The

Future for

FOUNDERS

We partner with non-technical founders to build, fund and scale revenue-focused tech companies.

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First-time Founders

First-time Founders

Starting your first business can be daunting. Having the “Big Idea” is only the beginning; there are a lot of financial, legal and commercial things to think about. How do you get to product/market fit? What do you do to design the product? Who can help with the tech? Our Resources hub has loads of helpful content that answers all these questions and more. We’ve launched dozens of start-ups and act as co-founders to support you in all the things you need to do to build, fund and scale your new venture. Our Founders’ Circle and Ecosystem provide even more support.

Serial Entrepreneurs

Serial Entrepreneurs

If you’ve already started, scaled and sold at least one business, you’ll know how tough that journey can be. Our approach resonates with multi-business founders like you because you’ll understand how our way prevents mistakes you’ve made in the past. Maybe you have access to more capital and the desire to deploy it faster than a first-time founder. Either way, most second- or third-time founders want to build intellectual property and realise that value sooner than before and a partner like us can really help you to turbo-charge progress on your next adventure.

Scale-ups + Carve-outs

Scale-ups + Carve-outs

We work with senior management of existing businesses that are looking to build something new. It could be digitising their existing business and moving it online to enable rapid scaling. Many want to form a newco, take advantage of SEIS and EIS funding, and carve out some new value. You’ll have certain advantages already – product/market fit, existing customers and established know-how – but may never have built a tech-based offering before. Our approach helps you to turn your existing IP into something digital, more valuable, more scalable and more investable.

First-time Founders

First-time Founders

Starting your first business can be daunting. Having the “Big Idea” is only the beginning.

Serial Entrepreneurs

Serial Entrepreneurs

If you’ve already started, scaled and sold at least one business, you’ll know how tough that journey can be.

Scale-ups + Carve-outs

Scale-ups + Carve-outs

We work with senior management of existing businesses that are looking to build something new.

First-time Founders

First-time Founders

Starting your first business can be daunting. Having the “Big Idea” is only the beginning.

Serial Entrepreneurs

Serial Entrepreneurs

If you’ve already started, scaled and sold at least one business, you’ll know how tough that journey can be.

Scale-ups + Carve-outs

Scale-ups + Carve-outs

We work with senior management of existing businesses that are looking to build something new.

Founder + Lightning is a Venture Builder that’s here to work with you as a long-term partner over the lifecycle of your business. That means we bring a portfolio of commercial, product and technology services to help at each stage of your journey.

Helping

Founders

from Idea

to EXIT

These are non-linear steps and founders jump in at different times, depending on how much progress they’ve made themselves.

Initial

Discovery

Our proven approach provides the tools that founders need to start businesses, launch new products and disrupt industries. Could we be your ideal partner?

Pre-build

Prep

It’s not time to write code, yet. Here, we write user stories, capture high-level business processes, map out low-level customer journeys and start building wireframes. We test and iterate a lot, as wireframes become clickable prototypes in the hands of users, so we know what we need to build.

Minimum

Viable

Product

Only once we know what we’re building, for whom, and why, do we start the MVP build. Even then, a no-code or low-code option might be the best approach to get you in the market and generating revenue rapidly. Regardless of coding levels, the MVP is the first product you’ll ship to real users.

Build and

Grow

It’s all feeling very real now. The MVP becomes v1.0, v2.0 and beyond. We maintain the same lean and agile posture as the initial build, constantly testing, iterating and conducting experiments on customers to see what features they want. We help you with the sprint backlog to fuel growth.

Development

Process

For non-technical founders, the idea of hiring your own dev team is concerning. How do you even interview one, let alone manage them? We bring all the process, management, code control, code review, testing and quality assurance methodologies you need, so you can focus on other priorities.

Robust

Tech Stack

The value of your IP and start-up lies in your product, customers and go-to-market, not the underlying tech stack. Our CTOs ensure that the tech we use to build your software is appropriate, robust and well-maintained. We use dozens of tools so you don’t need to source them yourself.

Raise

Money

For non-technical founders, the idea of hiring your own dev team is concerning. How do you even interview one, let alone manage them? We bring all the process, management, code control, code review, testing and quality assurance methodologies you need, so you can focus on other priorities.

Scaling the

Business

Every start-up or newco wants to be a scale-up. We build products that may start local but are able to go global. We offer strategic go-to-market advice and practical execution help, either with our in-house teams or via ecosystem suppliers. We aim to help you to build, fund and scale your business.

Developing

Products

from concept

to Reality

The products we design have three typical use cases: mobile apps, client software or marketplaces. Very often, it’s a hybrid of all of them.

Our portfolio

Most importantly, we don’t get hung up on hot tech or trends. We’re not chasing unicorns. Rather, we want to build rock-solid companies with a focus on disrupting established markets with new product ideas.

Do you have a

DISRUPTIVE

product

Idea?

Our proven approach provides the tools that founders need to start businesses, launch new products and disrupt industries. Could we be your ideal partner?

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We are immensely proud to have helped founders to create dozens of new ventures and to have created around £200m of equity value. Our portfolio spans many industries, technologies and business models. Could your idea become the latest wealth creating venture in the group?

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