Last night we had our third dinner of the week at The Green. We teamed up with Leo Wood of Winkley Studios and Richard Brownsdon of Inspiring Adventures and Impact Hub, to arrange the first #MeetandEat for managers and founders of coworking spaces.

Represented at the dinner in addition to Winkley Studios and Impact Hubs, were Level39, East One StudiosForward Partners, 90 Main Yard, Head Space Group, @Work Hubs, Desk Lodge, Ugli Campus, Rainmaking Loft, TechCityNewsMonkFeet, Propelia and more.

Our after dinner speaker was Adam Price, a former Member of Parliament, now working at Nesta and co-founder of fin-tech startup, Ideoba. He talked about his work on designing spaces for innovation and creativity. The ten commandments, including – colour (green, blue or flashing green), furniture shape (round rather than square), open vs closed plan, break out spaces, lighting (dim!), music you don’t like, clothes you feel comfortable in and non rigid work hours can all influence levels of creativity! Some unexpected insights.

Here are some pictures of the night for you to enjoy:

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Thanks to our two great hosts, Richard Brownsdon (Inspiring Adventures & Impact Hub) & Leo Wood (Winkley Studios) for bringing the evening together. Many thanks also to our sponsor Rackspace for their ongoing support.

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Last night we turned Central Working in Google Campus into an after-hours restaurant to host our #MeetandEat for FashionTech startups, journalists & bloggers. This dinner was co-hosted by SilkFred and Grabble and we welcomed a tremendous line-up of businesses, each with a journalist guest.

SilkFred and Grabble were joined by Kovert Designs, Streethub, Rechannel, Cortexica, Virtusize and Bespoky. And their guests dining with us were Instyle, Brand + Commercial, Drapers, Vogue, Strategy Eye, Lela London, Wired, Tech City News and more.

Some photos from the evening for you to enjoy:

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To find out more about our upcoming dinners, please have a look here.

Thanks to our two amazing hosts for bringing the evening together and to our sponsor Blick Rothenberg for their ongoing support.

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We started the week with a bang last night, with our inaugural sport and recreation networking dinner. We partnered with Sport on Spec and OpenPlay to host dinner at The Green in Clerkenwell.

Sport on Spec is the No.1 guide to spectator sport in Scotland, bringing you the best news of ticket availability for all sports, together with promotions, competitions and exclusives.

OpenPlay is a unique sports marketplace to connect sports facilities to individuals. You can easily find, book or list your sports facilities.

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Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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If you want to learn more about our upcoming tables, go here.

Thanks to Rackspace for their ongoing support.

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We met David Orman at our inaugural Corporate Innovation Dinner, to provide insights to startups on how to connect with established brands. We wanted to find out more about him and his startup Hatch.

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?

Hatch is a new advisory firm set up help shape start-ups for success. We provide access to the right skills, experience and contact to accelerate business growth when time and resources are scarce.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?

Having spent years working in media and sport, including at some high profile start-ups, I was suddenly offered the opportunity to become an investor. I have spent the last 4-5 years raising an early stage investment fund, investing in start-ups and supporting start-ups across two separate portfolios.

Where did you meet your co-founders?

My partner, Alex Gowar, was at Betfair when I was at QPR. I spent many months trying to get Betfair to sponsor QPR – but it turned out Alex was only there to enjoy the QPR hospitality…. Something I found out years later.

Earlier this year, during a conversation about the work we were both offering to start-ups as independent consultants, we decided to come together and launch Hatch.

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

As an investor coming from an operational background, you realise that you can’t always get as involved as you would want to. Its not your company and founders will build out their proposition in their vision.

What will 2014 bring?

Hopefully a enjoyable year in building out the Hatch proposition, and working with up to 10 great start-ups in the UK, helping them to succeed.

1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in the sector?

Recognise early on what you don’t know and bring together the right team to give you the best chance of success.

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.

Hatch has been set up to help start-ups succeed. We work with high-potential technology businesses in the Media, Sport, Gaming, Betting and Fintech sectors. Hatch is an operationally-focused advisory firm helping small companies accelerate growth by focusing on brand, communication and commercialisation strategies, leading into fundraising.

