The latest news and stories from Echo

This is where we keep you up to date with what’s happening in our world.

04.12.2018

Meet our newest Fashion++ graduates!

This autumn, we’ve been working with a new cohort of fashion entrepreneurs on our second fashion-focused Echo++ accelerator programme, Fashion++. We were looking for brands challenging the way we view, buy and experience fashion, and we were lucky to work with an inspiring cohort of 13 businesses doing just that! Over a four-week intensive course…

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19.11.2018

Rianna’s Creative++ Journey

By Echo member & Creative++ Alumnus Rianna Raymond-Williams Shine ALOUD UK (SAUK) is a sexual health awareness social enterprise based in London, using creative media and peer-led training to change the perceptions and behaviour of young people under 25. A chance to step back + reflect Starting a business can be a lonely experience, so…

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03.10.2018

Member Story – Mareli Pelzer

This year, we’re running a monthly feature on one wonderful member. They’ll share what they’ve been getting up to, where their passions lie, and why they decided to join Echo in the first place to trade their skills and services for time, not £s and pence. This month we shine the spotlight on Mareli Pelzer, founder of The Tastery… Mareli…

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02.10.2018

Apply now for Fashion++

We’re on the lookout for startup fashion brand challenging the way we view, buy and experience fashion to join our Fashion++ programme. Fashion++ is our fashion-focused Echo++ accelerator programme, co-designed with London College of Fashion, and created to give you a unique opportunity to attain the resources, strategies and networks you need to grow and lead a successful business. Following our first…

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06.09.2018

Park Community Chest

The Park Community Chest awards small grants of up to £2,000 and combines them with crowdsourced skills, talents, and expertise from our brilliant network to support grassroots community initiatives. This year, we’ll work with each successful project over a 12-month period to develop their strategy, capacity, and networks and kickstart thriving, sustainable projects that have…

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31.08.2018

Echo Social – Building the Future

Building the Future Grow, Hackney Wick Tuesday 25th September, 6.30 – 10.00pm __ You are warmly invited to our next Echo Social! Get together with a bunch of brilliant people, entrepreneurs, creatives and East London independent businesses for an evening of sparking ideas and connections, at Grow Hackney – an independent canal side bar, kitchen…

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21.08.2018

Member Story – Toni Tambourine

Toni, great to meet you. Tell us a little about yourself Hi Echo, thanks for having me. I am a Dance Music publicist or PR guy who works with big pop acts like David Guetta to super cool indie techno DJs like Maya Jane Coles. I also work with major labels Warner, Virgin and Sony…

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08.08.2018

Win a pair of tickets to Make More Festival!

We’re excited to be teaming up with the good people at Make More to offer a pair of free tickets to the festival! Make More is a festival for makers and doers happening in Victoria Park over the bank holiday weekend. We have a pair of day tickets for Monday 27th Aug to give away to…

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07.08.2018

Kick-start your business at the next Echo++ Weekender

Have you got a business idea brewing? Starting something new and looking for the skills, support and network to make it happen? Applications are now open for the next Echo++ Weekender, on 15th + 16th September 2018. Back by popular demand following two sell-out Weekender programme in 2017, this time we’ll be supporting 30 budding entrepreneurs…

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23.07.2018

Member Story – BuzzRamp

This year, we’re running a monthly feature on one wonderful member. They’ll share what they’ve been getting up to, where their passions lie, and why they decided to join Echo in the first place to trade their skills and services for time, not £s and pence. This month we shine the spotlight on BuzzRamp…   BuzzRamp is an intriguing name!…

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09.07.2018

Help us support 1,000 entrepreneurs by 2021!

We’re on a mission to deliver peer-to-peer business support to 1,000 entrepreneurs by 2021, and we need your help to get there. We’ve teamed up with some incredible programme partners over the past 3 years, including Grub Club and London College of Fashion to shape our programming, and have built a dynamic community of business…

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31.05.2018

Member Story – Contemporary Lynx

This year, we’re running a monthly feature on one wonderful member. They’ll share what they’ve been getting up to, where their passions lie, and why they decided to join Echo in the first place to trade their skills and services for time, not £s and pence. This month we shine the spotlight in Contemporary Lynx…     1. Contemporary Lynx……

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02.05.2018

Echo Summer Social – Grab your tickets

SUMMER PARTY TIME Get together with a bunch of brilliant people, entrepreneurs, creatives and east London independent businesses for an evening of sparking ideas and connections, at brand new Hackney Wick venue Beer Merchants Tap. – TUESDAY 22ND MAY 6:30-10:00PM BEER MERCHANTS TAP – HACKNEY WICK, E9 FREE  – NEW THEME, SAME GREAT ECHO VIBES This…

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06.04.2018

Help us support even more entrepreneurs – vote for Echo!

