Global Entrepreneurship Week Roundtable – Next Generation Entrepreneurs
Nov
21
12:00 PM12:00

Global Entrepreneurship Week Roundtable – Next Generation Entrepreneurs

To coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week. we are hosting a roundtable on supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Hosted by Paul Thwaite, MD of Commercial Banking at Child & Co, this event is aimed at select group of politicians, policy makers, experts and entrepreneurs already supporting the next generation.

At this event you will get the opportunity to:

  • Hear and share experiences of the great work already being undertaken to support the next generation of entrepreneurs;

  • Input into policy making discussions and the future work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship;

  • Network with other leading supporters the Britain's next generation of entrepreneurs.

Read Future Founders and our research with the APPG for Entrepreneurship to find out more about our work.

Contact annabel@tenentrepreneurs.org to enquire about a place.

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Britain Needs Talent: What Next For Entrepreneurs
Nov
7
8:45 AM08:45

Britain Needs Talent: What Next For Entrepreneurs

We are hosting a breakfast roundtable with Kingsley Napley looking at the potential impact of Brexit on the immigration system, and considering the needs of founders and the employees of fast-growing companies. Virginie Charles-Dear and Christian Nentwich

Virginie Charles-Dear is founder of toucanBox. The former Yahoo! executive created toucanBox, a subscription service delivering a personalised package of activities for children and toddlers every month containing materials and instructions for various DIY projects. She has raised £4.29m in funding.

Christian Nentwich is a co-founder and director of Duco. He has more than 10 years of experience with financial technology and processes and a track record of delivering innovative solutions to the market. Christian was named in Financial News' 40 under 40 Rising Stars of Trading and Technology. Before Duco, he founded and sold his previous company, Systemwire, and advised multiple tier one investment banks, fund managers, clearing houses and ISDA on standards and data strategy. He is passionate about bringing innovation from the university lab to industry. It has raised £24.1m in funding.

Nicolas Rollason is a partner and head of Kingsley Napley’s immigration practice. He advises on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law and has particular expertise in providing strategic advice to businesses on their global immigration needs. He has extensive expertise across all immigration routes, with a widely-recognised breath of knowledge enabling him and his team to offer clear solutions to complex immigration problems. He is a well-known expert in EU immigration law and is regularly consulted by the UK immigration authorities on proposed changes to UK immigration rules and policy. Nick is listed as a leading figure in the Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Law, Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK.

At this event you will:

  • hear from some of Britain's leading entrepreneurs about their and/or their employees’ experiences of the visa system;

  • get insights from Kingsley Napley’s top ranked immigration team about changes to the visa system;

  • network with other ambitious entrepreneurs who have a passion for reforming the visa system.

Contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org to request a place.

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APPG for Entrepreneurship: Mental Health for Entrepreneurs with Dr Lisa Cameron & Guy Tolhurst
Oct
22
11:30 AM11:30

APPG for Entrepreneurship: Mental Health for Entrepreneurs with Dr Lisa Cameron & Guy Tolhurst

Mental health is a challenge for the majority of Britain’s entrepreneurs. Over half of entrepreneurs have suffered anxiety or panic attacks, nearly 7 in 10 report sleep problems, and 53% of founders say that building their business has been one of the toughest times of their lives.

This All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship event will consider the scope of the challenge and what role government could and should have in supporting entrepreneurs and their employees.

Dr Lisa Cameron is MP for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow and the Shadow Spokesperson on Mental Health. She is Scottish National Party politician and consultant clinical psychologist. Cameron was born in Glasgow, and grew up in East Kilbride. She obtained a BSc in Psychology from the University of Strathclyde, an MSc in Psychology and Health from the University of Stirling and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow. Before entering politics, Cameron worked as a clinical psychologist. She was first elected as the Member of Parliament for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow at the 2015 general election.

Guy Tolhurst launched Intelligent Partnership 10 years ago after seeing great opportunities to better serve investment providers, financial advisers and wealth managers across a diverse range of investment strategies and sectors. Intelligent Partnership has naturally evolved into an award-winning and trusted provider of accredited research, events, insights and education on a range of alternative investments. Guy is an Adviser to The Entrepreneurs Network.

As reported in a recent Courier article, while putting together his book, 100 Stories of Growth, he “noticed that most of his interviews with founders touched on the pressures of taking on investment.”

“‘You don’t want to show a lack of confidence to your team because they might leave. Speaking to [investors] shows a lack of confidence. Unfortunately the culture of some investors is quite a disposable culture as well – they might replace the founder CEO. You are suffering in silence,’ Tolhurst explains.”

“Tolhurst is currently lobbying investors to adopt the ‘Mindful Investor’ framework he developed, where investors agree to support and monitor the health and wellbeing of founders in their portfolio companies. So far over 20 investment firms have signed up to the framework, including several prominent London VCs.”

Please contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org to enquire about a place.

