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Advertising? POV! Template:COI StartUp Britain is a national campaign by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, harnessing the expertise of Britain’s leading businesspeople to encourage enterprise in the UK.

The campaign was founded by eight entrepreneurs and launched on 28 March 2011 by Prime Minister David Cameron,[1] with the support of the Chancellor and HM Government, although it is completely funded by private-sector sponsors.

Founding Memebers

StartUp Britain was launched on 28 March 2011, founded by 8 successful entrepreneurs:


StartUp Britain campaign has international links and was welcomed by the White House. It has forged strong links with StartUp America[2] and has inspired new initiatives around the world including StartUp Italia and StartUp Greece.

Since launch, StartUp Britain has successfully pioneered a range of initiatives that have not only helped raise national entrepreneurial spirits but also created many opportunities for small businesses all over the UK.

StartUp Tour

The annual Summer Bus Tour has visited more than 60 towns and cities. More than 25000 aspiring entrepreneurs boarded the bus each year and received expert advices and talks with PayPal, BT Business and Intuit, discovering what national initiatives are available to support their ideas and make useful connections to help start or grow their businesses.

StartUp Events

The annual Finance, Tech and Marketing Weeks are free events that attracted Britain’s top self-starters and experts in various fields and industries to share their early experiences. In addition, our one-day events such as StartUp Food, StartUp Fashion and StartUp Entertainment provide useful and specific information on how to succeed in each of these industries. Over three years, these events saw 3250 attendees.

StartUp Local

StartUp Britain has over 100 StartUp Local champions running local StartUp Campaigns across the country, supporting local self-starters.


StartUp Britain encouraged corporates to open their doors to fledgling businesses via its PitchUp initiative which gave start-ups the chance to pitch their products to high street brands such as John Lewis and Sainsbury’s. Four pitching events have resulted in seven new brands stocked in high street retailers, with more in the pipeline.


PopUp Britain launched the high street careers of more than 350 of Britain’s future high street entrepreneurs via 12 empty shops and is set to continue that pioneering work separately with the Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) while still operating as a not-for-profit organisation to help new retailers.


Over 1600 hours of mentoring have been matched to young startups. The mentees estimate they will create a total of over 550 new jobs in one year as a result of their mentoring. 85% believed that the mentoring they received will help them grow their business faster.

Centre for Entrepreneurs

After 3 years, StartUp Britain was acquired in March 2014 by the Centre for Entrepreneurs Î founded by Luke Johnson. StartUp Britain continues to be run as an autonomous initiative and remains separate from the central CFE activity, but will partake in joint reports, activities and research to help shape and inform policy with the CFE.

Supporting companies

Full list of companies that have supported the campaign since its launch:

  1. Alibaba
  2. AXA
  3. Barclays
  4. Bitsy
  5. BlackBerry
  6. Brightword Publishing
  7. Browser Creative
  8. Co-Sponsorship Agency
  9. Coutts
  10. Deloitte
  11. eBay
  12. eConsultancy
  13. Enterprise Nation
  14. Enternships
  15. EY
  16. Euro RSCG
  17. Experian
  18. Fujitsu
  20. Global Entrepreneurship Week
  21. Gloople
  22. Google
  23. GoResponse
  24. GoToMeeting
  25. HP
  26. HSBC
  27. Intel
  28. Instant Offices
  29. Irwin Mitchell
  30. King & Allen
  31. KPMG
  32. Lloyds TSB
  33. MADE Festival
  34. McKinsey
  35. Microsoft
  36. MOO.COM
  37. Mother
  38. MyKindaCrowd
  39. O2
  40. PayPal
  41. PayPoint
  42. Powa
  43. Powwownow
  44. PWC
  45. Reed
  46. Regus
  47. RBS
  48. Santander
  49. Seko Synergy
  50. Seven Hills
  51. Sign Up To
  52. Simply Business
  53. Standard Chartered
  54. Staples
  55. The Supper Club
  56. UnLtd
  57. Virgin Media
  58. Virgin Trains
  59. Vistaprint
  60. WorldFirst
  61. Yell
  62. Yo! Sushi


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