Little miss network: UK/Europe based entrepreneur? Organisations, people and events to help you!

Networking events are great for startup entrepreneurs- not only do you get to meet and exchange business cards with potential clients or collaborative partners, you also (if it’s a quality event) get fed and watered for free, perfect when you’re trying to save the cash for your boot strapped startup.

I’ve been networking my little socks off over the past couple of years and thought I’d share with you some of the people organizations and events which I surround myself with and feel are really helpful in the entrepreneurial, tech,  business and social media sector.

The list is rather Londoncentric sorry, but tough because it’s where I live! Would love to know about more organizations, people and events across the rest of the country- please feel free to add.

Also some of these organizations are focused for tech startups and some for entrepreneurship more generally and some cross over so have a look at their sites to gain more info.

I swear by Twitter as the best way to connect with people so have tried to link the ‘person you need to know’ Twitter name to their name.

Organizations:

Microsoft Bizpark: A program that provides Software, Support and Visibility for Software Startups. In the UK, Bindi Karia is the woman you want to speak to.

Sun Microsystems: Get discounted servers, open source and discounted software free technical expertise and more, free to join and the man you’re after, the man with the most colorful shirts in London is Stewart Townsend.

SeedCamp:  At Seedcamp, they believe Europe has the talent, the role models, and the capital founders needed to succeed.  Reshma Sohoni is  CEO and here is the Seedcamp twitter account.

NACUE: The National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs is a national organization that supports and represents university enterprise societies and student entrepreneurs to drive the growth of entrepreneurship across the UK. They also run a funding process. Victoria Lennox is at the helm. NACUE Twitter account and here is Victoria’s

CmyPitch: cmypitch.com offers free online services for small to mid-sized firms / entrepreneurs. Get supplier quotes, pitch for funding, watch videos. cmypitch Twitter account.

    Smarta: Smarta founded by entrepreneur Shaa Wasmund is a new support platform for business owners and entrepreneurs. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop where business owners can connect, learn and actually *do* business. Here’s the Smarta Twitter account.

    Angel’s Den: Angels Den offers a service for two types of people: those who are trying to obtain business funding and small business finance – and those private investors (the business angels) looking for exciting business ideas to invest in. Startups pay a fee to join. Angel’s Den Twitter and the man behind it all is Bill Morrow

    MakeYourMark: The campaign is run by Enterprise Insight, which was founded by the four leading UK business membership organizations – the British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. Their Director Generals sit on Enterprise Insight’s board, which is chaired by entrepreneur Peter Jones. Enterprise Insight is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is endorsed by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.Alongside the Make Your Mark campaign, Enterprise Insight runs:Global Entrepreneurship Week.

    Make your mark Twitter

    Entrepreneur’s World: is a membership-only organization offering a unique environment where entrepreneurs have stimulating interactions with like-minded business leaders and investors; share experiences; exchange advice; are inspired and collaborate in relaxed, informal environments. with an application criteria of a minimum company annual turnover of £1 million. Ivor Tucker is the founder, I don’t want to give his email so hed to the site to contact him.

    School for Startups: The inspiration of serial entrepreneur and angel investor Doug Richard, School for Startups is the UK’s leading provider of business training for entrepreneurs. We provide expert tuition on the critical issues entrepreneurs need to understand, including how to start a business, finance and investment, product management, managing successful teams and entrepreneurial marketing. Schoolforstartups Twitter

    Up North

    Entrepreneur’s Forum: Encouraging a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship within the North East. Was established in 2002 by a group of the North East’s leading entrepreneurs.

    Growth Investment Network East Midlands: ‘We’ve got the network of East Midlands people you should know if you want to take your business successfully to the next level’. Toby Ried is behind it all, I don’t want to give out his email so i’ll update when I find out his linkedIn.

