With a stellar line up of speakers from across Yorkshire sharing their start up journeys, Start Me Up is bringing new business owners into one great space for a jam-packed day of activity to support and enable business growth.
Start Me Up will be held at Tileyard North in Wakefield on Wednesday 19th April between 9.30am and 4pm. With state-of-the-art facilities and a focus on collaboration, this stunning venue has been custom built to host new business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs.
Brought to you by AD:VENTURE, a fully funded business growth programme for early stage businesses in North and West Yorkshire, this fantastic free event will provide opportunities for new businesses to connect, access business support services and share skills and knowledge with peers. Subject matter experts will also be on hand for anyone to grab a one to one with and get helpful insights and tips.
Speakers include Sam Teale of Sam Teale Productions, a Kirklees based start-up who created the viral alternative cost of living Christmas advert in 2022, Kate Hutchinson, founder of York based The Secret Event service, Wakefield based Munir Mamujee from M2R Global recruitment, Georgia Halston, founder of the Leeds based Halston Group, Alixe Lobato, Creative Director at The Flying Duck Studio lab located in Hebden Bridge and topped of with a keynote from Dirk Mischendahl, founder of the Norther Bloc. The day will be expertly hosted by Sian Marie Gabbidon, businesswoman, fashion designer and winner of The Apprentice and Rima Ahmed, radio presenter and award-winning journalist.
Kate Hutchinson, founder of the Secret Event Service said “I am so thrilled to be speaking at Start Me Up to give back to the Start Up Community that I know so well myself. I’m excited to share my journey over the last 5 years to give insight to those at the beginning of their own”
Refreshments will be available throughout, including a fully catered networking lunch by the Yorkshire Deli. There will also be a flexible workspace in a quiet zone for those urgent emails and tasks and a photographer on site offering a free professional profile picture.
AD:VENTURE Programme Manager Stuart Ross said “Having worked with more than 5,000 businesses and individuals in our region over the last 6 years, we know from experience how important it is for new business owners to have a strong network around them. Every business is unique, and the support they need is as unique as them. Start Me Up will open opportunities for every delegate to create the network they need to grow and to understand what options, funding and support are available to them.
We welcome businesses from across the region to come along and make the most of this free face-to-face event and get to know more about the help that is available to them. As well as our inspirational start up speakers, we have trusted partners and business support providers attending, including the Business Enterprise Fund, Nat West, Innovate UK Edge, Department for Business and Trade, Include Me and more”
AD:VENTURE is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with other funding and delivery partners including The Business Enterprise Fund, The West Yorkshire Combined Authority, The Princes Trust and local councils including Bradford Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Wakefield Council and Leeds Council.