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We’re fundraising on Crowdcube and if you’re a UK tax payer, you can receive 30% of your investment in TableCrowd back, thanks a generous tax incentive scheme set up by the UK Government.

It sounds too good to be true but we do speak the truth – read on!

1 – What is the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)?

EIS is a tax relief scheme that gives generous tax breaks to investors. If you’re eligible, you’ll get 30% of your investment back right away, with other benefits further down the line.

2 – Will my investment be eligible?

Both the company and you need to be eligible. The great news is that HMRC has already confirmed that TableCrowd is eligible! The basic rule for your eligibility is whether you pay income tax in the UK – in any way at all, whether income received through PAYE as an employee, a freelancer or self employed, through dividends etc.

Investments from £10 upwards qualify.

3 – What tax relief do I actually get?

You’ll be eligible for income tax relief, capital gains tax relief and loss relief.

An example is the easiest way to explain.

Income Tax Relief > If you invest £10,000, you’ll be able to set off £3,000 against income tax straight away. So that means either a cheque back from HMRC as tax rebate or your income tax being set off in the current tax year. We’ll advise you about this at the relevant time.

Capital Gains Tax Relief > If you later sell the shares for £100,000, you would usually have to pay capital gains tax on the gain (like you do for any asset that increases in value, a house for example). If eligible for EIS, you can sell your shares free of capital gains tax.

Loss Relief > If everything goes wrong, then you can claim loss relief at the rate you pay income tax. So for a 50% tax payer, if the value of your shares dropped to zero, you would get a further £3,500 rebate from HMRC (50% of your remaining £7,000 exposure after the income tax relief has been applied).

So on a £10,000 investment, the real exposure for an upper rate tax payer is £3,500, with the added benefit of selling the shares free from CGT later on.

You can scale this calculation up or down based on how much you plan to invest.

4 – How will I get the relief?

We do all the hard work and get you a certificate after the round closes in July. You’ll either send that certificate to your tax office to claim or if you file a tax return, you’ll enter the details online. You’ll then hear back directly from HMRC. It’s really straightforward, but we’ll be on hand to help at the relevant time!

5 – How does this work if I’m on PAYE?

To get your 30% tax rebate, you send your certificate to your local tax office who will then respond with a rebate cheque, or if you file a tax return online each year, you can enter the detail this way.

6 – How does this work if I’m not on PAYE?

Exactly the same as if you are (see above).

This is an overview of the rules, for more information please go here and please seek your own advice should you consider this necessary.

Ready to check out our fundraising plans on Crowdcube, go here. This is your opportunity to own shares in the company and we’d love to welcome you onboard as a shareholder.

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TableCrowd on Crowdcube

If you’re not familiar with crowdfunding and haven’t been to one of our dinners on that very topic, it’s a secure and safe way for people to invest in a business from £10 upwards.

After many years of focussing on the success of the businesses we support, we are now focussing on our own business goals. We want more people to experience effective and enjoyable networking.

We are raising £400k to 1) take the concept to key cities internationally (we have members from all around the world already and each month we get requests from people wanting us to take TableCrowd to their city) and 2) to build the tech we need to scale, including a new app.

The app will add a new part to our offering. It will not only give people access to our dinners but will also offer a quick and convenient way to secure a one on one meeting with our members. It will add control and purpose back into building your network – something that we believe is lacking.

As online networking continues to grow, so does the opportunity to turn those online connections into real life relationships. And that’s what we do! We’re looking forward to the next chapter.

We love for you to support us by making an investment. Everything you need to know is here. Or you can email any questions to us here.

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Sajni, Aneka, Claire, Kate, Violeta, Mandy & Josie


1000 Minds is a new dining club on TableCrowd. The driver has been requests from our community, primarily our speakers, who have asked for more intimate dinners tailored to them. So, voila!

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
On the invite list are people making their mark, whether business owners, C-level executives, influencers, experts or just very well connected. They all believe success is more likely with the support of others and they value other peoples’ objectives as well as their own.

How does it work…
The dinners are invite only to people that have spoken at our dinners, have dined with us or are connected with the team. We know everyone, so we know that you’ll enjoy spending an evening with the others around the table, as well as really benefiting from having them in your network.


