What an exciting first round of pitching! eOffice Holborn was the pitching venue of AngelsCube first of series of screening rounds with preselected startups looking for the next stage in their business growth and expansion.
AngelsCube is an innovative investment platform focused on early stage-technology companies. AngelsCube is positioned at the intersection of angel investing, crowd funding and venture capital, making the most of these different investment models. Pier Paolo Mucelli, Founder eOffice, is a founder member of AngelsCube and is part of the screening committee, which would determine the four companies which go to the next level.
Lets have a glance at some of the exciting prospects who pitched at the first week of AngelsCube’s screening:
Asteria Cleaners is an on-demand service providing a delivery dry-cleaning and laundry services for busy Londoners. Through their website and mobile application customers are able to seamlessly use and pay for a garment care service seved days a week from early in the morning until late in the evening
EdgeFolio is an innovative platform connecting allocators and Hedge Funds. The platform provide a mechanism for Hedge Funds to scalably & compliantly raise capital. Documents are tracked and monitored to gauge prospect engagement. They will receive in-bound leads, and be able to continuously evaluate the effectiveness of their outreach.
Currently operational only in France, Range Moi is w=expanding into the UK allowing clients to store items outside their home without leaving home. Customers need to simply order the size of box they would need and Range Moi will pick up the boxesand bring them back anytime the client requires within the next 48h.
Ma Ville is an app for curates art, theatre and cultural events in London. On the app you can find anything from art and music education classes to art sales and marketplaces, live streaming of concerts and operas as well as tailored cultural news. Once it takes over London, a worldwide expansion is in the way.
Wearisma is a mobile blogging and shopping platform that enables a community of influencers and shoppers to share their looks across social networks, tagged with fashion and beauty purchases. The benefits of the platform is building personal brands, gain exposure in return for audience, free samples, as well as campaign opportunities. For shoppers the platform will offer browsing inspiration and as the option to “shop the look”.
Two Sigmas is an online tutoring platform connecting professional academics and tutors with students. For the moment the business biggest market is China with a large demand of Chinese students for English language teachers. Two Sigmas matches these students with UK tutors for online English classes. Their other focus is a range of online classes at secondary and university level aimed at students from Pakistan.
We are excited to welcome the second round of aspiring startup companies preselected from AngelsCube next week.
As the southernmost city in Continental Portugal, Faro benefits from almost all year round sunshine and warm temperatures. The city is the capital of the Algrave region, known for its stunning coastline. Who wouldn’t want to live and work there?
This is where our partner FARO AVENIDA comes in place. With high-quality facilities, inspiring interior, personable team and exciting community of startups, entrepreneurs and growing companies, FARO AVENIDA provides the ultimate workplace solution for locals as well as foreign residents.
The premium address of this coworking space is in popular demand with Virtual Office clients, who have the option to also use the facilities as a touch down base or in case they have business meetings.
FARO AVENIDA also benefits from fully equipped meeting rooms as well as training rooms, which can be used for different types of networking events as well as workshops and seminars. There is a stylish kitchen and lounge area as well as reception desk and 24H access.
The centre also uses myOffice – a Virtual Office application, pioneer at a worldwide level. The application is the perfect solution for professionals and companies which do not need a permanent office, but demand a strong corporate image with the support of a secretariat team, which guarantees a multilingual telephone answering, correspondence treatment, fax and messages transmission.
Satisfy our customers with high quality services anticipating their expectations.
This is the motto of our stylish coworking partner in Fortaleza, Brazil. Their dedication to high-quality service and commitment to always excel customers’ expectations is also reflected in the all testimonial by their current members, confirming that they truly live up to their high-set standards.
The Ngoji centre captivated me because of its friendly staff, pleasant facilities, discreet and professional environment, which is essential for a my lawyer practice. In fact, the customer service performance is one of the secrets for client satisfaction. Besides all, Ngoji´s coworking space saves me time, which is very costly to me since I manage several projects all around Brazil. Haroldo Guimarães, Lawyer
With impressive interior and high-end furnishing, Ngoji adopts the concept of a “business hotel” – offering flexible personalized plans to businesses, fully adapting to their needs and professional requirements. Their premium address in Fortaleza is desired and highly beneficial for any startup requiring a Virtual Office. In addition to office space, high-tech equipped meeting and conference rooms, as well as kitchen with all amenities, Ngoji also offers a whole range of business support services in tune with the needs of every small to medium size enterprise. From secretary, consulting to logistics services, clients are offered different solutions to support their operations so they can focus on the core of their business. Members will pay only for what they use, getting rid of the large costs of maintaining a fixed physical space.
