Merry Christmas from Virgin StartUp!

We’d like to wish all of you – startups present, startups future, and startups past – a fantastic Christmas and New Year. 2014 has been our first ever year – and what a year it has been!

We’ve funded 400 new businesses – or, if you look at it another way, an average of 1.3 new businesses a day. Behind those businesses are people just like you who now have the opportunity to run their own startups with our support behind them. More importantly, 30% of the entrepreneurs we’ve funded were unemployed when they received a loan. By helping people start their own businesses we’re also empowering them to create their own jobs and futures – ones that they can be passionate about.

We’ve sampled delicious food and cheered on our finalists at Virgin Foodpreneur Fest, where the UK’s hottest food startups came together to have their food tasted by figures such as Pal Lindley, Hemsley and Hemsley, and Richard Branson himself. We’ve travelled to 17 different cities all over England spreading the Virgin StartUp message and speaking to entrepreneurs face to face. We’ve brought over a hundred female entrepreneurs together to listen to wisdom from the UK editor of Cosmopolitan and children’s nutrition expert Annabel Karmel. We’ve chatted with thousands of you on social media, and heard so many inspiring stories about your business stories. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

So Merry Christmas, startups. Thanks for making this year so amazing, and we’re unbelievably excited about what next year will bring.

The Virgin StartUp Team

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