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Secrets of Sand Hill Road
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Secrets of Sand Hill Road

We are hosting Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, at The Office Group for a fireside chat on his new book: Secrets of Sand Hill Road.

Topics covered will include:

  • Myths and misperceptions of funding start-ups

  • The challenges that come with raising funding

  • The most important skills to have to raise funding

  • The VC and startup landscape now, and predictions for how it will change in the coming years

  • Tips for first-time founders and how to master the VC pitch

Quotes on the Secrets of Sand Hill Road

Eric Ries, bestselling author of The Lean Startup and The Startup Way, from the foreword

"Worth far more than its cover price ... I wish I’d had it available to me when I was first looking for startup funding"

Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman and CEO, Google; technical advisor, Alphabet Inc:

"As someone who helped a small company become a huge, valuable company, I know firsthand the power of the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurship. This is the definitive book on navigating VC as part of that"

Sam Altman, partner and president, Y Combinator; cofounder, OpenAI

"I’ve observed thousands of founders and thought a lot about what it takes to create something important and to achieve outlier success. Kupor’s book takes founders who want to do both through everything from how VCs raise money and evaluate deals, to how to think about term sheets and set up boards. It’s a valuable resource for any founder who wants to work with VCs"

Scott Kupor is managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He has overseen the firm’s rapid growth to one hundred fifty employees and more than $7 billion in assets under management. He is also a cofounder and codirector of the Stanford Venture Capital Director’s College and teaches venture capital and corporate governance courses at Stanford Law School and the Haas School of Business and Boalt School of Law at UC Berkeley. He is vice-chair of the investment committee for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and was previously the chairman of the board of the National Venture Capital Association.

Space are limited. Email events@tenentrepreneurs.org to request a place.

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Post-Brexit Trade with the Freeports Advisory Panel
Oct
7
12:45 PM12:45

Post-Brexit Trade with the Freeports Advisory Panel

The Entrepreneurs Network and BDB Pitmans LLP would like to invite entrepreneurs who engage in significant importing and exporting and trade experts to an event with the Freeports Advisory Panel. The first new Freeports will be established after we leave the EU, with the aim of “turbocharging growth and ensure towns and cities across the UK benefit from Brexit trade opportunities.” Find out more.

This will be an opportunity:

  • Find out more about the policy from the Members of the Advisory Panel;

  • Input in its advice to the Department for International Trade;

  • Network with other entrepreneurs who import/export.

Attendees from the Freeports Advisory Panel include:

Dr Eamonn Butler, Director, Adam Smith Institute. Eamonn is Director of the Adam Smith Institute, rated one of the world's leading policy think-tanks. He has degrees in economics, philosophy and psychology, gaining a PhD from the University of St Andrews in 1978. In 1983, he co-authored Free Ports, which advocated for the establishment of free ports in the UK.

Tim Morris, Chief Executive Officer, UK Major Ports Group. Tim is the CEO of the UK Major Ports Group from the communications consultancy Hanover, where he was the Director responsible for the energy and infrastructure practice. Prior to Hanover Tim spent eleven years in the steel industry with Tata Steel Europe and its successor companies.

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association. Richard Ballantyne joined the Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive of the BPA in 2016. Richard has in depth expertise in ports, transport and environment policy matters as well as a wide experience of the legislative process around the UK. He sits on the European Sea Ports Organisation’s Executive Committee, the Maritime UK Board and is also a Director of Port Skills and Safety.

Tom Clougherty, Head of Tax, Centre for Policy Studies. Tom is Head of Tax at the CPS. He was previously executive director of the Adam Smith Institute, before moving to the US to become managing editor at the Reason Foundation, and then a senior editor at the Cato Institute, the leading Washington think-tank.

To request a place, please contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org.

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In a League of their own with Gillian Keegan MP & Dr Caroline Johnson MP
Sep
30
3:30 PM15:30

In a League of their own with Gillian Keegan MP & Dr Caroline Johnson MP

The Entrepreneurs Network and Barclays are hosting a panel discussion during Conservative Party Conference (held outside the secure zone). At this event you will:

  • Hear from some of Manchester’s most inspirational female founders on their experiences starting and growing a business;

  • Consider how our education system can be reformed to ensure female entrepreneurs flourish;

  • Share ideas on how female leaders can better support one another through networks;

  • Hear from female entrepreneurs and politicians on how we can close the funding gap;

  • Network over tea, coffee, wine and finger food with female founders.

Opening speakers:

Gillian Keegan was elected Conservative MP for Chichester in June 2017. She has since held the roles of Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) at HM Treasury and PPS to the Home Secretary. Gillian is passionate about entrepreneurship and digital technology, and is an officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship.

Dr Caroline Johnson MP is a Conservative Party politician and consultant paediatrician. She has been the Member of Parliament for Sleaford and North Hykeham. Caroline is a Member of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

Juliet Rogan is the Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs at Barclays. She leads a team of relationship directors dedicated to supporting high growth companies and their founders across the UK.

