Welcome to the new LBS StartHub blog, hosted by the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. We wanted to create a platform for the School's entrepreneurship community and the wider London ecosystem to share experiences, observations, perspectives and research, so here it is. We invite you to read, comment, share, and enjoy!

Interim Financing and Convertible Instruments for Startups

Eliran Ben-David MBA2020 describes one of the most common fundraising instruments for startups, and its advantages and disadvantages, to help entrepreneurs make an informed decision. As a corporate lawyer in Israel, I advised venture capital funds and early-stage ventures on establishing their business, commercial affairs and negotiations, and of course, M&A transactions and financing rounds. […]

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Dubai Campus

The World in Dubai

With soaring temperatures in excess of 30 degrees, the prospect of a ‘staycation’ in the UK seems much more likely (and favourable) than jumping on a plane to sunnier overseas destinations. When I think back to when I last travelled – back in February – when I was in Dubai just ahead of the chaos breaking […]

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Banana pads

BanaPads: To grow or not to grow? That is the question

Luisa Alemany, Associate Professor of Management Practice and Academic Director of Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, writes about her latest case study which recently won an award in the EFMD Case Competition in the category of ‘Inclusive Business Model’. While growing up, Richard Bbaale saw his sister missing school due to […]

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10 great reasons to become an Entrepreneur

In my previous article, we covered 10 very commonly stated reasons that people give for wanting to become business owners, and why I think many of those are in fact potentially rather bad reasons. Today we are on a more positive bent, and drawing from my learnings from eight years in entrepreneurship, I’ll cover some what […]

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10 bad reasons to become an Entrepreneur

Even though my own entrepreneurship journey is on an indefinitely pause, I still love chatting to people who are thinking of becoming business founders. It is always encouraging to learn that even in the current hyper-competitive, over-monopolised business climate, there are still many people who are willing to take the risk inherent to starting a business […]

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LBS Incubator 2019 cohort

Silver linings (and what we can learn from them)

Jane Khedair, Chair of the LBS Incubator Programme, shares her findings on how the Incubator start-ups have responded to the current challenges and some insights about the programme. From this… Last September we welcomed the 10th cohort into London Business School’s Incubator programme, launched in 2010 on the back of a request from a couple […]

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Why constant innovation matters

SearchSmartly recently became the first property search platform in the world to show air quality data around properties to prospective renters and buyers. SearchSmartly is a 2018 LBS Incubator startup founded by Taha Dar MBA2018. Taha shares why he thinks it is important to innovate continuously. While this new air quality search functionality was months […]

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The Value of Community in Our New Reality

SFR Medical, a social impact MedTech company from this year’s LBS Incubator cohort, was recently selected to represent London Business School at this year’s Santander Universities Emerging Entrepreneurs Programme. The programme is open to students and recent graduates from a Santander Universities UK partner university. It runs from May – September 2020 and features virtual […]

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