OneLeap is a free to join but an exclusive global community that enables the best entrepreneurs to get directly through to business leaders: investors, high-value customers and influencers.
Entrepreneur members join free. They pay a small fee to get personal introductions to business leaders. 80% of the fee goes to the business leader's charity. OneLeap takes a 20% commission. Corporates also pay us to connect them with leading entrepreneurs.
LinkedIn, email (given, guessed or otherwise), Twitter (if you're comfortable starting conversations that way).
An exclusive club for entrepreneurs that offers guaranteed introductions to the people you need to build your business - fast.
The three founders seed-funded our first round. Last year we raised an angel round from 11 high-net-worth individuals (from CEOs of companies to VCs) - all of whom are also business leader members on OneLeap and wanted to hear from serious entrepreneurs.
Robyn (co-founder) started a social enterprise in Southern Africa and was writing her first book. Hamish (co-founder) was a senior advisor in the UK Prime Minster's Strategy Unit. Alex, our CTO, was at Linden Labs, which created online virtual world, Second Life.
The third co-founder, Robyn's brother, Damien, had the idea while working at Williams F1. He was using LinkedIn InMails to get through to new business contacts. We wanted to improve on InMail's use of a fee to show you are serious, making the fee more tailored and focusing on serious entrepreneurs.
Build a team that enjoys working together and supports each other through moments of triumph and frustration. It was also a good decision to have investors who believe in our idea and love using the product.
Sometimes building in a vacuum and not testing things with real users fast enough. Sometimes focusing too much on what interests us versus what's essential.
Mint chocolate digestive - we bring together two very different flavours (entrepreneurs and the business leaders they want to meet), which work very well together. And we're good for you / your business (the digestive bit)!
We're all big fans of crowd-funding platforms. It's exciting to see some of our OneLeap entrepreneurs using them to boost their organisations.
Several leaps from where we are now. The more bold entrepreneurs we have on board, the faster we can build a really great service.
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