Lou Cordwell OBE is CEO of Manchester based digital design studio magneticNorth, which she founded in 2000. Alongside the day job, Lou is also a board member on Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of Design Manchester and AllBright's Director for the North. Lou was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Years Honours for services to the creative and digital economy.

Lisa Tse MBE is CEO of Sweet Mandarin Sauce, an award winning restaurant in Manchester which she set up with her sister, Helen. Their range of gluten free sauces are sold online and in stores. Lisa has also written three cookbooks, the latest of which won a Gourmand Award.

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Female Founders Lunch : Taking the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur
Sep
24
1:00 PM13:00

Female Founders Lunch : Taking the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur

This event will be an opportunity to share your experience and to:

  • Hear insights from Vanessa Vallely OBE (founder of WeAreTheCity.com, a free portal to publish women-focused news and events with over 120,000 members); and Krisztina Tardos(founder of The Merit Club, an online women-only members club for ambitious founders and professionals in London).

  • Connect with inspiring female founders and leaders; Potentially have your comments featured in a follow-up article on the topic.

Founders Club events are small, informal affairs. We restrict them to around 20 people. Our principal guests kick off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks, followed by a roundtable discussion.

The lunch will be moderated by Tzvete Doncheva.

Please contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org to request a place.

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In a League of their own with Seema Malhotra MP, Rupa Huq MP and Catherine West MP
Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

In a League of their own with Seema Malhotra MP, Rupa Huq MP and Catherine West MP

The Entrepreneurs Network and Barclays are hosting a panel discussion during Labour Party Conference (held outside the secure zone). At this event you will:

– Hear from some of Brighton’s most inspirational female founders on their experiences starting and growing a business;

– Consider how our education system can be reformed to ensure female entrepreneurs flourish;

– Share ideas on how female leaders can better support one another through networks;

– Hear from female entrepreneurs and politicians on how we can close the funding gap.

– Network over tea, coffee, wine and finger food with female leaders.

Opening speakers:

Seema Malhotra is Labour MP for Feltham and Heston and a former Shadow Chief Secretary. She is also Chair of the APPG for Entrepreneurship, and wrote the foreword for its Women in Leadership paper. Seema is passionate about ensuring female entrepreneurs can start and scale businesses in the UK.

Rupa Huq MP was elected Member of Parliament for Ealing Central and Acton at the 2015 general election. She was formerly a lecturer in sociology at Kingston University and deputy mayoress of the London Borough of Ealing.

Catherine West MP is Labour Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green. She is a former Shadow Foreign Office Minister and has particular interest in the positive impact small businesses can have on local communities.

Seni Glaister is Founder of WeFiFo, an online platform connecting Supper Club hosts, professional chefs and home cooks with guests hungry for authentic food experiences. In 1988 Seni co-founded The Book People. Under her leadership as CEO, it grew into a business with a £110m turnover employing 450 people. Seni launched WeFiFo in 2016 and regularly contributes to international debates & forums talking passionately about the food & book industries and entrepreneurship.

Claire Mason is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Man Bites Dog, the most award-winning B2B marketing and public relations consultancy in Europe. A born entrepreneur and innovator, Claire worked on her first business at 14, published a book at 25 and at 30 established Man Bites Dog as specialists in marketing communications for the knowledge economy. 

Juliet Rogan is the Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs at Barclays. She leads a team of relationship directors dedicated to supporting high growth companies and their founders across the UK.

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Made in the UK – Navigating Britain's Visa System
Aug
29
8:45 AM08:45

Made in the UK – Navigating Britain's Visa System

The Entrepreneurs Network and Kingsley Napley are hosting a roundtable on understanding and reforming Britain's visa system to support entrepreneurship in the UK.

At this event you will:

  • hear from some of Britain's leading entrepreneurs about their experiences of the visa system;

  • get insights from Kingsley Napley’s top ranked immigration team about changes to the visa system;

  • network with other ambitious entrepreneurs who have a passion for reforming the visa system.

Opening speakers:

  • Joshua Wöhle, Co-Founder of SuperAwesome, was born in the Netherlands and spent 10 years in Switzerland, before moving to London nine years ago to study. It was listed as the number one technology growth company in the UK by the Financial Times and they employ over 70 people in the UK. “The experience of ‘starting from zero’, realising you can get your own act together and build up a life around you is one that translates very strongly to entrepreneurship. It builds confidence, resilience and resourcefulness which are all key to any entrepreneur.”

  • Dr Miguel Martinez, Co-Founder of Signal AI, is the Spanish-born co-founder and Chief Data Scientist of Signal AI, a fast-growing UK company that analyses, in real-time, millions of news articles per day in order to improve the quality of business intelligence and decision making across organisations. “We are basically training the best people in the world, paying for part of their PhD with taxpayer’s money and then telling them they have to leave the country the moment they finish.”

