UK Startup Guide – Resources, Funding and Support for Tech Startups and Entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom

The UK is a notoriously difficult place to be a tech entrepreneur. However, there are always opportunities if you look for them. Below I have detailed just a few main sources of support, incubators, accelerators, VCs, angel networks, and competitions that I came across during my research into setting up my startup. Please feel free to add other sources that you may know of, and help make this an extremely useful, current and robust guide for tech startups in the UK.

STARTUP FUNDING AND SUPPORT

Starting Points (Research and Gateways)
Business Link
Enterprise UK
British Library Business & IP Centre
Shell Live-Wire
Startup Donut
NWDA

Startup Communities/Social Networks
Virgin Media Pioneers
FlyingStart
cmypitch.com
OpenCoffee Club
Techcelerate

Support Incubators and Technopoles/Science Parks (offer workspace and networking in exchange for capital)
Daresbury Science and Innovation Park
Fab Lab Manchester
e4f (Birmingham Science Park Aston)
Accelerator London (Metropolitan University)
InfoLab21 Lancaster

Incubator Accelerators (offer seed capital, workspace, and networking in exchange for equity)
The Difference Engine – Northeast England
Seedcamp – London
Springboard – Cambridge
InQUBAtor – Sheffield
H-Farm – London
Start VI – Belfast, Northern Ireland
Tycoon Bootcamp – London

Workspace and/or Incubators (offer workspace in exchange for capital):
London Knowledge Innovation Centre
Imperial Innovators
TechHub
Trampery
The Cube
The Hub
eOffice

Venture Capital Incubators (offer capital, incubation space, concept testing in exchange for equity):
Straub Ventures
Atomico Ventures
H-FarmVentures
Hothouse Ventures

Seed Stage VCs/Funds
Index Seed
Profounders Capital
Moai Capital
Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs (ACE) Fund
Beringea Digital Ventures

Angel Networks
British Business Angels Association
London Business Angels
Venture Giant
Angel Investment Network

Venture Capital Firms & Angels (offer capital for equity):
Nesta
Atlas Ventures
Eden Ventures
Balderton Capital
Index Ventures
Amadeus Ventures
MMC Ventures
Pi Capital
Advent Ventures
The Accelerator Group
Nitrokickstart

Mobile & Telecom Sector VCs (offer capital and expertise for equity):
Innovacom (France Telecom Fund)
Pond Ventures
Spark Ventures

Media VCs (offer services and expertise for equity):
4iP
Bonnier R&D Fund

Advice & Support
NWDA’s High Growth Programme
Lancaster University’s Knowledge Exchange Programme (InfoLab21)
Innospace (MMU)
Microsoft BizSpark

Startup Weekends & Startup Events (offer platform to launch new business startup)
Launch48
Startup Weekend
GeekNRolla

Competitions
http://www.dedipowerdigitalawards.com/
http://www.shell-livewire.org/
http://www.fgba.co.uk/
http://www.stridingout.co.uk/latest-news/future-100.html
http://www.stridingout.co.uk/competition.html
http://www.findinvestgrow.com/about/competition/
http://www.essenceoftheentrepreneur.com/2009/home/
http://www.connectmidlands.co.uk/web/cm/index.cfm
http://www.enterpriseuk.org/markets
http://www.wix.com/vlennox/nvpc
http://www.innovate-events.com/about/

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5 responses to “UK Startup Guide – Resources, Funding and Support for Tech Startups and Entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom

  1. Few more major VC firms:
    Dawn Capital
    Accel Partners
    3i

  2. Thanks for mentioning us ( THECUBE), we have a diverse community, which means that our tech start-ups get to bounce off ideas, gain a practical view of their brand, and get connected with diverse networks – all leading to economic sustainability.

    We would love to do more to support the tech community, so we would be happy to sponsor an event at our space around the issues of tech start-ups.

    Thanks
    Araceli
    0207 3779279
    http://www.thecubelondon.com
    info@thecubelondon.com

    • Hi Araceli,

      Thanks for your comment. Do you guys also provide an incubation and support program? Or just coworking and deck space rental? And if not is this something you plan to get into?

  3. Ali Ahmed

    Providence Equity Partners

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