Reload Greece’s intense accelerator programme, RG Challenge, advances 15 start-ups to be ready to raise £50-£250k. Taking place in central London, participants gain an insight into the UK investor ecosystem and learn how to best position their pitch to attract investors’ attention. At the final Dragons’ Den pitch event, participants pitch to investor judges and an international audience in order to win awards and prizes.
Your start-up, investment ready in 11 days
London, July 2019
Why join RG Challenge?
First Round Investment Ready
We know the first round can be the most difficult one. We are no strangers to hard work, together we will refine your business model, financials and we won’t stop until you are ready.
What is stopping you from succeeding? How do you overcome your fears? Our life coach experts will work with you, on you (the most important part) and help you build your confidence.
Show the world what you’ve got. Our coaches will guide you through the content and delivery of your pitch.
While the programme does not guarantee a successful raise, it does give you the chance to shine in the spotlight when presenting at our Dragons’ Den style event while getting some more personal 1:1 time with a selection of investors who have shown interest in your business.
What we are looking for:
A start-up team with an MVP and preferably some initial traction, ready to make your next big step and want to raise £50k-£250k of initial investment.
High growth, potentially high tech and particularly interested in businesses in tourism, agriculture, shipping, finance, medicine or education. An AI, Big Data, Virtual Reality edge would be a plus.
Connection to Greece
Defined broadly: a business model that can be connected in someway to Greece making a socioeconomic impact to the country (ex. launching in GR, prospect of shifting part of your manufacturing in GR, hiring people in GR).
Capacity & Fees
We will accept a maximum of fifteen teams, with a maximum of 3 participants per team. A £250 fee applies per team member and includes daily lunch and snacks. Reload Greece provide participants with accommodation in London during the programme.
|Teams Arrive||Business Model Generation and Customer-Market Validation||Revenue Streams and Cost Structures||Business Model Optimisation||Identity & Leadership Training||Investment Deck Preparation
|The Golden Rules of Raising Investment||
|Free Time to Prep||Pitch Practice & Pitch Event||Investor 1:1 meetings powered by the RG CIC|
|Welcome Reception||Evening talk:
‘Unlocking your full potential’
‘The journey so far & the road ahead’
|Immersion in the UK start-up ecosystem group activity||Identity & leadership group activities||Inspiring presentation: ‘What got you here, won’t get you there’||Workshops on: investment readiness, legal and internationalising your model||Evening talk at Deliveroo HQ and tour at their office||Free Time to Prep||Investor Pitch Evening Event||Investor 1:1 meetings powered by the RG CIC|
|Central Working Paddington||Central Working Victoria||Central Working Victoria||Central Working Victoria||London Business School||Central Working Victoria||Central Working Victoria||London Business School||Central Working Paddington||Central Working Paddington & CCT Venues Plus – Bank Street||Central Working Paddington|
Launch 1000, Founder & CEO
Mike is a serial entrepreneur, impact investor and engineer by training. After 11 years in academia he branched out into business and has launched a number of companies within a wide range of industries. He is the CEO of Launch1000 Limited and one of its founder members. Mike has extensive experience in converting ideas to ventures and serves at the Board of a number of technology and consultancy companies (Non- Executive Director and Non-Executive Chairman) and is a mentor and investor in a number of start-ups. He advises at board level large blue-chip multinational corporates on intrapreneurship. In his early career, Mike served in the corporate world as an engineer and business development manager. He passionately believes that the global economy is ready for a paradigm shift. He is working with a number of start-ups and investors to build a global network of ventures based on the principles of Radical Generosity and #benefitability that will create wealth and at the same time will have a profound and positive impact. He is interested to help and invest in ventures that bring hope and maximise opportunity at a big scale. He has been voted into the Maserati100 list by the Centre of Entrepreneurs: a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs alongside Sir Richard Branson and many others.He is married and a proud dad of two amazing daughters. In his free time he loves the adrenaline rush injected by windsurfing and Crossfit.
