Surrounded by medical antiquities and modern art, myself and two other Launchers made their way to the Welcome Collection last week to support some of London’s most promising start-ups at the Ignite Awards 2017.
Sponsored by Toucan and the London Business Forum, the awards saw shortlisted ventures in the lifestyle, retail, and food & beverage sectors live pitch their ideas Dragon’s Den-style to discerning judges in hopes of taking home a win.
The pitches were extremely varied and ideas ranged from an addictive snack Wilding’s Duck Crackling to an auction site for luxury hotel rooms.
After tense deliberation, the winner, womenswear designer Sophie Anderson, was awarded access to Toucan’s support Ecosystem and a 6 month support programme from Time Inc. UK, including an editorial in one of their glossies.
The inspiring evening was full of networking, canapes, and a motivating glimpse into London’s thriving start-up scene.
Well done to all involved!