United Kingdom Welcomes Canadian Startups with Open Arms

Last year Techvibes wrote about why Canadian businesses should open an office in the UK. This week we’re learning firsthand as we tag along as guests of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

The UKTI’s Global Adventure Competition is wrapping up with winners spending two days in the UK where they’ll receive advice and mentoring from specialists who have helped hundreds of Canadian businesses go global.

Joining those four companies this week are a handful more for the C100 UK’s inaugural 48 Hours in London event. Based on the C100’s successful Silicon Valley event, 48 Hours in London brings together UK’s tech and VC sectors with the next generation of Canadian startups.

Our tour kicked off with a visit to Level39, Europe’s largest accelerator space for finance, retail and future cities technology companies. It’s also home to a very popular iPad-controlled espresso machine.

Established by Canary Wharf Group, Level39 occupies the entire 39th floor of the iconic One Canada Square building. Level39 Head Eric Van der Kleij sat down with Techvibes to share his vision for the space and their goals of disrupting the financial technology, retail technology and smart city industries.

While the connection to finance is obvious considering Level39’s immediate proximity to London’s financial district, Van der Kleij also explained that retail tech companies will be able to use Canary Wharf’s three shopping centres as research facilities for their products and services.

Level39’s third focus of future cities technology will also leverage a unique Canary Wharf Group asset. Smart city startups will have an opportunity to influence the future construction of Wood Wharf, a 20-acre retail and business park next door to Canary Wharf.

If you’re a Canadian startup in one of these three sectors, you should swing by Level39. And be sure ask for an iPad coffee.

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