A growing flock of Britons have seen the appeal of launching their own startup in recent years, with the number of new businesses jumping from 3.5 million in 2000 to 5.5 million in 2017.
There are many advantages to launching your own business: flexibility, freedom and the ability to be your own boss. On the flipside, it can be a lonely endeavour, and it can be hard to gain access to good advice from people who've been there and done it before you.
Luckily, there are a huge number of regular meetups aimed at startup founders that fulfil precisely this need. And where better to get advice than from other startup founders, be they established or just starting out?
Whether you're seeking tips on hiring, funding, marketing, pitching to investors or any other of the vast range of issues you need to be on top of, or if you just want to spend time with an understanding group of peers, here are a few of the best meetups for startups in the UK.