Supporting founders to reach the next level

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Why Smiling Barracuda

The Smiling Barracuda Founders’ Club helps entrepreneurs succeed by providing regular support and connecting them with peers, mentors and industry experts.

With a structured support system and dedicated online community, we help founders become self-sufficient, successful entrepreneurs.

Member's Benefits

Peer support group

No matter how big or small your business, you’ll be in a peer group of other dedicated founders in the same stage of growth as you.

Our “schools” of barracudas will provide you with the necessary insights and connections to boost your business growth.

Monthly events

With quarterly evening workshops, breakfast sessions and dinners, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get to know the other founders. Each workshop has a topic chosen by you and your peers and led by our domain experts.

Plus, there’s plenty of time for closed-door discussions and support from later-stage founders and mentors, who will speak about their personal experiences and challenges.

Individual mentoring

Receive one-to-one mentoring from one of our experienced founders who has been through it all and can provide helpful insights where you need them most.

You’ll also have the opportunity to deep dive into your financial performance, facilitated by our team of Finance Directors.

Online barracuda community

Access our exclusive online club and receive regular updates specifically tailored to you.

This includes not only our own events and workshops, but also help and advice on external opportunities such as grants and awards.

Peer support group

No matter how big or small your business, you’ll be in a peer group of other dedicated founders in the same stage of growth as you.

Our “schools” of barracudas will provide you with the necessary insights and connections to boost your business growth.

Monthly events

With quarterly evening workshops, breakfast sessions and dinners, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get to know the other founders. Each workshop has a topic chosen by you and your peers and led by our domain experts.

Plus, there’s plenty of time for closed-door discussions and support from later-stage founders and mentors, who will speak about their personal experiences and challenges.

Individual mentoring

Receive one-to-one mentoring from one of our experienced founders who has been through it all and can provide helpful insights where you need them most.

You’ll also have the opportunity to deep dive into your financial performance, facilitated by our team of Finance Directors.

Online barracuda community

Access our exclusive online club and receive regular updates specifically tailored to you.

This includes not only our own events and workshops, but also help and advice on external opportunities such as grants and awards.

Smiling Barracuda is an entrepreneur-led network of successful founders, experts and innovators.

To be eligible to join you must meet the following criteria:

I am the founder of the business

I am committed to growing the business significantly over the next few years

The business has ‘staff’ (defined as anyone else working for the business other than yourself and co-founders)

The business is making revenue from customers (excluding grant or investment funding)

The business has no tax, legal or other significant burdens that would restrict its growth

I am personally committed to attending the workshops as regularly as possible

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This is our story

“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 get the badge: ‘A successful entrepreneur.’

A wealthy entrepreneur would also be nice, but let’s start with being successful for now.”

Freddie Talberg, Co-Founder of Smiling Barracuda and serial entrepreneur

But… why Smiling Barracuda?

Founded by a Smiling Barracuda in his own right, Freddie Talberg went through the typical founder’s journey: challenges, pitfalls, success stories and all.

Freddie came to realise what a lonely existence founders lead… much like the notoriously isolated barracudas that wade through the dark and murky waters of the ocean alone, with just as much uncertainty as entrepreneurs do. But with the direction of mentors, the right school of peers and a steady stream of support, they’ll soon find themselves smiling in no time.

Not to mention, you’ll hardly forget the name any time soon…

London

IDEALondon
69 Wilson St, London, EC2A 2BB, UK

Barcelona

CoBuilder Hub
Passatge de Gaiolà, 13, 08013 Barcelona

We want to hear from you

Have a great idea for our next workshop? Or just a simple question about the club?
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