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See what’s coming up on TableCrowd and join us.

Venntro logoIt’s always a good day at TableCrowd HQ when we get to announce a new partner, and we’re really excited to have Venntro Media Group come aboard. Ross Williams, their CEO, has joined us at plenty of dinners including most recently our dinner with Paperless Post on planning for international growth, and dinner with journalist Edwin Smith.

Founded in 2003, Venntro is the award-winning global media group that connects people to a life they’ll love through dating, lifestyle and social networking technology. Providing services to over 45 million consumers worldwide, Venntro operates in all major English-speaking territories and achieves annualised revenues approaching £50 million.

Brands operating under Venntro include, and White Label Dating – an award-winning platform allowing brands and entrepreneurs to power their own branded online dating sites. Venntro is part of the Tech City UK Future Fifty programme, is a City A.M. Leap 100 company and is one of LSE’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’.

RossWilliamsJoin our first dinner in partnership with Venntro, where Ross will be providing the after-dinner talk and informal Q&A session on Monday 9 November covering how to build a successful business without funding.


DeliMany of you would have had the pleasure by now of coming to a dinner hosted by the wonderful Deli. Aside from being a Hostess Extraordinaire for us at TableCrowd, Deli is also an actress and has recently co-written and produced ‘Enter RALPH’, a play filmed in 360 degrees and viewed in Virtual Reality.

At TableCrowd HQ, we’re all about helping our community and sharing any news that you have, so when Deli told us about her project we jumped at the chance to shout about it from the rooftops (not least because we love all things tech-related!). Enter RALPH is the first of its kind, as an immersive fictional piece that follows the protagonist, Ralph, from inside his own head. It is an exploration of identity in the digital age.

Think ‘Being John Malkovich’ meets ‘Peep Show’.

Deli is really excited about the project and they are currently launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise £3000. They have 15 days left to get their funding so please do check out their campaign here.

There’s also an article covering the project in VRFocus: Enter RALPH

If you’ve got time, you should definitely check out their teaser too:

If you have any news you’d like us to share, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to #spreadtheword.

breakfastAs you know, we’re all about community; introducing you to experienced founders, investors, journalists and each other, at our favourite time of the day – dinnertime!

But we have now discovered that having dinner with us is just not enough, you want breakfast too! And who are we to not deliver on such a request?

So, without any further ado, allow us to introduce our relaxed and informal breakfasts, happening on Tuesday mornings, 8am sharp, hosted by our very own CEO, Kate Jackson, at Aubaine, Broadgate Circle.

Breakfast on Tuesday #1: 8 September 2015

Breakfast on Tuesday #2: 15 September 2015

Breakfast on Tuesday #3: 22 September 2015

These breakfasts are strictly for founders who are actively running startups.

What are you waiting for? Come join us for breakfast!

Let’s #MeetandEat

P.s. If you’re new to TableCrowd, take a look at our video to see what coming to dinner is all about:


MyQaa, the mobile app for events and conferences, started a new initiative to recognise female leaders in the emerging events industry, and we are extremely proud and honoured that our CEO, Kate Jackson, was listed as one of the top 5 women in event tech!

KateHeadShotA jury panel of influencers within the industry submitted their nominations of women who ‘are currently working in event technology companies and have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women and the industry’. Following the review of the nominees, the jury panel chose their Top 5:

We’re also pleased with the fact that Kate’s also representing the UK in the list as well! Be sure to read MyQaa’s full blog post on their initiative as they’re hoping that ‘this group of positive role models will inspire women to join our sector and to achieve their career goals’.

We also want to recognise the other nominees as each and every one of them is doing their part in promoting women in event tech:

  • Jane Baker, 2Heads Global Design
  • Tamar Beck, GleanIn
  • Lea Bloom, MCI Group
  • Midori Connolly, AV Girl Productions
  • Stefania Conti-Vecchi, The Eventagist
  • Alda Egurrola-Wienke, Cvent
  • Iris Goldman, OLE On Location Engagements
  • Melissa Ooi, ASP
  • Steph Pfeilsticker, Hybrid Events Authority
  • Melissa Pinard, InitLive, Inc
  • Tal Shoham, Evolero
  • Courtney Stanley, eventmobi
  • Anne Tsai, DoubleDutch
  • Leonora Valvo, insightXM

Keep up the good work ladies!





internGood news everyone – we’re looking for a Marketing and Events intern to join the TableCrowd team for three months. And – even better news – there is a role at the end for the right person.

