who we are
Toucan is an eco-system that supports your creative potential as a long term partner through the tough start-up phases by using our Mentor and Investor network specialising in Food & Beverage, Lifestyle and Retail.
what we do
We cultivate your future potential
We take you under our wing by offering you long-term business support and connecting you with the Toucan Ecosystem
We use our connections to get you hard to match services
We match you up with a Mentor and Guru who will add rocket fuel to your business
We work with you using our investor network to help you secure appropriate funding
We are looking for creative ideas and companies:
- That are based in London or Greater London
- In the Food and Beverage, Lifestyle, or Retail industries
- That have passionate, committed and ambitious founders
- With a clear market opportunity
- That are commercially scalable
the toucan process
PITCH YOUR CREATIVE BUSINESS
2. INITIAL FEEDBACK
YOU WILL RECEIVE INITIAL FEEDBACK ON WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS MEETS OUR CRITERIA WITHIN 7-10 BUSINESS DAYS OF THE APPLICATION
3. INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
YOUR APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED TO TOUCAN'S INVESTMENT COMMITTEE FOR REVIEW
4. NEXT STEPS
OUR INVESTMENT COMMITTEE WILL PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON YOUR BUSINESS WHICH WE WILL DISCUSS WITH YOU
WE WILL HELP PREPARE YOU AND WORK WITH YOU TO CONNECT YOU WITH THE TOUCAN ECOSYSTEM OF MENTORS, PARTNERS, AND INVESTMENT PARTNERS
Meet Our Vibrant Toucan Team
Founder & CEO
Rasha Khawaja is the founder and CEO of Toucan. Rasha’s innate desire for knowledge took her to Brown University where she studied Psychiatry and Cognitive Science. Further education followed at both Oxford University and Cambridge University before Rasha started her career at Condé Nast Publications and went on to work at Christie’s. These experiences heightened her entrepreneurial drive and after spotting a gap in the market for a way to help creatives get their businesses out in front of influential business luminaries, Toucan was born. Rasha’s passion for innovation and nurturing new talent and business continues through her role as a member of the UKBAA, and being an active member of the advisory board of Innovation RCA and the development and strategy board of the ZSL. Outside of the world of Toucan, Rasha is a devoted mother and an adventurous traveller who one day hopes to conquer Kilimanjaro and The Great Wall of China. Rasha is also dedicated to a number of charities and sits on the board of ‘The Playing For Change Foundation’, as well as supporting her family’s charity, ‘The Said Foundation’. Toucan Ventures were proud to win ‘One to Watch – Best Entrant to the Angel Ecosystem’ at the 2016 Angel Investment Awards.
Francesco Boni Guinicelli
Francesco is a European Qualified Lawyer with expertise in Business and Corporate Law. After completing his studies between Rome and Los Angeles he gained experience traveling through Italy, France, Middle East and the United States working in International Law Firms focusing in m&a and internationalization of SMEs. After settling in London in 2014 he decided to commit his career to the support of entrepreneurs starting high growth potential businesses. His passion for innovation and new technologies helped him acquire a flourishing network of entrepreneurs, academics and investors, he has provided mentorship at top accelerator programs in Europe and has also been asked as a guest speaker to various events and conferences in the industry. When he’s not busy at Toucan, Francesco is probably talking about movies, his very first love is the film industry and you might find him at the BFI library reading about the new projects of his favorite directors and actors.
Prior to joining Toucan, Erin spent the majority of her career working in finance, originally as a trader and structurer at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the United States. She is also the co-founder of a startup focusing on data analytics within the education space. Erin holds a B.A in Economics with honours from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A from London Business School. In the role of Startup Manager, Erin guides all Toucan entrepreneurs from their initial interaction with the company through to developing business strategy all the way to fundraise. Outside of Toucan, Erin enjoys taking advantage of the vast array of culinary opportunities in London.
Prior to joining Toucan, Angela spent the majority of her career working in finance in various sales, structuring and research roles. Angela has an MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from London Business School. Angela has always been passionate about the creative industries and initially became involved with startups during her MBA. In the role of Startup Manager, Angela guides all Toucan entrepreneurs on the development of their business strategy. When she’s not at Toucan, Angela can be found perusing art in galleries across London, that is when she’s not busy trying to get a reservation at the newest restaurants in town.
Charlotte was raised in The Fiji Islands before coming to the UK to complete her bachelor’s degree. Having graduated with first class honours in English Literature, she has been a published reporter for The Fiji Times. During her time at university, she wrote articles and produced videos for The Tab, the fastest growing student media start up in the UK and the USA. Instilled with a passion for the creative industries and start-ups, Charlotte has looked towards Toucan to develop and refine her skills. When she is not working at Toucan, Charlotte can be found browsing London’s many book shops.
our advisory board
Director of Arts and Travel, Branding Latin America Group
Gabriella Windsor, Director of Arts and Travel at Branding Latin America Group, is a keen and experienced advocate for social enterprise. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Playing for Change Foundation, a non profit providing communities in need with music and arts education, as well as wider schooling and basic community services. Since graduating from Brown University she has written about social and cultural topics worldwide. She spent six months in the Middle East, taught in some of Brazil’s most challenged favelas, supported crucial health work for Amazonian village communities and curated arts events with emerging artists and musicians in Buenos Aires. She also undertook extensive research with socio-educational dance initiative The School of the Body in Colombia as part of her recent Masters at Oxford University in Social Anthropology.
Camilla Al Fayed
Camilla Al Fayed was born in London and educated in Surrey.
From the age of sixteen and throughout her twenties, Camilla worked for Harrods, the family business, working and gaining experience across all departments.
Following her interest in fashion, Camilla worked as a buyer for her sister’s brand, Jasmine Di Milo, and with British and American Vogue.
Alongside the family business, Camilla began visiting hospitals and hospices with her father in her early teens. In 2005, she began a more active role with the AlFayed Charity Foundation in 2005 and became an ambassador and patron of many charitable foundations.
In September 2011, Issa London brand was acquired and Camilla became Chairwoman, responsible for the brand and directing expansion.
Camilla set up the plant based restaurant Farmacy in London’s Notting Hill in 2016 and her life’s passion is about creating a space for healthy, organic eating within the concept of ‘Food is Medicine’. She and her team run this successful restaurant in the heart of West London’s food district.