  • Nicolas Rollason is a partner and head of Kingsley Napley’s immigration practice. He advises on all areas of UK immigration and nationality law and has particular expertise in providing strategic advice to businesses on their global immigration needs. He has extensive expertise across all immigration routes, with a widely-recognised breath of knowledge enabling him and his team to offer clear solutions to complex immigration problems. He is a well-known expert in EU immigration law and is regularly consulted by the UK immigration authorities on proposed changes to UK immigration rules and policy. Nick is listed as a leading figure in the Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Law, Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK.

Contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org to request a place.

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Brain Business Jobs in the UK: A European Benchmark
Aug
14
8:00 AM08:00

Brain Business Jobs in the UK: A European Benchmark

  • NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Entrepreneurs Network would like to invite you to a lecture on 14th August with Dr. Nima Sanandaji on Brain Business Jobs – jobs that are crucial for income and productivity growth.

Nima will present the latest findings of the Brain Business Jobs index, a detailed measure of knowledge intensive jobs concentration in 30 European countries and 180 European regions. The in-depth study, funded by Nordic Capital, finds that the UK has the most knowledge-intensive business sector among the larger European economies, yet needs a boost in knowledge jobs creation to compete at the very top with countries such as Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark.

Dr. Nima Sanandaji is the president of the think tank ECEPR and author of 30 books on entrepreneurship and policy. Klas Tikkanen, COO of Nordic Capital, will also attend to comment the study.

Timings

  • 08:00 – 08:20 Registration, Coffee, Pastries & Networking

  • 08:20 – 09:00 Presentation

  • 09:00 – 09:30 Q&A

  • 09:30 – 10:00 Coffee, Pastries & Networking

To request a place. please RSVP to events@tenentrepreneurs.org.

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor UK Report Launch
Jul
31
8:00 AM08:00

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor UK Report Launch

  • NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator, Regents House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Entrepreneurs Network, NatWest and Aston Business School would like to you to the launch of the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).

The GEM is the world’s most authoritative study of entrepreneurial activity and has been running since 1999. The UK GEM will reflect and compare the entrepreneurial attitudes, activity and aspirations in the UK, France, Germany and the United States from 2018. It will also compare results from the countries within the UK.

At this event you will:

  • Hear from Professor Mark Hart about the latest survey data on entrepreneurial aspirations and attitudes in the UK, and how they compare with France, Germany and the United States.

  • Get an entrepreneur's perspective from the founder of one of the UK's fastest-growing companies (tbc)

  • Network with other entrepreneurs and experts in the UK's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Please RSVP to Daniel King.

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Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Jul
22
12:45 PM12:45

Supporting the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

This event will be an opportunity to:

  • get the first glimpse of the results of a survey-based report we're undertaking on the entrepreneurial ambitions of young people;

  • input into the report that will come out of the survey and your feedback;

  • network with other experts / interested parties who take an interest in:

    • the next generation of entrepreneurs;

    • barriers preventing young people from starting businesses;

    • enterprise/entrepreneurship education and interventions outside of education.

By polling young people at different stages of life, we are producing a unique snapshot of entrepreneurial ambitions for young people – both in and out of the education system. In partnership with Octopus Group and ComRes, our ambition is to build on this over a number of years, identifying if there are key points where entrepreneurial ambition rises or falls.

To find out how to attend, please email events@tenentrepreneurs.org.

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 Young Guns: The Challenges of Running a High-Growth Business in your Twenties
Jul
16
8:15 AM08:15

Young Guns: The Challenges of Running a High-Growth Business in your Twenties

This event will be an opportunity to share your experience, and to:

  • Hear insights from Raissa and Joyce De Haas (founders of Double Dutch Drinks, premium tonic and mixer brand listed in 24 countries) and Fahim Amdani (founder of Ivory Capital Group, M&A firm with individual deals ranging from £5m-£100m);

  • Connect with young founders of similar high growth businesses;

  • Potentially have follow-up comments featured in a follow-up article on the topic (NB. The event is the Chatham House Rule).

Founders Club breakfasts are small, informal affairs. We restrict them to around 20 people. Our principal guest kicks off with roughly 10 minutes of introductory remarks, which is then opened to up to roundtable discussion.

This event is aimed at the young founders of high-growth companies (or people who founded their companies when they were young) – Contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org to find out how you can attend.

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Raising Finance: Getting Tough in the Boardroom
Jul
11
12:45 PM12:45

Raising Finance: Getting Tough in the Boardroom

Virginie Charles-Dear is the entrepreneur behind one of the UK's top 100 fastest-growing businesses. She founded toucanBox in 2012 after realising that the "everyday objects" featured on children's TV programmes were hard to come by ("Who saves 24 ice lolly sticks?"). With this in mind, the former Yahoo! executive created toucanBox, a subscription service delivering a personalised package of activities for children and toddlers every month containing materials and instructions for various DIY projects.

This lunchtime roundtable will be attended by female entrepreneurs, policy experts and journalists. In the past two years, studies have shone a light on the gender funding gap. This is a complex issue, but not one we should skirt, as it is frequently mentioned by female entrepreneurs who feel they are judged to be less competent than their male peers. Our event will address the following:

– Why are men 5x more likely to build a business of £1m+ turnover and what role does access to finance play in the discrepancy?

