One characteristic that seems to differentiate the Seedcamp start-ups from their US counterparts is the importance of social causes over the desire to make money.
The team behind School of Everything, an online marketplace to bring together private teachers and students, have backgrounds in journalism and social activism. Their technical director missed a day of Seedcamp so he could buy a tank to drive to a protest at a London arms fair.
Paul Miller, chief executive, says: “We almost started a business by accident. What we were interested in was replacing a 19th-century system of teaching. A start-up is a way to do this on an enormous scale with millions of people.”
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