded its team from 5 to 12 people, developed its sales strategy and built a new business proposition.
Apply for the CEO SummitOnly a few weeks to go before our annual CEO scale up summit at the London Stock Exchange where we help CEOs who are leading high growth companies to scale up their businesses. Do hurry as spaces are limited for this free and high impact event.
Inspiring entrepreneurshipJoin these exciting masterclasses to hear some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley about best scaling up practices and raising finance, Edtech discussions and what the future in tech holds! Speakers to include: Margaret Gould-Stewart, Angela Lin, David Hornik, Crystal Hutter and more.
The world in 2034Join this "Thought Leadership" event for an opportunity to hear some experienced and inspiring entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley share insights and thoughts on the most disruptive technologies that will transform our lives in the next 20 years. Speakers in attendance include Catherine Mohr, Margaret Gould-Stewart, Megan Smith , Jack Hidary.
Appathon Session at Kuato studiosFounders4Schools, Kuato Studios and Innotech Summit hosted an Appathon workshop on September 25th, bringing together three schools from around London to work in teams to brainstorm new and innovative ideas for apps that they would like to use. Pupils from Snowfields, Fulham Prep and St. …
Female CEOs in Silicon Valley: Day FourAfter four days ​packed with exciting visits to word-famous companies and insights from Silicon Valley gurus the trip finally brought the female CEOs delegation to its final destination in the wee hours of the morning. The group joined Sherry Coutu …
Female CEOs in Silicon Valley: Day Three​Third day of the trip – and yet again it was great to see the Female CEOs’ zest for learning more insights ​on the secret ingredients of success for Silicon Valley start-up companies. The day started off with a hands-on …
Female CEOs in Silicon Valley: Day TwoAnother sunny day in San Francisco fun-filled with loads of activities and exciting news as the female entrepreneur delegation continues their scale-up mission led by SVC2UK Co-Chairman Sherry Coutu and the British Consul General, Priya Guha.   The first day …
Female CEOs in Silicon Valley: Day One  Here at SVC2UK we are very excited about the amazing trip to Silicon Valley 17 female CEOs are on right now. So while here in London we are keeping an eye on what’s happening out there in Silicon Valley. …
Good Cause In Business By Michelle WrightWhether you have recently poured a bucket of ice cold water on yourself, ran a marathon or completed a night walk – you are very likely to have done it for a good cause and supported a charity of choice. And …
SVC2UK Takes 17 UK Female CEOs to Silicon ValleyJourney will introduce them to leading women in tech, help them scale their businesses, build new networks London & San Francisco – 8 September, 2014 – Seventeen female CEOs of some of the fastest-growing tech companies in the UK are …
The Point Of No Return for Vicky BrockAn interview with Vicky Brock, one of the delegates on the upcoming scale up visit to Silicon Valley next month   With 74% of adults buying goods and services online (as reported by BBC earlier this year) online shopping booming …
Are you a social media whizz interested in start ups? Join us  If social media for you is more than friends’ Facebook status updates, if you would love to make digital your profession, and you find startup environment just as exciting as we do, we’ve got something for you!   What …
CREATE!CREATE! is an independent, non-profit campaign to help teachers connect their students to careers in technology and enterprise. Partnering with Raspberry Pi, Appsforgood among many others, CREATE! aims to encourage teachers across the UK to promote the development of skills leading …
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