Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014: The 10 best UK events to add to your calendar

From a woman-only bootcamp to a “Haka for business”, here’s our round-up of the top events taking place across the country to celebrate GEW...

Leading business organisations, entrepreneurs and brands are coming together this month to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014, with almost 2,000 events set to take place across the UK to champion entrepreneurship.

Running from November 17 to November 23, the campaign intends to inspire people to start a business or give them the skills needed to innovate through local, national and global activities.

Hosted by Youth Business International, this year’s GEW is set to be bigger than ever so we’ve rounded up the 10 best events to add to your diary including a webcast with Anya Hindmarch MBE and the founder of TalkTalk, a rugby “Haka for Business”, and female-only business workshops…

1) British Haka for Business

When: Monday 17 November
Where: Piccadilly Circus, London
Time: 7am
Cost: Free – just turn up on the day

30 entrepreneurs and business people will be performing a “Maori Haka” – a “British Haka for Business”, made famous by the All Blacks rugby team, at the Eros Statue in Piccadilly Circus to kick off the launch of GEW. The performance is said to represent the process of starting a business; “overcoming fear and rising to challenges”.

2) Newcastle screening of Inspiring Entrepreneurs

When: Monday 17 November
Where: Business & IP Centre, Newcastle City Library
Cost: Free
Time: 5pm to 9pm

A live Q+A webcast from the British Library to help you learn the business secrets from seasoned entrepreneurs such as TalkTalk founder Sir Charles Dunstone, Anya Hindmarch MBE, MOBO founder Kanya King MBE, and Stylfile and former Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau. The live business chat will also include advice from fast-growing Newcastle start-up REALRIDER.

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Register your place here. The webcast is being screened from the British Library in London, to attend the London event and meet the entrepreneurs in person book your ticket here.

3) Startup Career Launchpad with NACUE

When: Tuesday 18 November
Where: Shoreditch, London
Cost: £15

This event is targeted at those looking for a career in a fast-growing start-up and will offer advice and information on start-up vacancies and how to succeed in an early-stage business. Line-up includes Tech City’s Adibe Osman and Backyard Cinema’s Dominic Davies.

Purchase your ticket here.

4) Startup Summit

When: Tuesday 18 November
Where: Edinburgh
Cost: £15
Time: 9am – 4pm

Europe’s national start-up conference for entrepreneurs, the Startup Summit (SUS2014) will include keynote speeches and panel discussions from a range of leading names including RBS’ Ken Barclay, Zoe Jackson of Living the Dream, FreeAgent founder Ed Molyneux, and Angela Constance; the cabinet secretary for youth and women’s employment. There will also be a pitching competition on the day judged by a panel of expert judges and the winner will be granted a trip to Silicon Valley.

Get your ticket here.

5) Business Bootcamp for Women

When: Wednesday 19 November
Where: Norwich
Cost: Free
Time: 9am – 3pm

A women-only event providing “hands-on” advice to help budding female entrepreneurs start a business or social enterprise. Will include advice from successful female start-up owners, idea workshops, support with building a business plan, and an expert panel advice session.

Register your attendance here.

6) Fortune Favours the Brave

When: Thursday 20 November
Where: Birmingham
Cost: £99
Time: 8am – 5pm

An all-day conference which looks to “inspire entrepreneurs” and help attendees “make new connections”. Leading entrepreneurs including property expert and TV star George Clarke, Coffee Brothers’ David Cooper, and Chrysalis Worldwide’s Floyd Woodrow, will be sharing their success stories.

Purchase your ticket for the day here.

7) The Intentional Entrepreneur-tech and FinTech workshop

When: Friday 21 November
Where: Google Campus London, Old Street
Cost: Free
Time: 6pm – 9pm

A workshop created by Incubate London targeted at supporting technology and financial technology (FinTech) start-ups. The event will look to provide the “tools needed” so that aspiring entrepreneurs can decide if business ownership is for them.

Register your attendance here.

8) Belfast Lean Startup Weekend

When: Friday 21 November – Saturday 22 November
Where: The Hive, Belfast
Cost: Free
Time: 5pm – 10pm Friday, 9am – 5pm Saturday

Belfast City Council will be hosting a two day workshop to help give entrepreneurs relevant advice and skills to validate their business ideas. Teams will be formed and each team, using lean methodology, will work on a business idea for 24 hours and will go out and speak to potential customers; a unique take on a hackathon.

9) Swansea Startup Weekend

When: Friday 21 November – Sunday 23 November
Where: Dylan Thomas Place, Swansea
Cost: Free

An event which promises to “change your life”, this weekend-long event seeks to help those looking to start a business or help people who have a good idea. Participants will come together and create an idea that they will then present to judges on the Sunday night. Entrepreneurs, software developers, designers and marketers are encouraged to attend.

Apply to attend the weekend event here.

10) The Biggest Ever Startup Saturday with Emma Jones MBE

When: Saturday 22 November
Where: British Library, London
Cost: £30
Time: All day event

An event for 250 business owners, Enterprise Nation’s Emma Jones MBE will be hosting “Startup Saturday” – a one day business class with workshops on all aspects of business from raising finance to sourcing suppliers. Jones will be joined by other entrepreneurs in the space who will provide advice on how to turn your idea into a viable business in just one day.

To book your ticket, click here.



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