London is Playing Matchmaker Between Startups and Investors

The events are taking place at London’s Living Room, atop iconic City Hall
The events are taking place at London’s Living Room, atop iconic City Hall | © Maciek Lulko/Flickr
Photo of Claire Lancaster
Tech & Entrepreneurship Editor18 January 2018

Love is in the air – for London startups and top investors.

The first in a series of 20 planned matchmaking events for London tech startups and top investors has kicked off this month as part of the Mayor of London’s TechInvest Programme.

The events, which will run over the next four years, aim to boost investment and showcase top startups spanning across various tech sectors. The series is backed by City Hall and the UK British Angels Associations (UKBAA).

The TechInvest Programme is matching startups with investors | © Andy Kelly / Unsplash

The first event, to take place January 18, will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) startups, and will spotlight businesses in transportation, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and financial sectors.

A leading panel of AI experts chose businesses from across the capital that had the potential to scale and truly catapult London’s sector globally. Judges included Wendy Tan-White MBE, a partner at BGF Ventures and Tabitha Goldstaub, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of CognitionX, a market intelligence platform.

Startups as diverse as London-based data insights platform Duel to Skin Analytics, which allows users to track the health of skin moles using a smartphone, were awarded a spot.

Skyline of the City of London including, from left to right, the Walkie-Talkie, the Cheesegrater and the Gherkin | © User:Colin and Kim Hansen/WikiCommons

“These events will showcase the fantastic creativity of London’s tech community and will enable entrepreneurs to connect with leading investors,” said Mayor Khan. “I’m confident that this programme will help even more companies to realise their potential to grow and develop.”

There will be five events each year, each focusing on a specific tech sector. Future events will reportedly showcase virtual reality (VR) and ‘govtech’ companies, which look to digitise government services.

Like this? Find out which tech sector is dominating London’s entrepreneurship scene, learn why London is Europe’s tech capital, or read our tech editor’s take on the 2018 lookout for European entrepreneurship.