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Building a successful business without funding

at Aubaine - Regent Street, West End (map)

Who's coming

  • Ronnie

    Online Marketing Consultant

  • Rutger

    --, Story Terrace

  • Juhi

    Business Development , Cyber-Security

  • Ross

    Young Gun "Golden Gun" 2014, IoD Young Director of the Year 2014, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2013, Global Personals Limited

  • Ismail

    Executive Director, Naviter Capital

  • Nigel

    Wannabe Entrepreneur, Anon

  • Hannah

    PR & Communications Manager, Venntro Media Group

  • Clemens

    --, Mind Agilis

  • Steven

    Director, Swapforex

  • Host

    Hostess Extraordinaire, TableCrowd

  • Brian

    Chief Commercial Officer, Sentenial. Innovative Payment Solutions & Partnerships

  • Sangeeta

    CEO and Founder, Crossing- The Travel Company

  • Claudio +1

    Founder & CEO,

  • Jana

    Founder & CEO, Lifeshifter

  • Patrick

    Founder, CEO, Texuna Technologies Limited

  • James

    Manager, Moorhouse

  • Ben

    Founder, Fast Growth Forum


Aubaine - Regent Street

4 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BS


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We’ll enjoy dinner, drinks & a chance to meet fellow entrepreneurs and professionals, followed by an after-dinner talk and informal Q&A with Ross Williams, founder and CEO of Venntro (with brands including White Label Dating & Just Singles).

When you read the tech news, the headlines are dominated with stories of fundraising, often listing the large amounts raised by each company. It’s becoming more and more newsworthy and often aligned with success – which sometimes turns out to be the case but in many more cases, it does not. With the coverage and hype it receives, it sometimes seems like the only path to take. But is it?

Ross is one of the world's leading online entrepreneurs and has a host of awards under his belt. He has built his business from the ground up into an empire with 45m consumers on 25,000+ sites with annualised revenues of £50m, so is perfectly placed to spill on the beans on succeeding without reliance on funding. He can draw on his own experiences to talk about the right times and reasons to raise, as well as the downsides of doing so. It’s going to be a really interesting angle on the topic of fundraising.

Take this opportunity to meet Ross informally over dinner, hear his story and how he did it, as well as to talk to him about what you’re working on.

Proud to partner with Venntro.

Price includes private dining experience with after dinner speaker, 2 course dinner with wine and highly curated and relevant networking.


P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett (Get Taxi!) on first download of the app. Details on the night.

Ross Williams is one of the world's leading online entrepreneurs. With over 20 years experience in developing commercially successful ecommerce businesses, Williams is the founder and CEO of Venntro, the global media group that connects people to a life they’ll love through dating, lifestyle and social networking technology services.

Crowned a “Young Gun” by Growing Business, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, IoD’s Young Director of the Year for London and South East, and a Great British Entrepreneur, Williams regularly speaks on his commercial and economic learnings at events across the globe, mentoring young entrepreneurs in his spare time.

With a diverse portfolio of internationally recognised brands, businesses operating under Venntro include, and White Label Dating – an award-winning platform allowing brands and entrepreneurs to power their own branded online dating sites. The company serves more than 45 million consumers, on +25,000 sites, across all major English-speaking markets. The company now achieves annualised revenues approaching £50 million.

For any dietary requirements, including vegetarians, please ensure you have completed your dietary needs in your profile.

~ Main ~
> Pan Fried Sea Bream with Red Pepper Puree, Bok Choy and Sauce Vierge
> Goat Cheese Gnocchi with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Pesto, Rocket and Parmesan Shavings (on request for vegetarians)

~ Dessert ~
> Chocolate éclair

~ Wine & soft drinks ~

This dinner is hosted by one of TableCrowd's wonderful hosts. She'll be looking after you on the night.

For any advance questions about this dinner, it is best to reach us at

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