Whether you want to be your own boss, have a business idea or simply want to improve your entrepreneurial skills, this is the event for you.
StartUp is the UK's biggest start-up show of the new year and in 2020, we're bringing it to Manchester for the first time.
Join Enterprise Nation at StartUp 2020 Manchester to be inspired by successful entrepreneurs and access expert advice on a range of topics from marketing and PR, to accounting and funding. Walk away with everything you need to make 2020 the year to be your own boss.
The event features incredible Manchester entrepreneurs including the founders of Menagerie Restaurant, Didsbury Gin, Native Youth and more.
Your event agenda
09:55am: Welcome to StartUp 2020 Manchester!
10.00am: How to build a successful company: Alex Ayin, director, Mercarto
Alex Ayin helped to grow Social Chain, one of the largest social media agencies and social-first media publishers in the world, reaching 2.2 billion people each week with the content they produce and scaling the teams globally to over 500 employees. After progressing through a number of senior roles across the commercial and marketing teams and becoming a board member of the Social Chain Group last year, Alex is now taking on an even bigger challenge in the world of e-commerce tech, launching Mercarto. Hear his top tips for hiring, marketing and growing your business.
10.30am: Make me famous
Raise your marketing and PR game with this panel of experts:
Rob Illidge, CEO, Social Republic, is on hand to offer his top marketing tips. Social Republic is a global media agency, born in Manchester, that works with Ebay, Red Bull and Co-op. Rob's wealth of experience means he can guide you to make your business famous.
Julia Mitchell, managing director, Toast PR, is here to let you know the tricks of the trade when it comes to making people, products and services famous. Toast PR is an award-winning agency that works with the likes of Boots, Paul Smith and many more. Learn everything you need to make your brand famous.
11.00am: What every tech founder needs to know in 2020
Hear from a panel of tech industry experts on how they started and are growing their tech businesses, hosted by entrepreneur engagement manager at Tech Nation, Mo Aldalou:
11.30am: How I got my fashion brand stocked in Topshop and ASOS and won Drapers 'Young fashion brand of the year' award twice: Ash Kumar, founder, Native Youth
Stocked in Topshop and ASOS, spotted on supermodels Cara Delevigne and Kendall Jenner and available worldwide through over 325 wholesale accounts, Native Youth has scored Drapers award for 'Young Fashion Brand of the Year' not once, but twice. Hear from founder, Ash Kumar, on how to make it happen for your brand.
12.00pm: Lunch break
Head out to a nearby eatery and explore the exhibition area to refresh before an afternoon full of top tips.
1.00pm: From pitches to riches: How we gained investment from a Dragon and got hailed by Vogue Magazine as "one of the most exciting new British gins": Mark Smallwood, founder, Didsbury Gin
Manchester gin-enthusiasts Mark Smallwood and Liam Manton created Didsbury Gin in 2017 and in under two years, the brand has been hailed by Vogue Magazine as "one of the most exciting new British gins", is stocked in a number of national pub chains, supermarkets and department stores, and has gained investment from Dragon, Jenny Campbell. Hear how they did it and ahead of StartUp, you'll be able to catch the boys on BBC's Dragons' Den 'Pitches to Riches' Christmas special.
1.30pm: Clicks and Mortar
Learning how to grow your business online is important, but don’t underestimate the power of popping up in Bricks and Mortar! Hear from a panel of Clicks and Mortar sellers on how to pop-up on a budget and how to make the most of selling face-to-face!
2.00pm: Show me the money
Get your accounts in order and hear top tips for how to manage your finances and cash flow.
2.30pm: How to pitch to an investor: James Merryweather, investment manager, KM Capital
KM Capital is a team of successful entrepreneurs that were pivotal in scaling some of the UK’s most high profile growth businesses of recent years, including prettylittlething.com, Betfair and Zoopla. The fund’s founders decided to bring together their wealth of experience to help support and guide growing businesses. James Merryweather, investment manager, has worked with businesses across many sectors and of numerous sizes and now works on deal origination, investment appraisal and has developed a keen sense of judgement regarding future opportunities for start-ups and business owners. Hear James’ top tips on how to pitch for investment.
3.00pm: Manchester StartUp of the year: Live pitching
Ahead of StartUp, attendees will have the chance to pitch their business idea online to be in with the chance of pitching live on-stage to a panel of judges from KM Capital, Bruntwood and Enterprise Nation, to win a bundle of StartUp prizes. Applications have now closed.
3.30pm: Becoming the North West's youngest independent female restaurant owner: Karina Jadhav, founder, Menagerie Restaurant
Karina Jadhav is the North West's youngest independent female restaurant operator and owner. Karina is the former co-founder and creator of Neighbourhood, Victors Hale and Southern Eleven. Her latest venture, Menagerie, converges the genres of gastronomy, art and performance. The restaurant has garnered international attention for hosting a roster of celebrities including Justin Timberlake and Drake. Menagerie also sets the scene for the Real Housewives of Cheshire. Hear Karina’s top tips on growing a successful brand, hiring and gaining media attention.
4.00pm: Event ends
This event is powered by Enterprise Nation
Enterprise Nation is Britain's most active small business community and we have helped thousands of people turn their good idea into a great business.
Enterprise Nation membership gives you access to exclusive opportunities to grow your start-up and connects you with like-minded entrepreneurs and business experts. Membership is just £10 a month and you can cancel at any time.
Space partner: In Touch Networks
In Touch Networks is the UK’s largest paid membership network of non-executive, executive and consultancy professionals. Their exclusive members are well-informed, well-connected professionals who occupy seats on boards across the UK and globally, from small start-ups through to FTSE-listed firms, across all industry sectors.
The firm's innovative online platform enables businesses and start-ups to source and recruit board members completely free of charge - something which usually costs thousands in hiring fees. Members get access to coaching, career development tools and exclusive opportunities, whilst employers can connect with the very best board-level talent. If you're on the look-out for a new non-executive, executive, or chair for your business, then register with In Touch today. A fresh outlook and perspective on your board could dramatically accelerate your success, especially if you’re a start-up.
For a full refund, cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the event. Please note that in the event you are unable to attend due to cancellation from yourself or Enterprise Nation, we are unable to refund any associated costs such as hotel or travel.