About SLP

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) is a highly selective, global, world-class training programme and lifelong global network for outstanding founders, leaders, and innovators who want to become startup CEOs. Classes are held on evenings or weekends. We take no equity.


We are non-profit organisation which supports entrepreneurs on their path to success and to make our world a better place. We place great emphasis on this because success is meaningless if you don’t give back. The importance of giving back is a key shared value of SLP.

The programme began in Boston in 2006 with seven Fellows (participants). It has grown to 28 cities in 14 countries. Every year 15-25 Fellows join the program in every city. This year 400 Fellows will go through the program as a single class.

Our programme is truly global. You can start in one city, but attend any class in any city worldwide. During the programme, and for life, you can apply to pitch at investor demo days on three continents, and build relationships with growing numbers of entrepreneurs in your sector.

SLP Fellows (participants) have founded more than 2,000 successful startups, which have collectively raised more than $2.4B+ in funding. Many have been acquired. It is a measure of the caliber of the people in the programme


Selection Process

For 2021/22 we welcome applications from across the UK. Due to COVID-19 we are planning a remote first programme but where we can meet we will try to.


SLP thrives on being a diverse and inclusive community and we welcome entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Unlike many accelerators each cohort will have a wide variety of people, all at different stages of their journey.

Every application is reviewed in detail and those who we believe will benefit from SLP and be able to provide value to the group will be invited for an interview. We believe in giving back and expect our fellows to do the same.

Some key areas we consider:

  • Commitment to your startup

  • Maturity of your product

  • Education history

  • Previous experience

  • Evidence of giving back

  • Social impact



SLP relies heavily on volunteers and sponsors to keep costs down and is able to offer the programme in its entirety for a one-off fee of £350 (reduced from previous years given much of the programme will be remote this year) which includes lifetime membership with access to mentors, experts, lawyers and investors as well as a network of over 3,600 fellow entrepreneurs.


There are no hidden extras, obligations to buy any services or equity requirements. Despite the modest fee we recognise that some will struggle to meet the cost, so do please contact us to discuss ways of helping you make payments or indeed make a strong case for not paying. We will never turn away the exceptional.


Our UK Programme Team - 2020/21


Dan Blake is the Founder of Florence, a Series B startup that is transforming staffing across health and social care in the U.K. He also co-founded the National Care Force. Previously he worked at Deutsche Bank, HSBC and the Army. He has a degree in Chemistry. He is a 2020 alum of the Startup Leadership Programme - London.

Wenqian Chen

Programme Operations

Wen has supported SLP for a number of years. SLP in the UK wouldn't not function without his support and guidance to others over many years. Wen is currently in academia but is passionate about giving back and supporting others. He truly lives and breathes the SLP values.


Foong is a SLP 2020 alum and is the Founder and CEO of Matchable, a startup that matches companies and their employees with unique skilled volunteering projects at non-profits and impact startups. She was previously a Director at PwC and founded communities Suit & Pie and Suits & Startups. She holds a degree in Law with French Law from Cambridge.


Alex is the Founder and CEO at Mirthy, a startup that delivers educational and entertaining online talks to over 65s at home. He is also Chairman at Care Innovation Hub and was previously CEO at The Care Workers Charity. He has a degree in Technology Entrepreneurship from Surrey. He is a 2020 alum of the Startup Leadership Programme - London.

Wai Foong Ng

Co-Programme Lead

Alex Ramamuthy

Co-Programme Lead


Kaitlin is the Co-founder of  Musemio, an award winning edtech startup aimed for children between the ages of 7-12.She has also worked at Reveal Mobile, VIF International Education and Paperwhites Press. She holds a degree in English language and art. She is a 2020 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Programme London.


Emilia Gyoerk is an early stage investor and an alternative investments manager. She currently has invested in a portfolio of tech-driven startups working in the retail, SaaS and finance domains.. She holds a degree in finance and international financial economics. She is a 2020 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Programme London.

Kaitlin Fritz

Co-Programme Lead

Emilia Gyoerk

Co-Programme Lead

Board of Directors of Startup Leadership UK

Zoe is an experienced tech entrepreneur and VC investor for Ananda Impact Ventures. She has over 20 years operating and board experience in technology companies. She co-founded one of the UK’s top grossing education apps, MyChoicePad and now spends her time looking for Europe’s most impactful tech entrepreneurs to invest in. Zoe is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School and SLP Fellow 2012. 

Aneesh Varma is the Founder & CEO of Aire, a venture-backed company that is a credit insight engine which makes credit fairer for consumers, and more valuable to lenders. Prior to Aire, he worked at FabriQate where he was a CEO and Co-founder. Aneesh has also worked at J.P Morgan, Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley. He is an expert in FinTech and IT solutions. He holds a degree in Engineering and Quantitative Finance. He is 2013 Fellow in the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Oleg Giberstein studied Politics and International Relations (BA and MPhil) in London and Oxford and subsequently worked in Banking and Risk roles at Citigroup London for a number of years. In his last role at Citi, Oleg was Chief of Staff to Citi's Global Public Sector Portfolio Head. After launching his first startup Guidelighter, a career mentoring platform, Oleg helped build a Tech and Startup Ecosystem in Palestine for the Portland Trust before co-founding Coinrule in 2018. Coinrule is the most simple way for Hobby Investors to build automated trading strategies across different markets and platforms. He is 2017 fellow of the Startup Leadership Program in London.

Anupendra Sharma founded the Startup Leadership Program in Boston in 2006, the world's first global accelerator. In addition he serves as an advisor or investor to startups in lifesciences/medtech/software and Cornell’s McGovern Incubator. He spent seventeen years at Siemens. For eleven years, he was Senior Investment Partner at Siemens Venture Capital / Next47 investing in the US and Asia. He also held positions as Global VP of Growth & Business Development at Siemens Healthineers and Director of Mergers & Acquisitions for Siemens Corporation. Anupendra’s companies have raised $180M and he has completed $16B in M&A transactions. He has founded several not-for-profit organizations and is currently working on a stealth mode startup in lifesciences. Anupendra holds an MBA from Cornell, Masters in Accounting & Finance from Manchester Business School, and Masters in Economics and Bachelors of Instrumentation Engineering from BITS Pilani.

Honorary Fellow of SLP


Without the dedication and commitment of Steven Hess, SLP would not be where it is today. For 10 years he has been the driving force behind SLP in the UK. He has been a Trustee Director and a Programme Lead on numerous occasions.

He has positively impacted 100s of entrepreneurs and, although he has no current formal responsibility at SLP, we are all incredibly grateful for what he has done.

Steven is currently focusing on his Advisory & Coaching business WhiteCap and we wish him well.