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Lu Li

Founder & CEO at Blooming FoundersLondon, United Kingdom
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Lu Li

Founder & CEO at Blooming FoundersLondon, United Kingdom
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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.
Projects
  • It's lonely being a founder
    For solo founders, not having a partner alongside you – who’s experiencing the same pressures, and making the same sacrifices – can feel very lonely.
  • Blooming Founders
    Founded in 2015, Blooming Founders is a platform designed to help early stage female entrepreneurs and diverse teams succeed.​
Projects credited in
  • Top career advice from 20 icons in design, photography, fashion & more
    Looking for career advice? A mentor? Some friendly and constructive feedback? We got you! Excitingly 30+ incredible industry experts across publishing, photography, design, creative, fashion, music, marketing, digital, tech and more are on-hand to help answer your burning career-related questions in our Asks hub. Meet 20 of them below and discover their top tips! So, if you have a career question that you’d love the best in the business to help with, hop this way.
  • International Women’s Day 2020, meet 100 trailblazers redefining the creative industry
    At The Dots, International Women’s Day isn’t just a day – it’s a whole month! A time to take over the site and shine a light on the women and non-binary people redefining the creator landscape. For #IWD2020, we asked industry leaders to nominate the trailblazing women and non-binary people they think will redefine the creative and digital industries over the coming years. The list we’ve put together is one that beams with brilliant, talented people and their dedication to positive change. Book
  • Get career advice from It’s Nice That, Dazed, D&AD, Rankin & more
    Looking for career advice? Excitingly 30+ incredible experts from across the creative industries have generously agreed to help answer your burning career-related questions. So, if you have a career question (examples below) that you’d love the best in the business to help with, just post it here on our Asks hub! Our ‘Asks experts’ include: Priya Matadeen - General Manager, Commercial, Dazed Holly Tucker - Founder, Holly & Co Alex Bec - Co-founder, It's Nice That Gemma Greaves - Chief Executive
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Work history
    Founder & CEOBlooming Founders
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    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.
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    FounderCaptivate China
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
    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.
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Skills
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Events Production
  • Business Development
  • Brand Building
  • Community Building
  • Communications
  • Client Management
  • Social Media Marketing