Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016: The events to add to your diary

The biggest celebration of business returns next week. Featuring entrepreneurs Question Time and the Startups Awards, these are the MUST-attend GEW events

The world’s biggest festival of entrepreneurship returns next week – Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November – with hundreds of events taking place across the UK to encourage people to start a business and help support existing business owners.

This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will play host to a series of inspiring talks, workshops and conferences including a ‘Mr and Mrs’ advice session, a Question Time-style quiz panel with big-name entrepreneurs, and our very own Startups Awards 2016 ceremony.

Last year, GEW UK saw over 500 partner organisations host more than 2,500 events; reaching more than 340,000 people nationwide. This year’s campaign is set to be even bigger with a focus on helping people “map their entrepreneurial journey” and gain access to targeted support and content.

To help you navigate GEW UK 2016 and map your own journey, we’ve rounded up the unmissable events you need to add to your diary…

1) Official launch of GEW UK

When: Monday 14 November
Where: The British Library, London
Time: 8:15am-9:30am
Cost: Free

Help kick off GEW UK 2016 with this official launch event. You’ll join The British Library, GEW partners, entrepreneurs, policy makers and business leaders over coffee and pastries at the event and you can also expect high-profile speakers and influential guests.

The organisers have said that the event is your “chance to make your mark on the launch of a huge global campaign”.

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Register for the launch event here.

2) Question Time for entrepreneurs

When: Monday 14 November
Where: British Library Conference Centre, London
Time: 19:00-21:00
Cost: £10

Whether you’re thinking of starting a business or you’re already running a business, this event offers the unique opportunity to quiz successful entrepreneurs and business experts and get insights on starting and scaling up.

Featuring names such as Wayra founder Simon Devonshire, Montezuma co-founder Helen Pattinson, and Lesley Batchelor OBE; director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade, and hosted by journalist Nadine Dereza, the Question Time-style event promises to give you plenty of food for thought.

Book your ticket here.

3) The Entrepreneur’s Journey

When: Monday 14 November
Where: The Business Terrace, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ
Time: 17:30pm-19:00pm
Cost: Free

From day one of starting up, to one year on, and then to 10 years on, this speaker event will take you through each step of the business journey.

Five local entrepreneurs will share their ‘journeys’ including Josh Bates of Cove Videos who will discuss being ‘one year on’, the founders of Rise Communications and Scout’s Ahmed Nuaman who will offer up tips on ‘enjoying a successful journey’, and Roger Williams of Intelligent Linking who will be reflecting on his business journey.

To get your ticket for the Kent event, click here.

4) Skill Up As You Scale Up

When: Wednesday 16 November
Where: Morton Fraser, Quartermile, Edinburgh
Time: 17:30 -20:00
Cost: Free

How can you maintain company culture and ethos as you bring new people into the business? This is just one of many questions that will look to be addressed at Talent Spark’s seminar event on how to ‘skill up as you scale up’.

The Edinburgh event will give you the opportunity to hear from a group of some of Scotland’s brightest entrepreneurs as they discuss the growing pains associated with scaling a business.

The panel will include Maria Rooney of Fanduel, John Peebles of Adminstrate, Colin Hewitt of Float, and David Hunter of Shotscope.

Click here to get your ticket to hear from those that have ‘been there and done it’.

5) Meet entrepreneurial power couple Chrissie Rucker MBE and Nick Wheeler

When: Wednesday 16 November
Where: British Library Conference Centre, London
Time: 19:00-21:30
Cost: £10

He’s the creator of million-pound clothing brand Charles Tyrwhitt and she’s founder of The White Company; one of the UK’s fastest growing multi-retailers – together they are husband-and-wife duo Nick Wheeler and Chrissie Rucker MBE.

Having built iconic UK retail empires, the entrepreneurial duo will be sharing their stories and answering questions at this British Library event.

Ideal for small business owners in the retail sector, get your ticket for the event here.

6) Women’s Enterprise Day

When: Thursday 17 November
Where: Belton Woods Hotel, Belton, Grantham
Time: 09:00am-14:00pm
Cost: Free

Aimed at women with a passion for enterprise or with a business idea to develop, this half-day event gives budding female entrepreneurs the chance to hear from successful women in business and to take part in a number of interactive workshops covering everything from the basics of running a business to ‘growing a business with a heart’.

