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Dine with founder of Pobble: succeeding in edtech

at The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell (map)

Who's coming

  • Anshul

    Director, Academic Underdogs Ltd

  • Erika

    Chief Superhero, Karisma Kidz

  • Aizhan

    Business Development Manager, UK Study Centre

  • Claire

    Co Founder, TableCrowd Talent

  • Nick

    Founder, Animas Centre for Coaching

  • Dave

    Creative Director, A Little Learning

  • Jon

    Founder/ CEO, Pobble

  • Matthew


  • Sam

    Community Manager, EdTech Exchange

  • Laura

    Manager, Edspace

  • Matt

    Senior Consultant, Penhela Associates

  • Daniel

    IT Recruitment Consultant, Tiro Partners Ltd

  • Jane

    Head of Content, EasyPeasy

  • Alexander

    Schools Pathway Officer, Teach First


The Modern Pantry

47 - 48 St John's Square, Clerkenwell, London, EC1V 4JJ

Started by:
Table Crowd

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Jon Smith is founder and CEO of Pobble, an award winning, edtech venture that gives children an audience for their work via a global classroom wall. They have built up a user base spanning over 100 countries and containing over 40,000 pieces of work.

This dinner is perfect for…
Founders and CEOs of edtech and parenttech companies, as well as those working in the education sector.

The dinner conversation will be…
In founding and growing Pobble, Jon has a wealth of experience to share and he'll be speaking about:
✓ The challenges & opportunities in the edtech sector - and tips for success.
✓ His experience of 2 different accelerator programmes (London Business School and Microsoft Ventures).
✓ The story behind his company, including the brand.
✓ Tips for fundraising (he has raised £1m).
Expect honest and practical advise that you can apply to your own business.

What is Pobble?
Pobble provides a platform to showcase children's writing and inspire even the most reluctant writers! They have been named the People’s Champion Award at, at the Global Social Venture Competition and at the Crowdcube Awards (to name a few of their awards!).

What’s included?
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine plus highly curated and relevant networking.


P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

Jon Smith is an education-tech entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of Pobble.

He has experience in developing and implementing business strategy, building and leading organisations and delivering some of the world's largest and most technically challenging construction projects.

He is an ICE Chartered Civil Engineer, a PMI certified Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. He has a MEng from Oxford University and an MBA from London Business School.

He is interested in connecting with passionate, innovative and driven entrepreneurs who desire to tackle some of the world's most challenging social issues.

For any dietary requirements, including vegetarians, please ensure you have completed your dietary needs in your profile.

Delicious 2 course dinner with wine or soft drinks


H.Forman & Son’s salmon sashimi, truffled mustard seed & tamari dressing, tomatillo (GF, DF)

Grilled aubergine, yuzu & tamari dressing, crispy shallots (vegan, GF)

Salad of farro, blood orange, pickled rhubarb & goats cheese, herb & buttermilk dressing (vegetarian) (starter or main course)


Marinated feta, chilli sautéed cavolo nero & chickpea spring roll, turmeric & celeriac puree, pickled mushrooms, preserved lemon dressing (vegetarian)

Smoked paprika & cumin marinated corn fed chicken breast, cassava chips, Asian mushrooms, salad greens (GF, DF)

This dinner is hosted by Claire, one of TableCrowd's wonderful hosts and she'll be looking after you on the night.

Claire is our new COO and Chief Chatter. She is hugely passionate about entrepreneurship starting her career with global fresh produce entrepreneurs at Tesco and then micro entrepreneurs in East Africa as CEO of a charity. Having hosted over 50 dinners for TableCrowd and 100 volunteer events for Grow Movement Claire adds a natural sparkle to our events.

For any advance questions about this dinner, it is best to reach us at

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