Cross-posted from the Angel Academe blog:
Last week we launched this year’s Entrepreneur Academe to a full house at the City of London’s City Centre suite. This is the third instalment of EA, and once again we’re delighted to have the City of London as our partners. We’re mentoring 10 women-led tech startups this year and the calibre is clearly very high. Wednesday was the opportunity for the businesses to introduce themselves to our network of mentors, investors and partners and lay out what they’re looking to get out of the next 9 months with EA.
David Pack, Partnerships Manager at the City of London kicked off the afternoon with a brief talk outlining why they support the programme and how important this kind of collaboration is to them.
He was followed by our own Sarah Turner, who talked about what had been achieved by the programme to this point, in terms of growth and funds raised. Headlines for last year’s cohort include an average 100% in turnover with 6 companies achieving a 200% increase, and £1.5m so far raised in investment.
Raremark, a community platform for sufferers of rare disease and their families is one of those companies that raised, and took the opportunity on Wednesday to announce a successfully closed round of £680k. The company’s CEO and founder Julie Walters talked about her experience of the 2015 programme and told this year’s cohort how to get the most of the sessions and mentors.
Anjali Ramanchandran, a great friend to Angel Academe has been one of our EA mentors since the get-go. She talked about how to ‘hook up’ with the mentors either in person or through LinkedIn, and what kinds of mentoring relationship they could look for, from a simple chat over a coffee through to a more sustained relationship – and all points in between.
We then got down to the meat and potatoes of the afternoon, with each company giving us a 5 minute presentation, outlining the company’s history to this point, their ambitions over the coming year and their specific asks.
Chime Advisors, co-founded by Angela Bradbury, is “reinventing the expert network” and provides answers to research questions on niche topics for consulting and PE firms through phone calls and surveys with experts via sophisticated tech.
Mush, founded by Katie Massie-Taylor and Sarah Hesz, is a web-based platform that connects mums with other mums in their locality, and was described on Wednesday, only half tongue-in-cheek, as “Tinder-meets-NCT”.
We’re hugely excited about working with this year’s cohort, and look forward to to first of this year’s expert sessions – SCALE (getting the basics right to grow).
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