Ten reasons to attend StartUp Show in January

Ten reasons to attend StartUp Show in January

Posted: Mon 27th Nov 2023

The UK’s biggest and best start-up event returns in person on Saturday, 27 January, as Enterprise Nation’s flagship event, StartUp Show, rolls into King’s College London.

Providing budding entrepreneurs with access to over 100 inspirational speakers across a multitude of themed zones, not to mention networking opportunities aplenty, StartUp Show is unmissable for anybody with dreams of starting or growing a business.

Be sure to secure your tickets today! In the meantime, here are ten reasons why you simply must attend this brilliant event:

1. It’s in person!

We have quite a treat this year for StartUp Show, marking its 10th anniversary! Join us on Saturday, 27 January at King's College London and make 2024 your year!

As usual, this year's event boasts 13 business-related zones, over 100 expert speakers, and networking opportunities galore with fellow or prospective business owners from every sector imaginable.

Get your ticket now and secure your place at Enterprise Nation’s flagship event of the year. It’s not to be missed!

2. Hear from incredible entrepreneurs

The Keynote stage, in partnership with Monzo Business, will play host to some gargantuan names in the world of business, all providing their own unique perspectives on achieving success.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Why 2024 is the year to start your dream business: Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, and Julie Devonshire, director of the Entrepreneurship Institute at King's College London, welcome you to the event

  • How I started, scaled and sold – and what I learnt along the way: Featuring Rob Pierre, founder of Jellyfish

  • My journey to becoming one of Europe's best-known entrepreneurs: Featuring Mark Dixon, founder and CEO of IWG

  • Retail stars: How to open a pop-up or full-on store: Featuring Connie Nam, founder of Astrid & Miyu, John Hoyle, founder of Sook and Jake Bucknall, co-founder of Dinner for One Hundred

  • From bedroom to IPO: Scaling a business with the right support: Featuring Chris Forbes, co-founder of The Cheeky Panda, and Giles Brook, non-executive director

  • Make me famous: How to get your brand out there: Featuring Angharad Carrick, reporter with This is Money and Mail Online and Amy Anzel, founder and CEO of Hollywood Browzer Beauty

  • How to build a business for the long term: Featuring Teddie Levenfiche, co-founder of PerfectTed; Saasha Celestial-One, co-founder of Olio; and Sarah de Vere-Drummond, co-founder of Kip Hideaways

  • Why individuals and start-ups will solve the challenges of the 21st century: James Wise, venture capitalist, technology commentator and author of Start-Up Century

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3. Visit zones that are relevant to the support you're looking for

If that isn’t enough, then don’t fear! StartUp Show has plenty more to offer across many other engaging zones:

  • Business Essentials: Learn everything you need to know to start your business

  • Show Me The Money: In partnership with Monzo Business: Hear how to raise funds for your business and manage your finances

  • Let's Get Social: In partnership with TikTok: Helping you get your brand noticed across major social media platforms. Jump-start your growth with digital marketing resources to reach more people and drive results

  • The Digital Zone: In partnership with Vodafone Business: Get advice on the top digital trends and tools to use in 2024

  • Start Me Up: In partnership with GS1 UK: Attend industry-specific talks on how to start businesses in popular sectors, including food and drink, fashion, beauty and tech

  • Build a Brand: Attend lively presentations and Q&A chats about turning your big idea into a great business

  • E-commerce Excellence: Learn how to start and scale an e-commerce business

  • Freelancers and Side Hustlers Zone: Hear top tips from people who have successfully built a business as a freelancer or side hustler

  • Business With Purpose Zone: Get the tools and inspiration to build a sustainable business that will have a positive impact

4. Get free one-to-one tailored advice

Need advice on accounting, intellectual property, social media or anything in between? Head to the Adviser Zone for free one-on-one advice tailored to your business. These free sessions are the perfect chance to discuss challenges and ask questions all to help you grow your own business.


Do you have the idea but need to get it off the ground? Book a one-on-one mentoring slot with the King’s Entrepreneurship Institute. Come and talk about your business idea with someone who can provide you with insights and guidance on your next steps.

5. Pitch like a pro!

StartUp Show will offer ample opportunities to wax lyrical about your start-up or scaling business.

Book a slot at the Make Me Famous Zone to find out how to pitch to journalists and get your business in the press. The elevator pitches at the ready!

6. Can AI help your business?

2024 is the year to harness AI in your business. Look out for talks across the event that will help you understand how to use AI in your day-to-day life as a founder, ensuring you leave time to do what you do best. 

7. Meet a future co-founder or business buddy

What better place to expand your network and connect with like-minded entrepreneurs than a show containing many, many hundreds of them?

Perhaps you’ll come across somebody who you instantly click with – both personally and from a business perspective.

Perhaps your respective skill sets will blend perfectly with one another.

Perhaps that initial conversation will turn into a prosperous partnership.

Throw yourselves in – you just never know who you may meet.

8. Discover independent brands

Looking to discover up-and-coming entrepreneurial brands with innovative products? Visit the Small Business Zone to browse amongst Enterprise Nation members who will be showcasing their wares.

9. Get a free headshot

Putting a face to a business is always helpful when it comes to brand recognition, especially as a founder. So, why not make sure you really look the part?

Come along to the Small Business Zone for a free, high-quality snap.

10. Stop thinking. Start doing

Many thousands of people have the ambition to become their own boss as part of their New Year's resolutions. By attending StartUp Show, you are committing to taking action and surrounding yourself with the best possible chance of turning that good idea into a great business.

The StartUp Show takes place in London on Saturday, 27 January. Buy your tickets today and hear from over 100 expert speakers.

Enterprise Nation has helped thousands of people start and grow their businesses. Led by founder, Emma Jones CBE, Enterprise Nation connects you to the resources and expertise to help you succeed.

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