E.Factor is the only global platform created by and designed for entrepreneurs. The website helps entrepreneurs to find funding, save costs and promote and expand their own business.
With over 50,000 members from 72 countries in 75 different industries and over 100 investors connected, E.Factor is growing by leaps and bounds. It is exceeding all of the milestones established by other social networking communities. Because of this phenomenal growth and commitment to see entrepreneurs succeed and grow, E.Factor is constantly investing in the development of relevant tools, resources, opportunities and knowledge support the needs and interests of entrepreneurs.
Co-founder Adrie Reinders says: “After we launched in New York in March, we knew the next place we wanted to be was the UK. London is a global business centre and a vibrant hub of entrepreneurial activity. With the Olympics starting to loom on the horizon, entrepreneurial opportunity in the UK is rife. E.Factor wants to harness this potential and help entrepreneurs become really successful”.
Despite today’s economic climate, entrepreneurship in the UK is in rude health, with soaring numbers of people wanting to start up their own business. 39% of the UK working population feel that there are good start-up opportunities where they live; the highest rating of all G7 countries. With the Olympics in 2012, business prospects for the UK are positive. Figures released for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), responsible for building the venues and infrastructure for the Games, revealed that over 70% of their 650 contractors are small or medium sized businesses.
“Smaller businesses are getting the biggest benefit so far, as well as getting themselves in pole position to compete for future work in the supply chains of our major contractors”, said John Armitt, chair of the ODA. Lord Digby Jones, minister for trade and investment, was encouraged by the figures released by the ODA. He said: “Size doesn’t matter when it comes to British companies winning business. “Large or small, winning that business for 2012 will provide a springboard for global growth.”
E.Factor strongly promotes ‘connecting’ rather than ‘collecting’. In other words, getting someone’s business card is just the first step. It’s what you actually do with it that counts. Marion Freijsen, co-founder comments, "While online networking is great to start relationships, it is offline, face to face where you can gain the trust to actually do business with someone. We are here to help!"
This is a philosophy which understands the value and efficiency of online connection, but also one that champions the importance of actually meeting in the flesh to develop and cement business relations. To give entrepreneurs the best chance of meeting the right people, E.Factor organises over 100 high profile speaker and networking events a year around the globe. The London calendar is starting to take shape with speakers signed in from around the globe talking on themes as varied as ‘mobile entertainment’ and ‘entrepreneurial marketing’.
Going into territory no other such network has entered, E.Factor is opening up global entrepreneur lounges; hip spaces in city centres for entrepreneurs to work, hold meetings, network or just chill out. There are busy lounges now in Amsterdam and New York. London is next.
In today’s competitive social media marketplace, E.Factor breaks the ‘me too’ mould and is developing a truly original and unique proposition. There simply is nothing like it around. Sign up for free at Efactor.com