What’s your favourite startup in the sector (not including your own)?

FrameBlast – best video app out there!

What’s your favourite London restaurant?

The Dishroom … Yum

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Thanks for joining us David. Hope to see you around our table again soon!

To learn more abour our upcoming tables, go here.

We met the wonderful Emma Cerrone at our last Education startups dinner. She’s the founder of Free:Formers. We found out more about Emma and her startup.

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?

Free:Formers delivers business transformation, teaching relevant and practical digital skills to everyone from frontline staff to senior leadership teams.

Our ONE:FOR1 model transforms creative passions into workplace digital skills.  For every business person we train,a 16-25 year old gets a free workshop. This helps young people into work and creates a digital talent pool for businesses.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?

I was Chief Operating Officer at UK’s leading independent public affairs and communications agency, before that I was working on corporate communications at Sainsbury’s.

In both of these roles I was meeting business people and often hearing the same thing: they wanted to use digital but didn’t know where to get started and they all struggled to find digital talent.

Where did you meet co-founders?

Gi Fernando and I have been friends for years, I actually met him when I lived with his wife at university.  Gi is a tech genius and an amazing entrepreneur, I’m pretty sure he was born coding.  Over the years I have seen his investment decisions, business successes and his hands-on attitude take ideas into rapidly growing, million-pound companies.  

Like me Gi sees potential in young people and the importance of nurturing talent.  He is a really positive person, so I jumped at the chance to start Free:Formers with him.

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

I tend not to have regrets because I’m quite adventurous and feel comfortable to take risks.  If there is something I would have done differently, maybe I would have started Free:Formers earlier because of the impact we now have.  In a few years time I’m sure our impact will be even greater, particularly for the ONE:FOR1 workshops with young people.

What will 2014 bring?

Free:Formers is going from strength to strength this year.  There are twice as many trainers delivering digital workshops as when we began.  We are set to train over 3,000 people in our business workshops, which means there will be over 3,000 young people getting digital training places for free.

1 piece of advice for someone starting a business in the sector?

Move fast and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, try different things in the early days even if it’s not perfect, get your product out there to test it. But always take the time and perspective to learn from those mistakes.

Convince someone to use your product/service in under 50 words.

If you think digital skills are out of your reach, think again because Free:Formers makes digital easy. No matter your background or education you’ll leave with a better understanding of how the digital world works, the practical tools and confidence to use digital from the very next day.

What’s your favourite startup in the sector (not including your own)?

I really like what Apps for Good are doing to help school kids get creative with digital. They enthuse young people from early years with a very different style of teaching and mentoring, getting groups to work together to identify a problem and create an app idea to solve it.  

Some of the apps the school teams create are seriously good, definitely good enough to compete with the apps we buy from the App Store or Play Store.

What’s your favourite London restaurant?

I’m a little bit hooked on the teriyaki salmon salad from Prêt.  If I’m going out for a nice meal or some after work drinks with friends I love going to Mew of Mayfair.

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Thanks Emma for being part of the evening and to our sponsors Taylor Wessing and Propel London for supporting us.

You can check out our upcoming tables here.

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What a lively (and slightly unruly!) table last night at the Green for our HealthTech dinner in partnership with Outcomes Based Healthcare.

An amazing group startups shared delicious pie, including Mastodon C, Holding your Hand, Pace 4 Life, Klappo, Geneix, Eclipse Experience, Umotif, Digital Clipboard, TictracMy Clinical Outcomes, Informa, Ginger.ioToothpickWells Park Communication, ZestyApplied Nanodetectors and more.

Our after dinner speaker was Kate Newhouse, MD at Doctor Care Anywhere. In the 10 years before Doctor Care Anywhere, Kate was a public sector strategy consultant advising local government and their partners and prior to that, worked at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Kate specialised in improving how customers access and receive services from public sector bodies, digital delivery of services, service redesign and behaviour change. It was great to hear her story.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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Thanks to our two wonderful sponsors for their support.

