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 teams, 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 (overworked, underpaid, entrepreneurs only club). We support founders on their entrepreneurial journey to execute their business well and to get that badge.. ‘a successful entrepreneur’ (a wealthy entrepreneur would also be nice, but let’s start with being successful) "

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.

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.

Who We Are

Freddie Talberg    


Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of scaling businesses in the tech sector and working with fellow growth tech entrepreneur founders.

Emily Holgate    

Community Manager

Emily is the founding partner of Utterly Events. Emily designs and coordinates entrepreneurial events for scale up business to strengthen their culture and help them grow.

Colin Nunn    

Finance Director

Colin has been a part time Finance Director for many Start Ups. He is the expert Finance person everyone needs and cannot afford full time!

Nic Mason    

SME Operations Expert

Nic is an experienced startup and scaleup COO. Currently at Guru Systems, he has previously worked with a range of businesses to help define their operations and product strategies.

Glenn Elliott    

Programme Facilitator

Glenn is an employee engagement expert, entrepreneur, and author. As the founder of Reward Gateway, he is now an advisor to boards on getting the best out of their people.

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