London is one of the world’s most global tech hubs, with a diversity of companies and talent that few cities can match. Campus was the city’s first truly open startup space, and since day one, we’ve welcomed entrepreneurs from all walks of life to join our community at no cost. Today, we have over 77,000 members. In 2016, member startups created more than 800 jobs and raised more than £10.5 million in funding.
Campuses are Google’s spaces for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and build companies that will change the world. Campus London is part of a global network including Campus Tel Aviv, Campus Seoul, Campus Madrid, Campus São Paulo, Campus Warsaw, and soon Campus Berlin.
Campus embarks on its fifth year in East London.
2016 was another busy year at Campus. Thousands of people passed through our doors, including Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, and Baroness Martha Lane Fox. Our member startups created hundreds of jobs and raised millions in funding — their ambitions mirroring the overall growth of London’s startup scene. We’ve seen more and more companies looking to scale beyond the UK to the world. Through programs like Campus Mentoring and Campus Exchange: Best of British, we’re working to support them as they build lasting, global businesses.
Sadiq Khan stopped by to visit Code First Girls and learn about Campus London’s commitment to helping diverse founders thrive.
Meet our startups
Top five countries represented besides the UK:
- United States
From maths professors to yoga teachers, experts from all walks of life have started companies at Campus, but the most common backgrounds for startup founders are:
- Sales/Business Development
Among just startup founders and employees, that number is a little lower: 32% identify as women. We’ve been working hard towards welcoming even more women at Campus and in tech, supporting female entrepreneurs by connecting them with startup education and each other. Our monthly women’s breakfast meetups continue to grow.
Campus for Mums
Our 10-week, immersive entrepreneurship program for founders who happen to be parents provides entrepreneurs (mums and dads welcome!) with mentoring and guidance on everything from branding to funding.
Campus startups are working on challenges across dozens of fields, from food tech to virtual reality.
The most common industries for startups at Campus London are:
- B2B / Enterprise
- Data & Analytics
Meet the startups:
The Booking Factory is a software startup that aims to bring the innovation occurring in large resorts and chains to smaller hotels and accommodation providers.
Married cofounders Tikky and Evan Davies were selected for Campus Exchange: Best of British as one of the brightest startups in the country. Along with nine other startups, they received advice from industry experts, presented to a panel of investors, and networked with other entrepreneurs from around the UK.
"Campus Exchange was an eye-opener. We met a lot of awesome, like-minded people, made great connections, and worked with mentors on everything from business plans to pitching. The Campus team rocks!”Tikky Davies, cofounder of The Booking Factory
Job creation and growth
- Median team size3
- Jobs created by startups in 2016836
- Number of startups hiring in early 2017130+
More than 75% of Campus startups are focused on growth within the United Kingdom.
Startups looking to scale globally have their eyes on:
- United States
Meet the startups:
Slido is an audience interaction platform for meetings and events. It allows event organizers to crowd-source the best questions for Q&A sessions, get instant feedback via live polls, and share presentations with audiences in real-time.
We’ve become such fans of their technology that Google for Entrepreneurs now uses Slido to choose our “People’s Choice” winners at Demo Day. After expanding to the UK from Slovakia, the team grew rapidly last year, making 25 new hires and doubling in size.
Slido has now provided services for over 20,000 events, working with market-leading clients such as SXSWedu, Uber, Adobe, Eventbrite, and KPMG.
“Our very first event in the UK was at Campus. We formed our first partnerships with TechHub, and the Campus Cafe provided us with our first ‘office space.’”Peter Krajnak, cofounder of Slido in the UK
- Bootstrapping (self-funded)
- Angel investors
- Venture capital
Campus London startups raised more than £10.5 million in 2016.
Resident startups work from Campus full-time as members of our partners Seedcamp and TechHub, and have easy access to the full breadth of support and programming we offer. In 2016, Campus residents raised more than twice as much funding as the average non-resident startup in our broader member network.
- Median funding raised by resident startups£82,500
- Median funding raised by non-resident startups:£30,000
Meet the startups:
KareInn is on a mission to change how we care for our parents’ generation. Their software records real-time activity, coordinates care, and provides meaningful insights, so that caregivers can spend less time on paperwork and more time with residents. The team raised over £100,000 this year to bring innovative design thinking to the challenge of care planning in residential homes.
“We have been residents of Campus London for 3+ years, starting as cafe members, then TechHub members, then a Seedcamp portfolio company. The Seedcamp investment happened because we managed to bump into the right people in the cafe at the right time.”Alex Kenney, cofounder of KareInn
Founders talk Brexit
From the 38% of startups who believe Brexit will have a negative impact on their business, we’ve heard concerns like:
“The Pound is going down, we'll have less money to expand.”
“We plan to build a global business and any extra red tape in dealing across borders will cost us.”
“It will reduce the pool of available talent due to a cap or reduction in immigration.”
“Will have to move my company.”
In January 2017, most startups thought it was too early to tell what impact Brexit would have on their business.
Many of the 7% of startups that expected a positive impact on their business from Brexit were interested in building stronger relationships with countries outside Europe, and in moving quickly with reduced regulations.
“I think it will have a positive impact as we may have fewer regulations, more support for modern technologies, more focus on global success, better business relations with the USA.”
“My expertise is around Blockchain/Distributed Ledger. Part of this includes identity management which will, post-Brexit, be even more important for operating across Europe and beyond the EU.”
Campus has co-hosted roundtables and events with Coadec, the policy voice of startups, to connect the government to founders. We will continue to navigate Brexit and what it means for startups along with our members this coming year.
Information on total membership count, gender breakdown, and country of origin were collected from membership registration records. These numbers are representative of the full Campus community, including freelancers, students, and employees of non-startup companies.
2016 economic data was collected via a survey of startup founders and employees who worked from Campus or who participated in Campus programming in 2016. We received responses from more than 4,000 startups between January 25 and February 7, 2017. Surveys in Madrid, São Paulo, and Seoul were made available in their local languages. Respondents were not required to answer every question. Economic data from prior years was collected through annual surveys of the full Campus community. Funding numbers were collected in local currencies, and were converted using annualized exchange rates when they appear in another currency.