Tech businesses get backing from Macmillan owner Holtzbrinck

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Hoberman and Jonnie Goodwin — founder of tech-focused merchant bank Lepe Partners — set up the Founders Forum in 2006.

Holtzbrinck is investing in Founders Factory, an affiliated incubator, as well as injecting several education technology ventures into the company.

These include Maths Doctor, an online tutoring service set up by former investment banker Simon Walsh.

The deal — which comes in London Tech Week — is the first in a series intended to bridge the gap between corporate investors and technology start-ups across a range of industries.

Hoberman, who is chairman of Founders Factory, said the business aims to provide “the funding to operate, the freedom to innovate and the execution support to overcome critical hurdles, all surrounded by a huge network  of potential partners, investors  and clients.”


Stefan von Holtzbrinck said it offered a “unique way to support and test a new model in incubation and acceleration”.


Founders Forum has also launched SmartUp, a “teach yourself entrepreneurship” mobile app, backed by Betfair co-founder Ed Wray, Luke Johnson, executive chairman of Patisserie Holdings — whose brands include bakery chain Patisserie Valerie — and Hoberman.

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June 18, 2015 |
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