Innocent, Seedrs & Zoopla entrepreneurs to host ‘Start-up Kitchen’ workshops

In the heart of the capital’s tech city at Old Street, fledgling startups will get the chance to meet some of the world’s most successful businesspeople at no cost – provided they can prove they’ll benefit most from it.

Creative consultancy Albion is behind the project, which holds its first session on January 30.

Venture capitalists Saul Klein, Reshma Sohoni and Jeff Lynn – respectively of Index Ventures, Seedcamp and Seedrs – will host the three-hour workshop on funding, open to just two or three fledgling entrepreneurs.

Skype co-founder Niklas Zennström and Innocent Drinks’ Richard Reed will also take part in a special session later in the year. And Sarah Wood, COO of marketing tech company Unruly will be joined by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman for a workshop on Innovation.

Other themes to feature in the programme, expected to run until about August, are branding, talent, product development and marketing.

Albion founder Jason Goodman, who is now the east London-based company’s CEO, said: “We work in an area which is experiencing a wealth of growth in the start-up community.

“New start-ups are trying to follow in the footsteps of successful companies such as Skype, Zoopla and, but are rarely given the opportunity to take advice from the founders behind such successful high-growth businesses.

“At Albion, we’ve worked alongside many of these respected founders, and we wanted to provide young companies with an opportunity to gain insight that could really make an impact on their business when and where they need it most.”

Budding entrepreneurs have until January 21 to apply for the first session [ilink url=””]here[/ilink] .