Capital Enterprise Annual Report 2017

In most respects, 2017 has been an amazing year for Capital Enterprise and the entrepreneurs and member organisations we serve. Due to the hard work of our team and the continuing support of our members and partners, we can proudly report that Capital Enterprise has never been in such a good position to deliver on our twin missions of enabling entrepreneurs in London to start and scale a business, and supporting our members (accelerators, universities and colleges, co-working spaces, enterprise agencies, innovation institutes and public sector organisations) to make an even greater impact on London’s startup ecosystem.

For access to the full Annual Report and for information about our annual activity and upcoming priorities, please follow this link 


Capital Enterprise led OneTech initiative

OneTech is a ground-breaking new initiative, led by Capital Enterprise and supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, to provide female entrepreneurs and those from some of London’s most underrepresented communities with the opportunity to start and scale a high growth tech business.

The lack of diversity costs the tech industry dearly in untapped potential, talent and growth. Capital Enterprise has long recognised that this needs to change.

This project will connect founders with mentors and access a range of workspace, pre-acceleration, acceleration and investment readiness opportunities.

We are aiming to get businesses to better understand why diversity and inclusion makes sense; what needs to be done to help diversify their recruitment and selection processes; and double the number of female and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) founders accessing investment by 2020.

More information about the OneTech project here.


The Affordability Crisis of London’s Open Workspaces

The three biggest costs by far for SMEs in London are staff, rent, and rates. As workspace provision in the capital continues to diversify, a crisis of affordability is making London a challenging place to start and run a small business.

Capital Enterprise and a team have led extensive research into the impacts of the 2016 Business Rates Revaluation on London’s open workspaces and a linked examination of the potential to introduce a voluntary accreditation system for workspaces with community and social impact.

This work was commissioned by the LEAP, overseen by officers at the GLA and backed by the Mayor’s Workspace Providers Board (WPB). It was delivered by a team from Capital Enterprise, WorkWILD, Nordicity and Original Futures.

  1. The Affordability Crisis: Overview and Recommendations
  2. The Affordability Crisis: London needs an accreditation scheme for open workspaces
  3. The Affordability Crisis: Business rates aren’t working for London’s open workspaces

London Co-Investment Fund announces 100th investment 

Capital Enterprise are proud to announce that the London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF), co-founded and co-managed by Capital Enterprise and Funding London, has now invested in 100 startup businesses.

LCIF, founded in 2015, has invested more than £100m into the capital’s startup scene and has created over 1,000 jobs.

We look forward to continuing to work with Funding London and London’s startups through LCIF.

4xxi and CE – Minimum Viable Product Competition

How to get an amazing idea off the ground can often be challenging. Competition for investment, limited expertise, resources and finances available, a stepping stone could be that platform to get you moving in the right direction.

Capital Enterprise & 4xxi love to see tech-enabled startups succeed. We have partnered together to host a competition for a tech enabled startup the chance to win the development of a Minimum Viable Product.

Click here for more information and to apply – Applications close 19th October.

TechDay London 2018

26th October | Old Billingsgate

TechDay London is back and Capital Enterprise are proud to be partners this year.

Join us at London’s largest startup event, along with 200+ innovative startups and scale-ups, leading accelerators, investors, corporate partners, mentors and top tech talent.

Form new partnerships, increase traction and exposure, and find new customers or potential hires.

OneTech Showcase

30th October 2018 | 8 Devonshire Square

Join us for an exclusive showcase of OneTech partners and activities.

The event will include a collection of activities and inspiring talks and fireside chats, including a big reveal of the first founder stories from our Inspiration Capital Campaign, panel discussions on ‘Why we need to tackle diversity in investment’ and ‘Diversifying the pipeline of tech founders in London’, and a marketplace of partners and members with their offer to the ecosystem.

Come and see what it’s all about. #WeAreOneTech.

Mobile UX London: Annual Conference

20th November | Marylebone

Mobile UX London Annual Conference returns on 20th November.

The conference will bring you the latest insights from the best minds in User Experience (UX) and Design. Just Eat, Google, Liquid Studio by Accenture Technology, Orange and more will be showcasing case studies in VR, AR, AI, IoT and blockchain.

More information here.