    Startup 2.0: Founded in 2006 with the help of KPMG, Startup 2.0 (NS20) has taken the bold responsibility to build a sustainable ecosystem for early stage tech companies in Britain. At the core of this initiative is a series of premier monthly events focusing on the needs of Tech StartUps.  Manoj Ranaweera is your man.

    Girl Geek Dinners Founded and run by Sarah Blow has been providing girls in tech with dinners and events for a number of years.

    Events- There are many more Tweetups and events than the ones below, here are some of my favourites:

    Drinktank: Started by one of the UK’s most popular startups Huddle, Drink Tank is one of my favourites with a good crowd and free drink, often held at a snazzy bar just off Regent’s street. Huddle’s Suz is behind it all and also organises a girls networking event called Silicon Stilettos

    Minibar Started by Christian (weirdly I don’t know his second name) Minibar is free and is held at The Old Truman Brewery in East London. Free bar if you get there early before it runs out. Minibar usually has a theme where startups can pitch to the crowd and get questioned on their business model/pitch etc. Last time the theme was online publishing.

    Tuttle Club Started by Lloyd Davis Tuttle is held at the ICA every Friday morning -Tuttle is ‘Co-creating a Social Media Café for London’ and sometimes has free coffee and cake.

    OpenSoho Started by Mr know everyone, entrepreneur and investor Paul Walsh Open Soho is usually on a Thursday night in a funky central London venue (usually Floridita or Kettners)- Free drinks until they run out-get there early!

    Shoreditch Twit: East London, normally hosted in the Elbow Rooms, started by aptly named Lewis Webb, I’m not sure if they get sponsors for drinks but you can play a game of pool.

    Facebook Developers Garage This is for the more techy specific people (coders and developers) held at Sun Microsystems there is without fail free pizza and beer., every time- win! Started by Joshua March they are run monthly and usually have a theme- the last theme was gaming.

    BootLaw Started by our favourite technorati lawyers Danvers and Barry, Bootlaw is a free monthly seminar with the next one coming up in September themed on selling shares. If free pizza and beer wasn’t enough they also dish out iPods to people who have listened and learnt the most!

    The Glasshouse/Second Chance Tuesday Founded by Judith Clegg The Glasshouse puts on ticketed events monthly. They always have interesting speakers like founder of Bebo Michael Birch, so it’s definitely worth the money. The next event is coming up soon has the Spotify founders up on stage- check the site for more details.

    First Tuesday is a professional networking forum for established technology entrepreneurs and companies seeking venture capital, investors and related service provider, They are usually held at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden- no free bar but successful startup founders speak about their journey on stage. email: info@firsttuesday.org.uk

    Big Fish You have to apply to become a BigFish member, but it’s free and once accepted you get to hear people like Luke Johnson speak (He is Chaiman of Channel 4 and turned Pizza Express into a huge success story.) Big Fish run monthly events.

    Media- Again loads of media but just naming a few blogs/publications that I surround myself with:

    TechCrunch: @mikebutcher ‘s your man, everyone knows him, everyone loves him and everyone wants to be him! He has a brilliant job running around Europe reviewing startups for the TechCrunch blog. TechCrunch Europe runs a number of events throughout the year where you can pitch your startup.

    The Next Woman: Online business magazine for women, showcasing some of the best women in tech Internet/Tech sector. Simone Brummelhuis is your woman.

    The Next Web: Founded by serial entrepreneur Boris. Besides the blog, The Next Web runs a few conferences per year, last year co-hosted by your truly!. @Zee is editor for the blog.

    Mashable: With a large American following, but set up by Scottish entrepreneur Pete Cashmore (yes the hot one) Mashable is not only a tech blog but holds events in New York and LA.

    People- There are loads, I should write another post entirely for people, I will endeavor, but here are a couple of the best:

    Oli Barrett Named by WiredUK as one of the most connected men in Britain, Oli has a high calibre network of entrepreneurs, investors and mentors.

    Ian Ellis heads up Technology Business at Morgan Stanley, Irish, very intelligent, you can find him on LinkedIn.

