Lu Li is a visionary creator with a large amounts of entrepreneurial drive and an international background. She is the founder of Blooming Founders, an acclaimed brand and product ecosystem designed to help early stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams succeed. Blooming Founders produces popular business events and runs an award-winning co-working space in London which offers its members to have access to workspace infrastructure and be part of a community in a flexible and affordable way. Blooming Founders also offers fundraising support for selected startups, as well as event and marketing services to corporates and government entities who want to leverage its diverse network. In 2016, Lu has published the book Dear Female Founder which contains 66 personal letters of advice written by female entrepreneurs from 20 countries. It is globally available on Amazon and Kindle. In her previous corporate career, Lu has launched FMCG products for Procter & Gamble across Western Europe and has worked on several consulting projects for McKinsey, BMW and T-Mobile.
Blooming Founders is a business incubation platform created for female entrepreneurs. Our products & services currently include: 1) Workspace - we provide flexible and affordable workspace in London, designed with women in mind, but open to all genders. 2) Professional Network - we run London's largest network of female entrepreneurs (currently 3000+ members) and are currently developing a digital community product. 3) Events - we run weekly events to provide educational experiences around entrepreneurship, business growth and personal development as well as networking opportunities. We also run an annual startup conference focused on female founders. 4) Corporate Services - we help corporates, accelerators and investors connect with the female founder community as well as help them deliver events and accelerator programmes focused on female entrepreneurship or diversity & inclusion. Blooming Founders is an ecosystem that gives female entrepreneurs a competitive edge in building their businesses. We are industry agnostic and our offerings are designed for women, but not female-only.
I ran a consulting business helping retailers (key clients: Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason) in developing their international customer acquisition strategy for the Chinese market. While the market opportunity is huge, I didn't want to run an unscalable service business and moved on.
3 Ways To Wear was a media platform to inspire creativity in styling and more sustainable ways of using our clothes. After only 6 months of operations, the platform was selected to join the AOL Style Counsel (now the Lifestyle Collective).
I have designed and executed local launch plans of the biggest brand relaunch on Pantene Pro-V in the past decade in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The relaunch involved 75 products with new packaging and formulae as well as a new communication strategy.
I have delivered two consulting projects, one in Financial Services where I analysed M&A activities of the top 100 companies in 6 industries in Germany and one in Automotive where I developed a model to optimise the client's product portfolio based on consumer migration patterns in the industry.