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Become a Startup Scout

Unlock your potential and tap into London's vibrant startup scene. As a VC startup scout, enjoy special networking opportunities and make key industry connections. Transform your perspective, enrich your career. Be the gateway to the next big thing.


London is a prominent player in the global start-up ecosystem, attracting investors and entrepreneurs worldwide. Known for its diversity, the city encourages innovation across various sectors.

Significant ventures such as financial technology (fintech) startups TransferWise and Revolut originated in London. Both companies received substantial VC funding supporting their global expansion. For instance, Revolut raised $580 million in total, while TransferWise secured over $1 billion in cumulative funding.

London's start-up scene continues to thrive due to initiatives like Tech City UK, now known as the Tech Nation. Launched by the UK government in 2011, this organization supports the growth of digital businesses. Another notable initiative is the London Co-investment Fund (LCIF), which works with businesses in the Science, Technology, and Research sectors. Providing funding ranging from ยฃ250,000 to ยฃ1,000,000, LCIF supports start-ups in the earliest stages of their development.

One phenomenal success in London's start-up ecosystem is Arm holdings. Originally a small start-up based in Cambridge, it moved to London and eventually sold for ยฃ24bn to SoftBank. Since 2016, Arm has continued to operate from London as a subsidiary of SoftBank, contributing to the wealth of tech talent in the city.

Investors like Robin Klein, a founding partner of Index Ventures, are instrumental to London's VC ecosystem. Index Ventures, a multi-stage international venture capital firm, has backed many successful companies, including Deliveroo, TransferWise, and Revolut.

In addition to vibrant start-up culture and high-calibre investors, London's tech ecosystem is bolstered by world-class research universities like Imperial College London and UCL, providing a steady stream of talent and innovation.

As a Scout, You Can...


Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Discover the latest and most exciting startup opportunities and innovations coming out of London City. Get access to exclusive dealflow sourced directly from startups and individuals.

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Do you interview founders &ย startups? Take your conversation insights to the next level by scouting your favourite podcast guests.

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Co-Working Space Organiser

Do you help run a co-working space as an organiser or a greeter? Do you come across interesting entrepreneurs and startups?

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHDย student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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