Here’s what you can expect at the Business Startup Event
Have you diarised November 17-18? If not, you should, because those are the dates for the 36th Business Startup Show, which will be held in the London Olympia. Europe’s biggest business exhibition for startups. It’s a prime opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their own business ventures. InteriMarket will be there – and here’s why you should too.
More than 25 000 people are expected to attend the bustling event, which is being held in association with Global Entrepreneurship Week United Kingdom and runs alongside Going Global and The Business Show 2016, two other key exhibitions in the British business scene. The Business Startup Show is free and open to the public, so all you need to worry about is your transport – and business cards.
Great networking opportunities
Thousands of businesses will be represented and there will be loads of chances to network with people from different backgrounds and industries; you can make useful contacts for possible employment and or exciting collaborations. Some of the networking features of the event include Speed Networking – a corporate twist on classic speed dating (minus the romance), FaceTime and the 4N Networking 212 Roadshow.
Free skill development
It’s not just about meeting people and making connections – The Business Startup Show is a place where you can advance your skills and learn some completely new ones. For a start, more than 250 seminars will be offered, where visitors can glean tips and secrets from top names in the country’s companies. This is the type of advice you’d normally have to pay a consultant thousands of pounds for – but between 10am and 6pm on Thursday the 17th, and 10am and 5pm on Friday the 18th, it’s totally free.
In addition, visitors can sign up for a few of the 12 Master Classes that will be running at the show. These cover topics like brand leadership, e-commerce cashflow, profit building, digital marketing, the much-raved about Big Data, trading from home and more.
For those wanting to hone their digital skills specifically, the Google Digital Garage will be a learning space offering training to boost your online presence. This kind of thing is useful for budding business owners and interim jobseekers alike – in the constantly–shifting digital world, one needs to keep their toolset fresh.
Talks by industry leaders
As if all of the above wasn’t enough, there will also be keynote speeches (and Q&A sessions) delivered by a wide range of top business names, including local corporate celeb Hilary Devey CBE, the founder of Pall-Ex; fashion retail guru Touker Suleyman; Steve Parish of Crystal Palace F.C fame; Raja Saggi, head of marketing at Google; James Carr, e-commerce manager at Facebook; and the deputy mayor of London, to name but a few. It’s a rare chance to catch all of these stars in their fields under one roof.
Pitch to potential investors
For those who are feeling brave, the show is also the perfect platform to pitch business ideas to potential investors – who knows, you might just seal the deal on the spot (it’s happened before).
While you’re waiting for the show, why not sign up for a free InteriMarket account? You’ll have access to the hottest gig listings, as well as networking opportunities with likeminded people.