– How can women succeed in the boardroom? How can they deliver winning business pitches? What tips can established female leaders offer to fledgling founders? Where can they seek support?

– We also need to look through the other end of the telescope: how can we ensure investors fund women-led businesses?

– What role can the government play in ensuring women get a greater slice of the funding pie?

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Fair Fares: Flexible Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Economy
Jul
11
8:30 AM08:30

Fair Fares: Flexible Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Economy

A joint The Entrepreneurs Network/Rail Delivery Group roundtable with politicians, entrepreneurs and rail experts highlighting the need for a joined-up fare system fit for modern-day work. The event will consider the impact of a fairer ticketing system for UK entrepreneurs and on part-time workers, with particular focus on the “gender commuting gap”.

The event will be hosted by Baroness Donaghy, a university administrator, trade unionist and Labour life peer. She is also a Member of the APPG for Entrepreneurship.

To find out how to attend, please email events@tenentrepreneurs.org.


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Female Founders Forum – Edinburgh Roundtable
Jul
3
12:30 PM12:30

Female Founders Forum – Edinburgh Roundtable

This is part of our Female Founders Forum project – which brings together some of the UK's most successful female entrepreneurs to address how best to support and boost fledgling female founders. It will be attended by some of the region's foremost female entrepreneurs, journalists and key figures from within the investment and entrepreneurial spheres.

The event will examine the leadership techniques of successful female entrepreneurs and is an opportunity to share/seek advice. Topics will include: leadership in pitching, sharing leadership, leadership in a crisis, and shaping company culture.

Combined with three other roundtables taking place across the country, your views will feed into a report that will help inspire and inform other entrepreneurs to greatness. There may also be opportunities for media coverage around the event and videos if that’s something you’re keen to do.

 

Timings as follows:

12pm-12.45pm: Networking & Lunch

12.45pm: Start discussion

2pm: End discussion

2pm-2.30pm: Networking and filming

 

More about the Female Founders Forum

The FFF is a joint project between The Entrepreneurs Network and Barclays which seeks to identify barriers to female-led scale-ups. Now in its third year, membership of the FFF has expanded to include the following inspirational founders:

Harriett Baldwin MPAnne Boden, founder, Starling Bank; Erika Brodnock, founder, Karisma Kidz; Alexandra Depledge, founder, Buildpath.comNancy Cruickshank, founder, MyShowcase.comHelen Hayes MPFaye Holland, founder, Confinitive; Margot James MP, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries; Annabel Karmel, founder, Annabel Karmel; Baroness Kramer, Treasury and Economy Spokeswoman; Tamara Littleton, founder, The Social Element; Tamara Lohan MBE, founder, Mr & Mrs Smith; Marta Krupinska, co-founder, Azimo; Dr Jessica Mann, co-founder, Antidote; Henrietta Morrison, founder, Lily’s Kitchen; Sara Murray OBE, founder, Buddi; Fiona Nielsen, founder, Repositive; Gillian Nissim, founder, Workingmums.co.ukKathryn Parsons, co-founder, Decoded; Cosmina Popa, founder, Conscious Venture Lab; Juliet Rogan, Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs, Barclays; Helen Shaw, founder, Proveca; Anna Sofat, founder, Addidi; Rita Sharma OBE, founder, Best at Travel; Emma Sinclair MBE, founder, EnterpriseJungle; Sam Smith, founder, finnCap; Laura Tenison MBE, founder, JoJo Maman Bebe; Debbie Wosskow OBE, co-founder, AllBright.

2016 saw us bring together big name entrepreneurs and host high-level roundtables where experiences around financing a business were shared and used to form part of our Untapped Unicorns report. In 2017/18 we built on the enthusiasm for practically supporting female entrepreneurs, connecting our members with some of the most ambitious female leaders of start-ups at speed mentoring events in London, Manchester and Cambridge. The culmination of this work was our practical Mentoring Matters report. Both reports have featured in the Telegraph, Guardian, Forbes, among others. Comments from our 2018/19 events will feed into our next report, to be published in September this year.

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Festival of Technology and Innovation
Jul
2
to Jul 3

Festival of Technology and Innovation

Bringing together some of the most pioneering tech firms headquartered in the North and around the UK.

With debates and discussion on the role of the North in the UK’s and Europe’s tech sector and the role of financial services in supporting it, the festival will be split across two nights on the 2nd and 3rd July, bringing the spirit of some of the most iconic music, food and industry festivals to B Works, Manchester.

General admission will allow access to networking, exciting in-store tech demos and fantastic live music acts. Guests can also sign up to a variety of exciting panels and presentations with speakers from some of the country’s and the north’s fastest growing start ups, scale ups and entrepreneurs.

During breakouts guests will experience jaw-dropping in-store and on-street technology demos from some of the country’s most innovative and exciting businesses. Our guests can also take advantage of the dedicated on-site Social Studio to create their own B2B social media content, with B Works staff on hand to advise and offer practical tips.