RG Challenge18 Educators:
Marc Van Den Berg
Neos Chronos, Founder & Director
Wide Strategy ltd.,Founder & Director
MSB Executive, Presentation Trainer & Voice Consultant
Deliveroo, Head of Global Supply Strategy
Joelson, Managing Partner
RG Challenge18 Speakers:
Eudaimonia Coaching, Founder
Digital Fineprint, CEO * Best General Start-Up in the UK*
Vida, Founder * Forbes 30 Under 30*
Balderton Capital, Principal
Google Creative Lab, Executive Creative Director
RG Challenge18 Mentors:
Digital Works Group, Partner – Strategy & Leadership
O2 Telefonica UK, IoT Sales Enablement Manager
OneSkylon, Strategy & Innovation Architecture Consultant
Smith & Nephew, VP Mktg Communication & Mktg Excellence
UPIQ Advisors, Managing Partner
Silicon Planet Corp, President & Co-Founder
Shared Applications, CEO & Founder
Smart CV, Founder & Director
Weengs, Co-Founder & CTO
GS Plus, Head of Business Development
BP, Global Category Manager
BT Group, Senior Marketing Strategist
Idea-Pod, Global Marketing & Digital Strategist
Business Development & Sales
IBM UK, Managing Consultant
Senior Business Change Advisor
Naledi Copenhagen, Co-Founder & Director
HeleCloud, UK Consulting Practice Manager
Autostop Leather Limited, Managing Director
IBM, Senior AI Cognitive Computing Consultant
OVO Energy, Managing Director
RG Challenge18 Leadership Coaches:
Crossroads, Coach & Facilitator
Crossroads, Business Consultant & Mentor
Crossroads, Facilitator & Education Consultant
Crossroads, Life Coach
Crossroads, HR Consultant
Crossroads, NLP Trainer
Susie Flashman Jarvis
Crossroads, Executive Coach
RG Challenge Dragon’s Den Event Judges:
EY, Partner & Advisory UK
Unilever Prestige, Vice President
Imperial Innovations, VSU Manager
The RG Challenge programme has been inspiring... it has been mind blowing! We became better entrepreneurs and we had the opportunity to take our business further. We met some amazing teams. We really profited from exchanging ideas and having great mentors!Katerina Santikou, Workathlon
The RG Challenge was an amazing workshop in pitching! It was an amazing opportunity for us to collect what we had so far, structure it in a very nice way and then have our final 5-slide deck that we give to investors.George Kaligeros & Dan Keene, Pushme
Our experience from RG Challenge was unique! What the team has done in London is beyond imagination. A few days with 50 hours of Business Modelling. Great mentors, a lot of new friends and one basic motto: Dream Big!Athina Polina Dova & Ilias Vartholomaios, Owiwi
We came to understand, not only what we were missing but also we were very much helped into overcoming our shortfalls. The most prevalent sentiment that we received from RG Challenge was empowerment!!Dimitris Giannakis, Synaphea
Check out RG Challenge17 highlights:
Who can attend the Dragons’ Den Event
The Dragons’ Den event is essentially the demo day where all teams will be presenting in front of a panel of investors. It also aims to celebrate all of the hard work the teams have put in during the programme. It is open for the public but only a limited number of tickets will be issued. Tickets are available here now.
Who are Launch 1000
So far the Launch 1000 programme has been delivered to 65 young entrepreneurs. Their goal is to identify and develop a generation of wealth creators who are not “status quo” people. Their mission is to launch 1000 wealth creators in 10 years and to this end they aim to work with 100 young people annually to transform their entrepreneurial ideas into a commercial reality. It is the third year in which Reload Greece and Launch 1000 Partner in order to run the RG Challenge.
What does access to investors mean?
The programme aims to prepare you to the point you are ready to confidently present in front of investors. There is no guarantee that you will be raising investment as a result of your participation at the programme. It is up to you to enter into discussions with anyone interested in your business.