The week started with plenty of disruption! Monika G was snowbound in Edinburgh and the tube strike was not helping matters in London. This made it fun trying to get to Brunel University to stand-in for Monika for the evening’s speed dating event. However, it was well worthwhile. I was inspired by the enthusiasm of the young entrepreneurs and it gave me faith that the London entrepreneurial scene is flourishing at the grass-roots level.
We are very eager to build links with the university community across the UK and would welcome new members to Dreamstake from this group.
On Tuesday I met up with Pragma and Ved from ThinkPlank. These guys are inspirational and havelong been associated with the Convergence Conversations series of debates run by Intellect. We are in discussion about running a series of debates on the London startup scene. More about that later.
A large part of the week has been about designing the future Dreamstake service offer. We are seeking to add value to the entrepreneurial community by offering practical services that enable the entrepreneur to get on with building the business without taking their eye off the ball. At this stage we are interested in getting views on what these services might look like. Please let us know!
On Friday morning I went to #tuttle run by @lloyddavis. This weekly event, run out of a collaboration centre in Acton Street is always a brilliant place to meet creative entrepreneurs. We had a lively debate about the true meaning of collaboration and how effective current initiatives are. I think we all came away with the view that there is an amazing talent pool in London, so we only need to find ways to harness it effectively.
On Friday afternoon I was down at Westbourne Studios with Monika preparing for our event next Wednesday. The venue is amazing. It is a huge space with a funky vibe, situated below the Westway. Doesn’t sound much but has to be experienced to be believed!! I am looking forward to displaying some art as part of the event.
Next week will be about more event organisation, leading up to Wednesday night’s event. We are looking forward to seeing at least 100 creative entrepreneurs enter into a lively panel discussion about how technology will impact the UK’s position as a global player in the creative industries. This is all part of our drive to help London get the recognition it deserves as a powerhouse of creativity and entrepreneurial flair.