Tech London Advocates: October update

10 Nov Tech London Advocates: October update

Hello Advocates


Wow! What an incredible month! Earlier this week, we held ‘Learning Curve: Realising London’s Potential’ at Bloomberg LP’s European HQ.  We had a terrific turnout with some outstanding speakers and presenters.  A short video of the event will soon be available.

Many thanks to the team at Bloomberg and also lead sponsor City of London Corporation along with techUK, KPMG, Russell Reynolds Associates, Penningtons Manches LLP and London First.  Without their generous support for TLA, events like ‘Learning Curve’ would not be possible.

90 Advocates joined TLA this month…a record for one month!  We now have over 1,000 Advocates in the group…in just 18 months!

As I announced at ‘Learning Curve’, our first Overseas TLA gathering will be in San Francisco on 10th December.  Our message in 2015 will focus more on infrastructure issues to include broadband & connectivity, transport, and property and space…so watch this space for more information!


Working Group Updates:

***Going for Growth (G4G) is supporting the launch of Sherry Coutu’s Scale Up Report on 17th November and also Advantage Business Partnerships Scale Up Britain event on 26th November

***The MadTech working group held its first adtech pitch camp on 13th October and selected Slido, one of the eight entries for Ad:Tech London’s ‘The Next Big Thing’ on 21st and 22nd October

***Talent & Immigration working group:  the next Home Office Hours will take place on Monday, 10th November at Level39

***An infrastructure group to include both the infrastructure and property working groups will meet on 4th December to discuss a broader TLA message in 2015 about infrastructure issues

***The winner of the HealthTech Competition, Michael Seres, Founder of 11Health, pitched to TLA at Learning Curve.  Well done to the HealthTech group and watch out for the 2015 Competition


Here is an update the key working group activities:

  • HealthTech:
    • Competition winner Michael Seres presented at the TLA event; Melinda Nicci and Kay Hutchison are planning the next competition for 2015
    • The group is collaborating with the Mayor’s MedCity initiative
    • Kay and Daniel Glazer are leading the group on the development of a register of healthtech startups across London
  • Talent & Immigration:
  • Women in London Tech:
  • MadTech:
    • MadTech Pitch Camp selected Slido as its entry for the adtech:London Next Big Thing event.  Many congrats to the team including Marc Duke, Rod Banner, Robert Norum and Belinda Raynes
  • Property & Infrastructure:
    • The next Property working group and infrastructure group will meet with me on 4th December to hold a brainstorm discussion around TLA issues as they relate to infrastructure including broadband and connectivity, transport, and property and space
  • Education:
    • Next working group meeting will take place on Monday, 10th November at 5pm; please let Will Bentinck or me know if you are interested
    • Many thanks to the whole group for its support of ‘Learning Curve’ on 28th October
  • Triage:
    • James Clark, Todd O’Brien and Jonathan Prove have been working on what they call the ‘Triage reboot’ which includes:
      • The launch of a new booking system to go live this month
      • A ‘Skype Trial’ to allow entrepreneurs to do their first desk meeting via Skype and support Overseas startups looking to come to London
    • James is also interested in getting more Advocates to be Triage mentors; if you would like to help, please let James or me know
  • Going for Growth:
  • Corporate Venturing:
    • First TLA Corporate Venturing event now scheduled for 26th November being led by Jason Goodman from Albion

Events and Partnerships:

Again, I would like to thank the various sponsors of Tech London Advocates for their financial support and commitment to the group:  City of London Corporation (lead sponsor), KPMG, techUK, Russell Reynolds Associates, Penningtons Manches LLP and London First.  The events that TLA holds twice a year would not be possible without their support…a big thank you!


Launch of Great London Tech Census

TLA is supporting Charles Armstrong at The Trampery to partner on this great initiative; the census is live at:


ODI Summit on Tuesday, 4th November

Advocates will receive a 20% discount with code odi_tla; more info at


Startupbootcamp FinTech Demo Day: 12th November


Silicon Milkroundabout 8.0 on 15th & 16th November

London’s startups jobs fair led by Cristiana Camisotti


Scale Up Report Launch by Sherry Coutu: 17th November

From 10 am to 1 pm at Bloomberg.  Please RSVP to [email protected]


Tech Talkfest’s Digital Leadership Dinner, 19th November

Organised by Zoe Cunningham and Ghilaine Chan


Silicon Valley Comes to the UK:


Unbound Digital: 25th November

Organised by Anthony Bielen, more details are at:


Connecting Tech City-Speed Mentoring with Tech CEOs: 25th November

A number of Advocates will be ‘speed mentoring’ 150 young people at an event hosted by Oli Barrett on the 25th November. 30 CEOs will mentor young people wanting careers in tech. The event is part of the Connecting Tech City programme, supported by TLA.  Young people between 16-25 can sign up here:


Advantage Business Partnerships: Scale Up Britain 26th November

From Advocate Daryl Woodhouse: ABP will host ‘Preparing for Growth, International Expansion & Exit.  Details are here:


Reminder: Skills London:  21st & 22nd November

Supported by London First (a sponsor of Tech London Advocates), Skills London—the UK’s biggest youth jobs and careers event–will take place on 21st and 22nd November at ExCel as follows; please contact Mark Hilton at London First ([email protected]) for more information.




It has been another great month for media coverage:

Coverage of the TLA ‘Learning Curve’ event, including a great article from City AM’s Oliver Smith describing our group and the focus on digital skills:

Coverage of the Great London Tech Census:


Coverage of the tech investment going into London startups and scaleups:


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