What We Do

We are dedicated to accelerating the UK tech startup ecosystem by leveraging our network of member organisations (among them leading investors, universities, local authorities, accelerators, incubators, and enterprise agencies) in support of entrepreneurship.

We operate across four areas:

  1. We serve founders and startups from communities that are under-represented;
  2. We co-develop tech startup ecosystems;
  3. We pioneer specialised startup innovation programmes such as tech accelerators;
  4. We support ambitious startups to raise funding.

Serving Under-Represented Founders

Promoting and enabling inclusive growth is a key priority for Capital Enterprise. We are committed to working with our members and the wider startup community to help them find a way to diversify the pipeline of ambitious entrepreneurs so as to create more opportunities, particularly in tech entrepreneurship, for women, people from under-represented communities, and those with limited financial and social capital.

Ascend 

Amplify Venture

Developing Tech Startup Ecosystems

Promoting and enabling regional growth is a key priority for Capital Enterprise. By taking an ecosystem approach, we work with key stakeholders in a region to help create the optimum conditions for technology startups to thrive. We work to build connections between existing players, identify gaps in startup provision and work to attract and retain high quality programmes that complement the needs of the region.

TEAM SY, delivered in partnership with Barnsley Council and funded by the ERDF, is our flagship ecosystem development programme. In total, TEAM SY has seen over 5,000 hours of support delivered across 18 distinct programmes to nearly 300 startups from South Yorkshire.

Over that period, South Yorkshire saw an 18% increase in startup formation. Data from Beauhurst show that startup investment increased by more than 42% in 2022 compared to the previous year.

TEAM SY

Pioneering Specialised Innovation Programmes

Innovation is an essential contributor to growth. Our work helps our members and partners to deliver programmes that support startups and entrepreneurs across the UK to start and scale innovative tech-enabled businesses.

CAP AI

IDEALondon

Turing Innovation Catalyst Manchester

Cancer Tech Accelerator

P4 Precision Medicine Accelerator

Supporting Startups to Raise Investment

Capital Enterprise has extensive early-stage investment experience. We have provided management support to startup seed investment funds, primarily the Mayor of London funded, London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF) and the AI Seed Fund.

The London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF) invested nearly £23m alongside over £180m from the private sector into the pre-seed and seed rounds of 149 London-based tech startups. We also managed the AI Seed Fund before spinning it out, which is a seed-stage investment focused on support AI-driven startups.

In 2022 alone, we supported the delivery of 48 distinct accelerators and training programmes around the UK which supported 1,188 companies to raise more than £29 million in investment and £5.5 million in grant funding.

Barclays Eagle Labs Funding Readiness

 

 

A Brief History of Capital Enterprise

Capital Enterprise was founded in 1993 as the Association of London Enterprise Agencies. Originally created as an umbrella organisation for the city’s business support community, it was dedicated to networking and collaboration and a discussion forum for our industry. 

Under the energetic leadership of John Spindler, Capital Enterprise pioneered the delivery of Business Bootcamps, the first lean startup training workshops in London. We took over management of the London Co-Investment Fund, investing £25 million of public money into pre-seed and seed rounds of 149 London startups, and CASTS (Capital Accelerate and Scale Tech Startups) through which we brought 16 high-quality startup accelerators to London. Ultimately, CASTS supported 797 startups that went onto raise over £142 million.

In 2020, Capital Enterprise went national, working with partners and collaborators to bring its successful ecosystem-building approach to geographies across the UK. The first project was TEAM SY (Technology Ecosystem Acceleration and Market-Making South Yorkshire), an ecosystem acceleration project for South Yorkshire’s startup community, followed by Barclays Eagle Labs Funding Readiness, a programme funded by the UK government available to entrepreneurs anywhere in the country.

In 2023, Caroline Gorski was appointed CEO of Capital Enterprise from R² Factory. Caroline’s appointment comes at a time when the government has committed to supercharging the UK’s startup ecosystem, underlining the importance of Capital Enterprise’s mission to support great startups.

The world has changed a lot since 1993, and Capital Enterprise has changed too – demonstrating the importance of deep foundations, powerful expertise, and unflagging commitment to the importance of supporting entrepreneurs.

 

 

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