The name of the business centre – Ngoji, is strategically chosen to reflect the philosophy of the company and their practice. Ngoji means “connection link” and exactly represents their goal to connect a diverse and multicultural range of professionals in order to establish stern business relationship to further grow and expand each business practice.
Through our eOffice eNetwork partnership all Ngoji members benefit from access to over 200 high-quality business office centres worldwide, to further support their international expansion.
Startup stories are inspiring! How does an idea transform and flourish to a billion dollar business with headquarters in San Francisco? ‘Startupland’, the new, insightful book by Mikkel Svane, Co-founder Zendesk, unveils exactly that. Following the story of three Danes with an idea and in their own words – “boring” startup, this must –read, pours honesty and humour from every page, following the birth and growth of Zendesk, currently valued at billions of dollars.
In an interview for BA Business Life magazine, Svane talks about the initial dysfunctional processes of work with co-founders Alexander Aghassipour and Morten Primdahl.
We were bootstrapping it and living in a lot of uncertainty. It wasn’t like a lot of these well-planned startups in Silicon Valley. For us it was really all or nothing. But it was a very pure and innocent and beautiful period of our lives in many ways. I have quite a romantic memory of that time. Mikkel Svane for Business Life.
Filled with advises, experiences and personal lessons learned along the way, the book is an important read for any budding entrepreneur. One of Svane’s most important remarks towards any emerging startup is to carefully choose the place where they embark on this new stage in life. Building a company in a place that supports and inspires you as well as embraces startups is one of the most important decisions in the initial stage of growth. Being humble and relatable as well as caring about your customers and employees is also on his top three lessons learned throughout his exciting journey growing Zendesk to an established worldwide brand.
Relocated in San Francisco, Svane feels like living the dream, enjoying all the perks that California has to offer – professionally and personally.
An insightful read, ‘Startupland’ unlocks the secret of success, hungered by every entrepreneur with an idea and strive to make it big.
‘Startupland’ is published by Wiley.
As a hub for amazing startups, at the forefront of innovation and technology, here at eOffice we cherish the vast diversity of novel ideas and businesses. We are pleased to be witnessing their growth and at the same time offer entrepreneurs an environment and support to flourish and expand.
Every startup has a unique story, from that moment when the light bulb switches on with an idea, through the sleepless nights of hard work. Overcoming challenges and celebrating every achieved milestone is what makes their stories an inspiration to every young entrepreneur willing to make his idea a reality.
Taking us through their startup journey is Carlotta Frisk – Head of UK for Virtusize. A recent member of eOffice, Virtusize is a young, exciting company from Sweden, already taking the ecommerce world by storm. Here is what Carlotta shared with us.
What is Virtusize?
Virtusize is a tool that helps online retailers to visually illustrate the size and fit of clothing and we guarantee to help shoppers buy clothes with the perfect fit.
How was the idea about Virtusize born?
Virtusize started off with a group of Swedish friends who shared a passion for digital solutions and the world of fashion. When e-commerce took off, they were thrilled to have the world of fashion at their fingertips. All of a sudden they could buy brands from outside of Sweden. However, there was one major problem: they could not buy clothes that fit properly.
It seemed they had to return over half of the items that they bought, as they were either the wrong size or the fit was not in line with their expectations. They figured that they weren’t the only people with the same problem. Meanwhile, they were all frequent shoppers at eBay, where most sellers provided detailed measurements of their clothes. The addition of a garment size’s dimensions enabled them to compare these measurements to a piece of clothing that they already owned. After all, using their own clothes seemed like a logical and natural reference point.
They started to wonder: what if they used the same concept but made it visual by overlaying garment silhouettes on screen? So they started working with some of the fashion world’s best pattern makers and online retail stores on the idea.
In autumn 2011, Virtusize was born and the accuracy of the solution was immediately trusted by online retailers such as ASOS, Acne Studios and Monsoon. Virtusize grew its business rapidly with international offices in Tokyo, New York, and sales offices in Germany and the UK.
How would you describe your team in three words?
Committed, Fun, Passionate
What are the biggest challenges you face as a startup company?
