7th - 12th October 2019

Great Malvern, UK

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2018 Startup Stories


Evening Symposium

 Wednesday 10th October 2018 (evening)

 Coach House Theatre, Malvern, WR14 3HA 


An evening to enthuse you about the trials & tribulations of being an entrepreneur.

The event was free for all to attend.




Arrival & Networking

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




From the ground up - things I’ve learnt on my entrepreneurial journey

The tale of founding, growing and selling a multi-million dollar sustainable architecture firm based in Toronto called ‘Aesthetic Earthworks’ to building and launching a number of high profile technology accelerators in London. These include Plexal, the UK’s largest innovation centre based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park specializing in incubating AI, VR and Data Analytics companies.

Claire Cockerton is a serial entrepreneur and specialist in building technology innovation centres. Claire has founded Plexal; Level39, London’s fintech accelerator; LORCA, the London Office for Rapid Cyber Security Innovation, and ENTIQ an innovation advisory firm. She is a world leader in the design and activation of city spaces which support entrepreneurs, corporate innovation agendas and the development of new technology economies. Claire was named the 4th most influential woman in UK tech by Computer Weekly in 2017.




Sowing small seeds and reaping big businesses

A fantastic and rare opportunity to hear highlights of the story of Seedrs, a leading online crowd-funding platform for investing in the equity of startups and other growth companies. Not only that, but what about some of the startup successes that Seedrs itself has catalysed?

Jeff Lynn is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Seedrs. He started the company back in 2009, whilst studying for an MBA at the Said Business School, University of Oxford. Jeff originally trained as a corporate lawyer, working at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He has since been named one of the top ten coolest people in UK tech by Business Insider. 




Entrepreneurship in a social whirl

Social media is a fantastic enabler for business success, allowing entrepreneurs to reach a global network of potential customers and to connect with like-minded individuals around the planet. Executed well and the world is your oyster. This is the story of a local teenager leaving her full-time job to strike out and leverage the online world, growing a global following of 100,000, developing multiple income streams, and getting up each morning to work she simply loves. 

Ella Stearn is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker & Social Media Influencer with a passion for business, people & personal development. Director of Blue Monkey Social Media and Founder of A World Within Reach, Ella travels the world whilst working for herself; teaching others how to do the same too. When she’s not busy with business, she does talks in schools, supports non-profit / charity campaigns and helps as many people as she possibly can.




Q&A panel, networking & refreshments

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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.

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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.




2018 StartUp Stories Sponsors

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