Archives for category: Social Impact

NWD060715Whether you’re looking at starting a social enterprise, interested in the stock markets, or just plain looking for media coverage for your business, our dinners this week have got you covered. Read on to find out what’s going on and where:

Dine with Yoni Assia – Founder & CEO of social trading platform eToro
With his business based in Israel, we are incredibly lucky to have Yoni speaking at one of our dinners whilst he is in London for a few days. eToro is an innovative online trading platform that’s purpose is to open the financial markets to everyone, everywhere, in a clear and transparent way. As the CEO of the world’s largest social investment network, Yoni has shown an interest in finance and computer science since his youth, which has culminated in him founding and developing eToro into what it is today. A business that has raised over $70m in funding, and has over 4 million users in more than 140 countries worldwide.
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Tuesday 14 July at Pescatori, Fitzrovia

How to secure online, print and broadcast coverage for your business [SOLD OUT]
Alex Wood, Editor-in-Chief at The Memo (previously Editor-in-Chief at Tech City News), is a leading voice on technology and regular contributor to BBC News, Sky, CNN and CNBC. As an award-winning editor and broadcaster, Alex is more than qualified to provide insight and tips on how to secure media coverage for your business. We are also proud to partner with NatWest for this dinner, who are providing their beautiful private dining room with a view out onto Trafalgar Square for a delicious three-course dinner.
Dinner is at 6:45pm on Wednesday 15 July at NatWest’s private dining room, Drummonds, Charing Cross

Take a look at the full list of upcoming TableCrowd dinners.

For those of you who are new to TableCrowd – have a look at our video to see what it’s like when you join us for dinner:

Screenshot 2015-04-01 10.33.10With the first official week of British Summertime underway, the TableCrowd team have been looking forward to the bank holiday weekend (even though the weather and the loss of an hour has hampered it a bit) and we also have a great roundup to share with you covering this week’s dinners with Mike Mompi from ClearlySo, Rich Pleeth, ex GetTaxi, Google and L’Oreal, as well as Ingrid Lunden from TechCrunch.

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Monday night’s dinner at The Green in Clerkenwell with Mike Mompi, Director of Early Stage investment at ClearlySo, covered a variety of topics related to social impact investment with Mike’s talk turning into a relaxed discussion between everyone, with diners asking questions and giving advice to the room. We have to give a big thank you to Clare Jones, Head of Marketing at ClearlySo who tweeted throughout Mike’s speech, effectively giving a live stream of tips and quotes via Twitter.

When you hit a roadblock, how you manoeuvre around the issue shows investors how you’ll build your business.

Did you know that 1 in 4 UK angels have made an impact investment? And that sometimes if there’s a gap in the market it means there’s no market? Mike believes that the environment is so supportive right now for entrepreneurs; it’s better than it’s ever been. So if you find an individual investor who’s values align with yours, and backs your vision, you may find that they will be willing to put in early stage capital.

Mike’s Top Tip:

If you want funding, ask for advice; if you want advice, ask for funding.

gettaxiA night of positive and supporting energy
We love hearing from our diners about how they found a dinner and one diner who joined our dinner with Rich Pleeth on Tuesday night at Rocket City gave such an insightful account, we thought we’d leave it up to him to provide this dinner’s roundup:

“The dinner you organised at Rocket City on Tuesday 31st March surpassed my expectations in every way. In truth organising a group dinner isn’t rocket science and as a ‘newbie’ I was genuinely sceptical about the whole concept. I arrived just after 6:45pm to a warm welcome. This sounds like a cliché but it was genuinely refreshing to approach bar staff, who weren’t even on the same floor that the dinner was taking place, and to say I’m here for the TableCrowd dinner and not be faced with a blank expression.

The dinner was in a private room with an ‘L’ shape seating arrangement. As I walked in people were standing around and introducing themselves – the host was brilliant in easing people into existing circles of conversation. The table had name cards so everyone knew where to sit and everyone stood up briefly to introduce themselves. Over dinner I had the pleasure to meet budding entrepreneurs at every stage of the business life cycle. It was great to hear about other people’s ideas, challenges, funding stories (or lack of!), fears and more.

To the credit of TableCrowd and its community there was a real positive and supporting energy in the room.

A nice touch was moving some people around just before dessert so you got to engage with everyone. After dessert the [ex] Chief Marketing Officer for GetTaxi Rich took the floor. His speech can only be described as pure class – sincere, honest, relatable and, moreover, he provided real-world practical insight/tips on successfully marketing your business (not an easy endeavour working for a global business worth $2-3 billion!). Afterwards, Rich welcomed questions and even gave everyone a GetTaxi code for a free ride home, which was the perfect ending to what was a perfect night.”

 

ingridA plethora of exciting young businesses
Our final dinner for this week was with TechCrunch’s International Editor, Ingrid Lunden at Mint Leaf Lounge, Bank. As usual, the food and service was top-notch, and the dinner consisted of a really interesting mix of exciting young businesses. With Ingrid opting for a more prominent Q&A style talk, she covered topics including the most interesting trend she has covered in the last year, who the readers of TechCrunch are, and how to grab an editor’s attention.

All the budding entrepreneurs in attendance took careful note as Ingrid explained the importance in timing; warning not to approach a journalist unless they were ready for their story to be told. Ultimately, you should let the business reach the point where the press will be interested in what you’re doing. The evening ended with guests continuing to drink and chat, sharing stories, swapping invaluable contacts and advice.