Arriving fresh from Glastonbury the week before, Reeps One is recognizsd as one of the most powerful beatboxers on the globe. He closed the 2018 World Economic Forum and has collaborated with a diverse selection of artists and institutions including Damon Albarn, London and Harvard University and Nokia Bell Labs. Fusing art, technology and music, his critically acclaimed set is not to be missed.

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Business Stay-Up – hosted by Seema Malhotra MP
Jul
2
8:45 AM08:45

Business Stay-Up – hosted by Seema Malhotra MP

Business Stay-Up is a research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale, and what can be done to increase the probability of success.

This event will:

  • Consider what can be done to realise the policy recommendations of the Management Matters report;

  • Discuss wider issues of how to reduce unnecessary business failure;

  • Consider avenues for future research as part of the Business Stay-Up campaign.

The event will be hosted by Seema Malhotra. Seema is MP for Feltham and Heston and a former Shadow Chief Secretary. She is a Member of the Committee on Exiting the European Union, and the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion. Seema is the Chair of the APPG for Entrepreneurship.

The event is supported by the Association of Business Executives (ABE), which was founded more than 40 years ago with a clear social purpose to improve business education for aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries, many of which are now high-growth economies.

To find out how to attend, please email events@tenentrepreneurs.org.

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Health Tech Regulation and Innovation Roundtable with John Fingleton
Apr
10
8:00 AM08:00

Health Tech Regulation and Innovation Roundtable with John Fingleton

The Entrepreneurs Network is hosting an upcoming Innovation and Regulation Roundtable Breakfast on HealthTech with regulation and competition expert Dr John Fingleton.

This roundtable will be a chance to discuss regulatory issues within the sector with the founders of other startups and identify potential policy solutions. It will also be an opportunity to discuss other aspects of innovation policy including how the NHS uses data and how Innovate UK's grant giving process could be simplified.

Dr John Fingleton is the Chief Executive of Fingleton Associates. He sits on the council of Innovate UK and was previously Chief Executive of the Office for Fair Trading. John currently advises businesses on regulation and competition.

This event is aimed at the founders of startups working at the intersection of health and tech, to request a place email sam@tenentrepreneurs.org.


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Inspiring Entrepreneurship in Education with Baroness Wolf
Apr
4
6:30 PM18:30

Inspiring Entrepreneurship in Education with Baroness Wolf

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship – of which we are the Secretariat – is hosting the launch of a survey report on enterprise and entrepreneurship in higher education.

The Baroness Wolf of Dulwich CBE

Alison Wolf is a British economist, and the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King's College London. She is Director of the International Centre for University Policy Research, King’s Policy Institute; and Director of the university’s MSc programme in Public Sector Policy and Management.

Inspiring Entrepreneurship

The National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (NCEE) and ACS International Schools surveyed Heads of Enterprise from UK universities. The findings build on previous biennial surveys that NCEE ran until 2012, in which universities were asked about their enterprise and entrepreneurial activity

All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship

The APPG for Entrepreneurship was set up to encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship. It also ensures that Parliament is kept up-to-date on what is needed to create and sustain the most favourable conditions for entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurs Network is its Secretariat.

Please contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org to enquire about a place.

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Female Founders Forum – Bristol Roundtable
Feb
25
12:30 PM12:30

Female Founders Forum – Bristol Roundtable

We’re hosting a roundtable as part of our Female Founders Forum. Join us in Bristol for what will be an insightful, useful and enjoyable lunch with established and aspiring female entrepreneurs, journalists and key figures from within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. These roundtables are intimate, informal affairs with around 25 guests. The Bristol event will address the vital role leadership and soft skills plays in business survival. Email events@tenentrepreneurs.org if you would like to attend.

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On the Basis of Sex
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

On the Basis of Sex

The Entrepreneurs Network together with Entertainment One UK is hosting an exclusive film screening of On the Basis of Sex ahead of its release into UK cinemas.

On the Basis of Sex, tells the powerful true story of one of the greatest women of our times. Starring Felicity Jones as real life superhero Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Armie Hammer as her husband Marty. You can view the trailer here

Location: A private cinema in central London.

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#FoundersBreakfast – How to Scale a Startup
Jan
29
8:45 AM08:45

#FoundersBreakfast – How to Scale a Startup

Founders' Breakfasts are informal affairs, restricted to around 25 entrepreneurs. We start at 8.45am for 9am, and finish no later than 10am. Our speakers kick off with a few minutes of introductory remarks each and then we open it up to questions about discussion over a light breakfast.

Speakers include:

  • Kingma Ma, VC Investor at Round Hill Ventures

  • Emilie Hannezo, VC Investor at InMotion Ventures

  • Adam Beveridge, co-founder of Hollabox – peer-to-peer review and experience platform (read more about his business here)

This event is in partnership with Spacemize – an alternative to coworking, transforming the underused bar/restaurant areas across leading London hotels into productive work spaces during the day. All attendees will be given a Spacemize day pass and are welcome to stay and work from the hotel.

