TIL helps entrepreneurs and corporations reach the markets of tomorrow and realise opportunities for transformational impact and profits

Our clients

Integrated Venture Engineering is a methodology that uses systems engineering to build market-creating business models that are architecturally robust – that can take ‘a punch in the mouth’ and still be profitable.

Today’s start-ups are the least profitable at any time in history. Unprofitable scaling creates wealth for the few. It isn’t progress. Selling a $10 bill for $5 is easy. Entrepreneurship is solving a $10 problem for $5.

Time, money and people are valuable. Pivots and failure are not the natural order of entrepreneurship. Business models should not be ‘searched for’. They should be engineered to safeguard an entrepreneur’s intent, make it a lasting reality and create prosperity for the many, not just the few.

We place Integrated Venture Engineering in the hands of entrepreneurs, investors and corporations – and enable them to change the world we live in.

Our Work

Education: Pearson’s Tomorrow’s Markets Incubator

TIL has incubated multiple education ventures across the UK, US, China, Brazil, and South Africa, with a focus on profitably serving learners that are otherwise impossible to reach.

Our work with Pearson has been published by Said Business School as an MBA case here.

Finance: Barclays & BlackRock

TIL has worked extensively with Barclays since 2013 to bring banking services to underbanked and unbanked consumers around the world, building ventures that allow those consumers to access credit, escape debt and gain better control of their finances, enabling the bank to create profitable routes into entirely new and unserved markets.

Details of our work with Barclays features in this 2016 HBR article.

Automotive: BMW

The automotive industry is preparing for the future of mobility – connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicles – and our work with leading OEM’s has been to build profitable ventures that align with these industry-changing trends.

For more information about our work in this space, read BMW’s press release, and the CEO of Alphabet UK speaks to industry leaders about TIL.

Energy: International Finance Corporation

Working with early-stage ventures, established players and the International Finance Corporation to create profitable business models within the sustainable energy space. TIL has created business modelling software tools to pave a path to profitability for pioneering technologies in off-grid solar.

Our team

Milan Samani, Partner

Milan is a founding partner of TIL Ventures. His career began as a chartered accountant working in audit and corporate finance and he later co-founded and exited his first entrepreneurial venture. In 2013, Milan created The Intrapreneur Lab, a corporate innovation accelerator in collaboration with Accenture, Said Business School, Cornell, INSEAD and the Gordon Institute of Business Science and used by some 20 global corporations such as Philips, GSK and MasterCard.

Milan guest lectures at Said Business School and is published in Harvard Business Review.

Erik Simanis, Partner

Erik is a founding partner of TIL Ventures and former Head of Frontier Markets at Cornell University. He is an authority on Venture Innovation and go-to-market strategies for creating and shaping new mass markets, having guided start-ups, green-field ventures, and corporate venture teams across Eastern Europe, Africa, South Asia, and South America over the past 20 years.

Erik holds a PhD in Management from Cornell and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work is published in leading management journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal.


TIL has a full-time team of Venture Developers and Assistant Venture Developers who work directly with corporate venture teams to conceive and develop novel product form factors and operational models.

Working at TIL

TIL Partners and Venture Developers work with clients as single venture teams.

The working environment at TIL is one of:


Venture Developers and Assistant Venture Developers work closely with Partners on all aspects of ventures, learning how to conceive and create new ventures across diverse sectors. Our alumni typically become founders themselves or take senior positions in startups


Every aspect of the venture is defined through extensive and careful logical analysis


Working at TIL is challenging and stimulating and we value work/life balance and flexible working patterns.

Details of open vacancies may be found here.

Published papers and articles

TIL Ventures’ partners are published in leading business journals and news-media


TIL Ventures
42-46 Princelet St
London E1 5LP

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