Hi everyone, I am grateful for this group and got a lot of really helpful responses last time. Please help me to review my application and I put some questions below as well Input is much needed and thank you in advance for your time.
- Profile : master degree in Entrepreneurship and Management at Imperial College Business School. Started first e-commerce business in 2020 and now building an ed/fintech.
Personal Essay: Came to UK for its startup theme. Studied master degree in Innovation, entreprenuership and management and then spent a year working.
Started my first business (which was e-commerce not tech) in 2020. Though it wasn’t a tech business but I scale and found market market fit and invaluable startup experience through this.
I am now onto the seocnd startup in which I am sole founder for this and I won 200k Innovate UK grant for the innovation. I am currently hiring and we are fundrasing and growing.
I am keen to help more people getting involved with the tech startup theme in London and I found a non-profit community in 2022 to help Chinese who are based in the UK to get involved with the tech startup theme.
- CV +LinkedIn
- Recommendations letters:
- CEO of a HR tech startup. Forbes 30 under 30. My classmate who had work with me throughout the school year.
- CEO of Series A consumer tech. My mentor
- COO, Managing director of two sports tech series A startup. My board advisor.
MC1: Commercial growth of my startup: proof of pre-seed investment of £240.000 in my startup (Evidence: Bank Statement + Grant letter + Grant assessor’s feedback)
MC2: Evidence of speaking at high-profile digital technology sector events, or specialist events for your particular field in the digital technology sector: Pitch at three tech founders’ pitch events about my startup including at Accenture UK, Imperial College and one hosted by TED Talk founder. (Evidence: photos & video link, posters.)
Q: I am not sure if this one is Mandatory Criteria or count as Optional because it could count as specialist events for a particular field in the digital technology sector? But some of them are pitch competitions and some are sharing my work as a founder and I won one of them.
MC3: led the growth of a product-led digital technology company, product and team: customer discovery photos, interview photos, lean canvas, value proposition canvas photos
Q: I have several prototype designs but i am unsure to show them here or at the Optional Criteria product development?
MC4: led business development at a product-led digital technology company, demonstrably enabling substantial customer growth:
Marketing: screenshot of landing page design, screenshot of posters design, FB&Whatsapp user community (I am the admin), screenshot of eventbrite pages and screenshot of Tiktok
Business development: screenshot of interview notes with corporate clients and different startup experts.
Optional Criteria 1. Innovation
OC5: Evidence of innovation/product development: drafted prototypes in the past year. How we pivoted 4 times and get to where we are at
OC6: My ownership of my first business
OC7: Ownership of my second business
Optional Criteria 2. Proof of recognition for work beyond’s the applicant’s occupation
OC8: I found a tech Chinese founder’s club: evidence of Q&A video content, membership survey & applications
Optional Criteria 3. Impact
OC9: Commercial success: Evidence of different draft version of the grant writing to drive the success of the grant
OC10: Evidence of finding product market fit on my first business: screenshot of our pop shops, retail stocks, podcast and online sales.