HACKNEY ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE 2018
Join us during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 for our annual FREE Hackney Entrepreneurship Conference on 12 November.
An afternoon of panel discussions, networking and access to business support organisations who can help you build your own empire!
This year we are delighted to welcome a truly inspiring panel of guest speakers for our discussion:
Young Entrepreneurs Who Are Ready To Change The World
Jay Richards, CEO of DivInc
DivInc is a social impact enterprise based in London. The company’s aim is to help underestimated 11 to 16 year old students launch their own startups by inspiring, equipping and funding their ideas. DivInc Founder, Jay Richards comes from a disadvantaged background himself - From getting involved in robbery while at school to now a CEO of two startups, he credits his Business Studies teacher at school for guiding his sense of entrepreneurship in the right direction at the right time and now aims to help kids in similar schools to get a head start in their careers by mentoring them at the right age. His previous company, Broken Chains, was an ethical jewelry brand which provided 2,000 years worth of water in Africa through its profit.
Sam Scarpa, Founder of k:ss creations
After 5 years in the city working in oil and gas, Sam set up k:ss creations in 2018 out of a desire to literally make something for a living. This creative journey started in her East London studio and has so far taken her from making bespoke furniture to designing minimalist and industrial inspired jewellery. Through her encounter with the Seekd ethical and sustainable collective, Sam now explores the role makers and creators can play in raising awareness through their choice of raw materials and their ability to shed light on environmental and social issues. Her current work focuses on the use of sustainable concrete and cement to see how this inflexible base can be transformed into elegant and refined jewellery.
Matt Lo, CEO of Outrivals
Matt is a born and bred Londoner, his ethic of hard work and entrepreneurial background saw him operate and run 3 businesses by the age of 29. In 2013, Matt fell in love with the fitness industry and the affect he could genuinely have on peoples lives, culminating in him opening up ‘pay as you like’ fitness classes in 2015 to the public. Through this success, and with a big focus on the customer experience, he was driven to open his first boutique gym in 2016. After a hugely successful crowdfunding round, he founded FitMiBODY’s first home in Old Street, London. After flourishing during the first few years of inception, Matt rebranded the Company to Outrivals to mirror a vision he saw not only for the brand but a personal ethos, which is that our greatest rival is ourself. This vision envelops the whole company, from the structure to marketing and always comes back to the saying: ‘Be your own hero’. Matt believes that to grow is to take risks, make mistakes and to learn from every one of them.
Mete Coban, Chief Executive of My Life My Say
Mete Coban is the Chief Executive and co-founder of MLMS, a youth led non-partisan movement that is campaigning to get a better Brexit for young people in the UK, which he has led for the last four years. He is best known for running collaborative national campaigns, pioneering digital democracy, and promoting an ethos of inclusive community engagement. He was also Hackney’s youngest ever councillor, having been elected to represent Stoke Newington at the age of 21.
Business support exhibitors on the day include:
1:45pm: Doors open, refreshments, networking and opportunity to engage with business support providers
2:15pm: Panel discussion followed by audience Q & A
4:15pm: Further networking and access to business support providers
5pm: Event ends
This event is open to everyone! Our aim to inspire you to take your next step, so whether you have a business idea you want to pursue, are a start-up or even a long established business looking to expand and grow then there is something here for you.rials and their ability to shed light on environmental and social issues. Her current work focuses on the use of sustainable concrete and cement to see how this inflexible base can be transformed into elegant and refined jewellery.