By Daniel Hunter

Some of the UK’s leading names in business will take to the stage to share their ideas on entrepreneurship at the Cranfield VentureDay conference on 10 May.

Among them will be Craig Sams, founder of premium organic chocolate company Green & Black’s and Warren East, CEO of British microchip designer ARM Holdings that designs chips for televisions, mobile computers and smartphones.

Now in its fifth year, the conference is hosted by the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management. Around 200 entrepreneurs, investors, UK start-ups and advisors are expected to attend. Other speakers during the day include: Sarah Willingham, one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the high street food and leisure industry and Cranfield Entrepreneur Alumnus of the Year 2012, Richard Salvage, Managing Director of the Medsa Group.

As well as being an excellent networking opportunity, conference delegates will also benefit from exposure to Cranfield’s latest pioneering research and insights into entrepreneurial issues.

Dr Stephanie Hussels from the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield who organises the day said: "The growing importance of innovation and networking make events like VentureDay an easier way for start-ups, venture capitalists and advisors to collaborate and share best practice. We are delighted to have the support of so many high profile speakers as we know how much people appreciate hearing from experienced entrepreneurs and investors.”

Delegates can expect an extensive range of workshops and plenary sessions including: going global to grow; social media and internet marketing; innovative sources of funding; and growing through franchising.

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