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Sir John launches incubator

Seeking start-ups with disruptive business ideas to park in The Garage

SIR John Hegarty and investment specialist Tom Teichman are launching an incubator business called The Garage and have bought a townhouse in London’s Soho to hothouse start-ups at seed stage.

According to The venture will offer cut-price desk space in The Garage’s office, business advice and up to £50,000 for chosen start-ups, in return for a minority share of their business.
Sir John, pictured right with Tom, said The Garage would invest in companies that fit three criteria: “They have to have an idea that’s disruptive to a current business model. The idea needs to be scalable and we need to like the people involved."
Sir John is a co-founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, where he has spent 30 years helping clients grow their brands and Tom is the founder of Spark Ventures, which backed, and Moshi Monsters, among others.
The Garage’s start-ups will also receive consultancy from other experienced business names, including Moshi Monsters founder Michael Acton Smith, and Holly Tucker, who launched Nick Kendall and Kevin Brown, who worked with Sir John at BBH, will provide media and marketing advice.
Crowdcube will also be based in The Garage’s office and will offer the entrepreneurs lectures and events.

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