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Management Matters Report Launch with Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business
Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Management Matters Report Launch with Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business

The Entrepreneurs Network are hosting a drinks reception on the Terrace Pavilion of the House of Commons to launch the second report of our Business Stay-Up campaign.

Speaking at the launch will be Kelly Tolhurst MP. Kelly is the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility with a brief covering industrial strategy, small business and enterprise (including access to finance), and the retail sector.

Business Stay-Up is a research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale, and understand what can be done to increase the probability of success.

The report will highlight how adopting structured management practices can lead to fewer unnecessary business failures. It documents the growing evidence of the positive impact of good management practices on productivity and sets out policy recommendations to increase the rate of adoption of management and leadership training in the UK.

The Entrepreneurs Network is a think tank for the ambitious owners of Britain’s fastest growing businesses and aspirational entrepreneurs. 

This campaign is in partnership with the Association of Business Executives (ABE)As the pioneer in global business education, the Association of Business Executives was founded more than 40 years ago with a clear social purpose to improve business education for aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries, many of which are now high-growth economies. That pioneering spirit remains as it seizes new challenges to engage millennials with flexible and relevant learning content and credentials.

Please contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org to enquire about a place.

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Regulation Roundtable with John Fingleton – former CEO of the Office of Fair Trading
Dec
19
8:00 AM08:00

Regulation Roundtable with John Fingleton – former CEO of the Office of Fair Trading

We are hosting a roundtable breakfast with John Fingleton. John is the former CEO of the Office of Fair Trading from 2005 to 2012, and one of Britain's most eminent experts on regulation. He will be on hand to discuss regulatory issues and strategies for responding to them.

The event will consider:

  • Why and when should entrepreneurs care about regulation?

  • What ongoing regulatory or competition issues does your company face?

  • What are the regulatory strategies available?

  • Which sectors are the most troublesome?

  • What topics can be the most challenging?

John Fingleton is the founder and CEO of Fingleton Associates and the former CEO of the Office of Fair Trading from 2005 to 2012. In government, he oversaw merger regulation, enforcement of competition rules, consumer protection, and credit regulation. Alongside the Open Data Institute, Fingleton Associates wrote the report Data sharing and open data for banks for HM Treasury. The proposals in the report led to the reforms known as Open Banking.

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Enterprise Education (Universities) with Lord Bilimoria
Nov
14
8:30 AM08:30

Enterprise Education (Universities) with Lord Bilimoria

This is an event to launch the report on Enterprise Education at Universities, as part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Entrepreneurship.

The report is supported by Santander Universities. At the event you will:

  • receive a copy of the report;

  • hear from Lord Bilimoria, who has unique knowledge in this field;

  • network with many of Britain's most ambitious entrepreneurs and experts in enterprise education.

Lord Bilimoria is a British Indian entrepreneur and a life peer. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Cobra Beer. He is also Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, and holds a number of other senior roles at Britain's universities.

The APPG for Entrepreneurship was set up to encourage, support and promote entrepreneurship. It also ensures that Parliament is kept up-to-date on what is needed to create and sustain the most favourable conditions for entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurs Network is the Secretariat of the APPG.

Enquire about a place: events@tenentrepreneurs.org

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APPG for Entrepreneurship with Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP
Jul
19
8:30 AM08:30

APPG for Entrepreneurship with Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP

Baroness Kramer will host a reception on behalf of the APPG for Entrepreneurship to launch our annual briefing paper series. Speakers include Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Chair of the APPG, Chris Hulatt and Co-Founder at Octopus Investments.

Request a place: events@tenentrepreneurs.org

About the report

This launch is for two papers: Tax Reform and Women in Leadership. At the beginning of 2018, we ran a survey of entrepreneurs and Call for Evidence for experts and academics operating in the entrepreneurial sphere. Their responses, along with a wealth of external research, have formed the basis for these briefing papers, each outlining a raft of measures the UK Government could enact to help make Britain the best place to start and scale-up a business.

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Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Launch
Jul
4
8:30 AM08:30

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Launch

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UK report – the world’s most authoritative study of entrepreneurial activity. 

At this event you will:

  • Hear from Professor Mark Hart about the latest survey data on entrepreneurial aspirations and attitudes in the UK, and how they compare with France, Germany and the United States.
  • Get an entrepreneur's perspective from Goncalo de Vasconcelos, founder and CEO of Syndicate Room.
  • Network with other entrepreneurs and experts in the UK's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Goncalo de Vasconcelos – Co-Founder & CEO, SyndicateRoom

A serial entrepreneur, Gonçalo graduated with an MBA from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge where he was awarded the ‘Best Dissertation’ prize and the Benavitch Scholarship for academic and professional achievements.

He has a vision of how to help great entrepreneurs fulfil their dreams and that vision is called SyndicateRoom. He is passionate about giving investors access to the top deals into which experienced business angels are investing their own money. This is what drives his vision for SyndicateRoom.