Other workshops include a session on changing your mindset to achieve success, understanding social media, and a session on ‘surrendering your limits to grow wings’.

Attendance is limited to 150 women, get your ticket here.

7) Startups Awards 2016

When: Thursday 17 November
Where: Royal Garden Hotel, London
Time: 6:30pm-00:00pm
Cost: £200

The biggest event of the annual start-up calendar, the prestigious Startups Awards 2016 ceremony takes place on the evening of Thursday 17 November.

Hosted by Oli Barrett MBE, serial entrepreneur and one of the UK’s ‘most connected men’, and held at the illustrious Royal Garden Hotel in London, the ceremony will celebrate the UK’s most exciting, ambitious and innovative start-ups businesses launched in the last four years with 15 awards categories up for grabs.

With a host of inspiring start-up finalists in attendance – view the finalists here – alongside the awards judges, business leaders, investors and mroe, the Startups Awards is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the start-up community.

Headline sponsors Sage will be at the event, joined by silver sponsors Simply Business and Start Up Loans, and bronze sponsors haysmacintyre, 123Reg, MadeSimple,, DeVono Cresa and All Response Media.

The ticket entitles you access to the drinks reception, three course meal and post-event cocktails. Purchase your ticket for the #StartupsAwards here.

8) Startup Heroes: Meet LICK Frozen Yogurt Founders

When: Thursday 17 November
Where: Coffin Mew, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth PO6 3EN
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: FREE (pre-registration essential)

LICK’s founders developed the only 100% yogurt froyo tubs in the world and sold it from their own store before securing listings with Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Wholefoods. This one-off event will enable you to meet with LICK, hear the founders’ story and get advice on everything from marketing, copy writing, advertising PR to sales and social media.

Book your ticket here.

8) The Business Show

When: Thursday 17 November-Friday 18 November
Where: Olympia, London W148UX
Time: 09:00-22:00pm
Cost: Free

Your chance to network with 25,000 other businesses, access over 250 seminars, meet with 350 exhibitors, and attend 12 masterclasses… The Business Show 2016 returns on Thursday 17 November.

Keynote speakers include Dragons’ Den stars Touker Suleyman and Hilary Devey CBE, young entrepreneurs George Burgess of Gojimo and Steve Bartlett of Social Chain, deputy mayor of London Rajesh Agrawal, and Sarah Wood of Unruly; the business sold to News Corp for £114m.

The two-day conference event is entirely free-to-attend, click here to get your ticket.

9) Get ready to VOOM with Virgin and David McQueen

When: Friday 18 November
Where: Virgin Media HQ, London, E1 1LN
Time: 08:30am-11:30am
Cost: Free

Want to pitch like a pro? This event promises to help you do just that with a pitching masterclass led by ‘pitch master’ and ‘enterpreneur whisperer’ David McQueen – who has also presented our Startups Awards and Young Guns events and blogged for

Hosted by Virgin Media Pioneers, the event intends to help you ‘VOOM’ your business and will touch on creating elevator pitches, getting investors on side, and pitching your business to a potential buyer.

After McQueen’s masterclass, there will also be the opportunity to win a £2,000 cash prize.

Find out how to win the prize and get a ticket to the pitching event here.

10) Killer business ideas: In conversation with the Cereal Killer Café

When: Friday 18 November
Where: British Library Conference Centre, London
Time: 19:00-21:00
Cost: £10 profiled the Cereal Killer Café – a themed cafe which sells over 100 types of cereal, 30 different varieties of milk and over 20 toppings – back in January 2015 and since then the eatery has, quite literally, made a ‘killing’ in London’s dining and restaurant scene.

Founded by twin brothers Alan and Gary Keery, there are now two Cereal Killer Cafés in London; Shoreditch and Camden, and there’s also talk of a Dubai launch.

Having witnessed the best and worst of being the start-up spotlight; fantastic press exposure vs. protests over unwanted ‘gentrification’, the Keery brothers will be discussing their business story and ups-and-downs with writer and The Idler founder Tom Hodgkinson at this British Library event.

To get some ‘grains’ of advice from the foodie entrepreneurs, get your event tickets here.

For updates on Global Entrepreneurship Week and to get involved in GEW 2016, follow the hashtag #GEW2016.


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