SME Growth Hack - Make it a Real Business.


If you were under the impression hacking was dodgy business - think again. Growth hacking is the rapidly expanding practice of discovering creative options to traditional marketing.

Real BusinessThis coming week, on Nov 21, us at Chinwag and UKTI are excited to partner with Real Business, the UK’s first magazine for entrepreneurs and SMEs, to host SME Growth Hack - Build. Promote. Sell. Inspire. With Real Business aiming to aid business leaders in their day-to-day activities and decision- making, they are a great addition to any SME related events and we are happy to have them onboard.

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Learning from success– The Tech Startup Meetup

We will be bringing together some biggest success stories of tech start-ups in the last decade and finding out how they achieved monumental growth and success within a matter of years. The Digital Pond will be inviting them to share their secrets of success, and how to utilise new technologies to gain a competitive advantage.

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Date: 1 August 2013
Location: Old Sessions, UK

Startup Diaries: TableCrowd goes to San Francisco

San Fran

TableCrowd is a social dining network where like-minded people can meet and eat. Kate Jackson is Founder.

Monday. Set up meetings, demos and pitches in San Francisco. Flying tomorrow with four days to make connections and learn the tech and fund raising scene in the Bay.

Wednesday. We made it to the semi-final of Vator Splash and watched 10 startups battle it out and face questioning from the panel. Words of wisdom from speakers including Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, and a host of VCs.

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Want Your Social Media Week Fix Early? Get Involved With The Digital Mission & SMW NYC


As you may know, Social Media Week London will be returning to your streets in September 2013, however if you can’t quite wait that long then why not be a part of Social Media Week NYC in February where Chinwag will be joined by some great companies for a Digital Mission trip to New York.

SMW NYC looks set to be a great week with its global theme of Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World being explored by speakers including Ben Kaufman, founder & CEO of Quirky, Cindy Gallop and the team, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.

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Digital Mission to New York 2013: What's Happening, More Companies and Deadline Approaches

Back in December we announced the first set of companies that will be joining us for the Digital Mission to New York in February this year. 

We are very excited to not only let you know the next lucky group of companies coming along on the trip, but also to let you take a sneaky peak at the mission agenda

With an investor roundtable, masterclass in doing business in the USA, a traditional British pub quiz as well as all the keynotes, showcases and presentations that are being held as part of Social Media Week NYC the mission companies are not going to be short on events to go to and people to meet. You can take a look at the full agenda for the week here.

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The Global K-Startup Competition Winners Get a Taste of London Startup Life

Last week Chinwag were lucky enough to be joined by Korea's top tech talent, the winners of the Google's Global K-Startup competition. The five lucky startups were treated to a week's tour of London's digital industry, including market briefings, pitch training, agency meetings, incubator tours and roundtables with industry experts. 

On Monday the group took a tour of the ever-expanding Tech City, organised by TCIO and Friday saw the group spend the day with some of the startups based at Campus London at TechHub, Seedcamp and Springboard. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were left in the capable hands of Chinwag's team.

So take a look at what they got up to...

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techpitch 4.5

techpitch 4.5 brings together tech startups, investors and entrepreneurs for an evening of business idea pitching by startups and productive feedback from experts. It is an evening pitch event to showcase the latest tech startups out there.

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Date: 23 May 2012
Location: Pinsent Mason's Auditorium, UK

Thinking Digital Startup Competition at Thinking Digital 2012


Thinking Digital are holding their first ever Thinking Digital Startup Competition, chaired by Paul Smith (of the Ignite100 startup accelorator programme) and supported by Northstar Ventures, at this year's event.

To enter, the startup needs to have been created or started operating after 1st Jan 2011 and applications need to be in by Friday 11th May.

There'll be a total of 5 startups pitching for 3 minutes on Tuesday 29th May during Thinking Digital University (TDU). Chosen startups will get a free pass to Thinking Digital 2012 (or 2013 if you already have a 2012 pass).

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techpitch 4.5

techpitch 4.5 brings together tech startups, investors and entrepreneurs for an evening of business idea pitching by startups and productive feedback from experts. It is an evening pitch event to showcase the latest tech startups out there, some which have taken part in the 2Pears/UKTI pitch training workshops.

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Date: 23 May 2012
Location: Pinsent Mason's Auditorium, UK

Music 4.5 Data is Sexy 2: data as arms

Following on from last year's popular Music 4.5 Data is Sexy, we are taking the discussion around data to the next level, focusing on issues such as live-data, relational data, the gathering and refining of data, semantics, and the new commercial paradigm created by data as 'links'.

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Date: 18 April 2012
Location: Lewis Silkin office, UK

MUSIC techpitch 4.5

We are delighted to announce the second MUSIC techpitch 4.5 event, an evening pitch event in partnership with EMI Music, as part of the successful techpitch 4.5 series of events.

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Date: 27 March 2012
Location: EMI headquarters, UK

Startup Asia

Startup Asia Singapore showcases newly launched and product-ready tech startups. It showcases only startups which are born in Asia. Of course, Startup Asia Singapore will have, as the name suggests, more startups that originate from Singapore.

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Date: 2 February 2012
Location: Singapore Post Centre, SG

techpitch 4.5

techpitch 4.5 is an evening pitch event created by 2Pears, in order to showcase some of the latest tech startups, including some of the startups that have taken part in the UKTI pitch-training workshops in the past 6 months.

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Date: 8 February 2012
Location: Pinsent Mason's Auditorium, UK

Eric Ries, The Lean Startup – London Edition. 16th January 2012

Eric Ries, author of, ‘The Lean Startup’, will talk about what it means to apply those ideas in practice. After the talk and Q&A, there will be networking drinks & everyone will leave with a signed copy of The Lean Startup.

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Date: 16 January 2012
Location: tba, UK

Lean Startup Machine

Lean Startup Machine is a learning-intensive bootcamp where startups teams are taught how to identify key customers and iterate their products through a framework of Lean Startup tools and techniques. It's like a hack weekend, only focused on validating the market rather than building the product.

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Date: 16 September 2011
Location: Forward Internet Group, UK