Mentorship and Training

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Tech Up Nation

Tech Up Nation connects local young Londoners with apprenticeships that can provide them with the skills they need to shape the future of digital.

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Britain's free online gateway for small and medium-size enterprises seeking mentoring services. Search our list of quality-assured mentoring organizations.

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Overseas business looking to set up in London? Get essential information and expert advice on every aspect of locating and doing business in the capital.

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IBM Cloud Global Entrepreneur

The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program offers: • Up to $120K in free Cloud credits for a year • Meetups, panel discussions, digital learning tools, pitch competitions and networking opportunities • Exposure to potential investors, enterprise clients, mentors and technical experts • One-on-one technical and business mentorship sessions

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Tech London Advocates

Founded by angel and venture investor Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates (TLA) is an advocacy group that aims to support technology start-ups in finding new investment, new talent and achieving high growth.

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IBM Bluemix

Leverage IBM's Platform as a Service (PaaS) to build and run key apps for your startup. Access services around Big Data, IoT, Mobile, Watson, Business Analytics, NoSQL DBs and more.

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London Datastore

Do you have ideas for how to use big data to create innovative apps or improve life in London? Access open city data, share ideas and request new data at London Datastore.

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Mayor's Export Programme

Are you ready to go global? The Mayor's Export Programme offers 1-to-1 support to enter an overseas market or participate in a UK exhibition.

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Connectivity Rating Scheme

Endorsed by the Mayor of London, WiredScore is delivering collecting information about the internet connectivity and infrastructure of commercial buildings. This information will be made publicly available to businesses of all sizes looking for office space.


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Smart London Plan

The Smart London Plan is for Londoners, businesses, researchers, investors and everyone who has an interest in the capital’s future. Feedback, ideas and collaboration are welcome!

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IBM developerWorks

Grow your Bluemix skills with sample apps and code, how-to tutorials, quick-starts, and videos—all designed to help you get your apps in the cloud in minutes!

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Mentorship and Networks

  • Mentorsme is an online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises seeking mentorship. The free site offers businesses access to a list of quality-assured business mentoring organisations across Britain.

  • Expert Impact

    Expert Impact connects experts who want to help with those who need their help to create a positive impact on society. The 'Human Lending Library' program allows entrepreneurs looking for help to 'borrow' successful Expert entrepreneurs to help them solve their challenges and scale fast.

  • Enterprise Nation

    Enterprise Nation is a community for business owners and would-be entrepreneurs which offers support, advice and networking opportunities.

  • London Small Business Centre

    London Small Business Centre is a not-for-profit enterprise agency in the capital providing funding, training and face-to-face mentoring to aspiring and thriving entrepreneurs.

  • Women Unlimited

    Women Unlimited provides advice, conferences, training events, and an online network to support women in their quest for self employment and business ownership.

  • WCIT Entrepreneurs' Forum

    Members of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists are all senior IT professionals who joined the Company to provide help and support to entrepreneurs in early stage ventures. Entrepreneurs can review mentor profiles to fnd a match and contact WCIT to begin a mentoring engagement.

  • She's Ingenious!

    A community of women innovators and entrepreneurs, providing practical guidance, networking, know-how and inspiration to women at every stage of product or technology development and promotion.

  • Centre of Excellence for Women's Entrepreneurship

    Based at the University of East London, CEWE connects women entrepreneurs with a trusted network of business specialists. Through networking events, seminars and mentoring, CEWE and its expert partners offer a wealth of advice, contacts and opportunities to help women build their businessin the UK and overseas.

  • London Business Support Service

    The LBSS provides cost effective business support services that are delivered by experienced business advisors. Entrepreneurs seeking impartial business advice can sign up for confidential one-to-one Business Advice clinics held once per month at the British Library.

  • Connect London

    Connect London assists technology and high growth potential business by assisting them with obtaining funding and connecting them to Mentors, training, academic support, business service suppliers and professional firms as well as a network of businesses and women with similar aspirations.

Training and Education

  • Tech Up Nation

    Tech Up Nation connects local young Londoners with apprenticeships that can provide them with the skills they need to shape the future of digital. The programme provides a targeted 100 ambitious employers working in the Tech City/Old Street area of London with a viable process to employ talented young people.

  • Digital Business Academy

    Digital Business Academy has been created by Tech City UK in partnership with leading educational institutions, businesses and organisations, to give everyone the opportunity to learn the business skills they need to start, run or join a digital business.

  • LCCI Business Advice Surgery

    The London Chamber of Commerce Online Business Advice Surgery provides access to free advice and tailored answers to questions on issues affecting businesses, whether legal, HR, finance, marketing or funding-related.

  • School for Startups

    School for Startups creates education programmes, events and online support for budding entrepreneurs. Two flagship programmes, School for Creative Startups and Launcher, provide education, support and funding for entrepreneurs and have allowed thousands of business to get off the ground.

  • New Entrepreneurs Foundation

    The NEF works to build an active community of young entrepreneurs by running a change-making programme that combines real-life business experience in fast growing SMEs with intensive training, business mentoring and coaching.

  • South East Enterprise

    SEE provides a combination of one-to-one business support and training programmes to help founders and entrepreneurs develop the practical skills and knowledge required to build a sustainable business.

  • Nesta

    Nesta is an innovation charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. Provides how-to guides and toolkits for generating, developing, testing, and scaling business ideas.

  • Apprenticeships and London: The Business Case

    Over 20,000 employers in London use Apprenticeships. It helps them attract new talent, upskill their staff and tackle skills shortages. Apprenticeships are available in a range of sectors including tech, Creative and Digital Media, accounting, marketing, business and administration, project management and more.

  • UK Government Guide to Apprenticeships

    Information on all aspects of apprenticeship, for parents, teachers, anyone seeking to become an apprentice, and employers interested in finding an apprentice or building an apprenticeship program.

  • UCL Advances

    UCL Advances, UCL's centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction, helps anyone who wants to learn about, start or grow a business. Start-ups and small businesses across London get access to the technical and business expertise of UCL’s staff and students through a series of programmes designed to support ambitious young companies.

  • Open Data Institute

    The Open Data Institute is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental, and social value. The ODI enables anyone to learn and engage with open data, and empower our teams to help others through professional coaching and mentoring.

  • Business Launchpad

    Business LaunchPad provides a full business start‑up programme for young entrepreneurs. All services--including one-to-one business counselling, seminars and skills workshops--are provided free of charge.

  • London Digital Inclusion Strategy

    An analysis and plan for reducing the barriers to Londoners getting online, with an overview of current activities and a list of networks and resources available to increase digital inclusivity.

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