There are many ideas and new technologies coming all the time so a big challenge is to really make sure you are on top of things and run fast. Our vision is to be the world’s leading standard for illustrating fit but we have a challenging audience and we have to make sure we listen to them and create a product they love.
What advise would you give to other startups trying to make it?
Have fun and listen to your users and believe in what you do.
Why did you choose to work from eOffice?
Location and great connections was a key to choose an office. eOffice could offer great central location and a good network for us to get started in the UK.
We are pleased to expand the eNetwork presence to Izmit, Turkey, with our very stylish new partner Flexy. Located 100 km from Istanbul, Izmit is the administrative centre of Kocaeli Province as well as a major port city. Nominated by Financial Times as one of the 25 European Regions of the Future, the Kocaeli area, and Izmit as its capital, have a promising business climate scoring high on infrastructure and cost effectiveness.
Flexy offers a range of services to accommodate flexible solutions as well as any standard workplace requirement for entrepreneurs, startups and growing companies. In their brand new and very stylish facilities you can benefit from full-time office space, hotdesking, meeting room facilities as well a large conference rooms. Their large events venue can be arranged in any style of format, providing high-tech equipment and modern surrounding.
Flexy has a contemporary design, incorporating fresh, bright colours that complement the dynamic atmosphere of the space. An essential feature of this shared office space is the ample garden equipped with comfy furniture so you can enjoy open air impromptu meetings with other coworkers.
If you are looking for a business address in Izmit, Flexy provides affordable virtual office plans that can match your needs in terms of duration and additional services. Their personable team has a hands on approach on every query, so you can fully focus on your business and operations.
The events calendar of Flexy is also very busy. From networking events to seminars and workshops, Flexy provides its members with value added initiatives, specially tailored for startups and small to medium size companies. This provides an opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and expand your business contacts– a valuable stage in growing our company.
Our presence in Amsterdam just got bigger!
The Office Operators, our strong partner in the Netherlands, added Amsterdam Apollo and Amsterdam Zuidoost to the eNetwork, expanding our presence in Amsterdam to a total of six locations.
Their high-end design and stylish interior offers everything a company could require in Holland’s buzzing capital. Providing maximum flexibility and smart solutions in compliance with the dynamic nature of today’s business, The Office Operators have established a reputation of one of the leading serviced office providers in Holland.
Created with a modern feel, Amsterdam Zuidoost centre is strategically located in the Netherlands’ third business region – the home of numerous multinational companies and their head offices. With excellent transport accessibility and plenty of shopping, dinning and entertainment venues in close proximity, Amsterdam Zuidoost offers a full-package of benefits to complement your business.
The Office Operators newest centre – Amsterdam Apollo is a fusion of stylish interior, high-tech facilities and functional solutions all integrated into a spacious venue. The open-plan set up of the office offers plenty of coworking opportunities, quality meeting rooms, as well as the opportunity to engage like-minded professionals to exchange knowledge and expertise.
The Austrian Business Center is the one-stop-shop for all your business needs.
The Austrian Business Center has locations around the world, however their headquarters are situated in the Concord Tower, Media City in Dubai. They offer businesses the opportunity to set up in one of its office facilities. There is no other office environment that can offer a more flexible or high quality service. They are therefore often the first choice for entrepreneurs and local/international companies in need of fast and efficient business environment solutions – the service is easy to start up and can be accessed without any administrative or financial obstacles.
A share office space has opened in Toronto, just north of a Distillery. This is a welcome addition to many, relatively speaking Toronto has been lacking in office space services for entrepreneurs, start-ups and other small businesses. The space seamlessly merges a stylish and modern look with the rustic brick look and metal pipes which adorne the walls. This looks like a great coworking spot in Toronto.
eOffice is a new generation of flexible workplaces, offering the ultimate in serviced office development. The new offices are located in the trendy heart of London, Soho. The stimulating modern environment offers a sociable business setting which is geared towards vibrant, like-minded startups and entrepreneurs. eOffice offers fully serviced offices, trendy meeting and conference rooms (up to 140 ppl) and super-fast broadband coverage (1GB in the building). The building has copious amounts of natural light, something which compliments the open plan interior of this state-of-the-art coworking hub.
eOffice also organises a variety of networking, coaching and business mentoring events in collaboration with leading global institutions. This provides members with a valuable spectrum of resources, contacts and professional opportunities to drive their business venture forward.