We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for this year’s NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund –  and now we need your vote! Over the past 3 years, we’ve supported more than 200 early stage East London businesses via our Echo++ accelerator programmes. If we are awarded this funding, we’ll be able to support 60 more local entrepreneurs to skill up and make…

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26.03.2018

Echo x East Village Supper Clubs – a match made in culinary heaven!

This Spring, we’re teaming up with a bunch of East Village eateries to offer Echo members exclusive access to an exciting series of travel-themed supper clubs. In this blog, Echo member Jonathan Booth reviews his experience of the first in the series – Fish House‘s East Meets East Village supper club.   ————- I’ve been an…

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12.03.2018

Calling all female tech founders!

We’re delighted to be working in collaboration with one of Europe’s leading innovation hubs, Plexal, to deliver Plexiglass – an 8 week accelerator programme aimed at bringing more female tech founders to the fore! Participants will gain access to tailored content, 121 support, mentoring and workspace for the duration of the programme, culminating with a pitch event to showcase participants,…

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09.03.2018

Meet East London’s rising fashion stars

A few months ago, we set out on a quest to find some of East London’s brightest rising stars in the fashion industry. We were looking for brands challenging the way we do fashion to take part in our first ever fashion-focused Echo++ accelerator programme – Fashion++. In January 2018, we welcomed a cohort of…

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27.02.2018

Member Story – ELTjam

This year, we’re running a monthly feature on one wonderful member. They’ll share what they’ve been getting up to, what they’re passions are and why they choose to use Echo to trade their skills and services for time, not £s. First up, we say hello to Jo Sayers – Director, Head of Product ELT Jam. ELTjam… what an intriguing name! Tell us,…

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15.12.2017

Celebrating 2017 at Echo

To round off 2017, we thought we’d share some of our highlights from a jam-packed year, as well as saying a massive thank you to all of YOU – the thousands of Echo members who made it possible. 1. A whole lot of skill-sharing Echo members have now clocked up more than 15,000 hours of skill…

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28.11.2017

Calling all fashion entrepreneurs!

Are you a startup fashion brand challenging the way we view, buy and experience fashion? Love what you do but need the structure and support to really nail it? Fashion++ is our first fashion-focused Echo++ accelerator programme, co-designed with London College of Fashion, and created to give you a unique opportunity to attain the resources,…

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10.11.2017

Member Story – 8 in the Universe

This week on the blog, we chat to Echo members Marian and Karen, founders of the magical, mystical and downright wonderful 8 in the Universe. They share some of the highs and lows of their business journey, and their passion for helping people squeeze more juice out of life. (That’s them above in the picture,…

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31.10.2017

Back by Popular Demand… The Trowbridge Silver Surfers!

** If you fancy volunteering with the Silver Surfers, we have new dates including Monday 06 Nov, 20 Nov, 04 Dec, 18 Dec, 08 Jan, 22 Jan, 11am-1pm in Hackney Wick – Scroll down to the bottom for full details ** a The Echo Community Fund At the beginning of the year, we launched our Echo…

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11.10.2017

Congrats to our Echo++ Weekender entrepreneurs!

Last month, we welcomed 25 budding entrepreneurs to Loughborough University London’s Here East campus for a weekend festival of entrepreneurship, Echo-style. We were delighted to partner with our friends at Make Happy to facilitate the weekend – they put our entrepreneurs through their paces with business modelling, identifying their entrepreneurial style, and getting to grips…

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04.10.2017

New Digital Marketing workshops from Echo

As the digital economy grows, mastering digital skills is ever more important in the job market and for new businesses. Whether you’re starting up, going for a new job, or simply want to raise your digital game, our new series of workshops led by Echo experts are designed to bring you up to speed on…

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15.09.2017

Calling all creative entrepreneurs!

Calling all creative entrepreneurs! Love what you you do, but need the structure and peer support to really nail it? Look no further – applications are now open for Creative++, an intensive four week business accelerator designed with and for creative entrepreneurs to support you to grow and lead a successful enterprise. As part of…

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24.08.2017

Our Autumn workshops – Brush up on your digital skills + more!

As the digital economy grows, mastering digital skills is ever more important in the job market and for new businesses. Whether you’re starting up, going for a new job, or simply want to raise your digital game, our new series of workshops led by Echo experts are designed to bring you up to speed on…

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11.08.2017

Member Story – The Tastery

Hackney Wick based chef Mareli started The Tastery by baking for friends and family and hosting supper clubs in her home. With the support of Echo (via our Food++ programme last year), she’s now grown her passion into a successful business that fits around family life.   What made you start your business? I wanted…

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10.08.2017

30 days to go!

