Don’t Just Start Up - Scale Up: SILICON VALLEY COMES TO THE UK 2012
“First mover advantage doesn’t go to the company that starts up, it goes to
the company that scales up.” - Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder
LONDON & CAMBRIDGE, England -- October 29, 2012
‘Don’t Just Start Up - Scale Up’ is the theme of this year’s Silicon Valley
Comes to the UK 2012, taking place 14-16th November. Aimed at helping to
support the growth of the next multi-billion-pound companies in Europe, this
year’s SVC2UK programme seeks to tackle the challenges of creating the mindset
and conditions required for businesses to grow into global winners by focusing
on a wide range of stake-holders in the UK.
SVC2UK 2012 brings leaders from companies such as Google, Linkedin, Facebook,
Care.com, and Edmodo to the UK with the singular goal of inspiring us to think
big for ourselves and for the economy. In the last six years, the top 6% of
high-growth firms generated over half of the new jobs in the UK - showing the
huge impact scaled businesses have on the economy.
SVC2UK 2012 includes 35 events that run concurrently in 12 cities across 6
countries to inspire more than 6,500 attendees. The activities, which include
mentoring, coaching, workshops, competitions, masterclasses, lectures, dinners
take place at venues such as The House of Commons, University of Cambridge,
Tech City and a variety of schools. In addition, there will be special
sessions on scaling-up two of the most promising sectors: MedTech and EdTech.
SVC2UK 2012 will also see the launch of a service to help the plethora of
hypergrowth businesses in Cambridge do business more easily with professionals
around the world and to attract top talent.
The UK’s scale-up rate per capita is estimated to be less than half that of
the US according to last year’s SVC2UK research that was prepared by
Entrepreneur First and Mckinsey. Sherry Coutu, SVC2UK co-chair, says: “This is
a dismaying statistic, and one that SVC2UK hopes to work with stakeholders to
help the UK overcome. The UK was featured in the world spotlight twice in
2012, inspiring a generation of sports people, and we hope that SVC2UK 2012
will help put the UK in the spotlight again; this time for inspiring and
supporting the next generation of ambitious and capable entrepreneurs.”
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