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London startup ecosystem

London's startup scene has its roots in the early 2000s, with the emergence of the "Silicon Roundabout" in East London. This area, centered around Old Street, became a hotbed for early-stage tech companies and attracted significant investment from both local and international investors. Over time, the ecosystem expanded beyond the Silicon Roundabout, with new clusters of startups and innovation centers forming across the city.

Mentors in London

I work with brands to plan, build and execute their marketing and digital strategies; with a focus on user acquisitions and retentions through paid social, search spends, search engine optimisations and ‘out of the box’ strategies.

Neha Divanji
Growth and Digital Marketing Consultant
Morgan Schofield

I help Web3 companies grow their business and communities. I’m a data-driven, technical marketer with $10m+ spent and 8+ years experience across SEM, SEO, SMM, CRO & CRM. Growing blockchain companies since 2012. Previously; Director of Marketing at Salad 🥗, Head of Growth at Reality Gaming Group 🎮

Morgan Schofield
Head of Ecosystem Growth

Hey there, I am a commercial strategist with over 12 years of experience in the travel industry. I have managed and grow travel agencies in the following countries: U.K, U.S.A, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand Australia.

Spiros Maragkoudakis
Group General Manager | Passionate about Commercial Strategy & Business Growth

1st employee of RockBoost (Growth Hacking agency) I got to consult and give workshops to 100+ clients as well as grow the team to 25 employees. Now head of growth at Heights, a braincare company. I love to talk growth strategy and process but in a tangible hands-on way.

Daphne Tideman
Head of Growth

I focus on creating scalable, predictable and repeatable growth machines for startups using digital marketing and data-driven experimentation.

Daniel Johnson
Growth Consultant for Ambitious Tech Startups | Fractional CMO | Mentor @ Google

Product growth expert specialising in subscription apps and monetisation. 6 years across consulting and early stage startups funded by Index Ventures, EQT Capital, Alumni Ventures and Intel Capital.

Rosie Hoggmascall
Head of Growth at Perceptycs

Product growth expert specialising in subscription apps and monetisation. 6 years across consulting and early stage startups funded by Index Ventures, EQT Capital, Alumni Ventures and Intel Capital.

Theo Ohene
Founder at Skyamo & Growth EIR at Kings College London

Hey Folks! I’m a SaaS marketer & Head of Marketing at Userpilot with 5+ years of experience in B2B SaaS startups. Talk to me about strategy/scaling content operations.

Emilia Korczynska
Head of Marketing

GrowthMentor events in London


London GrowthMentor Meetup April 2024

Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate London EC2M 4NR United Kingdom Thu 4th April, 2024
Mentors participating
Amale Ghalbouni
Solange Baki

London GrowthMentor Meetup March 2024

The Saint 1 Bow Churchyard London EC4M 9DQ United Kingdom Thu 7th March, 2024
Mentors participating
Yiannis Papadopoulos
Daniel Hardoon
Yoann Ferrand
Amale Ghalbouni
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Matheus de Paula

London GrowthMentor Meetup Winter 2024

Unit C, 155 Bishopsgate London EC2M 3YD United Kingdom Thu 1st February, 2024
Mentors participating
Morgan Schofield
Brian Flanagan
Olga Khusnetdinova Drakatos
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Tom Lloyd
Richard Johnson

London GrowthMentor Meetup Autumn 2023

The Saint, 1 Bow Churchyard London EC4M 9DQ United Kingdom Thu 19th October, 2023
Mentors participating
Morgan Schofield
James Hamlin
Sam Gregory
Tom Hurst
Amale Ghalbouni
Temitope Adeosun
Solange Baki

London’s GrowthMentor Networking Extravaganza Spring 2023!

Tank & Paddle Bishopsgate 201 Bishopsgate London EC2M 3AB United Kingdom Thu 20th April, 2023
Mentors participating

London’s GrowthMentor Networking Extravaganza Fall 2022!

Tank & Paddle Bishopsgate 201 Bishopsgate London EC2M 3AB United Kingdom Thu 13th October, 2022
This will be GrowthMentor's 4th London Meetup, but our first time organizing a Speed Mentoring event here. Tickets are required in order to reserve your spot as space is limited. The $20 ticket includes speed mentoring participation, food, and drink. We have a hefty minimum spend, so come hungry! 🍕
Mentors participating

London’s GrowthMentor Networking Extravaganza Spring 2022!

201 Liverpool Rd, 201 Liverpool Road, London Thu 10th March, 2022
Mentors participating
Morgan Schofield

London’s GrowthMentor Networking Extravaganza Fall 2019!

The Hoxton, Shoreditch, 81 Great Eastern Street, London Thu 24th October, 2019
Mentors participating

London’s GrowthMentor Meetup Summer 2019

Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, London Sat 22nd June, 2019
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Frequently asked questions

What industries or sectors are dominant in London's startup ecosystem?

London’s startup ecosystem is thriving with FinTech, HealthTech, EdTech, and CreativeTech startups. The city’s robust financial sector also fosters numerous InsurTech and RegTech startups.

What are the key accelerators available for startups in London?

Key accelerators in London include Antler, Startupbootcamp, and Techstars London, offering startups mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to potential investors.

What local funding opportunities are available for startups in London?

London offers diverse funding opportunities including venture capital firms like Index Ventures and Balderton Capital, angel investor networks, and numerous crowdfunding platforms.

Are there any tax incentives designed to support startups in London?

The UK government provides several tax incentives for startups, including the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), and R&D tax credits.

What is the cost of living and operating a business in London?

While London’s cost of living and business operation costs are relatively high, the city’s access to customers, investors, and highly-skilled talent can offset these expenses.

What is the talent pool like in London?

London boasts a diverse, international talent pool with high levels of expertise, particularly in finance, technology, and creative industries.

How is London's infrastructure conducive to startup growth?

London’s robust infrastructure includes excellent digital connectivity, extensive public transportation, and a large number of flexible coworking spaces, fostering a conducive environment for startups.

Are there any major networking events focused on startups in London?

London hosts numerous startup events, including London Tech Week, Startup Grind, and FinovateEurope, offering ample networking and learning opportunities.

What is the regulatory environment like for startups in London?

London, and the UK at large, is known for its business-friendly regulations. However, like all major cities, it has legal requirements that need to be understood and adhered to by businesses.