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10 years and 2,000 entrepreneurs on - Issue #138

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Hey Entrepreneurs, 10 years ago this month we first met informally at the Welcome Foundation Cafe on
 
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Hey Entrepreneurs,
10 years ago this month we first met informally at the Welcome Foundation Cafe on Euston. Road. We all would buy a cup of coffee and pretend to be customers while supporting each other with our business know how. We then found a home at the Print Room cafe at UCL thanks to UCL Entrepreneurs for the next few years till we virtualized our support. We still meet offline, once a month at the RSA. But not on a weekly basis as before. Now we are a decentralised body of support providers - a bit like the blockchain!
In 2010/11, there was uncertainty as to whether mainstream large company brands would still be around. Professionals needed help to understand their options outside the corporate world. Entrepreneurship was still seen as something school drop outs did. There was limited research on what the best way to build a business was. 9 out of 10 startups with funding were expected to fail - it was seen as the nature of the beast.
10 years on times have changed for the better for all of us. Large companies are still around. Entrepreneurial research understanding the unique needs of entrepreneurs is well established. Tools like Business Model Canvas and Lean Startups have supported us organise a well defined process entrepreneurs can use.
This is an image of a commonly accepted process from coming up with an idea to taking it to market successfully. It highlights what to focus on and when.

Startup Development Phases from Startup Commons.
Startup Development Phases from Startup Commons.
Along the way we worked with names like Startup Loans Company, King’s College, London, Mass Challenge, UKTI ( Now Department for International Trade ), London Entrepreneurs Network and more recently with brands artFix London, Dinghy, Beluga Bean and London Business Journal. Our ecosystem approach ensures we can provide entrepreneurs with professional support in a way that suit their needs.
This sharing economy solution we have evolved over the years allows Independent Business Support prodivers to organise a CSR ( Corporate Social Responsibility program for their own businesses, without them needing to make much effort). This approach has helped 2,000 entrepreneurs with their business needs. (This is a conservative estimate btw :) We would like to thank all the services providers we have worked with. Their names are: Gerry Creedon, Kassim Gaffar, Kim Dolman, Ade Awokoya, Philippa Seal, Pavel Khan, Brendon Christian, Tony Gimple, Indy Agnihotri, Paul Kemp and his wife Diane Dupree, Samar Shams, Riz Wasti, Miriam Gilbert and Suky Cheema.
Here are some of the article and blog posts about the support we have offered across London along the way.

4 Years On - How CSRs' generate Social Value? - Strategy Support for Entrepreneurs
Mass Challenge, first time entrepreneurs - Stairs And Shares
Our Blog
Our services providers have also the UK Top 50 award organised by Entreprise Nation. This award has only been organised 3 times. All 3 times our support providers have won the Top 50 award. Last time, Sukhy also made it into the Top 10 across UK for this Branding Support.
Micro Support sessions for entrepreneurs.
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Zufi & Gerry
Co-founders Stairs And Shares
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