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Virgin StartUp meetup: Winning Women Entrepreneurs
There’s a sobering figure in the UK business scene: just 19% - less than a fifth – of businesses in the UK are owned by women. Clearly, things need to change.
We know there are amazing would-be female entrepreneurs out there, because we work with them at Virgin StartUp every day. We’ve given away hundreds of loans to businesses all over the UK, and we’re proud to say that 40% of these have gone to businesses owned by women.
So we are holding an event for women who want to start their own business, or take their existing start-up to the next level. The world of female entrepreneurship is incredibly diverse and creative; we want to both celebrate this, and to provide the practical advice that gives women the confidence and resources to take their businesses even further.
Barbara Cox - Founder of Nutrichef
Inspired by food and health whilst living in Japan Barbara trained as a nutritionist and set up Nutrichef in the UK in 2004. Since then they have been creating healthy meal plans for busy people who want to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle or achieve fitness goals. Nutrichef was sold in March 2015 and she set up BC Nutrition to continue consulting businesses on implementing strategies to improve productivity and consult individuals on health related issues.
Her work has enabled her to contribute to books including The Motorsport Fitness Manual and Teach Yourself Aromatherapy; trek 100 miles in the Sahara Desert for Help For Heroes, speak to a wide range of audiences about their health and well-being and be involved with some fantastic organisations such as the Porsche Human Performance Centre and the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Nikken in Europe and EgoStream Performance Centre in Sandbanks
Diana Parkes, is a leading authority on women in the world of work, the challenges they face, the reasons for these challenges and the most potent and practical solutions. Diana’s reputation is built on 20 years delivering exceptional commercial performance in front-line and senior management positions in global organisations such as Mars, Coca-Cola, Carlsberg and Glendinning Management Consultants and subsequently as a corporate coach and psychologist. She has led a five-year research programme to identify women’s critical strategies for success across a comprehensive range of workplaces and embedded them in the range of approaches you find here. So, now Diana’s focus is on using this unique foundation of knowledge to work with individuals and organisations to enable women to articulate what success means to them and to accelerate their progress towards their goals.
Lucienne has worked in the equestrian sector all of her life, and for the past 15 years has ridden as a professional competition rider. She was very interested in uptake of Facebook, and now more so LinkedIn, Lucienne recognised that there were gaps in the market that these social and business platforms lacked specificity for, and wanted to form a recognised brand, strong and classy enough even that equestrian professionals sought after it, and desired to be associated with it. Her vision was never rigid with respect to functionality, and drive comes from knowing the space and market opportunity.
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Everyone is talking about crowdfunding these days. Perhaps that's not surprising given 300,000 businesses raised £3 billion through crowdfunding last year.
But what is crowdfunding and is it a suitable option for your business? How do you select a crowdfunding platform? What does is it take to run a successful crowdfunding campaign?
This masterclass will give you insight into these key questions and provide practical exercises to get you started.
You will discover;
- What crowdfunding is
- The different “flavours” of crowdfunding
- The benefits of crowdfunding for your business
- Whether crowdfunding is a suitable option for your business
- How to select the right crowdfunding platform for your business
- What you will need for a crowdfunding campaign
- The 7 Essentials of successful crowdfunding pitch
- The thing no one tells you about crowdfunding but which makes the difference between success and failure
Hatty Fawcett raised £250,000 through crowdfunding and angel investment for her own business venture. She learnt the hard way what it takes to raise investment and is now on a mission to make it quicker and easier for other businesses to access finance through these routes.
Hatty runs Focused for Business (www.FocusedForBusiness.com) and has helped many start-ups and small businesses become "investor ready" and raise investment. Her flagship programme, Crowdfunding Accelerator (www.CrowdfundingAccelerator.co.uk), is an eight week online programme which makes it quicker and easier to succeed at crowdfunding.
Hatty is also a Regional Manager for Angels Den, the Business Angel Network and a Talent Spotter for The Start-up Funding Club. She offers free, monthly Funding Clinics giving businesses the opportunity to discuss their funding requirements in an informal clinic and to receive tailored advice. Hatty is also regularly speaks on crowdfunding and is an active blogger on the subject of raising investment.
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Join us for an inspiring evening for those looking to start or grow their business, network with like-minded entrepreneurs who can help take your business forward.
Social media is no longer just an optional channel for startups and small businesses. It’s an essential way of connecting with your audience and getting your brand out there in front of people – plus it’s much cheaper than other, more traditional, marketing channels.
However, with hundreds of thousands of brands clamouring for attention, how can you ensure that your social media efforts add value? With a social strategy, that’s how. Come and meet those who are putting social media at the forefront of their business and find out how and why you should do the same.
Ed Williams of Candy Kittens
Mitchell Stuart of Inferno Media
William Ferreira of UNBXD