By Marcus Leach
A year after Prime Minister David Cameron announced the launch of the Tech City initiative, the Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) will hold the Entrepreneurs Festival (November 14-19).
The festival is a week-long event that will see more than 250 of the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs join a business boot camp in London’s Tech City, Europe’s fastest growing technology cluster.
“Facilitating investment and talent development by connecting people is what Tech City is all about. We’re bringing together tech start-ups from across the world to learn from some of the top mentors. This will give entrepreneurs everything they need to know to accelerate their growth and become the successful businesses of the future,” Eric van der Kleij, CEO of TCIO, said.
Organised as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Entrepreneurs Festival is the largest event of its kind staged in Europe. It is a unique opportunity for companies to take part in mentoring sessions and to showcase their companies to leading entrepreneurs and investors.
Tech City is recognised globally for its culture of innovation and its rapid growth, attracting increasing interest from businesses around the world. For the festival, about 80% of the entrepreneurs will be from outside the UK, including the US, India, Singapore, Russia, Spain, Iceland, Turkey, Ghana and South Africa.
The event will culminate in the best start-ups from the week pitching to an audience of top European and US investors.
On November 16 — 17 Entrepreneurs Festival is based at the Tech City zone at Tech World , one of the UK’s largest technology shows at London ExCel Centre. Attendees of the show will take part in a number of activities including:
The Entrepreneurs Festival Pitching Den
“How Do I?” Zone
The Tech City Experience
TCIO was set up by UK Trade & Investment in March 2011. It is designed to help the existing cluster of tech-digital and creative companies flourish, as well as attract global business, entrepreneurs and high-value investment to the area.
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