Gonçalo is also a contributor for Forbes, writing regularly about equity crowdfunding, business angel investment and venture capital investment and speaks regularly at public events about the same themes. In his spare time Gonçalo cycles long distances to raise money for charities (his last ride was from Cambridge to Paris), plays tennis and, when in warmer climates, sails with his wife whenever there is half a chance.

Professor Mark Hart – Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School & Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre

Professor Mark Hart leads the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.  He is also Deputy Director of the new national Enterprise Research Centre which is jointly hosted at Aston University and the University of Warwick which will focus on a various aspects of small business growth over the next three years.  It is funded jointly by the ESRC, BIS, BBB & Innovate UK. Over the last 35 years, Professor Hart has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy.  He jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project  in the UK and advises a number of UK Government Departments and the Devolved Administrations on enterprise issues. His work on High-Growth Firms (HGFs) at Aston has been influential in shaping policy discussions and actions in the UK and he is currently working for NESTA and the OECD on a  range of follow-up projects. 

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Business Stay Up - Hosted by Rachel Maclean MP
Jun
26
12:45 PM12:45

Business Stay Up - Hosted by Rachel Maclean MP

Business Stay-Up is a research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale, and what can be done to increase the probability of success.

It is project of the Association of Business Executives (ABE), Centre for Education Economics (CfEE) and The Entrepreneurs Network. For an overview of the aims of the project, read ABE's chief executive in City AM.

This event will be a chance to find out more about the research project and is aimed at academics and experts.

To find out how to attend, please email events@tenentrepreneurs.org.

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Leading Women in Tech
Jun
20
10:45 AM10:45

Leading Women in Tech

  • Mishcon de Reya, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, London (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're delighted to be holding an event celebrating the achievements of Britain's Leading Women in Tech. Hosted at Mishcon de Reya, this event will be a chance to:

  • Learn from the challenges and successes of some of Britain's leading female entrepreneurs;
  • Be updated on latest government policy in this area from the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP;
  • Network with many of the UK's most ambitious women in tech.

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury will give a keynote, this will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Neeta Patel, founder & CEO of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation (Chair)
  • Anne Boden, founder & CEO of Starling Bank
  • Melissa Morris, Founder & CEO, Lantum
  • Catherine Wines, Co-Founder, WorldRemit

Refreshments & canapés will be served. 

To enquire about a place, please contact events@tenentrepreneurs.org

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Scale Up Britain
Jun
12
9:30 AM09:30

Scale Up Britain

Competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies; it goes to nations that focus on scaling up. 

Join us for Scale Up Britain on 12 June 2018, the official opening of the International Business Festival, for a full day of dynamic talks with the founders of Britain's fastest growing businesses. We'll be covering the following topics:

SCALING IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD

Doing business in uncertain conditions is something entrepreneurs must manage, but few challenges are insurmountable. We uncover the mindset and tactics entrepreneurs use for dealing with the global challenges of scaling business.

THE POWER OF TECH

Not every company is a tech company, but anyone looking to scale can’t ignore the power tech-enabled companies have to grow quickly and change the world. We talk to three individuals doing just that.  

THE NEXT GENERATION OF TALENT

We consider the leadership skills necessary to attract, retain and inspire the next generation of talent to realise the goals of the business, as well as individuals. 

MISSION MATTERS

Purpose is about more than an auxiliary corporate social responsibility (CSR) function, it’s integral to the brand and culture of the company. We ask three social entrepreneurs why & how they built a brand that resonates so strongly with their customers, and how they’ve prioritised their mission while scaling.

GOING GLOBAL

Some ambitious entrepreneurs are hedging their bets by opening international offices to access talent, while others are looking for growth in new markets. With The Supper Club we discuss which countries are riskier, which are easier to access and which have greater growth potential. 

Hear from an unrivalled set of entreprenuerial minds, including:

  • Will Butler-Adams, CEO, Brompton Bicycles – Makers of the revolutionary folding bike
  • Celia Francis, CEO, Rated People –The online marketplace connecting homeowners with local tradespeople
  • Giles Andrews OBE, Founder, Zopa – The world’s first peer-to-peer lending site
  • Jeff Lynn, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Seedrs – One of the world's leading equity crowdfunding platforms
  • Cameron Stevens, Founder, Prodigy Finance – A lending platform enabling international students to attend the world’s top universities
  • Chris Baker-Brian, Co-founder & CTO, BBOXX – Provides affordable, clean energy to off-grid communities in the developing world
  • Simon Coley, Founder, Karma Cola – The world’s fairest soft drink brand
  • Lauren Armes, Founder, Welltodo – The business voice of the global wellness industry
  • David Taylor, Managing Director, World First Group – Global telecoms and tech recruitmen
  • Juliet Rogan, Head of High Growth Entrepreneurs, Barclays
  • **MORE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED**

Early bird tickets are available now!

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