Held on the 9th & 10th November and headquartered at the Principality Stadium in the Welsh capital, Cardiff Business Week is hosting a really exciting portfolio of free events that explore all things entrepreneurial.
I am excited to announce that all the incredible events available at Cardiff Business Week are now open for registration. What are you waiting for, register for free here!
Here’s a taste of what events are on offer that you won’t want to miss:
- Fresh Business Thinking’s Entrepreneur’s Forum
Our Entrepreneur’s Forum will bring together the UK’s most prestigious entrepreneurs to share their inspiring stories and tap into their journeys into enterprise.
Speakers include serial entrepreneur Hugh Chappell, Just Eat CEO, David Buttress, Business woman and Venture Capitalist, Lara Morgan and Jeff Lynn, crowdfunding entrepreneur and CEO of SEEDRS.
Even if you don’t know their names, you can be sure that your life has been improved by these individuals who are helping to power the UK in the 21st century.
While business advice can be gleamed from their stories, there’s not a PowerPoint in sight with this event; this isn’t a how-to guide for the would-be business person.
Get ready to be inspired.
If not by the desire to emulate the tenacity, determination and perseverance these entrepreneurs clearly have in spades, then you’ll be inspired by the realisation that these attributes grow naturally in those who hold their ambition like a confession and follow what they believe in.
- Pitch Perfect: How to get on track for business success
If you’re aged between 16-24 years old, then this is the perfect event for you!
Although best known for their sporting achievements, former sports stars Alix Popham and Tom Shanklin will share their transition stories from sport to business.
The entrepreneur isn’t a side to many athletes that is seen often. Yet, having developed skills such as leadership, resilience, teamwork, assertiveness and determination – all skills associated with successful business owners – it’s perhaps no wonder that several sports people have enjoyed successful second careers as entrepreneurs.
With little or no formal business qualifications, these individuals will tell tales of significant life events (both on and off the pitch) that have helped prepared them for a future in business.
- Carbon Dating Sessions
These Carbon sessions will be like speed dating but in a business sense. The idea that you can rely on that initial impression or gut reaction when you first meet someone.
Carbon Law believes there should be a spark with your lawyer. A connection. A feeling of being ‘at ease’ in each other’s company. A chemistry.
Carbon Dating picks up the idea of speed and gut feel. It gives you, the potential client a chance to meet with a lawyer so the two of you can quickly get a feel for whether you would like to work together – the bonus being none of the pressure of a ticking clock or hourly bills looming. And to understand whether that gut feeling is right before either party spend time in a relationship where there is none of the vital chemistry that is needed for it to blossom.
- Land of Hope and Technology
Can the UK lead the world into the next technological revolution? And if so, how?
Land of Hope and Technology is all about the re-birth of British entrepreneurism.
In the last few decades of the last century, the UK had an extraordinary cultural impact upon the world, while its universities helped educate some of the planet’s most important people. Today, it is playing a key role again – ethnically diverse, entrepreneurial ingenuity is flourishing in the Land of Hope and Technology.
Excitingly, Britain has embraced the entrepreneur. According to the global entrepreneurial index, between 2011 and 2015, the UK moved from being the 12th to the fourth most entrepreneurial country in the world.
Key speakers at this event include: Michael Baxter, economics writer and entrepreneur; Irene Graham, CEO of Scale-Up Institute; Gary Stewart, director of Wayra UK; Ria Tucker, Excellence Engineer (South region) of Entrepreneurial Spark; and Volker Hirsch, serial entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor.
- Future Proofing the Workplace
Sponsered by Blake Morgan and Cardiff and the Vale College, this event will look at the importance of developing, growing and retaining regional talent in your business.
The Capital Region of Wales has a lot going for it; having been rated in the top places in the UK for quality of life and with a strong workforce loyalty, the population is expected to increase by more than 25% in the next 20 years offering a large pool of new talent.
How can businesses capitalise on this growth to enhance and increase productivity? How does training and developing talent support business growth, inward investment and economic success in the future?
Join leading businesses and thought leaders from across the region, Wales and beyond to discuss this core topic. These speakers include Martyn Phillips, WRU CEO and former head of B&Q; Aimee Bateman, founder and CEO, Careercake, Emma-Jane Packe, managing director, Prelude; and Mary Kent, vice principle, Cardiff and the Vale College.