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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, includingAmplience, Appear Here, Blippar, CertiVox, CityFibre,Conversocial, Glow, Genius, Jolla, Secretsales, Spark Energy, andSomo.
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 …
British 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 – Cambridge, London, ManchesterFrom 19th to 21st November 2014, Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK) will once again bring leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors to the UK to share their views on the future, and support and inspire the next generation …
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 …
Volunteer opportunitiesLocation: Flexible locations Contract type: Volunteer (part-time) Start date: Immediate start date for some of the roles; September for others. We have a number of exciting opportunities for volunteers who would like to gain experience in a fast paced environment …
The Royal Society Science 50 IndexSUMMARY AND FAQ The Royal Society, in partnership with the Science Museum and Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) is monitoring a growing list of 375 ‘’fast growth’ Science Based companies.  This is the just beginning – we plan …
Fast Growth Science companies celebrated & supported by the Royal SocietyFast Growth Science companies celebrated & supported by the Royal Society The Royal Society announces support for some of the fastest growing science-based companies in the UK, in association with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK 16th June 2014, London: …
‘International Expansion & Raising Finance while scaling’ WorkshopOn 25th April, Silicon Valley comes 2 the UK in partnership with Barclays for Entrepreneurs curated the second in a series of Breakfast Roundtables exclusively for members of the SVC2UK 100 Club. These events bring together CEOs who have successfully scaled …
SVC2UK Breakfast Roundtable on Raising Finance and International Expansion24th April 2014, London: Tomorrow SVC2UK will hold the second in a series of  100 Club Scale Up breakfast  at the Barclays Accelerator in Whitechapel, with attendees including Guy Mucklow, Postcode Anywhere; Debbie Wosskow, Love Home Swap; Tobias Van Amstel , Signkick; …
Royal Society Science CEO SummitApply to attend SVC2UK and Royal Society’s Science CEO Summit We are excited to partner with the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence to expand the work we have been doing in the UK to focus on CEOs of science-based …
Lesson 12: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Taking the right kind of money at the right timeStart-up veterans advocate taking the right kind of money at the right time in order to scale-up gracefully. External investment can be the catalyst for scale Raising capital from external investors is a topic that pre-occupies many entrepreneurs who aspire to …
Lesson 11: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Testing continuously to stay close to the customerScale-up veterans advocate Testing continuously to stay close to the customer. For early stage startups, spending time with your customers and understanding what they need is almost the only thing that matters. However, as you scale, that becomes harder: you …
Renaissance Leadership CTO Roundtable SummaryLast week the executive Search and Leadership firm Renaissance Leadership held a breakfast roundtable to explore the axis between Silicon Valley and London.  Jackson Hull of Onefinestay and Tony Willis of Renaissance led the discussion on how the London tech …
Lesson 10: Reflections from Sherry Coutu – Build systems that scaleKey idea: Scaling systems and processes are perhaps some of the least glamorous aspects of scaling a company, but are also among the most crucial. Systems and processes should be designed for scale from the beginning. The speakers discussed a number …
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