London, being the innovation and enterprise hub that it is, offers a range of opportunities for entrepreneurs.
A festival running for the first time promises to take the focus out of the Silicon Roundabout and into the heart of Camden, and celebrate the diverse range of business opportunities available in London by going well beyond the traditional finance and tech sectors.
Why you should go: cool event, great venue, unparalleled opportunity to engage with big names in the enterprise world & network with like-minded people, get insights and tips on how to set up your own business, organised by and for inspiring local entrepreneurs.
When: Taking place between the 8th – 19th of March, the London Enterprise Festival (LEF) is a two week long bonanza of world-class discussion, debate and sight from global business leaders on topical industry themes.
What is it: The festival plans to hold a unique series of speaker events featuring 50 influential CEOs and senior executives from EMEA, who will share their vast knowledge on what it takes to start and grow successful companies in today’s business climate. Each day will cover a different industry, with sector-specific events designed to connect London’s aspiring entrepreneurs with the relevant knowledge and local networks they need to succeed in the industries they love.
The industry focused speakers include senior leaders and founders from RBS, Microsoft, Heal’s, The Big Issue, Dezeen, Time Out Group, Innocent, Jaeger, Sony, Etsy and more! For all the details and the full list of speakers, you can check out the LEF website directly and also the Eventbrite site where the tickets are currently on sale, and at a pretty accessible price too. The sectored events are focused on the specific enterprise themes below:
8th – Communications
9th – Education & Learning
10th – Social Enterprise
11th – Food and Beverage
12th – Financial Services
15th – Health and Wellbeing
16th – Design and Fashion
17th – Entertainment and Gaming
18th – Marketplaces
19th - Finale
Where: With intimate, informal-style Q&A session, and a stage set-up that resembles an underground late-night talk show, the Festival is taking place at The Foundry, set within the fantastic Camden Stables, which fits the freshness and innovative spirit of the event as a glove.
The festival launched this Sunday with the Communications event, and saw UK based PR and comms moguls such as Graham Goodkind, Chairman & Founder, Frank PR; Nicola Green, Director of Communications & Reputation, O2; Andrew McGuinness, CEO, Freuds; Jim Hawker, CEO, Threepipe and Richard Sunderland, Chairman & Founder, Heavenly.
With the Education event already under LEF’s belt, there’s still plenty to look forward to! The festival will culminate in a forward-looking finale that brings everyone and everything together, aspiring to be the biggest entrepreneurship celebration to date.
Disclaimer: Having worked with LEF, the event is definitely something I would have attended either way as it is spot on on my personal interests, and as you will know by now I support causes I am passionate about.