Leading tech entrepreneurs lined up for 10th Silicon Valley Comes to the UK

2016 Scale Up Club open for applications


15 September 2016, London. Some of America’s best-known tech entrepreneurs will visit the UK in November to take part inSilicon Valley Comes to the UK’. Returning for its 10th year, and to help it scale, SVC2UK is now a part of London & Partners, London's official promotional organisation. More than 12 events, overseen by London & Partners, will be held in London, Manchester and Cambridge between 1st – 4th November, and feature speakers such as Joe Lonsdale (Palantir), David Hornik (August Capital), Corinne Vigreux (Tom Tom), as well as a wealth of other entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from the West coast and Europe.  Scale ups can apply here to join this year’s programme.


The Cambridge SVC2UK programme, run by Bailey Fisher Executive Search, will launch on Tuesday 1st November with a debate on Artificial Intelligence. A parallel event will be held in Manchester with talks and mentoring for students and businesses. The programme then moves to London with events on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd November including masterclasses on scaling a company; speeches on how technology will change our lives over the next decade and the annual CEO Summit for all those selected to join the 2016 Scale Up Club, hosted at City Hall. This year SVC2UK is also partnering with the WIRED Festival, taking place on Friday 4th November.


To qualify to apply for this year’s Scale Up Club – businesses must have a minimum 20% year-on-year growth, and more than 10 employees. Applications can be made on the SVC2UK website. Previous members include some of the UK’s most successful tech companies such as Mind Candy, SkyScanner, TransferWise and Swiftkey. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a programme of mentoring sessions, networking and workshops from some of the industry’s biggest players such as the CEOs of Graze and Just Eat.


Janet Coyle, Director SVC2UK at London & Partners commented: “We are very proud of what we have achieved over the past 10 years with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK.  We have had the pleasure of working with some the UK’s most exciting young tech companies and watched them grow to become global players and industry leaders. This year’s programme promises to be one of the most ambitious to date, with incredible speakers and mentors. I look forward to meeting our next cohort of scale ups on 3 November. “


This year’s 10th summit is being run by London & Partners with support from SVC2UK partners including Mastercard, Google (Campus London), Barclays, KPMG, Pennington Manches, Bailey Fisher Executive Search, and FieldHouse Associates.







Notes to Editors




Tuesday 1st November 2016



●               AI debate at Debating Chamber at the Cambridge Union Society.

●               Dinner at Queens’ College, Cambridge University


Wednesday 2nd November


●               Masterclasses in scaling a company with speakers from Silicon Valley for students and start- ups. 

●               Debate @Bloomberg or Guildhall or Science Museum

●               SVC2UK Diversity in Tech roundtable

●               Pitch@Palace@ St James’s Palace

●               Speakers dinner


Thursday 3rd November


●               Flagship CEO Summit @ London Living Room, City Hall

●               Corporates meet Scale ups matching event

●               Evening: SVC2UK celebratory dinner to recognise UK Scale Ups and serial entrepreneurs @ Windsor Castle hosted by His Royal Highness Duke of York.


Friday 4th November


Opportunity to join the WIRED Festival, partnering this year with SVC2UK.


About SVC2UK

SVC2UK is a not-for-profit programme led by Janet Coyle at London & Partners (the Mayor’s International Promotion Agency) this year together with volunteers, advisers and partners. It was founded by Sherry Coutu, Reid Hoffman and Ellen Levy in 2006. Now in its tenth year, SVC2UK brings together the top entrepreneurs and VCs from Silicon Valley with students, early stage CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, and policymakers in the UK with the singular goal of inspiring entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic prosperity. The annual summit takes place in November each year with successful serial entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley visiting London and Cambridge.


This year’s SVC2UK programme has seen 10 events hosted across two cities (London and Cambridge) with guest speakers, high level networking events and dinners involving leading figures from Europe and Silicon Valley’s technology sectors.





About London & Partners

London & Partners is the official promotional company for London. We promote London and attract businesses, events, congresses, students and visitors to the capital. Our aims are to build London’s international reputation and to attract investment and visitor spend, which create jobs and growth. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and our network of commercial partners.


For more information visit www.londonandpartners.com