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May 2015

Our May meeting was hosted by Bootlaw and in conjunction with their community and guests.

Bootlaw is an initiative of Pinsent Masons LLP aimed at emerging tech companies and their investors. Using a combination of legal and sector expertise we are able to provide you with quality legal advice to help you grow the unique business you are striving for, whether its corporate, commercial, intellectual property or employment advice.
If you are thinking of investing in a start-up - be it as an angel or as an experienced professional - we can help you with the due diligence process, with subscription agreements, share option schemes and all other documents ancillary to your investment.

Darshana Ubl
Guest Speaker
Darshana Ubl

Darshana runs a successful 7-figure business and her mantra is to 'lead by example' and to live an inspired life through goal setting, strategy, a high performance team and collaboration. She was recently invited on BBC News and Radio as the female ambassador for the Local Business Week, along with other regular magazine and TV appearances. Darshana is committed on helping small businesses not just grow but thrive. Darshana has a Masters Degree in Economics along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Advertising & PR. She's worked extensively with large media houses and in the marketing and events industry bringing a decade of experience in these fields to help small businesses.

Darshana joined us on the evening to talk about "Growing your business through Partnerships" and how you too can build a 7-figure business by building your collaborative currency and becoming a key person of influence in your industry. Watch Darshana's recent activities here on www.darshanaubl.com

Business Pitches

Ekaterina Lengefeld -
The pre-eminent social networks simply aren't built to put people in touch around specific interests. Facebook, for instance, is keen that you list your interests but essentially it is a network built around friends and existing contacts. In contrast, Yourinterest is designed to connect people purely and simply on the basis of their stated interests- both in business and private environment. So if you're looking for potential contacts who are interested in entrepreneurship, the system will make recommendations to people who are equally interested in the topic or recommend you relevant events or communities.
Contacts made via Yourinterest are intended to develop into offline relationships and associations. It is a network designed to promote activity and face-to-face meetings rather than simply online communication. Yourinterest.com has two target audiences; individuals looking for others with the same passions and for organizations/communities running events to help identify people with relevant interests and making events more relevant to them. This information can be used both to market the event and to grow community around events/brands.
Financially, the company plans to earn revenues mostly through the B2B side of the business with money coming from a % of ticket sales and data analytics.

Anna Magee - Healthista At Healthista.com our mission is to make a healthy lifestyle easy, effective and fun. A website run by real women for real women, by getting you the smart, useful information you need be healthier, happier and more confident every day. Think of us as your healthy best friend, here for you with the inside info you need to look and feel better with rich original video content created in house: no one else is currently doing this.
Healthista.com is the brainchild of Anna Magee, a UK-based print journalist who was an overweight teen turned health junkie. The former Health Director of Red Magazine and a three time award-winning journalist, there wasn't enough space in the national magazines and newspapers she worked for to fit in all the health information she wanted to share with readers from all the health experts - doctors, nutritionists, personal trainers, psychologists and consultants in her red book. Readers and the media love it. In 18 months since launch with no PR or marketing, are getting 85,000+ hits a month with an affiliate conversion rate on Amazon: 6%: And regular, weekly story pick-ups in MailOnline with two link backs each. Also getting 2-5 paid posts a month at around 250 - 1500 each. Clients include John Lewis and Superdrug Online Doctor. Now looking for access to 250,000 investment to rapidly grow the business.

** Anna was voted best pitch of the evening

Grow Movement
Mark Neild - Grow Movement - update Chris Coghlan - the founder of Grow Movement first presented to 3Cs in January 2012.
Grow Movement was set up in 2009 to assist those in the developing world. After studying the Rwandan genocide at Uni and witnessing extreme levels of suffering in Mozambique, Congo and Rwanda, Chris Coghlan felt frustrated by approaches to developing world poverty. What started as a trial of 10 management consultant friends working over Skype to Ugandan entrepreneurs has grown into a registered charity in 2010, expansion into Rwanda and Malawi in 2012 and now helps over 400 SME entrepreneurs per year to build sustainable businesses at a fraction of the cost of any other aid programme. In 2015 Grow, under the chairmanship of Mark Neild, launched Uganda 600 with London Business School a study into how educating 600 entrepreneurs could reduce poverty.
Our Mission: To empower African entrepreneurs with business skills in the least developed countries of the world; increase their profitability and create jobs through knowledge transfer over Skype, phone and email.
Mark started out flying helicopters in the Royal Navy becoming Chief Flying Instructor. After a Cass MBA, enjoyed spells with Virgin Media, PA Consulting and Nokia Networks. He is a qualified Executive Coach and now coaches SMEs to innovate and grow. Mark started as a Grow Volunteer Consultant virtually helping Douglas in Rwanda to found a company focusing on start-up training. As Chairman he is now executing a growth strategy to deliver 100 times the impact by 2020.

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