We want to make early stage funding: more accessible and simpler to access. And for helping you get ready for investment, lets help you simplify that process too…


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Our Journey

Originally called AGORA, Kaiku was co-founded by Alex Balderstone and Trishna Nagrani who both met at Warwick University. Alex was looking for his next venture after having set-up one of the UK’s largest student conferences and Trishna in a similar vain had just left running the UK’s first student run Incubator. They both still found it hard to answer though, where should they go to launch a business, let alone how could they go about fundraising.


So in Autumn 2019 AGORA launched as an early stage funding solution to help startups access the early stage capital that still remains so hard to access in the UK, whilst making the journey to ‘investment readiness’ clearer too.”


In March 2020, the decision was taken to change the name from AGORA to Kaiku. It was believed that Kaiku, meaning to grow or evolve in Japanese, was an appropriate name for a business dedicated to helping new startups grow.

Alex Balderstone

Co-Founder & CEO

Before Kaiku, Alex founded Warwick Congress, the UK’s largest multi-disciplined student conference. He's also Venture Director at Birmingham Enterprise Community, the fastest growing accelerator in the Midlands

Trishna Nagrani

Co-Founder & Strategy Lead

Trishna is the Ex Director of Warwick Incubator, the UK’s first student-run
incubator. As well as Co-Founding Kaiku, Trishna also works in Investment Banking at Lazard

Shanil Shah

COO & Deals Lead

Shanil was Employee #1 at InvestIn Education, the UK’s largest pre-university course provider before joining Kaiku where he manages investor and start-up relations



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