Silicon Milkroundabout

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Silicon Milkroundabout is a series of job fairs held in London[1] and Edinburgh [2] for the UK tech start-up community.[3] The event was set up by Songkick in order to attract computer science talent to the startup community.[3][4] The event's name is a portmanteu of Silicon Roundabout and the Milk round university recruiting events.

Eric Van Der Kleij the chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation said: "The technology industry is flourishing in the UK, and digital and tech companies are providing increasing opportunities for employment. While the sector contributes £66.4 billion annually to the economy, one of the biggest challenges is finding the very best tech talent and convincing them that start-ups are the place to be."[5]

The Bootstrapped Initiative[edit]

Milkroundabout’s 'bootstrapped initiative'[6] has been a massive success and helped lots of early stage startups throughout the years. They offer highly subsidised pitch spaces to bootstrapped teams* and are also currently on the hunt for underrepresented groups to help; teams with a female on their founding team and founders under 25.

It’s inclusive, and it puts the little startups in the same room as the scale-ups and high growth tech companies. It is integral to the company’s founding values of inclusivity and cross-pollination. The Initiative is championed by co-founders Cristiana Camisotti[7][8][9][10] and Pete Smith[11][12]

Bootstrapped startups have no external investment and they are usually two person teams working from a tech hub, coffee shop or from their bedrooms.

Milkroundabout have helped 10-20 bootstrapped companies at each event in London and Edinburgh since 2011 and of the 138 Bootstrapped companies supported in their infancy, they have gone on to raise $91,968,400 in investment. These include UK success stories Citymapper, Constant Commerce and Osper.

The Bootstrapped initiative is now also offered to bootstrapped companies at their events in Brooklyn where they are known as The Round.[13]


First event[edit]

The inaugural event was held on 15 May 2011[14] with more than 30 companies in attendance.[15] The event attracted more than 500 developers.[16]

Second event[edit]

The second event in the series was held on 30 October 2011. 102 start-ups exhibited.[17] TechCrunch covered the event.[18] More than 500 jobs were offered and more than 1200 developers attended.[19]

Third event[edit]

The third event was held on 26 and 27 May 2012. This time it was a two-day event focusing on product management, user interface design and analysts on the first day, and developers, testers and project managers on the second.

Fourth event[edit]

The fourth event was held on 10 and 11 November 2012.[citation needed]

Fifth event[edit]

The fifth event was held on 11 and 12 May 2013.[citation needed]

Sixth event[edit]

The sixth event was held on 16 and 17 November 2013.[citation needed]

Seventh event[edit]

The seventh event was held on 10 and 11 May 2014.[citation needed]

Eighth event[edit]

The eighth event was held on 15 and 16 November 2014.[citation needed]

Ninth event[edit]

The ninth event was held on 9 and 10 May 2015 with over 200 companies and 3000 candidates attending.[citation needed]

Silicon Milkroundabout Scotland 1.0[edit]

The inaugural event was held on 7 March 2015 in Edinburgh[20] with 40 companies and 450 attendees.[21][22]


  1. ^ "Silicon Milkroundabout: the London tech jobs fair". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Silicon Milkroundabout – Edinburgh 2015". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ a b Nick Clark (27 September 2011). "UK start-ups kick off the hunt for new talent". The Independent.
  4. ^ Tim Bradshaw (27 October 2011). "High tech and City meet in Shoreditch". Financial Times.
  5. ^ "Turning the tables to find recruits". Evening Standard. 4 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Announcing the Milkroundabout Bootstrapped... - Silicon Milkroundabout & The Round NYC". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Flying the flag for UK startups - We meet Cristiana Camisotti, Co-Founder of Silicon Milkroundabout - Fast growth companies". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Cristiana Camisotti - Debrett's". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "The 1000 - London's most influential people 2014: Tech stars | The 1000 | News | London Evening Standard". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Cristiana Camisotti, co-founder Silicon Milkroundabout - Rising Stars 2014: Most Influential Women in UK IT". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  11. ^ "Silicon Milkroundabout Spins Out From Songkick To Staff Startups With Talent By Way Of Events | TechCrunch". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "NYC's tech jobs fair". Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  14. ^ Tanya Combrinck. "Devs tempted by Silicon Milkroundabout". .Net Magazine.
  15. ^ Olivia Solon (5 May 2011). "'Silicon Milkroundabout' aims to tempt talent away from the City". Wired UK.
  16. ^ Ian Hogarth (30 May 2011). "Silicon Milkroundabout: How London startups took hiring back into their own hands". TechCrunch.
  17. ^ "Silicon Milkroundabout website".
  18. ^ Mike Butcher (26 September 2011). "London startups fire a hiring gun at the banks". TechCrunch.
  19. ^ Aaron Lee (10 November 2011). "Silicon Milkroundabout: London start-ups doing it for themselves". East London Lines.
  20. ^ (2015) Skills shortage? Not according to Silicon Milkroundabout! Swarm Online, Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  21. ^ (22 February 2015) UK’s leading tech jobs fair comes to Edinburgh The edinburgh Reporter, Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  22. ^ (15 April 2015) Silicon Milkroundabout Scotland 1.0 YouTube, Retrieved 11 May n2015

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