Central and Eastern European startup event in the British capital

The Department for International Trade (DIT) in collaboration with Startup Campus London and New Generation Centre organised the CEE to UK Soft-Landing Tour event on the 22 November 2018. On this occasion, 12 startups and scaleups, as well as the university project manager from the University of Pecs had the opportunity to introduce themselves to key players of the London ecosystem.

In the first part of the programme, industry experts explained to the companies the most important points of the UK market entry. This was followed by a short presentation of Greg Gulyas, the Managing Director of Startup Campus London. He intorduced the company’s Soft-Landing Programme and its aim, which is to enable scaleups that are ready to expand globally, to enter the UK ecosystem successfully by setting up a local entity and building relevant networks and client base in 4 months.

During the rest of the day, representatives from the DIT gave an insight into the various programmes provided by the British government for companies entering the UK market and the determinative trends within the FinTech and MedTech sectors. They also introduced the key innovation hubs of the country such as London, Midlands Engine, Northern Powerhouse and their services for foreign small and medium size enterprises.

The main goal of the evening event was networking. After giving a 2-minute elevator pitch, the representatives greeted the attendees at their stalls, where they had the opportunity to meet local companies and successful entrepreneurs.

„Startup Campus London team was a great help for us in organising this event, especially in finding the right venues and recruiting amazing participants. I hope that together, the DIT’s services to promote investment and the local activities of Startup Campus will enable countless Central and Eastern European startups to enter the UK market in the future.” – Krisztina Gorog, DIT Foreign Direct Investment Director – Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia.

The venue was provided by TechHub London Moorgate, an incubator and a global community of tech entrepreneurs and startups. The organisers wished to provide the participants with a real and tangible experience of what the local ecosystem is like.

Next day PwC experts from the accounting and business development sector held a 2-hour workshop at WeWork Moorgate. They touched upon some of the most important topics such as the criteria of EIS or SEIS and the accelerator programme of PwC.

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