I enjoyed sitting down for brunch with a wonderful group of entrepreneurs in London recently. They were all start-up founders who have won the first seven regional finales of the Voom Tour. Virgin Media Business have been travelling around the UK meeting with entrepreneurs and businesses benefiting from their superfast broadband, and highlighting some of the most exciting and innovative companies.
It was a delight to meet up with such an enthusiastic and eclectic group. They ranged from artisan chocolatiers Saint Aymes to activities company Go Sweat; online storage firm Storage Shepherd to vegan convenience food Project Jackfruit; adventure app TrekinHerd to bag brand Madlug, which won Crowdfunder’s VOOM £1k Giveaway. Madlug gives a bag to a child in need for every bag you buy – it’s no wonder it has smashed its crowdfunding target.
Special thanks to Becca Hume of TapSoS, who sent me a delightful ‘Branson brew’ tea package. I was taken with her idea even before her gift (though tea always helps!), a brilliant non-verbal way to connect with the emergency services. It makes it easier to request help and gives responders a more accurate understanding of how they can assist. Becca explained how her dyslexia had helped her to develop the business, as she saw the need for this simplified communications tool. I can certainly empathise with dyslexia being a benefit in building a business!
Another company that really impressed me was Coroflo. Rosanne Longmore has made the world’s only breastfeeding monitor that measures feeds accurately, with a nipple shield that tells you the amount of milk flowing through it.
Gatherings like these remind me of the enormous diversity of ideas out there from smart entrepreneurs, and the huge range of opportunities for start-ups to change business for good. Whatever your passion – food, health, fashion, anything - if you’ve got an idea and purpose behind it, you can make it happen.
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