    Ryan Carson is the founder of Carsonified and also runs the FOWA events all over the world. You should really attend the FOWA FOWD events if your company is in the design/apps sector. In fact, you should really just attend full stop. The events are fantastic.

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    Comments (40) | Leave a comment

    1. WIll says:

      Good collection of information here, I’m bookmarking it (well, putting it in my CRM Excel sheet actually)

    2. redcatco says:

      RT @hermioneway: My list of entrepreneurial organizations, people and events that can help you http://tinyurl.com/qktybc

    3. one for @makeyourmark RT @hermioneway: My list of entrepreneurial organizations, people and events http://tinyurl.com/qktybc

    4. twittes says:

      Little miss network: UK/Europe based entrepreneur? Organisations, people and events to help you! « Techfluff.tv:.. http://bit.ly/2xnPX5

    5. hermione says:

      Great… but lots of info -maybe I should of done them in separate lists?

    6. Chris says:

      Big Thanks, you know how to look after us

    7. hermione says:

      You’re most welcome!

    8. Thx 4 inclusion H – RT @hermioneway: My list of entrepreneurial organizations, people and events that can help you http://tinyurl.com/qktybc

    9. David Langer says:

      RT @hermioneway: My list of entrepreneurial organizations, people and events http://tinyurl.com/qktybc (via @mikebutcher)

    10. Mr EH Enoi says:

      Hot AND helpful? ;-) Thanks!

      OpenCoffee is perhaps another one for ‘Events’

    11. Stuart says:

      Don’t forget http://www.findnetworkingevents.com, probably the biggest selection of business networking events in the UK.

      A great tool for entrepreneurs to find out what events are happening in their local area.

    12. cmypitch says:

      Thanks Hermione! RT @hermioneway: My list of entrepreneurial organizations, people and events that can help you http://tinyurl.com/qktybc

    13. RT @hermioneway: My list of entrepreneurial organizations, people and events that can help you http://tinyurl.com/qktybc

    14. Frauen nach vorn – UK/Europe based entrepreneur? Organisations, people and events to help you! http://bit.ly/18Gytk

    15. RT: @hermionewayin case you missed it: My list of entrepreneurial organizations, people and events that can help you http://bit.ly/18Gytk

    16. Alan says:

      Another site to consider is http://www.bplans.co.uk – a leading Uk resource for entrepreneurs looking to write a business plan. The site includes links free sample business plans as well as articles, calculators and tools.

    17. Some really useful stuff here, thanks for taking the time out to do this!

    18. Great info I would also add The Entrepreneurial Exchange which is Scotland’s leading organisation for ambitious growth oriented entrepreneurs. The Exchange helps inform, motivate, educate, inspire and support entrepreneurs to build their businesses bigger, faster.

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    20. Dan Martin says:

      I’d like to add http://www.BusinessZone.co.uk – part of B2B publisher Sift Media which has been running community websites since 1996, long before it became known as social media!

      We provide free, practical and no-nonsense advice to entrepreneurs who are looking for the real facts behind what it takes to succeed in business and inspiration from the people who’ve been there, done it and bought the t-shirt!

      We also run http://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk – the UK’s most active online forums for small business owners which generates 7,000 posts a week from a audience of 50,000 registered members.

      And last but certainly not least is the The Pitch 2009, our nationwide business competition with prizes worth £50,000 up for grabs.

      Earlier this summer we held five UK regional heats (watch videos at http://www.businesszone.co.uk/pitch-2009), the winners from which will compete in a grand final during November’s Enterprise Week in central London (one for you Hermoine!). Doug Richard and Tim Campbell are on the judging panel.

      Tickets to the event are free and it will include a full day conference with some very inspirational speakers. Keep an eye on BusinessZone.co.uk and http://www.thepitch2009.com for more details.

