Supporting SME founders
to reach the next level


Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund

"The reality of being an entrepreneur is tough, easy to say, but hard to deliver on.

The more time you spend on your business, the lonelier it becomes and changes from being your own boss to the saviour and deliverer for everyone else: clients, investors, your team, partners, and family.

The trouble is, once you have started and got some traction there is no getting off that easily...so welcome to 'Oh shit, we need to make this work!'

That is why I founded Smiling Barracuda: the overworked, underpaid, entrepreneurs-only club. We support founders on their entrepreneurial journeys to execute their business plans and to get the badge: 'A successful entrepreneur.' A wealthy entrepreneur would also be nice, but let’s start with being successful for now."

Freddie Talberg, Founder of Smiling Barracuda and Serial Entreprenuer


Growing as a founder and entrepreneur is just as important as growing your business if you don’t want to get left behind.

Smiling Barracuda is an entrepreneur led network of high quality, experienced and successful founders, experts and innovators. Our prime focus is to support SME founders through this personal growth to fulfill their potential as an entrepreneur.


The Network



Founders and Peers
Our entrepreneurial network allows you to connect with like-minded talented founders. Share experiences and skills with people growing similar size businesses and support each other in the challenges you all face.

Experts and Innovators
Lean on a team of advisors and mentors ranging from academic experts, industry and domain experts and technical experts from UCL, Imperial College, Cambridge University, King's College, EIE, XnTree, Cognicity and Growth Builder… to name a few!

The Founders' Programme



Each workshop will be broken down into four sections:

Parallel to the network, we run a one year (five workshops) programme that helps each founder to develop their business and product models.
1. Experts View

Our domain experts lead an open discussion on their area of expertise relating to growth and sales, from brand and PR to selling to corporates.
2. Inspiration

Each workshop hosts an invited later stage founder to speak about their success story. Sharing what they did, what worked and key strategies to their growth.
3. Accountability

Each founder has their sales revenues against forecasts centrally processed, aggregated and openly discussed each quarter.
3.Support

We conclude with a facilitated session to share achievements and growth challenges, and collectively debate on how we solve these problems as a group.


To be considered for the programme, please apply now!

Applicants must be available to attend quarterly workshops in London.

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