Friday 12th Nov 2021

Next Gen Fest 2021

Next Gen Fest 2021

Date:Fri 12th Nov 2021
Time:10:00 - 16:00

Next Gen Fest returns! 

If you're a budding entrepreneur aged 16-30, this is the event for you. Running virtually for 2021, Next Gen Fest will be filled with with talks from inspiring speakers who will share their stories and insights into the world of running your own business as a young founder. We'll have advice from expert panels, opportunities to network with like-minded doers, plus offer you the chance to pitch your own business (or business idea) to a panel of experts to win an incredible prize.

Whether you're already a business owner or are just interested in the idea of becoming your own boss, come along to Next Gen Fest to hear from inspirational speakers and soak up the festival vibes with like-minded peers.

Who is the festival aimed at?

The festival is perfect for anyone aged 16-30 that is interested in setting up their own business or side-hustle or has a business already that they want to grow. 

Not looking to become self-employed just yet? Still come along to hear from inspirational business owners, meet passionate and dedicated peers and soak up the festival vibes! 

Apply to enter our Next Gen Fest competition

Enterprise Nation's Next Gen Fest is making a return in November and this year will be looking for young talent with big potential. On the day, two finalists will have the opportunity to pitch for cash prizes and be named Next Generation Award winner. Winners will also receive year-round support from Enterprise Nation in the form of access to market, connections to advisers and profile opportunities. It's a money can't buy opportunity! 

Applications are now open for the chance to pitch your own business (or business idea) to our panel of judges during the event. Four applicants will be chosen to pitch live on the day, with one lucky winner crowned the champion of Next Gen Fest 2021! The runner up will be awarded £2,000 and the winner will be awarded £3,000 by Enterprise Nation and an award-winning Dell Latitude 9420 2-in-1 Laptop provided by Dell Technologies, to help them make their small business dreams a reality!

Whether you've created an innovative product or disrupted a traditional marketplace, we're looking for entrants with a clear vision of their start-up's direction - and ambitious plans for growth. 

Register your application now!

Agenda highlights include:

Growing a 26 thousand following on Instagram: An interview with the founder of Pretty Little Marketer, Sophie Miller

Sophie Miller began Pretty Little Marketer on Instagram in the peak of the UK lockdown. Set up in June 2020, Pretty Little Marketer is a global community of 60,000 that aims to inform and inspire you to achieve your career dreams. The mission at PLM is to help marketers find their feet and confidence in the busy world of marketing by providing the resources and empowerment that is needed, in a safe and fun community environment. A year and a half on PLM has over 26 thousand followers on Instagram. 

Hear about Sophie’s journey creating her online presence and how she used social media and marketing to kickstart her passion. Sophie will also share her top tips on how best to use socials to leverage an idea and how it can best fit in with your business.

How to start a business online: A chat with Gulten Geneci, the founder of Fidan London

In a generation of social media at its most engaging and arguably rewarding, generating an idea into a business has never been so accessible. 

Gulten Geneci, founder of Fidan London, a Middle Eastern inspired jewellery brand with an aim to provide unique and affordable luxury designed for women. Gulten launched her business online out of the desire for a product that she could not find on the market. With limited to no experience in how to start a business, Gulten will discuss how she took chances to make her dream become a reality.

How I made my first million at 22: Hear from Jamie Waller, the founder of The Jamie Waller Foundation

Jamie Waller is a serial Entrepreneur, Investor, Author and Philanthropist. He has started, built and sold two separate companies and now holds equity in 12 private business and in 2019 started another technology start-up in the B2B sector. He is also now the Chairman of the Princes Trust Enterprise Network and author of  #1 selling business book; Unsexy Business. Raised in East London, Jamie's claim to success was helped by a charity for disadvantaged children, was stabbed on the street outside of his home and held hostage at gunpoint for 6 hours when visiting someone in an attempt to get them to pay their debt. 

Join Jamie at Next Gen to hear his wise words around the importance of mindset, taking risks and how to best approach finances when it comes to starting a business.

How to redesign your life: Hear from Eloise Skinner, the founder of The Purpose Workshop

Eloise Skinner is an entrepreneur, author and existential therapist. She is the founder of two businesses: One Typical Day , an ed-tech start-up and The Purpose Workshop a social impact consultancy.

The Purpose Workshop is a social impact business with a singular focus: to help you redesign your life. With a focus on navigating the topic of purpose, The Purpose Workshop will act as a guide as participants figure it out. Once members have an idea of their future path, Eloise and her team work with them to redesign their life around their intentions. We will chat to Eloise about how she came up with the idea of The Purpose Workshop and how it can support you and your business journey. 

Thinking outside the box with Alisha Zhang, the founder of Accio Homes.

Alisha is the Founder and CEO of Accio Homes. Spotting a gap in the market and the potential of a growing industry, she bootstrapped a start up that combined her interests in smart technologies and interior design. Accio is the UK's first design-led smart lighting brand, with the mission of creating smart lights that are beautiful, simple to set up, and won’t cost the Earth. 

Pitch your business idea: I got 99 problems, but a pitch ain't one!

Four budding entrepreneurs will have 3 minutes to pitch their business or business idea to our panel of judges, in the hopes of being crowned Next Gen Fest 2021 champion and winning a very generous cash prize, including free resources and mentoring from Enterprise Nation to support the launch of a new business. Register your application now!

The empire that is business: A panel discussion with 3 entrepreneurs

Join this panel of young entrepreneurs to hear their insights into the power of business and how they reached the level of success that they did. We will be touching upon the struggles and challenges of business and what the true meaning behind every brand stands for.

Women in business: A joint discussion with Jenny Okolo and Tiwalola Ogunlesi

Join Jenny Okolo, the founder of SASA, an online career platform set up to inspire young women to become what they want and Tiwalola Ogunlesi, the founder of Confident and Killing It, a self-love revolution designed for women to give them the confidence they need to live the life they truly desire.

*Competition terms and conditions:
Only one application per applicant may be submitted. To enter the competition, you must be an Enterprise Nation member. You can join the Enterprise Nation community free of charge as a small business owner here. 

Email if you have any questions.

Full event agenda to be announced soon.

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