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.


First event[edit]

The inaugural event was held on 15 May 2011[13] with more than 30 companies in attendance.[14] The event attracted more than 500 developers.[15]

Second event[edit]

The second event in the series was held on 30 October 2011. 102 start-ups exhibited.[16] TechCrunch covered the event.[17] More than 500 jobs were offered and more than 1200 developers attended.[18]

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.

Fifth event[edit]

The fifth event was held on 11 and 12 May 2013.

Sixth event[edit]

The sixth event was held on 16 and 17 November 2013.

Seventh event[edit]

The seventh event was held on 10 and 11 May 2014.

Eighth event[edit]

The eighth event was held on 15 and 16 November 2014.

Ninth event[edit]

The ninth event will be held on 9 and 10 May 2015 with over 200 companies and 3000 candidates attending.

Silicon Milkroundabout Scotland 1.0[edit]

The inaugural event was held on 7 March 2015 in Edinburgh[19] with 40 companies and 450 attendees.[20][21]


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  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. 
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  13. ^ Tanya Combrinck. "Devs tempted by Silicon Milkroundabout". .Net Magazine. 
  14. ^ Olivia Solon (5 May 2011). "'Silicon Milkroundabout' aims to tempt talent away from the City". Wired UK. 
  15. ^ Ian Hogarth (30 May 2011). "Silicon Milkroundabout: How London startups took hiring back into their own hands". TechCrunch. 
  16. ^ "Silicon Milkroundabout website". 
  17. ^ Mike Butcher (26 September 2011). "London startups fire a hiring gun at the banks". TechCrunch. 
  18. ^ Aaron Lee (10 November 2011). "Silicon Milkroundabout: London start-ups doing it for themselves". East London Lines. 
  19. ^ (2015) Skills shortage? Not according to Silicon Milkroundabout! Swarm Online, Retrieved 11 May 2015
  20. ^ (22 February 2015) UK’s leading tech jobs fair comes to Edinburgh The edinburgh Reporter, Retrieved 11 May 2015
  21. ^ (15 April 2015) Silicon Milkroundabout Scotland 1.0 YouTube, Retrieved 11 May n2015

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