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FutureX to Lead Tech Talent Cohort on Silicon Valley Trip

Ross Kelly


A select cohort of tech entrepreneurs will head to Silicon Valley in April as part of the FutureX Accelerate programme. 

Some of the UK’s most promising tech entrepreneurs will visit Silicon Valley this April for a week-long accelerate programme hosted by FutureX.

The Silicon Valley Accelerate programme, now in its sixth year, gives startup founders access to the tech startup ecosystem in the USA.

For previous participants, which include Current, TickX and Sustainably, the programme has helped unlock overseas investment and expansion – previous attendees have raised a combined total of $40 million (£31 million).

FutureX co-founder, Zoi Kantounatou, said: “As a business, we exist to support and educate entrepreneurs on how to grow impactful, scalable companies. The SVA programme is designed to provide the necessary tools from both a personal development and a business growth perspective.

“I’m really looking forward to spending time with this year’s cohort, and seeing what the programme will lead to for them.”

This year’s cohort will include Andrew Parfery, co-founder of the award-winning health tech company, Care Sourcer.

Care Sourcer has repeatedly grabbed headlines over the past 12-months, having closed an £8.5 million Series A funding round in July – the largest of its kind for a Scottish digital tech company.

The firm also won the Best B2C Company award at the inaugural Scottish Tech Startup Awards, led by Turing Fest.

Commenting on the programme, Parfery said: “To truly act on realising the vision of a global company, you first have to see what it looks like, learn from others, and realise how tangible it could be.

“That’s why we are delighted to be going to Silicon Valley with FutureX. It’s about shattering the glass ceiling of what is possible and raising our game.”

Other founders taking part in the 2019 programme include Florin Mandache (Time2Dine), Stephen Elliot (LearnBright), Scott Weir (Pillow Property Partners) and Biswajit Roy (Nuvven).

In the past, the SVA cohort has met with leaders from global brands such as Facebook, Rocketspace and Airbnb. This year, the group will meet representatives from Google, Silicon Valley Bank and once again meet leaders from Rocketspace.

They will also be invited to an exclusive pre-trip dinner with Dan Glazer, a partner at WSGR specialising in helping companies expand from the UK to the US.

Glazer commented: “We’re excited to again be working with the FutureX team on the Silicon Valley Accelerate programme. From hosting speaker dinners in the UK to facilitating roundtable discussions in Silicon Valley, SVA gives us the opportunity to support some of the UK’s most dynamic early-stage founders.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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