Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015: Top 10 UK events to add to your diary

Whether you need advice to grow, want insights from a Dragon, or want to attend a 'FuckUp Night', we've got your GEW calendar sorted...

The world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship returns this week – Monday November 16 to Sunday November 22 – with a series of inspiring events, workshops and debates taking place across the UK.

Designed to encourage people to start a business, and give existing entrepreneurs access to advice and support to build a successful company, this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will play host to a ‘FuckUp Night’, a business session with one of TV’s top Dragons, and PR advice from a former BBC producer – varied to say the least.

Hosted by Youth Business International, Virgin StartUp, UnLtd, Barclays and Startup Direct, this year’s GEW is focused on helping people ‘Make It Happen’ and getting them to do “one just more thing to become entrepreneurial”.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our pick of the top 10 GEW events running across the county that will enable you to make it happen…

1) The future for the next generation of business leaders

When: Monday 17 November
Where: Institute of Directors
Time: 6:30pm – 9pm
Cost: £31 + VAT

To kick off GEW, minister for the digital economy Ed Vaizey and a group of high-profile entrepreneurs will be taking part in a panel debate on the future challenges facing entrepreneurs and business owners.

The panel will be chaired by City AM editor Christian May and will include Enternships founder Rajeeb Day, Slingshot Sponsorship founder Jackie Fast, and Secret Escapes’ chief commercial officer Troy Collins, among others. You can purchase your ticket for the event here.

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2) Profit with a purpose

When: Monday 16 November
Where: British Library, London
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Cost: £5

Targeted at encouraging social entrepreneurship, this event will see Arthur Kay of BioBean, Erica Brodnock of Karizma Kidz, Dr Sue Black of Tech Mums and Adi Kasliwal of SpeakSet offer up insights on the challenges and benefits of being a social entrepreneur.

Organised by social charity Expert Impact, event attendees will be able to ask questions and find out more about how to start a business with a social impact. Places are limited and you can register your place here.

3) Get going and get growing

When: Tuesday 17 November
Where: Launch22 accelerator, Liverpool
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Cost: Free

Looking to raise finance? Start Up Loans will be hosting a small business advice session to answer questions around funding and scaling a business. Lawbite founder Clive Rich will also be on the panel to offer legal advice.

The session promises to help with any problems your start-up may have and you can find out more about the event, and register your place, here.

4) Creating successful crowdfunding campaigns

When: Tuesday 17 November
Where: Accelerator London, E2 8AA
Time: 6pm – 8pm

Whether you’re raising funding or just want to find out more about crowdfunding, this event will enable you to join Seedrs, Indiegogo and General Assembly for advice and inspiration on how to create an effective crowdfunding campaign with case studies from those who have successfully launched a crowdfunded business.

The one-off event has spaces for 100 attendees, register your place here.

5) FuckUp Night: Conversations about failures and other things

When: Tuesday 17 November
Where: Impact Hub, King’s Cross London
Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Cost: Free

Designed to help you learn from the business failures of others, FuckUp Night will see a group of four ‘fuckupreneurs’ share their stories of start-up failure, what they did wrong and what they would do differently.

Part of a global series, FuckUp Night’s are all about questioning and celebrating failures “accompanied by beer and friends”. Register for the event here.

6) Question Time with Deborah Meaden (Webcast)

When: Wednesday 18 November
Where: Hosted at the British Library, London but accessible UK-wide
Time: 6:15pm – 9pm
Cost: Free to view live webcast

As part of its ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ series, the British Library is hosting a panel discussion with Dragons’ Den tycoon Deborah Meaden alongside Oliver Bonas founder Oliver Tress and Cobra Beer founder Lord Karan Bilimoria. The event promises to provide the “unique opportunity” to pick the entrepreneurs’ brains and find out how to take your business to the next level.

While the actual event is sold out, you will be able to view the discussion live on the night via a webcast which is accessible here.

7) How to get noticed by the media in the first place

When: Wednesday 18 November
Where: Innovation Warehouse, London
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Cost: Free

Ex BBC producer and media trainer Pete Walter will be leading a seminar on how to get you and your business into the media spotlight. The session will cover advice on how to pitch to journalists and build relationships with journalists and Walter will also offer up short cuts to getting free publicity.

Register your place for the event here.

8) Balancing Motherhood with Business

When: Thursday 19 November
Where: British Library, London
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Cost: £10

To mark International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the British Library is bringing together a panel of successful female business owners to share how they balance parenting with running a business.

The workshop will cover topics such as entrepreneurial traits and characteristics, gender barriers, the impact motherhood poses to entrepreneurialism, and where mumpreneurs can go for advice. You can book your ticket here.

9) Global Social Storm 24 hour Student Hackathon

When: Friday 20 November – Saturday 21 November
Where: University of Plymouth
Time: 1pm – 1pm
Cost: Free

Open to all students, the Social Storm global hackathon is a competition which looks to connect young people around the world to tackle global problems through enterprise. 200 students will be taking part and you can choose from three social challenges, you then have to develop a solution in 24 hours.

The event is eligible to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, find out how to register here.

10) StartUp Saturday: One day business class (Webinar)

When: Saturday 21 November
Where: Manchester live screening but the event is taking place in London
Time: 10am – 3pm
Cost: £10

One of four locations to screen the StartUp Saturday event alongside Leeds, Newcastle and Exeter, Manchester Central Library will be providing entrepreneurs with a live stream of advice, workshops and discussions from the main Enterprise Nation-hosted event in London.

Led by Emma Jones MBE, the one day business class will teach you how to turn an idea into a reality with ‘how-to’s’ on business plans, registering your company, finance, finding an office, sales, social-media, marketing and much more. Find out more about the StartUp Saturday event and the regional screeenings at


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