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How do investors evaluate startup pitches?

May 16, 2017 by Oliver Jones (Angel Investor Network)

This post is adapted from an article by Oliver Jones in Angel Investment Network’s Learn centre. The original article advises angel investors on how to evaluate investment opportunities. This article is for the benefit of entrepreneurs. An angel investor’s task is to predict the potential of a company based on early indications and very little […]

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Toucan’s First Start-up: The Chase Films

April 21, 2017 by Ines Marques De Sa

Long, long ago, before Toucan was known for its royal blue colour and focused on start- ups in the F&B, retail, and lifestyle sectors, Toucan supported a small film start-up called The Chase Films, founded by Mark Gill and Alex Roberts. They have seen tremendous success since moving on from Toucan, even being nominated for […]

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Patsy Godik – Mentor Interview

April 3, 2017 by Ines Marques De Sa

Toucan is delighted to introduce one of our newest mentors, Patsy Godik, Managing Director of Conceptualise, an interior design and branding company, and Creative Director at Gaucho restaurant. Patsy is currently mentoring Grill My Cheese’s Nisha and Nishma, supporting them with the branding and creative direction of their new restaurant concept. Find out from Patsy, […]

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The Ignite Awards

March 22, 2017 by Ines Marques De Sa

With spring having recently sprung, it seems an appropriate time to put a spring in the next step of your start-up. We are thrilled to be re-launching The Ignite Awards for 2017, with branded media company, Time Inc. (UK), and business events agency, London Business Forum. Some of you might be wondering what The Ignite […]

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An interview with… Grill My Cheese

March 10, 2017 by NICOLA GARTENBERG

At Toucan, we support the growth of creative businesses in the food & beverage, lifestyle and retail sectors. Well that’s enough about us. We want to let the startups that we support speak for themselves. We interviewed a startup that we are currently working with to provide you with an outline of their progression from […]

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An Interview with… Pashion

February 10, 2017 by NICOLA GARTENBERG

We interviewed one of the startups that we are working with from our lifestyle sector to gain further insight into how experiencing a problem in the fashion industry transformed into launching a disruptive business.   PASHION – Flavia founded PASHION aiming to transform the way the fashion industry manages product samples using an image-based SaaS […]

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Next generation of investors thinking beyond tech

January 26, 2017 by Rasha Khawaja

Entrepreneurs are the cornerstone of the UK economy, I would go so far to say that they are the life blood of it. Small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the start of 2016 and 99.9% were small or medium-sized (SMEs). The combined annual turnover of SMEs was a staggering £1.8 trillion, 47% of all private sector turnover in the UK. And, in true entrepreneurial style, this sector is steadfastly maturing and growing. As the start-up landscape in the UK matures so do the investors, and the founders.

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The Nest 2017

January 20, 2017 by Nicola Gartenberg

The Nest 2017 saw a hugely positive start to the year for Toucan and hopefully for everyone who attended. It is always incredibly encouraging to see a room filled with creative startups, mentors, advisors and investors. We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended The Nest and hope to see all who were unable to make it at future Toucan events.

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London – New Startup Capital Of The World?

December 26, 2016 by Alice Gallop

A new generation of food and drink entrepreneurs are powering a ‘foodie revolution’ in London, driven by strong demand for high quality, niche food & beverage options and quenched by the growing trend for food stalls, popups and supper clubs. 

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How To Make Your Tills Ring This Christmas

by Alice Gallop

The countdown to the most wonderful time of year has well and truly begun and believe it or not, there are reasons to be cheerful. Consumer sentiment has rebounded following the post-EU referendum dip. With employment levels still high and price inflation yet to hit the shops, the majority of the UK now believes they will be better off in 12 months than worse off. Some retailers can expect to make up to 40% of their annual profit during the Christmas period, so it is essential that businesses do everything they can to maximise sales. For Britain’s biggest brands this means rolling out huge advertising campaigns, airing what (they hope) are must-watch emotive commercials complete with big production values.  

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