Tech start-ups given chance to pitch to Wikipedia cofounder Jimmy Wales

In the first event of its type in the UK, hundreds of tech entrepreneurs will be given the chance to impress Jimmy and his fellow judges with their business ideas during December’s Tech Entrepreneurs Week. As well as receiving invaluable feedback, the eventual winner will receive £50,000 of venture capital backing.
 
“I’m delighted to be asked to join Tech Entrepreneurs Week as Head of Jury,” said Jimmy Wales. “I look forward to participating in the discovery of the next great technology companies, and to the keynote interview with Martin Warner about my experiences as a tech entrepreneur.”
 
Aside from the £50,000 prize money on offer, participants will also benefit from the involvement of some of Europe’s top venture capital companies along with a series of workshops and seminars providing feedback, skills, key insights and networking opportunities to develop their businesses.
 
“Everyone knows the European tech start-up scene is lagging behind Silicon Valley,” said Tech Entrepreneurs Week founder Martin Warner, a seasoned technology entrepreneur with several startup successes under his belt including Talkbiznow.
 
“However, London is beginning to mount a serious challenge to the Valley’s hegemony. Jimmy Wales’ attendance is indicative of how London is increasingly viewed as a great city in which to launch a technology business.
 
“Tech Entrepreneurs Week is designed to fuel London’s emergence as the European centre of innovation and tech entrepreneurship. In addition to having the opportunity to secure backing from some of the world’s biggest and most successful backers of tech start-ups, those companies attending the week will benefit from an unrivalled networking opportunity.”
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