Diners this week included: RentMyItems, World in London, Filisia, S-Company, Stickyworld, Digital Impacts, Mosaic Ventures, The Work Crowd, PM EVO, Articheck, YouTeam, Mind Agilis, Tibba, USPAAH, Kerbi, MixMatchMe.com, MyBeautyMatches, HelloHub, Cycle Syndicate, SilkFred, Bloom & Wild, Fare Exchange, Brilliant Basics, Hyghlyne, Piton Capital, Tech City News, Doctor Care Anywhere, and Rook amongst others.

A massive thanks goes out to our speakers Mike Mompi, Rich Pleeth and Ingrid Lunden and our partner Mangostorm.

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As a business with a female CEO, we’re obviously huge ambassadors for women social entrepreneurs. So a dinner celebrating international women’s day was really a no-brainer for us. Facilitated by Servane Mouazan from Ogunte CIC, the evening was extremely successful and everyone clearly enjoyed themselves immensely. There was plenty of selfie-taking and inspirational talk between the various female CEOs, founders and high-level career women that joined us.

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Diners included: ClearlySo, PTAsocial, Space Synapse Systems, Ogunte CIC, Insane Logic, LEYF, Third Door, Soul of Africa shoes, London Farmers’ Market, Inspired Escapes, goodbeans, Dream Learners, Sweet Cavanagh, Mazi Mas amongst others.

Here are a few snippets from the evening:

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Thank you to both Servane and June for their rousing and inspiring speeches and for facilitating this dinner.

Check out our upcoming dinners here.

We had a great night at The Green for our Social Enterprise #MeetandEat dinner in partnership with Inspiring Adventures last night. Our after-dinner speaker was Eugenie Teasley, founder of youth charity Spark+Mettle.

We were joined by some interesting businesses including MyCognition (read their spotlight here), Poached Creative, WriteLaTeX and more.

It was great to hear from Eugenie. She founded Spark+Mettle to help people flourish. Spark+Mettle is a youth charity that enables less privileged young people to build character strengths, soft skills and networks. They run a six month personal and professional development programme for a handpicked number of 18–24 year olds, as well as developing online tools and leading offline events, workshops and retreats. They have already supported and helped 1000s of children.

She talked about her motivations for starting Spark+Mettle, the need to balance work and family life, the highs of receiving funding and growing her team, the best £1,000 she ever spent (on the original branding!) and the need to adapt as the business developed from an idea and vision to something real and again as it grows and matures. It was an absolute pleasure to dine with Eugenie.

Here are some pictures for you to enjoy:

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Thanks to everyone that joined us. It was a good night full of social enterprise chat and tasty pie!

Thanks again to our sponsor Rackspace for their ongoing support!

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Let’s meet Eugenie Teasley, founder of Spark+Mettle. Eugenie is our after dinner speaker for tonight’s Social Enterprise dinner. We can’t wait to hear her story tonight but first let’s have a taster:

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What’s the elevator pitch for your startup?

Spark+Mettle is a youth charity that enables less privileged young people to build character strengths, soft skills and networks. We run a six month personal and professional development programme for a handpicked number of 18–24 year olds, as well as developing online tools and leading offline events, workshops and retreats.

What were you doing before you launched your startup?

On maternity leave, trying to figure out what to do next. I’d previously been a teacher in south London, before doing a Masters in Education at Berkeley and working for an inspiring non-profit in San Francisco called 826 Valencia. I knew I wanted to do something that provided pastoral support to young people, but didn’t know what. It was only when there were a lot of cuts to youth services, that I thought I’d try to do something myself.

What’s your biggest ‘hindsight’ moment?

It’s really boring, but set up a CRM system right from the start! And keep adding in. I had good intentions, and just failed.

What will 2014 bring?

New projects, new office and hopefully lots more partnerships with youth organisations and other companies wishing to explore experiential ways to boost leadership capabilities and character strengths.

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

Branding is everything. The first funding we got, we used to develop our logo and brand. It has stood us in remarkable stead ever since.

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

If you’re officially young (under 25), we can help you figure out what you’re good at and how to fulfil your potential. If you’re officially not young (that’s over 25, folks), we can do exactly the same, and you get to enable a young person to do so too at the same time. It is a fun, illuminating win-win all round.

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

Task Squad (coming out of vInspired)

What’s your favourite London restaurant?

The Japanese Canteen for a sneaky lunchtime bento box, or Dabbous for a mega-magical one off dinner.

STAR6So glad to have you on board Eugenie! Can’t wait to meet you at our dinner. For more startup spotlights go here.

We are pleased to announce that Eugenie Teasley, Founder of Spark+Mettle, will be joining us and giving an after dinner talk with Q&A at our Social Enterprise Startups #MeetandEat dinner (28th May). We’re hosting this dinner in partnership with our friends at Inspiring Adventures.

Spark+Mettle is a youth charity which helps young people uncover their potential and harness it to a fulfilling career.

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Eugenie created Spark+Mettle in 2011. She calls herself an aspirations agent. She loves enabling young people (and others) to realise their aspirations whilst at the same time connecting them with the people, ideas and organisations who can help get them where they want to go.

Everything I do, I do it with others, and none of it would be worth anything to anyone without these other awesome brains.”

We can’t wait to hear her story about how she built her startup. Book your seat to get a chance to #MeetandEat!

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TableCrowd is please to co-host a #MeetandEat for social enterprise startups with Inspiring Adventures, on May the 28th, 7pm.

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Our friends at Inspiring Adventures “explore the world, near and far. They meet amazing people. They open our heart and minds. They connect us with each other, and create moments we remember forever. Inspiring Adventures are experiences of self discovery and personal growth. They are unusual, and exciting“, don’t miss a chance to share food and thoughts with them and other interested in social enterprise.

This dinner will be a chance for social enterprise startups to break bread, network, share experiences & contacts. After-dinner speaker to be announced soon.

It’s dinner for 20 people with the first few places already booked. You can reserve your place here.

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