Category Archives: Alumni news

Sylvera founders

Sylvera, co-founded by Allister Furey, raises $32m in Series A

Sylvera, the leading carbon credit rating provider, raised a $32m Series A round to accelerate its mission to be a source of truth for carbon markets. Notable VC investors – Index Ventures and Insight Partners – co-led the round with participation from Salesforce Ventures, LocalGlobe and angel investors. This brings Sylvera’s total funding to $39.5 […]

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Hussein Kanji, General Partner at Hoxton Ventures shares advice for founders

Hussein Kanji (LBS MBA 2007) is a Founding Partner at Hoxton Ventures having invested in multiple unicorn startups, most notably Deliveroo, Babylon and Darktrace. Hoxton has recently raised its third fund, $215m to invest in early-stage startups. I sat down with Hussein to hear about what founders often get wrong during the fundraising process. Ineffective […]

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Gabriel Jacobson and Michael Vardi, co-founders of Valerann

Valerann co-founders share their 10 life lessons for startups

Gabriel Jacobson MBA2017 and Michael Vardi MBA2017 began working on the prototype for London and Tel Aviv-based smart-mobility startup Valerann in their first year at London Business School. Launched in 2016 and initially conceived as a smart road stud to be used in traffic control and road monitoring, the co-founders made a shift to a […]

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Beenu Arora and Manish Chachada

Cyble: A blue-ocean-industry strategy for a deep, dark place

Beenu Arora EMBA2020 and Manish Chachada EMBA2020 share the wisdom they have acquired since founding cybersecurity startup Cyble in April 2019. This much we know Get the business fundamentals right and the funding will follow Beware the fine print – VCs may want to throw cash at you, but don’t take the ‘easy’ money The […]

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LBS Alumnae founded FinAbility to financially empower domestic abuse victims

Did you know an estimated 1.3 billion women have experienced domestic abuse in their lifetime? That’s the total population of North America and Europe combined. It’s a big problem globally, further exacerbated by the pandemic. Stacy Sawin (MBA2021) and Asha Xu (MBA2021), London Business School alumnae are on the path to solving the problem. FinAbility is […]

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yourself.online founded by LBS alumnus James Chance acquired by PPLSI

yourself.online, a service to clean up your social media and online reputation, founded by James Chance in 2018 whilst still doing his MBA programme at London Business School was recently acquired by a leading US based software and services provider, PPLSI. We sat down with James to discuss his entrepreneurship journey and how he managed […]

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Enzo Ottens

Earnr raises pre-seed financing to launch tax app for side-hustlers

An app for the self-employed aims to disrupt the half-trillion-dollar accounting sector globally. We caught up with LBS alumnus Enzo Ottens to find out more about Earnr, the start-up he co-founded with Jamie Leverton and Anil Nair. According to a report by IPSE, the UK not-for-profit membership organisation for the self-employed, there were just over 4.3 […]

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Founder Spotlight Series: An interview with Rogier Fischer MBA2022, Co-Founder and CEO of Hadrian

For this first episode of the Entrepreneurship Club’s ‘Founder Spotlight’ series, we interviewed Rogier Fischer, MBA 2022. Rogier is co-founder and CEO of Hadrian, a hacker-first enterprise cybersecurity solution using AI to continuously analyze the clients’ IT infrastructure and flag potential vulnerabilities. Rogier Fischer and his three co-founders formed Hadrian last August. One month later, […]

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

Founded by LBS alumni Caroline Williams and Mary Liu, 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. The founders took home in […]

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