Startup taking skin crawling awkwardness out of networking is looking to raise £400k

Jun 19, 2017 · bdaily.co.uk

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We’ve all been there. The roomful of anonymous strangers, the awkward glances, the flunked ice-breakers, the hastily scoffed canapes before the ignominious business cardless retreat. Networking is horrible and something nobody outside the most gregarious ladder climber or power executive enjoys doing.

However, London-based startup TableCrowd has hatched a novel approach to take that skin crawling awkwardness out of the equation, turning it into something people actually want to do while still forging those all important business connections.

Its format consists of themed dinner events headed up by a guest speaker which interested individuals, usually businesspeople, entrepreneurs and other professionals, can then sign up for giving them a relaxed and casual way of meeting likeminded people.

The startup has already corralled big names from the likes of Facebook, Monzo and Deliveroo across thousands of similar events, with an upcoming slate featuring highflyers from the likes of Octopus Ventures and Draper Esprit.

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