School of Everything, the FT and a tank

School of Everything is in the FT today as part of a nice piece about Seedcamp. Here’s the bit about us:

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.”

Full article is here (registration req’d).

Seedcamp reflections

I’m exhausted but very happy. School of Everything didn’t win at Seedcamp but we’ve had an amazing week. The winners are all brilliant ideas being turned into new companies by great people. Hats off to them and we’re actually going to be working pretty closely with a few of the companies over the coming months.

We’ve been put right at the heart of a wonderful network of mentors and advisers and I feel even more confident that the School of Everything idea is a goer and that we can pull it off.

By the way, it’s worth anybody who wants to get innovation going (policy makers or business people alike) looking at the Seedcamp model. I’m now a very big fan. Saul Klein, whose baby it’s been, is a very clever and generous guy. As a team I’m pretty sure I speak for us all when I say we feel very privileged to have been part of Seedcamp’s Class of 2007.

School of Everything and Seedcamp

So the word is out — School of Everything has been picked as one of the top 20 start-ups in Europe for Seedcamp — an intensive week of mentoring and coaching by some of the world’s best entrepreneurs and internet experts. Five of the 20 companies will be awarded €50,000 at the end of the week.

The full list was announced last night on the FT site and there’s a piece in the paper today which gives more background on Seedcamp and what it’s trying to achieve.

I’m looking forward to it. I have a feeling it’s going to be great fun.

Good company

Nice to know that the Second Chance Tuesday folks think the School of Everything is exciting enough to be worth a mention. They put us in their write-up of companies who came along to the last event (which was excellent by the way — Michael Birch of Bebo is a very, very good speaker). From the 400 or so people who came along, here’s their list:

“AOL, Betfair, Carbon Heroes, Cominded, eBay, Firebox, Figleaves, Freshminds, Google, Joost, Lovefilm, MOO, Moreover Technologies, PayPal, The School of Everything, SpoyIt, WeeWorld, Yahoo!”

Oh, and sign up for the announcement about our launch. I’m not saying when it’s going to be but things are getting exciting at Everything HQ.