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Check out our upcoming tables here.

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We had a blast last night at The Clerk & Well, a new TableCrowd restaurant, for our FinTech #MeetandEat.

We had a really nice group, many interesting businesses including Yoyo5K, Mayfair FX, PlayMob, Talented Group, Pure Search, New Amsterdam Capital, Taylor Wessing, Blick Rothenberg plus investors and more.

Our after dinner speaker was Michael Rolph, founder and CCO at London-based mobile payment and loyalty app Yoyo, who recently raised $5m seed funding. Michael has spent his career in payments having had senior roles at Barclaycard, First Data and PayPal. Prior to founding Yoyo, Michael was EiR at Anthemis Group and was an NED at Mopowered. Both commercial and creatively minded he advised Skrill, Regus, Hibu, Vocalink plus many others on strategy, innovation and M&A. Michael talked about his journey and certainly inspired the room!

Here are some photos for you to enjoy:

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Thank you to everyone that joined the evening and please keep up to date with upcoming dinners that might be relevant for you here.

Thanks to our sponsors Taylor Wessing and Blick Rothenberg for their ongoing support.

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We are very excited to announce our next FashionTech Startup #MeetandEat in partnership with our friends at SilkFred & Grabble. It’s happening at Central Working, Google Campus on 22nd July.

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This dinner is invite only – each startup is inviting a journalist guest. For the startups, it’s a great networking opportunity and for the journalists, it’s an easy way to meet everyone on the scene in one night.

On the guest list is:

SilkFred – the place to launch & discover the fashion of the future.

Grabble - a tool that allows you to save any item you love from any website. You can create all kinds of amazing collections from a combo of your online fashion travels.

Kovert Designs - create ‘smart’ designer wearable technology products, by embedding electronic sensors and wireless connections into fashion accessories.

Streethuba click-and-collect network of local boutiques with the best of design and fashion. They allow you to discover things you love, near you.

Rechannel – Digital linesheets to simplify fashion wholesale: more sales, more control, less hassle.

Cortexica – the world’s leading developer of fashion image recognition and visual search technology.

Virtusize – guarantees that your online customers find the right fit, every time!

Bespoky - helps shoppers find the perfect stylist in store.

If you haven’t received an invite and think you should have, please get in touch to hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd.

Check out what happened at our last FashionTech Startups #MeetandEat here.

Thanks to our partner Blick Rothenberg for their ongoing support:

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We’re excited to announce our upcoming #MeetandEat on 24th July for entrepreneurs and those interested in funding.

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We’ll enjoy dinner and drinks followed by an after-dinner talk and informal Q&A with Simon MenashySimon will talk about seed funding through to series A funding and how MMC sees the funding market.

Simon is a member of the investment team at MMC Ventures, a London-based venture capital firm. They invest in early stage businesses in sectors where the UK is a world leader, including e-commerce, digital media, fintech and software/SaaS. Take this chance to meet Simon and to talk to him over dinner about what you’re working on.

For any questions about this dinner, you can reach us at hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd.

Thanks to our partner Rackspace for their continued support.

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TableCrowd is excited to support it’s first coworking space dinner for founders and managers. This dinner is hosted by our friends at Winkley Studios and Inspiring Adventures and is taking place at the Green in Clerkenwell, on 23rd July.

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This dinner is invite only. It’s a chance for London’s co-working space founders & managers to get together, network, dine and share experiences & contacts. Coworking spaces at their heart, promote the idea of community building but often focus on providing opportunities for members and coworkers, rather than for the coworking spaces themselves. This shared meal will be an opportunity to connect our own organisations in an informal and fun setting.

If you think you should have received an invite, please get in touch at hello@tablecrowd.com or @tablecrowd.

Thanks to our co-hosts:
Winkley Studios is a friendly, affordable and peaceful coworking space.
Inspiring Adventures (amongst many things) arranges tours of London’s coworking spaces.

Thanks to Rackspace for their support.

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