Agenda

Day one - 5th June

8:45

Networking and Registration

09:15

Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:20

Big Picture Panel

Implementing the right funding model to support your company’s growth

  • Dealing with the difficulties of early stage funding and maintaining control
  • Making the right initial capital allocation choices to maximise success
  • Incorporating later stage funding methods as your business grows
  • Considering alternative finance and whether it could be the right fit for you
10:00

Economic Outlook Presentation

The Ground on which we Grow - Exploring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

  • Understanding the context your business operates in to help shape your strategy
  • Identifying incubators and accelerators of innovation and business growth
  • Finding room for disruption and making the right moves
  • Sharing success stories of scale-ups and high growth
10:30

Networking and Coffee Break

11:00

Expert panel

Big Reputation - Excelling at PR and Managing your Image

  • How to maximise exposure for your Business at different stages of growth
  • Creating a clear image and company identity to hit the ground running
  • Aiding HR-proceedings through building your public image
  • Identifying stakeholders, building a relationship and growing your exposure
  • Adding credibility through PR vs. advertising efforts
11:30

Interview Session

Creating Inter-Company Connections to Help Your Business Thrive

  • Exploring possibilities of collaboration – from advice to product development
  • Identifying the right business for a mutually beneficial relationship
  • Understanding marketing collaboration and how it can maximise your exposure
  • Getting inspired, cutting costs and growing your network through partnerships
12:00

Roundtables

  • Expanding beyond single product operations
  • Spreading the Word: Marketing, Growth Hacking and Social Media
  • Self-Funding – The ups and downs of doing it yourself
  • Preparing to be Sold
12:40

Networking lunch

14:00

Out of the box Speaker Address

5 Things the Next 5 Years Will Bring – Exploring the Future of Tech-Innovation

  • Discussing the Future of Business in a changing world – from energy to AI
  • Planning for the future in the face of technological advancement
  • Addressing the changes the next decade will bring and how the world will respond
14:40

Case study Panel

Discovering the Future of Tech – Looking Ahead and Keeping Up

  • Finding the strategy to drive growth and stay at the forefront of innovation
  • Onwards and Upwards - Buying into the tech crunch to accelerate growth
  • Creating societal change and mapping the future of information through technology
  • Identifying Implementable Innovation to actively aid your business strategy
15:20

Networking and Coffee Break

Start-Up Stream

15:50

Panel Discussion

Navigating the Early Stages of Funding – From Crowdfunding, to Series A and Beyond

  • Building an attractive case for investors and presenting yourself well
  • Collating your financial data and projections
  • Understanding peer-to-peer lending
  • Understanding Venture Capital funding and more traditional funding methods
16:30

Case study

How I Used the Flexibility of the Startup Stage to Achieve Success

  • Creating a business plan…and knowing when to let it go
  • Navigating uncertainty with the right team and attitude
  • Observing consumer behaviour and product performance and acting quickly accordingly
  • Fostering diversity and utilizing unique vantage points to make the best decision for your business

SME Stream

15:50

Big Picture Panel

Implementing the right funding model to support your company’s growth

  • Dealing with the difficulties of early stage funding and maintaining control
  • Making the right initial capital allocation choices to maximise success
  • Incorporating later stage funding methods as your business grows
  • Considering alternative finance and whether it could be the right fit for you
16:30

Economic Outlook Presentation

The Ground on which we Grow - Exploring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

  • Understanding the context your business operates in to help shape your strategy
  • Identifying incubators and accelerators of innovation and business growth
  • Finding room for disruption and making the right moves
  • Sharing success stories of scale-ups and high growth
17:00

Case Study Keynote

A Story of Growth and Disruption

  • Building the strategy and overcoming obstacles
  • Moving to a Bigger Pond – Taking on large scale competitors and succeeding
  • Managing rapid expansion – from capital allocation to team-building
  • Attracting and connecting with a growing customer base
17:30

Drinks Reception

Day two - 6 June

8:00

Networking and Registration

08:45

Chair’s Opening Remarks

08:50

Big Picture Panel

Remaining True to your Culture, Brand and Mission as Operations Expand

  • Maintaining integrity and company identity throughout the growth process
  • Together through growing pains - The ins and outs of staff remuneration and retention
  • Staying in touch with operations “on the ground” and preserving integrity
  • Maintaining team collaboration across departments and working towards a collective goal
  • Sharing lessons learned
09:30

Case Study

Expanding Operations Internationally – From Outsourcing to Exploring Global Opportunity

  • Manufacturing internationally – Discussing outsourcing as growth vehicle
  • When to approach new avenues of financing beyond the UK
  • Finding the right partners to facilitate expansion, from government agencies to advisory firms and beyond
  • Planning your move in an uncertain economic and political climate
10:00

Q&A Panel

Stronger Together(?) - The Ups and Downs of Co-Founding and Partnership

  • Examining the intricacies of trusting someone else with your life’s work
  • Reconciling professional partnership with private connections
  • Examining the reasoning behind splitting equity and what it means for your business
  • Finding the right division of responsibilities within your business
  • Sharing accountability and finding the best way to keep each other focused

A shorter panel discussion followed by a “gameshow” format, where co-founders have to answer “Who is the most likely to…” questions regarding their work together, and see if they agree on the answers. Winning “couple” gets a prize!

10:40

Networking and Coffee Break

11:10

Panel Discussion

Purpose and Profit - Managing CSR/ESG policies as expectations are changing

  • Preparing your stance and solidifying policies as you lose start-up stage anonymity
  • Managing your processes to deliver positive impact to all stakeholders
  • Addressing CSR approaches as core stakeholder and investor draws
  • Integrating CSR policy into everyday operations and engaging your team with it
11:50

Case study Interview

Sharing Insights – The Importance of Customer Research and CRM to your Sales Strategy

  • Understanding your position in the market, how to maintain it and how to expand
  • Staying in touch with your customer base through various phases of growth
  • Making sure your sales strategy delivers so your sales investment isn’t wasted
  • Beyond pricing - Making the right changes across departments to make customers choose you
  • Considering customer feedback when planning expansion into new markets/products
12:20

Leadership Discussion

5 Things the Next 5 Years Will Bring – Exploring the Future of Tech-Innovation

  • Managing the transition from hands-on involvement to strategic management
  • Looking beyond immediate challenges, focusing on long-term trends and spotting opportunities
  • Reconciling day-to-day management responsibilities and strategic leadership
  • Remaining in touch with the team and refreshing your skills as the business grows
13:00

Networking lunch

14:30

Workshop - Growth Vehicle M&A

An additional workshop with a separate registration process which offers an in-depth look at mergers and acquisitions. Given that mergers and acquisitions have been identified time and time again as a primary growth driver for businesses of all sizes, this additional session provides a look at the ins and outs of this crucial process and allows for extensive discussion and learning.

14:30

Workshop - Growth Strategy Troubleshooting –Identifying and avoiding potential expansion pitfalls

An additional workshop with a separate registration process which offers an in-depth look at building the right growth strategy for your business. The focus will lie on identifying potential pitfalls and issues, and how to work around them. Expert workshop leaders will ensure high-quality content and extensive discussion time.

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