Welcome to the LBS StartHub blog, hosted by the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital (IEPC) at London Business School. This platform is open for the School's entrepreneurship community and the wider London ecosystem to share experiences, observations, perspectives and research. We invite you to read, comment, share, and enjoy! If you have content proposals, please do get in touch with us: iepc@london.edu.

From Poultry Farming to Venture Investing: Conversation with Daniel Obaseki, Partner at ZX Ventures

AB InBev is the world’s largest brewer. Although AB InBev has a centuries old history, very little is known about how this leading brew house is reimagining the possible through its venture & innovation arm, ZX Ventures. Recently, we sat down with Daniel Obaseki to learn more about ZX Ventures, his journey as an investor […]

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In Conservation with Caroline, Co-Founder of Junee and Runner-Up of Launchpad’21

Founded by LBS alumni Caroline and Mary, junee is starting the *reusa-bowl* revolution with a borrow-and-return system of takeaway packaging that employees can use for their workday lunch. As an early-stage tech-for-good startup, junee is supported by Innovate UK, WeWork, Huckletree Alpha, Mayor of London, and Sustainable Ventures. We recently met with Caroline to learn […]

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Gravitig founders

Gravitiq, a start-up co-founded by LBS student raises a $55m seed round

Sachin Srivastava, who helped launch healthcare brand aggregator Gravitiq, says the funding will be used to acquire more companies and scale the team across the US, Europe and Asia. Sachin Srivastava MBA2022 and London Business School Scholar co-founded Gravitiq with his brother Dr. Saurabh Srivastava and Dr. Adam Gunasekara. The start-up has just announced investment financing of […]

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‘Private Capital: A view from the top’ with Don Gogel, Chairman of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R)

On 17th November 2021, we were delighted to welcome Don Gogel, Chairman of private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) for a fireside chat with Professor Florin Vasvari, Academic Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital (IEPC). Following the event, Varun Rekhi MBA2023 shared with us his key takeaways from the talk. […]

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Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs! LBS Launchpad 2022 applications open soon.

What is Launchpad? LBS Launchpad is a pre-accelerator program that is open to aspiring entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Successful applicants take part in a series of networking events, workshops, and pitches designed to prepare them to receive initial funding by the end of the program. Launchpad runs from December 2021 to May 2022 at the […]

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The Hadrian founding team

Hadrian, a tech startup co-founded by LBS MBA students raises €2.5m pre-seed funding

Launched in August 2021, London and Amsterdam-based cybersecurity startup Hadrian has announced a €2.5 million (approximately £2 million) pre-seed round to build a fully autonomous offensive security solution. The round was led by San Francisco-based Village Global, an early-stage VC firm backed by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, and Amsterdam-based Slimmer AI, a […]

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Tushar Ahluwalia, CEO and Co-founder of Razor Group

LBS Alumnus founded Razor Group achieves unicorn status with the latest funding round

Razor Group, a Berlin-based startup, acquires and scales Amazon Marketplace merchants into bigger, multichannel businesses using its proprietary platform. In October, it raised $125 million in equity which on top of a $400 million raise in May gave it a valuation exceeding $1 billion and made it a unicorn. CEO Tushar Ahluwalia MiM 2011 reflects […]

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Accomplished Entrepreneur Awards 2021 winners

Akshat Garg, Nick Doman, and Will Pearson win the 2021 LBS Accomplished Entrepreneur Awards

Established in 2010 to showcase the success of alumni in launching innovative businesses, this year’s award for early-stage entrepreneurs has gone to ocean Bottle co-founders Will Pearson and Nick Doman, while Akshat Garg scooped the award for later-stage companies for cofounding Delhi-headquartered DCDC Kidney Care. William Pearson MiM 2018 and Nick Doman MiM2018, from Ocean […]

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Yousef Amar and José Martín Quesada

Krew cuts a $1.6m seed funding deal

Krew, a fitness startup business, has recently raised $1.6m in seed funding. Krew offers fully live and on-demand workouts which can be consumed alone or at a watch party with friends. These workouts are enriched with AI-powered leaderboards and motion tracking to correct posture in remote workout environments, none of which require any equipment besides […]

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