Last week was varied and busy with a combination of networking events, R&D tax clinics, client meetings and lot’s of other interesting activities.
On Monday evening I attended ‘The Sky is not the Limit’ at RBS in Bishopsgate. I met @Jamescaan who was presenting on behalf of Hamilton Bradshaw Venture Partners and listened to @mattbrittin, UK head of Google. The presentations were a little superficial and didn’t do much to increase my understanding of the start-up scene. It was interesting to hear how Google is helping niche businesses achieve global reach through e.commerce and also how advanced the UK is in this domain. During networking I met several interesting people who have now joined our network.
On Tuesday I meet Louisa Moger from Richard Edward cards before attending Fastrack run by @anikozagon. I learnt something about using the government’s apprenctice scheme. I don’t think this is really appropriate for very early stage businesses but could work well for companies with an established structure. There is a need to have proper offices and have some kind of payroll. I believe that interns probably offer more to small techmedia firms.
On Wednesday I met with Harry Platt, CEO of @workspacegroup for a catch-up around our joint initiative. We are both passionate about London as a vibrant cluster for creative entrepreneurs. I really admire Harry’s enthusiasm for the sector and everything The Workspace Group is doing to help entrepreneurs. We are working on big plans with Harry and his team. These will be announced shortly.
On Wednesday I also met Mia Harper and Shiten Patel from Square and David Nahmani and Conrad Poulson from Orange for sponsorship talks. Square have already sponsored our last DreamStake event and we would like to do more with them.
Thursday was the first day of our Workspace Group R&D roadshow. We are undertaking a series of clinics at Workspace locations to increase awareness of the R&D tax credit. I visited The LightBox and Barley Mow centre in West London with @moni_gi and we were able to find several companies that are unaware of their entitlement to substantial refunds under the scheme.
In the evening I went to The London Silicon Roundabout networking event in Hoxton. The event was well attended and we heard a series of pitches from very early stage businesses. I am very eager to support all such activity because it only helps to increase the profile of London Startups.
Next week will be a very busy week . I will attend the 3rd funding and investment summit on Tuesday with @moni_gi and @steveverhard, a creative networks event on Thursday evening in Birmingham and Minibar on Friday both with moni_gi. We are also planning our own ‘artist-meets-geeks’ event for 17th February which can be found on www.dreamstake.net.