Our latest research report, commissioned in partnership with Beauhurst, responds to the recent Patient Capital Review consultation and explores whether there is a UK ambition gap.

We encourage you to download the report, featuring results based on surveys with 100 UK entrepreneurs, 10 leading UK tech founders and 5 active venture capital partners.

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VentureFounders an enquiry into the uk ambition gap paper

Research Paper on the UK Ambition Gap

The Scale Up Series | Talent

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Scale Up Series | Ambition Event in partnership with Coutts

The Scale Up Series | Ambition, hosted in partnership with Coutts, explored how the UK can create an environment that will nurture unicorn businesses, and ensure their founders have the ambition to break through.

The evening further explored the VentureFounders research project which set out with a thesis to explore if the UK has an ambition gap against the US.

The UK has never produced a tech business with a $10 billion valuation, while Facebook is worth over $400 billion. This instalment of the Scale Up Series addressed:
• Do UK founders look to sell their businesses too soon?
• Is this a symptom of a lack of ambition in the marketplace?
• How can the UK ensure that the next world-beating business is founded here?

Scale Up Series | Talent Event | The Bulgari Hotel

VentureFounders Scale Up Series | Talent, took place on Thursday 25 May at The Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge.

In partnership with Metro Bank, this second instalment of the Scale Up Series gathered founders, investors, and tech leaders to help break down one of the biggest barriers to scale-up growth: the sourcing and retention of world-class talent.

The evening explored three themes central to the talent debate:

  • Open borders: The impact of Brexit and Article 50 on access to talent
  • Generalist vs specialist: What kind of talent do scaling businesses need?
  • Talent retention: How employers can source and retain the best amidst a competitive battle for talent


The Scale-Up Series Launch Event The Pitch Off

VentureFounders and Microsoft Accelerator came together to host the Scale-Up Series: Pitch Off at the Courthouse Hotel, Shoreditch.

This marked the launch of VentureFounders', Scale-Up Series of events that will run into 2017, offering investors a real insight into the challenges faced by great British businesses scaling their business.

The event brought together some of the best names in the scale-up ecosystem, including former CEO of Dyson and VentureFounders Chairman Martin McCourt, who delivered the keynote speech. The event also included a panel featuring Irene Graham from the ScaleUp Institute and the whole evening was compered by Michael Hayman MBE.



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