By Marcus Leach

MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival announces today its headline speakers, who will attend the Festival between 21-24 September, including some of Britain’s leading entrepreneurs and senior Government ministers.

Speakers including Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones CBE, Luke Johnson, founder of Risk Capital Partners and founder of Ariadne Capital Julie Meyer, have all signed up to inspire 2,000 of the country’s entrepreneurs at MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival in Sheffield next month.

They will join the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP and the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP in Sheffield as the city makes a major play to become the UK’s enterprise capital.

The Minister of State for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk MP has described the MADE Festival as “a great showcase of the entrepreneurial culture in this country.”

This year, MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival takes place between 21-24 September and will bring together over 2,000 entrepreneurs and business leaders over four days of activity to share knowledge and ideas, and to put entrepreneurs at the centre of the UK’s growth strategy.

The Festival has secured a line up of speakers including:

Peter Jones CBE, Dragons’ Den star
Julie Meyer, founder of Ariadne Capital
Luke Johnson, FT columnist and founder of Risk Capital Partners
Doug Richard, founder of School for Startups
Lara Morgan, founder of Pacific Direct
Claire Young, founder of School Speakers
Oli Barrett, StartUp Britain co-founder
Joe Cohen, founder of Seatwave
Benjamin Cohen, Channel 4 News Technology Correspondent
Martyn Dawes, founder of Coffee Nation
Kamal Ahmed, Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph
Duncan Goose, founder of Global Ethics
Rajeeb Dey, founder of Enternships
Melody Hossaini, The Apprentice 2011 contestant
Medhi El Gueddari, founder of Schmooze
Priya Lakhani, founder of Masala Masala
Paul Lindley, founder of Ella’s Kitchen
Duncan Cheatle, founder of The Supper Club
Paloma Vivanco, The Apprentice 2010 contestant
James Lohan, founder of Mr & Mrs Smith
Kate Bassett, editor of Real Business
Penny Power, founder of Ecademy

"Small businesses will drive growth in the economy, and we need to support them in every way we can," Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, Mark Prisk MP said.

“MADE Festival is a great showcase of the entrepreneurial culture in this country and it is a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs to share ideas and knowledge, and help inspire the next generation of business owners."

Peter Jones was equally as enthusiastic about the festival.

“Britain is a powerhouse of global innovation with a framework that can help young businesses flourish," he said.

“MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival is all about tapping the potential of Britain’s next generation of entrepreneurs by providing them with the skills and inspiration to succeed.

“I am delighted to be involved in MADE Festival again this year and I am determined to instill a go-getting attitude and winning mentality in the innovators of tomorrow.”

MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival 2011 will centre around events based on three themes:

Inspire - The festival will inspire young people and those thinking about turning their ambitions into reality. Through panel debates, inspirational speeches and networking events, MADE will encourage the next generation of start-ups to flourish and grow.

Disrupt - Successful entrepreneurs have disruption in their DNA and thrive on rejecting the status quo. Through discussions and workshops focusing on digital and tech start-ups, MADE will encourage entrepreneurs to think differently.

Accelerate - MADE will encourage businesses to become the gazelles, the young companies who leap over competition, that are needed to help Britain’s economy bounce back. The festival will give entrepreneurs the tools they need to accelerate business growth and optimise innovation.

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