Bathtub 2 what?
Our name’s definitely a good conversation starter!
By jumping into the Tubs, you can take your eureka moment (thank you Archimedes!) and build it into a business reality. From Bathtub 2 Boardroom!
And despite the emails trying to sell us bathroom or boardroom furniture, we think it’s perfect and offers a little something different in the startup world!
We’re a small charity with a BIG vision
To make starting a business affordable, accessible and supported for ALL and an integral part of education.
We do this 3 ways
1. Affordable & all-inclusive memberships
Space + support + community + meeting rooms + caffeine + no hidden costs = the best start for you & your business.
2. The Bathtub Bursary
Removing any financial barrier to those who haven’t had natural access to the opportunity, or the personal confidence, to start a business.
3. Inspiring the next generation
Offering students unprecedented access to startups, improving their employability and understanding of opportunities beyond education.
In 2011, our Founders Fred & Ed (check them out below!) were trying to find an affordable space to build their own startups from.
Workspaces existed but they were few and far between and most were expensive or took more equity than new businesses could afford to give. They got creative in finding a solution to their problem and soon ended up floor sitting in an empty building in Kings Cross.
It was the value found in this network of people in the same boat (or Tub!) that sparked the eureka moment (see what we did there?!) for Bathtub 2 Boardroom.
Fred & Ed realised that being a part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs was making the world of difference to these businesses – what if it could be made accessible and affordable, especially for those who deserve it the most?
Like all good entrepreneurs they just got on and started and in 2012, Fred & Ed had found the first home for Bathtub in East London and we were registered as a charity ensuring social impact through enterprise would always be the core driver of everything we do.
The future looks bright! Whilst we had to wave goodbye to our original home, we now have two thriving Tubs, one within a college on a mission to inspire the next generation of innovators, makers and entrepreneurs!
We’ve supported over 250 businesses to date to create over 300 jobs, raise over £7.5 million in seed funding and are currently supporting 18 on our pilot Bathtub bursary programme – a number we hope to triple by end 2017!