City Ventures is a hub to both encourage and support emerging entrepreneurial talent at City, University of London. The team manages a range of activities and resourced dedicated to developing new commercial ideas and pre-launch or launch-phase companies.
We will continue to do all we can to minimise the risks of COVID-19 and help us all get through this crisis.
That’s why we compiled — and will continue to update — the latest resources and advice to help support you through this time. You can find it all on this page.
Please note that all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.
- GENERAL ADVICE AND INFORMATION
- BUSINESS SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE
The Coronavirus Tech Handbook is a crowdsourced library of tools, services and resources relating to COVID-19 response.
Resource Librarian is a great project ran by volunteering librarians helping you with information on demand.
Business Plan templates are a helpful guide to get started if you are in the earlier phases of development. This page from the UKBAA offers useful guidance.
Pitch Deck templates can help you shape your proposition for prospective investors. This page from the UKBAA provides useful advice.
The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is designed to help small, early-stage companies raise equity finance by offering tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies in their earliest phase of development.
Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) which offers tax reliefs to investors in higher-risk, early-stage small companies, often after, or alongside an SEIS round.
The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment. Angel investing is part of a £1.5 billion EIS investment market in the UK – the single largest source of early stage capital in this country.
The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK.
Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. They work with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.
The Patent Box enables companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned from its patented inventions and certain other innovations.
Research and Development (R&D) Corporation Tax Relief is a form of Corporation Tax relief that may reduce a company's tax bill. Tax credits may also be received by means of a cash sum paid by HM Revenue and Customs.
Entrepreneurs Relief can reduce the amount of Capital Gains Tax made on disposal of qualifying business assets.
- HUBS OF INFORMATION
London & Partners for a series of webinars
UKBackTech is on a mission to make the UK the most ethnically diverse tech ecosystem in the world
100 Black Men of London free community mentoring programme for 10-16 year olds
Black Training and Enterprise Group is a national charity delivering programmes for young BAME people aged 11-30 years
Black Ballad is a UK based lifestyle platform that seeks to tell the human experience through eyes of black British women
Spark & Co. is a phenomenal BAME resource hub
UK Black Owned supports UK black-owned businesses and helps consumers connect with black-owned businesses in the UK
FSB for a hub with free skills
ScaleUp Institute for support in your local area
The London Community Foundation grants for grassroot charities
Sifted new-media site for Europe’s innovators and entrepreneurs
- REMOTE WORK
Microsoft Teams – great for universities already on Microsft365
Slack – Messaging for teams, great for keeping in touch, very good on mobile
LinkedIn – Stay in touch with contacts and share the love
Hubspot – A smart CRM, the free version is pretty good
Trello – Keep track of projects using cards, team collaboration if you have to
Zoom – Probably the most reliable video conferencing software on the market, easy to use and great for house parties, pub quizzes, and sing-alongs
Loom – Great for feedback and demos for clients/ students / pet handlers - currently free for educators
Miro – If you need to ideate or share ideas in one place, give Miro a go, its actually really good
- MENTAL HEALTH
Mental Health Foundation – access resources on looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing – Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. You can access a whole host of resources and support via their website.
World Health Organisation: Mental Health Considerations – access WHO's guidance via the link.
How to turn off work thoughts during your free time – feeling burned out? You may be spending too much time ruminating about your job, says psychologist Guy Winch. Learn how to stop worrying about tomorrow's tasks or stewing over office tensions with three simple techniques aimed at helping you truly relax and recharge after work.
Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health – BBC News article containing guidance on looking after your mental health during the outbreak.
- BOOK A 1 TO 1 STARTUP ADVICE APPOINTMENT
Do you think you have a good idea but don't know where to take it next?
These appointments can be booked via Careers Hub so choose your preferred slot with a member of the team and we'll ask you to join a Zoom e-meeting.
- AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION
Are looking to gain the knowledge and skills to begin working on your business idea?
Or you are looking to get proper direction and support to keep your business going?
Or maybe you are looking for like-minded people so you find a thinker, a maker, a fixer?
If you answered Yes, we've created a forum for you – the Open Hub – just log in with your City email and password – it will be fun, we promise!
- UPCOMING ONLINE EVENTS
Stay tuned, upcoming online events will be added to this section.