Events are the lifeblood of the startup world and in London, there are hundreds of startup events to choose from. Be it conferences, talks, dinners or even just going to the pub – a good startup event can teach you life-changing lessons, inspire new ideas, expose you to some of tech’s top investors and founders and introduce you to lifelong friends. We asked our members who their favourite startup event organisers in London are – here’s what they said:

STARTUP GRIND

Experts at getting in big-name tech speakers, Startup Grind is powered by Google Entrepreneur. Their recent events in London have included discussions with the founders of Trello, Monzo, TechCrunch and Google Ventures.

Example past events:
Startup Grind Europe 2017 – 1500 global founders in London for a day of nonstop content
Nick Hungerford (CEO of Nutmeg) – Talk given by the investment software co-founder
John Harthorne (Founder & CEO of MassChallenge) – Top tips from the startup accelerator founder

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HARDWARE PIONEERS

If hardware is your thing, then Hardware Pioneers are the event organisers for you. With a heavy focus on the IoT sphere, big names to talk and run workshops with them have included Intel, Amazon and IBM.

Example past events:
IoT Cloud Platforms: Connect, Collect, Analyse – Talks by IBM Bluemix and Microsoft Azure IoT
Developing Solutions for the Internet of Things – Talks by Ubuntu, Evrythng, and Electric Imp
The Future of Smart Transportation: Technologies and Opportunities – Talks by IntelTransport for London and TE Connectivity

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SILICON DRINKABOUT

A get together at our very own Runway East Hangar 58

Silicon Drinkabout started as the most informal of informal events: drinks with fellow tech workers in a pub. It’s now grown into a global community providing spaces for startups to meet and discuss business ideas and celebrate each other’s fortunes. As the name suggests, events take place in the tech-heavy Old Street area, and provide an easy-going atmosphere to meet fellow startup workers on a Friday evening, usually with free or heavily discounted drinks.

Example past events: The event spaces change but the format always remains the same- drinks, talks and networking

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FORWARD PARTNERS

A recent speaker was James McClure, GM of Airbnb European division

Early stage VC Forward Partners run frequent events that rate amongst the best in the London startup world, supplying investment knowledge and showcasing startup founders who are ready to share how they achieved success. Examples of companies whose founders have spoken at their events include JustEat and Seedrs.

Example past events:
Startup Funding in Brexit Britain – Two-panel discussions with some of the UK’s top venture capitalists.
Forward Partners LIVE: Malcolm Bell, CEO @ Zaggora – Talk from the CEO of the activewear and health foods
Forward Partners LIVE: Greg Marsh & the story of onefinestay – Founder of lastminute.com gives a talk

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Built by Girls made an appearance at the General Assembly

General Assembly are better known for their educational and training programmes afforded to those in tech who want develop their careers. However, they also host a number of exciting events at their base in Whitechapel which are a mixture of info sessions, meetups, demo nights, and hackathons.

Example past events:
General Assembly presents: The Future of Leadership – Gillian Davies on what it takes to be a leader
Hiring Event: Data Scientists & Web Developers Meet + Hire – Opportunity for Data Scientists and Web Developers to meet and potentially hire

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TECH CITY UK

Tech City are famed for their ability to enable growth in tech companies and provide access to finance. As a national company, they host events in cities across the UK but their London events have provided insights into a broad range of topics including the future of tech, comparing the Silicon Valley to the Silicon Roundabout and advice on investment, with big-name speakers at their events from companies such as Deliveroo, Silicon Valley Bank and Seedcamp.

Example past events:
Tech City UK’s Fintech For All Competition Final – A competition to find fintech startups
Tech Nation Talks: Bad VCs vs Bad Founders –  a panel of investors, founders and industry experts answer questions
Tech Nation 2022 – Imagining the Future of UK Tech – Tech City UK’s panel of experts will explore what is achievable for the UK’s tech sector

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