8 Nov 2011

Nov 28th: Sunshine breaks through the clouds for Start-Ups and SMEs?

As winter settles upon us, it looks as though the are some positive signs of a change in climate for SMEs and Start-Ups. If you're an SME, a Start-Up, or thinking that you should be, this is a must-attend event in which we'll survey what's coming up in 2012 and a great opportunity for investors, companies and the support network to meet and mingle.

MobileMonday London and our lovely friends over at ICT KTN are co-promoting this event in which John Spindler CEO of Capital Enterprise will introduce us to those trends and lead a panel discussion what what it means to SMEs and Start-Ups.  

Among the topics we'll be covering: 
  • The government funded "Coaching for High Growth SMEs
  • A preview of the changes to Enterprise Investment Scheme rules that are intended to stimulate investment (these will be announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement on the 29th Nov)
  • Arrival of US Investors in the UK with different investment criteria than our native community of investors
  • The Goldman Sachs and UCL supported "10,000 Small Businesses" accelerator programme as well as the launch of several other new acceleration programmes and accompanying seed funds

Our panel, led by John,  will represent the various parties involved. Confirmed so far:

James Mawson - Founder and Editor of Global Corporate Venturing
Anthony Clarke - Chair of the British Business Angel Association
Frederic Lardieg - Vodafone Ventures

James Finn - Telefonica Digital
Ben Whitaker - CEO Masabi

We're inviting a range of angel investors, VCs and accelerators to attend and contribute from the floor as well as meet and do business in the networking session that follows. 
It does seem as though this is a most exciting time for businesses - let's set the scene for a really positive 2012!

As usual the venue is CBI Conference Centre at Centre Point. Please use the entrance at street level. Nearest tubes are Tottenham Court Road (Central Line definitely, Northern Line should re-open Monday).

The event is free to attend, please RSVP at – http://momolo-2011-11-28.eventbrite.com RSVP is required. Please note that we're using Evenbrite now, and not our site at momolo.org, which is entering well-deserved retirement.


6.00 pm Doors open
6.30 pm Welcome and introductions
6.35 pm Panel session
8.00 pm Drinks and networking 
9.30 pm Doors close