Posted: Tue 20th Feb 2024
Why can Enterprise Nation claim to be the UK's most active small business community? Maybe because we host over 500 events with over 30,000 attendees each year.
From small business meet-ups around the country to daily webinars, panels and conferences, we have created a lively programme to connect business owners and give them the knowledge to feel empowered to grow.
Our speakers come from far and wide but most share one thing in common, they are part of our community. With over 100,000 small business and adviser members, it's not hard for us to source brilliant expertise.
We reserve the majority of opportunities for adviser members as this is an exclusive membership benefit. Become an adviser member today to access opportunities to be a future speaker.
Find out more about our future opportunities below and how we select speakers.
What are the speaker opportunities at Enterprise Nation?
1. Lunch and Learn series
Enterprise Nation hosts daily lunchtime webinar interviews that offer bite-sized learning. Enjoy snackable insights (sorry, more food puns) in all areas of starting and growing a business from making the switch to an entrepreneur to managing your social media or finances.
These webinars attract audiences between 100 to 400 made up of pre-start-ups to established small businesses and professional consultants. Past speakers have told us that these sessions helped generate new clients, increase brand awareness, and convert into useful content for blogs and marketing collateral.
Here is what listeners have to say about Lunch and Learn sessions:
"If you haven't logged into one of the Enterprise Nation webinars, just take 30 minutes and breathe in knowledge, positivity and learn new things." - Andy
"In the many moments I doubt myself there's always something in them that picks me up and boots me up the backside to keep going!" - Sarah
"One of the greatest things to have come out of the lockdown so far, for me, is the discovery of Enterprise Nation and the excellent Lunch and Learn series." - Emma
How to become a Lunch and Learn host
If this all sounds great and you'd love to get involved, you must be an adviser member then, you can submit an idea to our team using the submission form through your dashboard, under 'Adviser opportunities' and 'Lunch and Learn'.
We ask for a few bullet points to let viewers know what they will learn from your session. We highly suggest tuning in to a past session to get a feel for the format. But don't worry, our team will work with you to help craft a winning description that will attract the crowds.
Our team books speakers at least a month in advance. We try to accommodate as many requests from our adviser members as possible, which is why you are limited to hosting one webinar every six months. You may be invited to speak at other opportunities throughout the year by our events team. Carry on reading for more information.
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2. Enterprise Nation's campaigns and flagship events
We work with everyone from global brands to the government to deliver national campaigns and event series on the topics that matter most to small businesses.
Our events team are always on the lookout for future speakers to join panels, deliver training, share their stories or run smaller events. Here are just some of the many campaigns and major events we run each year.
The biggest start-up show of the New Year and Enterprise Nation's flagship event! The StartUp Show has been running for a decade and brings together over 100 speakers across 12 business zones. Feel inspired and network with over 2,000 like-minded business owners and small business consultants.
The business.connected hub is a free online training programme of workshops, webinars and e-learning modules designed to help businesses go digital, adopt new technology, and stay safe online.
The programme is supported by Vodafone Business, JPMorgan Chase and Builder.ai.
Partnering with Santander, in collaboration with Dropbox and Deloitte, to provide tailored support to help UK businesses sell or continue to sell overseas, this free training programme is delivered exclusively online.
Consisting of webinars, e-learning modules and e-books, this programme will give businesses all the support and guidance they need to kickstart their international trading.
A collaboration between Cisco, Google, Sage and Vodafone Business, Tech Hub offers an accessible solution to support small businesses to adopt the technology they need to run and grow their ventures. It is a new-generation, one-stop-shop solution that allows businesses to access industry-leading digital tools, training, support and know-how to succeed.
At Enterprise Nation, we're on a mission to take the loneliness out of entrepreneurship. Through our local meet-up campaign, we're offering a ready-made support network to small business owners across the UK and Ireland. Meet your tribe and build the community you need to support your business to thrive.
How to get involved
With a busy event schedule, our events team are interested to hear from members of our community. There might not be an opportunity right away, but you can express your interest and share more about the topics you can cover.
We do not offer payment to speakers, but the brand profile gained through these events is often exceptional.
Tara Elzingre, an Enterprise Nation adviser and the Local Leader for Cork, held her own Lunch and Learn webinar and couldn't stop singing its praises. While the workshop was a crash course to help entrepreneurs make sense of ChatGPT, it provided Tara with the ideal platform to show off her expertise. She explained:
"During the Lunch and Learn, I mentioned that I had a free resource for content creation. I had over 30 people reaching out after the session and that resulted in over 10 clients for me straight away and possibly another 10 now. It's been one of my more successful webinars."
If you are a small business, we require that you sign up for our membership first (it's free!).
If you offer advice and services to small businesses, you must become an adviser member to join our campaigns and flagship events.