7th October 2023

Great Malvern, UK

12th Edition



Evening Symposium

 Wednesday 4th October 2017 (evening)

 Coach House Theatre, Malvern, WR14 3HA 


An evening that enthused us about the trials & tribulations of being an entrepreneur.

The event was free for all to attend.




Arrival & Networking

@festivalofinnov #InnovateMalvern #entrepreneurship #startup



Dr Adrian Burden, Festival Founder & Managing Director of Innovate Malvern CIC




On Silicon Canal, with a paddle

Hear how the tech scene in Birmingham is enabling startups to flourish, and in particular how Mike has been growing Hopper HQ (the planning & scheduling tool for Instagram) and his influencer marketing agency; Real Tribe. 

Mike Bandar has run businesses since the age of 16, Mike's background is mainly within sales, marketing and startup enterprise. In 2013 he co-founded Turn Partners, a startup studio focused on the acquisition, turnaround and creation online businesses. Since then the company has developed a small diverse business portfolio including a dating business, a social media management tool, and several small technology projects. He is an ambassador for Birmingham's Silicon Canal start-up network and was featured in the BBC News for his commute by kayak. In 2017 he was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to young entrepreneurs in the West Midlands. 




Time is of the essence

What's it like to start and grow a niche international business selling educational clocks that help children learn how to tell the time? How can you work across time-zones to manage the design, manufacture and delivery of a product. And how does e-commerce like eBay and Amazon help and hinder business growth?

Sue Shackleton is director of EasyRead Time Teacher Ltd, a family business that started in Australia and grew its European operations from here in Malvern. Previously Sue ran a small consultancy called Move Shack that offered relocation planning and facilities project management services to small businesses and individuals. Sue has also worked as Estates Manager and as Site, Health, Safety & Environment advisor at QinetiQ.




From postcode lottery to well-addressed exit

Postcode Anywhere was founded in Worcestershire in 2001. 16 years later, in May of this year, Jamie and co-founder Guy Mucklow sold the business for £66 million.

Jamie Turner was the co-founder and chief technology officer of Postcode Anywhere, later named PCA Predict. The company won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation in 2016. Later Jamie became the company's chief executive officer. He has a degree in computing science from Aston University. Since the acquisition, Jamie has been taking a well earned break, so fingers-crossed he'll make it to the venue rather than calling in from somewhere sunny. 


Due to unforeseen circumstances, Polly Barnfield OBE is now scheduled to speak at the Business of Innovating session on Friday.


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Q&A and Networking

Once again, Malvern's very own crowdfunded brewery startup, The Friday Beer Co, will be serving bottles of their latest ales.


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Find out more about WINN, the initiative that brings innovators together, acting as a catalyst to create connections and collaborations across the diverse business landscape of Worcestershire. They aim to foster a vibrant innovation culture through events and programmes that celebrate the Worcestershire’s successes. WINN believes that great things can happen when people come together.

@winnweds #WINN


Worcester Enteprise is run by the Worcester Business School at the University of Worcester to support students’ entrepreneurial development through curricular programmes and extra-curricular activities. All students are offered enterprise electives in both their first and second years. Through their student incubator, media lab, training programmes, competitions and pop-up retail units, they connect students with networks, resources and know-how that allow them to succeed.




 Subject to change.


2017 StartUp Stories Sponsors

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