Monday 6 April 18:00 - 20:00

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First Mondays: Simon Hulme (Programme Director, MSc Entrepreneurship)

Business & Professional

About the speaker

He is Programme Director of the MSc Entrepreneurship programme, and also teaches Entrepreneurial Finance.  At the age of 24 he started his first business, Frame Express, a chain of fast picture framing shops and built this to 16 outlets. 

Simon then started Card Connection in 1992, a greeting card publisher distributing through over 100 franchisees in the UK and Ireland.  The business was widely regarded as one of the best-run franchises in the UK, and was in the Top 10 publishers in the greeting card industry.

Simon is currently an active Business Angel investor with around 25 investments, of which he is a Non-Executive Director of 2 of them.  He was a Programme Tutor on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business programme since it started in early 2012, and mentored around 70 companies over the 7 London cohorts run by UCL.  


First Mondays is a monthly entrepreneurial community networking event held at UCL's entrepreneurial hub; BaseKX.

The evening is designed to help you make powerful business connections, whether it’s finding a potential co-founder, meeting a mentor, identifying sources of funding, or simply making new connections and contacts to expand your network.

What to expect

First Mondays involve a short inspirational talk by a business leader, followed by in-depth conversations over a free drink with your peers about your business idea or your interest in entrepreneurship. This will include under- and postgraduates, alumni, researchers, and PhD students, as well as those building their businesses outside the university.

The evening will be full of opportunities to ask for and give support to your fellow entrepreneurially-minded colleagues.

Who's it for?

First Mondays is open to all enterprising minds both inside and outside UCL in the wider London entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether you have a business idea or simply want to share knowledge or learn from others, please come along!

There is no selection process but we ask you to register your attendance for catering purposes

Please only register if you can confirm your attendance. Non-attendees will jeopardise future chances of support.

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