Co-founder Kate Jackson used to be a City lawyer, working for clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations – always having a particular passion for the former. Many moons ago, after much scheming and planning with her co-founders, they all escaped the City. Kate left the courts and suits behind and her partners left trading the financial markets behind and together they launched their first tech & events business.
The team believe that networks are vital for success and that there is no better way to build them than over food. With this as the driving force, the team set out to combine “food & thoughts” and TableCrowd was born.
TableCrowd organises intimate social networking dinners, tailored to different business themes, where individuals can connect and engage with high-calibre, like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs in a deep and meaningful manner.
We pride ourselves on providing highly curated dinners with themes and speakers that are fresh and original. We are passionate about our dinners having an impact for our community – after all it’s our raison d’etre! From across the dinner table, partnerships have been formed, new clients have been engaged, teams have been grown and new business opportunities have been discovered.
TableCrowd is still a very young company but it is growing fast. Week on week there will be more dinners for you to join with a growing range of themes, speakers and locations. But if you don't see what you want, please tell get in touch!
We measure our success on your experiences, which is why we welcome your comments and feedback. We ‘re still regulars at our dinners, so come and meet us or you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or @tablecrowd.
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"People sharing food has always been associated with peace, family and community, as well as many festivals (religious or otherwise) being based around it, which means people are total at ease meeting this way." - Kate Jackson, Co-Founder & CEO
"The food is good - but conversation’s always better. To be honest, the one thing I took away from the event was this: the ability to network with people who had the same goal as me – to network and talk about our passions. There wasn’t anybody at the dinner that I did not want to speak to; there were journalists, PRs, founders, bloggers. I’ve taken some valuable contacts away from that dinner and reconnected with someone who I had worked previously. I also secured an opportunity for one of my clients; without TableCrowd, that potentially might not have happened.”
"I was definitely a little nervous before I got there but once I arrived and introduced myself to the other diners, it was absolutely fine and we had fun. For me, it was great to meet new people and to actually be able to talk and engage over something we were all interested in. TableCrowd is a brilliant forum for putting your passions into action and engaging with people over one of life’s simplest pleasures: food! I’m really glad I hosted a table and to anyone thinking of starting a business, or just looking to go outside their comfort zone and meet new people, you will love getting involved with TableCrowd."
"So I admit I was a little nervous turning up at my first Tablecrowd evening, especially as I was hosting. And hosting not just as me, but as the ‘work’ me – Nutritional Therapist. So it was no surprise when everyone looked nervously at me from behind their menus – ‘Are we ok to have a glass of wine?’ ‘Can I have a pudding?’ Well I think I speak for us all in that it was a great evening. And our conversation did not disappoint for a ‘Healthy Eating’ crowd, ranging from baking with coconut flour and rehydrating during an 80 mile run to controlling sugar cravings and the best ways to lose weight. Everyone had such different experiences with food, coming from different cultures as well, so it was no surprise the conversation flowed and the evening flew by."
"I moved to london last year and didn't really know anyone and I was missing Sweden so I started a swedish crowd. Now I'm the captain of over 500 swedes ;) We have been out over 10 times and some of the regulars have become my good friends. It's great to explore new restaurants with a group who WANT to meet new people. You don't feel like the 'new one' trying to become a part of an already close group of people. I was looking for a job when i moved here and ended up getting my current fantastic job through someone I met in my London Swedes crowd :) All in all setting up this crowd has made my life in London so much more fun and enjoyable ! Heja Sverige !
P.s If you wanna read about my adventures with the London Swedes visit my blog, http://sofinlondon.blogspot.co.uk"
"I really enjoyed the dinner last night. It was fabulous. The people that came were really lovely. We had good conversation and exchange of tips and ideas. I'm happy to organise another one in the future."
"This event, my first with TableCrowd, was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I met some interesting people and made new friends, all over a lovely meal and a glass of red. It was a relaxed environment and it was easy striking up conversation with from diverse backgrounds. Looking forward to my next event with this site!"
"People only seem to want to meet an employment lawyer when there's trouble afoot, but throw in some pizzas, beers and Tablecrowd's treasure trove of contacts…and things can certainly change! I met up in Pizza East with a table full of guys in one way or another involved in startups as part of Tablecrowd's "The Startup Engine", so that I could hopefully impart some useful legal tips to the hungry entrepreneurs and their growing businesses. Over a few cold Peronis and Pepperoni thin crusts the conversation flowed about topics as diverse as the marvel of 3D printing to the finer points of running a fashion app business. With our bellies brimming with food and our heads full of knowledge we trotted off in to the Shoreditch night and I've been in touch with almost everyone since. Happy days!"
"Yes Yes!!! Quite simply the best format for meeting potential investors and like minded entreprenuers."