Toronto’s OneEleven ready to help London’s fast-growth businesses with “scale-as-a-service”


OneEleven, the post-accelerator innovation hub for scaleups, has opened a campus in London. OneEleven’s first site outside Canada sits at the heart of London’s fast-growth ecosystem, close to Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch. The new hub will emulate the OneEleven model that has seen 70 member companies in Toronto helped to raise more than $500 million at a collective valuation of more than $2 billion since 2013 – by providing a range of facilities and services designed to help scaleup founders navigate the challenging journey from seed funding to Series A and beyond, saving them precious business hours in the process.

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Dean Hopkins, CEO of OneEleven, said: “London offers incredible support for early stage businesses as they start out, and once they reach Series A funding – but there simply isn’t enough of an infrastructure out there at the moment to help companies at that crucial in-between stage. Many companies will go through accelerator or incubator programmes that provide them a valuable kickstart, but when the fixed term is up they are too often left to fend for themselves with little support in maintaining that momentum. These companies have nurtured an idea into a viable product, and are grappling with the challenge of turning that into an entire business. That’s where OneEleven steps in, offering ‘scale as a service’ and easing the transition from a highly structured environment to the ‘real world’ and making sure promising companies don’t fall through the cracks by providing the resources and community they need to push themselves towards maturity.”

Founded in Toronto, and with a location in Ottawa, OneEleven supports its members with services from HR to finance, from brand and marketing to technology, and sales tools. These services allow founders and their teams to free up their time focus on the three most important parts of their business: the success of their existing customers, acquiring new customers and continuing to develop their product. OneEleven’s hub also provides first-class office space and meeting rooms purpose-built to meet the needs of rapidly growing companies doing business with major customers and investors, rather than pandering to trendy stereotypes. OneEleven also works with their members once they transition out of the community, supporting them as they grow into their own office space.

OneEleven London is being led by UK managing director Rob McPherson. McPherson said: “I’m honoured to be leading the charge as OneEleven brings its unique – and emphatically proven – proposition to London. What the team has achieved in Toronto – becoming a key player in the growth of one of the world’s most exciting new scaleup ecosystems, is inspiring. We want to create a truly bespoke version of the OneEleven experience that is best suited to the London ecosystem and the businesses driving it forward. I look forward to working with Dean and the rest of the team – and, of course, our members and the wider community – to make that vision a reality.”

Dean Hopkins, CEO and founder of OneEleven, said: “Having established a blueprint for the success of our model in Toronto, London was a natural next step when we looked to continue our own growth journey outside of Canada. We’re a long way from home, but we see exactly the same challenges facing scaleups here as there are in Toronto, and I couldn’t ask for a more capable pair of hands to take the reins than we have in Rob. We’ve already opened our doors to our first of members, and we’re looking forward to growing the community.”