150 leading business figures pledge to champion London’s tech start-ups

Former LinkedIn and Skype leaders among founding group of Tech London Advocates

Tech London Advocates launches to link London-based start-ups with elite business leaders.

Founded by former Skype vice president Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates aims to support the growth of London-based start-ups through its network of 150 UK and international entrepreneurs, including CTO of Songkick Dan Crow, former UK managing director of LinkedIn Kevin Eyres and Saul Klein, partner and investor of Index Ventures and co-founder of Seedcamp.

Working with government organisations including Tech City Investment Organisation and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the group will invite ambitious tech start-ups to become members and benefit from expert advice and networking opportunities with potential partners and investors.

With each founding member challenged to invite one new member within six months, Tech London Advocates is hoping to double in size in less than a year.

Commenting on the group, which launched today, founder Russ Shaw said: “The biggest problem start-ups face in London is getting to the right people that can deliver the necessary investment, talent, connections that lead to powerful partnerships, teams and ultimately growth.

“Tech London Advocates believe that this is a simple problem to solve. Using their relationships, contacts and networks they are pledging their support to early stage tech companies in a bid to make London the tech hub it should to be.”

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