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London Venture Crawl

Join us for a unique 12-hour entrepreneurial journey around London by Routemaster bus! 

Set up by the Entrepreneurship Institute in 2017 with one bus, London Venture Crawl has since grown to an annual event with 16 universities, 10 buses and 400 students participating in 2020, with parallel events taking place in Birmingham, Manchester, Chicago and Melbourne! 

The journey takes students to some of London's top innovation hubs and workspaces to experience London's startup ecosystem first-hand and meet top entrepreneurial leaders. Participants take part in behind-the-scenes tours, talks and activities. The event is designed to give students the opportunity to connect to real-world businesses, be inspired by the UK’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, and gain skills in self-confidence, creative-thinking and leadership. VIP passengers hop on board the buses to share their stories and stimulate conversations, peer-to-peer learning and idea sharing.

The Venture Crawl is free for King's students and contributes towards the King's Enterprise Award


The 2020 London Venture Crawl took place on Wednesday 11th March 2020, with King's students visiting and hearing from a range of different businesses and speakers:

  • Coutts - Greg Kyle-Langley, Coutts' Head of Entrepreneurship Proposition chaired a panel focusing on the process of exiting your company, speaking to Briony Lim from Coutts' Corporate Finance and Private Investment team, Laura Mimoun, Founder of Kaleido and Angela Middleton, Founder of Middleton Murray
  • Madeline Petrow, Co-Founder and CEO of MAMOQ and Start-Up in Residence at the Entrepreneurship Institute on the trials and tribulations of being a founder
  • Octopus Ventures - Akriti Dokania from the deep-tech pod and Nick Sando from the Future of Money pod spoke about the process of raising investment and what they look for in prospective investments
  • German Kraft @ Mercato Metropolitano - we heard from Michele Tieghi, Co-Founder of German Kraft, a King's20 start-up about their journey in disrupting the craft beer scene, and Vicki Exall, Mercato Metropolitano's Head of Community Partnerships, speaking about the emphasis MM places on sustainabilty and their work in their local community
  • Capital Enterprise talked about the support they offer start-ups to help them get their ideas off the ground
  • Plexal - where 400 students came together to network, hear from our keynote speaker Holly Tucker, founder of Not on the High Street, and pitch in the Venture Crawl Pitch Finals. King's third-year Physics and Philosophy student Josephine Philips, and one of the winners of Idea Factory 2020, represented King's with her business SoJo, which connects people who want to get their clothing altered, repaired or upcycled with local seamsters.


The best way to learn about entrepreneurship and innovative thinking is to experience it first-hand; to meet the people who are creating new jobs and coming up with creative ways to meet society’s challenges. We have the world’s top innovators right on our doorstep and we want students to take full advantage of that. Partnering allows us to build on our shared networks and have diverse conversations. The universities involved all have different specialisms but we share common goals about enterprise education. We’re putting students at the heart of the action.

- The Venture Crawl team


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