Have you got a business idea brewing? Starting something new and looking for the skills, support and network to make it happen? In 30 days’ time (on 9th and 10th Sep), we’ll bring together 30 entrepreneurial souls, some of our favourite startup founders and expert workshop leaders for a festival of entrepreneurship, Echo-style. Applications are…

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04.08.2017

Member Story – The Athenian

This week on the blog, we chat to Neo, Echo member and co-founder of Greek street food start-up, The Athenian. Since coming on an Echo++ accelerator programme back in 2015, Neo and his co-founder Tim have scaled to two permanent sites and three markets in London, and their first site in Bristol. And we can…

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28.07.2017

Member Story – Friend of Faux

Sick of seeing fresh flowers go to waste in the events industry, Anna Robinson started her faux flower business Friend of Faux two and a half years ago. Based in her studio in East London, Anna produces beautiful faux flowers, plants and garlands for events and installations. Earlier this year, Anna took part in our…

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25.07.2017

Calling all budding entrepreneurs!

Have you got a business idea brewing? Starting something new and looking for the skills, support and network to make it happen? Applications are now open for the next Echo++ Weekender, on 9th + 10th September 2017. Back by popular demand following a sell-out Weekender programme in March, this time we’ll be supporting 30 budding…

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24.07.2017

Grab your ticket for our Summer Party!

** SCROLL DOWN FOR TICKETS ** It’s almost time for the biggest event in the Echo calendar… our Summer Party! Join us for drinks by the canal at Stour Space in Hackney Wick, and celebrate the creativity and diversity of our wonderful community. Whether you’re new to the network or an Echo old-hand, we’d love…

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21.07.2017

Member Story – East End Trades Guild

This week on the blog, we catch up with Krissie Nicolson, Echo member and founding organiser of the East End Trades Guild. An East London local for the past 20 years, Krissie witnessed first-hand the increasing pressures of living and working in London. She started the East End Trades Guild to be a collective voice…

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14.07.2017

Member Story – Stööki

Frustrated by the lack of opportunity in the jewellery industry for young people from minority backgrounds, jewellery designer Nadia Abbas and her co-founders decided to start their own business, Stööki, combining fashion, music and art. We chatted to Stööki business partners Nadia and Bosola to hear a bit more about their business journey, their time…

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13.06.2017

Our new meetup for budding entrepreneurs!

We’re always looking for ways to spark connections between our members… and we’re constantly inspired by the diversity of skills and knowledge exchanged, and the collaborations and new projects these throw up! Our growing community of Echo++ businesses (who’ve taken part in our Echo++ business accelerator programmes), over 150 to date, frequently describe the opportunity…

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16.05.2017

Get Involved! Echo’s Summer Workshops

We’ve got something for everyone in the first of our summer workshops – discover East London’s vibrant canals and rich history on our latest Echo Photowalk, cook up a storm at our cooking masterclass with Gianne’s Kitchen and learn how to use LinkedIn to build your professional brand at our exclusive Here East workshop. Echo Photowalk – Tales of the Hackney…

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20.04.2017

Meet Your 5 East London Superheroes!

The Echo Community Fund crowdsources the skills, talents and expertise of our brilliant network (YOU!) to support grassroots community initiatives. Each receives a 20 Echo grant to buy in the skills and training they need to progress their projects, so they can benefit more people. Scroll down to meet this year’s winners and find out how you can help with their first 10…

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05.04.2017

What a weekend! 50 aspiring entrepreneurs join the Echo++ Weekender

Over the last weekend of March, we took over Hackney House for 2 days and filled it with 50 like-minded East London entrepreneurs, some of our favourite startup founders and expert workshop leaders for a festival of entrepreneurship, Echo-style: The Echo++ Weekender. We put our 50 budding startups through their paces: stress-testing their ideas, discovering…

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03.04.2017

New features on Echo!

We’ve listened to your feedback and have been working away behind the scenes to improve your trading experience. This week, we’ve launched a new and improved version of the Echo trading system, to help you connect, trade and pay and request Echoes more simply and quickly. So what’s new? Your trading inbox Head to ‘My…

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08.03.2017

Last chance to apply for the Echo++ Weekender!

We’re taking over Hackney House for 2 days on 25th + 26th March, filling it with 50 like-minded entrepreneurial souls, some of our favourite startup founders and expert workshop leaders for a festival of entrepreneurship, Echo-style. Discover your entrepreneurial style, stress-test your idea, expand your skillset, build your tribe and kick-start your business in one weekend.…

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