What is The Leap 100? This might best be answered by Mishcon de Reya, the driving force behind the entrepreneurs' programme:
"Now entering its third year, The Leap 100 is a group of some of Britain’s most exciting, fastest growing companies. ... Alongside experts at City A.M., The Entrepreneurs Network and Seven Hills, we’ve chosen 100 companies on the cusp of greatness. They have been selected based on their leadership skills and ambition, as well as the quality of their team and money raised.
This isn’t a definitive list – given the wealth of great entrepreneurs and speed of change, no such list is possible – but we believe these companies are critical to the future success of our country. ... And if our previous cohorts are any indication, these companies have a disproportionate chance of succeeding."
On the cusp of greatness. In Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, Jim Collins wrote, “Indeed, the real question is not, 'Why greatness?' but 'What work makes you feel compelled to try to create greatness?' If you have to ask the question, 'Why should we try to make it great? Isn’t success enough?' then you’re probably engaged in the wrong line of work.”
Our two Founders started hirespace.com a few years ago with the hopes to help community groups and schools monetise latent properties. Starting off with schools, church halls and 5-a-side pitches, hirespace.com looked like this:
You're probably familiar with how the rest of the story has gone so far.
In the coming months, we will be learning, sharing and motivating with fellow Leap companies, such as Bloom & Wild, BorrowMyDoggy, Gousto, Oliver Bonas, Piccolo and Bounce. With plentiful resources from The Leap 100, we'll be attending masterclasses and taking expert advice in order to enhance our operation and be prepared for growth.
"For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work."