First and foremost, the most important skill to have is that you are a beautiful writer with perfect spelling and grammar. We’re also looking for someone who is well-organised and sociable. A bonus for us would be if you are familiar with the London tech scene and understand a little about the London startup ecosystem.

On the marketing side, you will be exposed to all the latest marketing tools, and the role will include:

  • Social Media
  • Email Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Analytics

Event Management
As part of our team you will help organise the regular events we hold, which will include:

  • Liaising with venues
  • Communicating with guests
  • Event logistics

This is a great opportunity to get a wide range of experience as part of a small team and to take on as much responsibility as you are comfortable doing.

A little bit about TableCrowd
We’re all about creating quality connections through relaxed and informal networking. By organising intimate and sector specific networking dinners that are tailored to relevant business themes, our diners connect and engage with high-calibre, like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs in a deep and meaningful manner. This results in them creating alliances, partnerships and discovering new business opportunities, and what better way to do this than over food?

The office location is on Brick Lane, E1.

What’s next?
If you’re interested in joining us, please send a CV and covering letter including, why you want to work for TableCrowd as well as what makes you the right person to join our team, to Please include links to your Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin profiles and a sample of previous written work.

Good luck!

Our partner Alma CG has kindly whizzed over their infographic on the myths behind R&D Tax Relief. So whether you were under the impression that it doesn’t apply to your business, or if it’s completely new to you, we definitely recommend taking a look at this little gem:

Alma R&D Tax Relief Myth Buster infographic 12.11.14 final

Mangostorm-logo1Sarah Maxwell, Director of Business Development at Mangostorm Media, is an avid fan of TableCrowd, and we have had the pleasure of her joining us for dinner on numerous occasions. Our resident namecard artist thoroughly enjoys drawing a ‘mango storm’ every time! So, we were over the moon when Mangostorm decided to be one of our esteemed partners. Here’s an interview with Sarah herself, to give you an insight into Mangostorm Media and what they do.

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What is Mangostorm Media?
Mangostorm Media is a Digital Marketing Agency dedicated to helping emerging and established companies build their brand awareness and acquire new customers. We specialise in helping businesses in the lifestyle, health, beauty and sharing economies sectors.

What’s your role?
Director of Business Development, I actively attend numerous networking and tech innovation events to gain marketing insights and to meet prospective clients that I can tell are poised for great success and helping them to achieve affordable results quickly.

What were you doing before you joined Mangostorm Media?
I worked in NYC, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley as a Marketing Consultant with a variety of clients in Digital Media, Hospitality, and Entertainment. I have always had a passion for all things that add value to people’s lives whether it is in Wellness, or new Technologies. I worked with a company that helped to make television interactive, hence in-flight entertainment and the ability to cast your vote to a show like The X Factor. I like to see “the power to the people” effect.  I truly enjoy helping businesses grow through strategic partnerships, smart marketing and supporting entrepreneurial spirit.

What were the firm’s [or industry’s] biggest developments in 2014?
We added a number of suppliers and platforms to our service offering that have enabled us to be much more highly targeted with our digital marketing efforts as well as have very detailed analytics. We also grew our team to offer more brain power and experience.

What will 2015 bring?
We are very excited about the dynamic new technology clients we are bringing on board as they are revolutionary in nature and feel strongly that they will be leaders in their industry. One is designed to enhance the customer experience in fashion and the other is aimed at making presentations easy to share on Twitter and in Social Media and with live engagement from the audience.

Convince someone to use your service in under 50 words?
At Mangostorm Media we have a truly dedicated and talented team. We are committed to the success of our clients to help them grow and prosper. They are so pleased with the results that most have stayed with us year-on-year, as well as sent many referrals, which is the best form of testimonial you can receive.

What’s your favourite London restaurant?
The Modern Pantry, the savoury and the hazelnut croissant. Super yummy.

Join Sarah at our upcoming dinner with Rich Pleeth, on mobile tech and marketing insights.