Come to TechCrunch London, 24 Sept: Speakers, Pitches & Party

When Seedcamp, the rolling European startups programme, runs its week-long event in London we like to turn up and cover the startups pitching the mentors and judges during the week. Seedcamp is built around its network of mentors and tends to attract a lot of CEOs and VCs, so we hate to waste the opportunity. Thus, with their collusion, we’re piggy-backing alongside their week, running an afternoon event [tickets here] of our own (as we did last year), and throwing their official party [tickets here] to boot. We’re calling the event TechCrunch London.

We’ll be putting on an afternoon featuring pitches from early stage startups selected from the sector right now, alongside startups which have been tutored on the free pitch-training programme run by the UKTI, which we’ve been supporting for a while now (see below for details). We’re also featuring some great presentations by a bunch of speakers. It’ll be on 24th September in central London.

The Essentials:

Tickets and info for the daytime event are here.

Tickets and info for the party only are here.


Cafe de Paris, Central London, please see here for info.


We kick off at 3pm / 15.00. The party/networking starts at 7pm /19.00.

Sponsorship opportunities

Please contact Petra Johansson petra(at) for further details and enquiries about tickets. (Do not contact the editor, Mike Butcher, about tickets).


If you are a member of the press wanting to cover the event, please contact Rassami Hok Ljungberg on rassami(at)


The “TechCrunch London” event is themed “Startups in a cold climate: getting real in the recession”. But although the title of the session sounds downbeat, the reality is that the recession has created many opportunities for startups, something we’ll be exploring. Like all TechCrunch events, it is designed to bring together startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and key industry players for sharing of knowledge and great networking, TechCrunch style.

The supported by Seedcamp, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), Bootlaw the free boot camp for emerging technology, internet and digital professionals run by Winston & Strawn, as well as the Press Association.

Here are our speakers:

Nadjm Maz, BSKYB
“How startups interact with and sell to large corporates”

Barak Rabinowitz,
“Skilled gaming as part of the social networking framework”

Wil Harris, Channel Flip
“Why raising startup funding in the UK is different”

Scott Rafer, CEO at Lookery, Co-founder of Mashery
“How to handle closing your startup”

The presentations will be followed by / preceded by 12 startups pitching their business idea and model, where some of the pitching companies will have attended the previous UKTI workshops (FYI, participation in the Pitch! workshop does not guarantee participation in TechCrunch London, which is an entirely editorial decision).

The pitching startups include:


Aware Monitoring

Social Safe



Notion Learning








Seedcamp is a programme created to jumpstart the entrepreneurial community in Europe by connecting next generation developers and entrepreneurs with over 400 mentors from a top-tier network of company builders; including seed investors, serial entrepreneurs, product experts, HR and PR specialists, marketers, lawyers, recruiters, journalists and venture capitalists. Seedcamp acts as a micro seed fund to invest in startup companies, mainly through our flagship event Seedcamp Week, which takes place in September every year. To make sure we are honing in on all the new startup talent, we also runMini Seedcamp programmes throughout several startup hubs around Europe from January-June. Seedcamp’s standard investment is €30-50k. Following Seedcamp Week, the companies who receive investment stay in London for 3 months to grow and develop their company, building key and lasting business relationships along the way to help them sustain a viable business.



UK Trade & Investment is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UK Trade & Investment offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For further information please visit or telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000.


Press Association

The Press Association is the UK’s trusted source of compelling multimedia content, placed at the hear of the media. Press Association delivers everything from breaking news and showbiz interviews to real-time sports results, TV listings and weather forecasts. Increasingly, content is delivered to clients digitally, and we are actively developing new digital products and services for media and online clients. For more information visit



Bootlaw is a free boot camp for emerging technology, internet and digital businesses and the professionals working in them who want to learn more about the legal issues they face. It is brought to you by Barry Vitou and Danvers Baillieu, the friendly lawyers at Winston & Strawn in London. For more information go to