      Dan Martin
      Editor, BusinessZone.co.uk

    21. Dan Martin says:

      I’d like to add http://www.BusinessZone.co.uk – part of B2B publisher Sift Media which has been running community websites since 1996, long before it became known as social media!

      We provide free, practical and no-nonsense advice to entrepreneurs who are looking for the real facts behind what it takes to succeed in business and inspiration from the people who’ve been there, done it and bought the t-shirt!

      We also run http://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk – the UK’s most active online forums for small business owners which generates 7,000 posts a week from a audience of 50,000 registered members.

      And last but certainly not least is the The Pitch 2009, our nationwide business competition with prizes worth £50,000 up for grabs.

      Earlier this summer we held five UK regional heats – watch videos at http://www.businesszone.co.uk/pitch-2009 – the winners from which will compete in a grand final during November’s Enterprise Week in central London (one for you Hermoine!). Doug Richard and Tim Campbell are on the judging panel.

      Tickets to the event are free and it will include a full day conference with some very inspirational speakers. Keep an eye on BusinessZone.co.uk and http://www.thepitch2009.com for more details.

      Dan Martin
      Editor, BusinessZone.co.uk

    22. [...] Little miss network: UK/Europe based entrepreneur? Organisations, people and events to help you! « … (tags: events networking twitter) Posted by kaigani Filed in Uncategorized Leave a Comment » [...]

    23. hermione says:

      Thanks for all your comments and input- I have more to add from Twitter and will do so when i get a chance.

    24. Thumbman says:

      You network a LOT. There must be a shit load of cocaine in that skull of yours.

    25. Angels Den says:

      Nice list of organisations, people and events useful to UK-based entrepreneurs from Techfluff.tv http://bit.ly/e4nWh

    26. Nice list of organisations, people and events useful to UK-based entrepreneurs from Techfluff.tv http://bit.ly/e4nWh (via @AngelsDen)

    27. Stu Anderson says:

      RT @Hermioneway Little miss network: UK/Europe based entrepreneur? Organisations, people and events to help you! « … http://bit.ly/3ySEK3

    28. Hi

      Don’t forget Shell LiveWIRE! We have a forum and social network with nearly 100,000 entrepreneurs! We also have the Grand Ideas Awards – up to 5 monthly prizes of £1000 for innovative ideas, and the £10K ‘Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award’- entries for these can be found at our website http://www.shell-livewire.org.

      We are also hosting Shell LiveWIRE LIVE! in London on 27th October- you can win tickets on the website as well.

    29. Techfluff.tv list of UK entrepreneur orgs http://bit.ly/mPkMY: similar for CEE countries would be great for SICamp CEE #siccee

    30. Guy Rigby says:

      RT @Hermioneway Little miss network: UK/Europe based entrepreneur? Organisations, people and events to help you! « … http://bit.ly/3ySEK3

    31. [...] which events I recommend.  That’s a tricky one. Last week, Hermione Way put together a brilliant list of people and events which she rates, and so I thought I’d have a go [...]

    32. cmypitch says:

      In case you missed it due to hols, @hermioneway's very handy list of resources for UK-based entrepreneurs http://tinyurl.com/qwr4aw

    33. Greg Simpson says:

      RT @cmypitch: @hermioneway’s very handy list of resources for UK-based entrepreneurs http://tinyurl.com/qwr4aw

    34. RT @Hermioneway Little miss network: UK/Europe based entrepreneur? Organisations, people and events to help you! « … http://bit.ly/3ySEK3

    35. Julie says:

      Maybe i should move to the UK with techfluff.tv?! http://tinyurl.com/qwr4aw

    36. Jenn says:

      Networking events are indeed helpful for newbies on entrepreneurship world like myself. I will be attending this event to help me on my plans as a new businesswoman. :-)

      Entrepreneurs World Cup-World-Class Leadership, Sales, Internet Marketing and Wealth Creation Event featuring an All-Star Cast of Speakers

    37. Josh Rathour says:

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