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Virgin StartUp was founded in 2013 by Sir Richard Branson with a powerful mission; to unleash entrepreneurial Britain so founders can startup and thrive.

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We're building a better business

Virgin is entrepreneurial at its heart, having spent the last 50 years starting and scaling businesses around the world.

In 2013, Virgin StartUp was founded by Sir Richard Branson to support the next generation of founders who are looking to do the same.

Since then, we’ve helped tens of thousands of founders to start and scale… and we’re just getting started.

We’re closing the gender funding gap. For good.

1 in 5 startup founders are women. Only £1 in every £100 of start up funding goes to women founders. We’re changing that through our 5050 committment to fund men and women founders equally across all our programmes.

Tag us @virginstartup hashtag #BreakingTheBias

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