London: It's all about 'scale'.
This has given me some really interesting insight into the Startup and Scaleup culture around the world. Ultimately my verdict is that entrepreneurs are facing more or less the same challenges, regardless of their geography. They all crave very similar support, which is access to role models and advise, capital and talent.
Last month I had the pleasure of speaking at Scottish Business Network, hosted at the Shepherd and Wedderburn offices overlooking St Paul's Cathedral. This event is rather unique, bringing together high profile and successful Scottish business leaders who are based in London. I spoke about the journey of WATFand our upcoming summit in London, which will focus on scaling your startup and positive social business.
I also shared my personal ambition, which is to see all businesses as 'social' businesses, using their profit for good. We recently teamed up with Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit arm of the Virgin Group and Branson Family, to create theChicago Startup Summit, which focused on People, Planet and Business for Good. The success of the summit in Chicago has led us to invite Emily Turner from Virgin Unite to take part in the London Impact Summit to discuss how 'Good Business is Good for Business'.
It's my belief that companies don't have to be 'social enterprises' or not-for-profits, but rather they can use their success to support their local and global communities.
In the run up to the Impact Summit, I'm asking entrepreneurs and business leaders (including you) to comment on this blog answering, "What are you doing to make positive impact?"