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Coming to & Scaling in the UK


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This is the presentation deck for the talk I gave at the London Mayor's Office as part of the London Tech Week event on the 12th of June, 2017.

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Coming to & Scaling in the UK

  1. 1. Invest in the UK Carlos Eduardo Espinal Partner at @Seedcamp
  2. 2. Who is Seedcamp?
  3. 3. How did I get here?
  4. 4. How things have changed (2006-2017)
  5. 5. Investing in the UK
  6. 6. A Vibrant Startup Ecosystem • 12 of the top 22 most prominent VC Investors across Europe according to Business Insider, have London offices • Tech firms attracted over $800m in venture capital funding in the final half of 2016 alone. Source: London & Partners • London is home to 70K+ professional software developers > NYC or any other European City. Source: Stack Overflow • The Entrepreneurs Visa for founders raising 50K or more (from qualified organizations)
  7. 7. A Supportive Tax Regime • The UK is a low taxation economy with corporation tax at 20%, the lowest in the G20, and set to be reduced to 17% by 2020. • The UK also offers tax incentives for R&D and the most flexible labour regulations in Europe.  • The UK through initiatives like SEIS/EIS and Investors/ Entrepreneur's relief, provide further tax incentives for both entrepreneurs and investors
  8. 8. An Easy Place for Business • The UK ranks consistently in the top 10 in the world for ease of doing businesses. • London is Europe’s leading city for patent registrations in a range of industries including healthcare, informatics, wireless technology, video games, communications, multimedia and software. - Source: fDi Intelligence from The Financial Times Ltd based on US Patents and Trademarks Office. 2015
  9. 9. Working in the UK
  10. 10. The first things to set up in the UK Accounts (personal & business) • • Transferwise • Revolut Short Term Living - The
  11. 11. Building a Network & Meeting People • Campus London + Ozone Coffee + Shoreditch Grind • Silicon Drinkabout events • Don’t Pitch Me Bro events • events
  12. 12. Building a Team • StackOverflow Jobs • • Silicon Milk Roundabout • Hiring/Firing - more flexible than rest of EU.
  13. 13. Finding Office Space • • Runway East • WeWork • TechHub • Central Working
  14. 14. Meeting investors • Focus on introductions from your network • Techcrunch Disrupt, NOAH Conference • EU Wide events - NextWeb, Pioneers, Slush, etc • Runway East / WeWork / Campus Events
  15. 15. Thank you @cee Carlos Eduardo Espinal