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CASTS Project Summer Party: Join Us!

Capital Enterprise will celebrate the outstanding achievement that has been the CASTS Project with a sensational summer party on Thursday 6 June 2019.

Over the past 3 years, the Capital Enterprise CASTS Project (Capital Accelerate & Scale Tech Superstars), in partnership with 16 of London’s high-quality accelerator programmes, has dramatically influenced the growth and success of London’s tech startup scene. Hundreds of entrepreneurs, businesses, and the startup ecosystem as a whole, have benefitted from this most essential project that is now coming to an end. 

 

Nevertheless, according to John Spindler, CEO of Capital Enterprise: “We at Capital Enterprise are immensely proud of our achievements and of the work that we’ve undertaken with CASTS, so we’re going out with a bang. Hence our summer party to which you’re all invited.”

 

The CASTS summer party will take place on Thursday 6 June 2019. For more information and to book a place at the party please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/casts-summer-party-tickets-61224183180

 

 

Mayor of London: Get funding and expert support to test the latest AI technologies

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has launched a programme aimed at helping retail and hospitality companies from across London to access the newest and best technologies to grow their businesses.

The Greater London Authority, in partnership with the London School of Economics, CognitionX, and Capital Enterprise – funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy – is piloting a programme offering businesses the chance to win free support and guidance on the latest marketing and customer tools – all driven by advanced AI technology aimed at helping London’s SMEs reach more customers and provide even better services.


Apply by 3 June 2019 to ensure your company is involved. Places are limited – so visit the London Growth Hub to get the latest tech, and play your part in supporting London’s economy.

Capital Enterprise Annual Report 2018

Capital Enterprise continues to go from strength to strength with 2018 being one of the most successful years regarding both revenue and impact.

By the end of this calendar year, the Capital Enterprise team will be helping, alongside our members and partners, to deliver ten different major projects (AI Seed, Business Basics, CAP-AI, CAP Talent, CASTS, Green Light Programme, Fast Forward, IDEALondon, LCIF & OneTech) that will support entrepreneurs in London to start and scale innovative tech-enabled businesses.

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.

This project connects 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.

We are delighted to introduce OneTech Talent, an extension of the OneTech programme, which is a result of our successful bid to the Mayor’s Digital Talent Programme. OneTech Talent is focused on 18-24 year old females and founders of colour across London, and is a 2 year programme which will enable us to expand both initiative activity and geography.

For more information about the programme please follow this link to the OneTech website.

Watch the video from our October launch event to find out we’re helping to change the face of startups.

 

 

CAP Talent Internship Programme

CAP Talent is an internship programme matching Masters and Undergraduate Computer Science students to internship placements in London’s tech startup businesses. CAP Talent bridges the gap between the best talent in London and tech startup businesses, whilst addressing the demand for digital skills.

We piloted CAP Talent is 2018, and successfully placed 10 students into internships.

We are delighted to announce a partnership with City of London Corporation to help expand the programme, increasing opportunities for London’s students. The initiative will be funded by £40,000 from City of London Corporation and delivered by us at Capital Enterprise.

More information about the partnership can be found 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