12 Jul 2013

Week 2: from peer loans to tech mums

By Lily

We kicked of week two with Giles Andrews’ story of founding, running and raising money for Zopa – the peer to peer loans company. He gave us the low down on raising from VCs and disrupting the deeply entrenched banking sector.


The teams have all been busy: while Open Utility feverishly scribble grant applications and See What I Mean chat up care homes, KNRY are hacking arduinos. Playlab meanwhile are building a whole new virtual world – with its own laws of physics – complete with bunny rabbits.

On Wednesday, we headed out to Savvify’s #TechMums workshop at Challinor School in Tower Hamlets. It was pretty incredible seeing the ten participants, some of whom a few short weeks ago had never even used email, happily build circuit boards and programme commands in python through Raspberry Pis.



Kieron Kirland, from Nominet Trust, gave an excellent workshop on Impact Evaluation – we all got our Theory of Change hats on and sorted our outputs from our outcomes. We also had an interesting discussion around to what extent traditional impact assessment models could be applied to startups, and iterative pivoting business models.


Last night was Nesta’s 15th Birthday party which we celebrated in style with pimms, cake and picnics.

s13 picnic