City MeetUp for Tech Entrepreneurs

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Walker Morris

33 Wellington Street



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Organised by Next-Up

With thanks to sponsors Leeds City Council, Walker Morris and NorthInvest

Venue: Walker Morris, 33 Wellington St, Leeds, LS1 4DL

10:30 - 14:00; Tuesday 22 October 2019, only £20 incl VAT

  • Are you a tech entrepreneur – excited about growing your business but have challenges keeping you awake? What if you could tap into some of the region’s previous business leaders for their insights and help?

  • Are you an experienced business leader who wants to use your skills and experience in unretirement – and help businesses working in technology and digital?

Join the first of our City MeetUps. Lunchtime events bringing together tech entrepreneurs and experienced business leaders to help growing businesses and the economy. The idea came from an event we ran last year – see what entrepreneurs got from their discussions.

Purpose of the event

There are a lot of experienced people who want to use their skills in unretirement. This event is to help entrepreneurs tap into this experience. Examples of issues and opportunities that you might want to discuss

  • Expanding into new markets – experience of geographical locations

  • Cash flow

  • Raising finance – making your business ‘investable’

  • Dealing with people issues

  • Scaling up – delegating, bringing in systems and processes, recruiting the right talent

  • Contacts and opening doors

Entrepreneurs will meet people who might mentor them long term – those attending will discuss how this might work and agree a plan.

Victoria Tomlinson, chief executive of Next-Up, will organise a call with each entrepreneur in advance of the event, to agree two challenges to discuss with business leaders at the event.

Who can attend?

We don’t want to be too limiting as to who can attend these events, but these are guidelines

- Founders/owners of growing tech businesses based in Leeds City region

- Experienced business leaders - you will probably have been a partner in a professional firm or a senior manager/director in private, public or voluntary sector. You should be coming up to retirement in the next year or so, or have retired from full time work already

We have places for 10 tech entrepreneurs and 20 experienced business leaders. Please indicate who you are when you book!

What’s in it for business leaders?

  • Share your experience and skills

  • Understand disruption

  • Keep your CV current and relevant

  • Develop relationships with businesses that may want your help long term

  • Expand your networks

  • Learn about the latest technologies and how they can help scale businesses

Format of the event

10:30 Registration, coffee and networking

10:45 Victoria Tomlinson, chief executive, Next-Up – introducing the event

Eve Roodhouse, chief economic officer, Leeds City Council - City plans and support for entrepreneurs and innovators

10:55 Tech entrepreneurs to introduce themselves

Table sessions – each table will have four experienced business leaders and two tech entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur will outline their challenge and the table will then discuss and share experiences and insights

The tables will swap around and then discuss the second challenge

12:45 Discussions on how entrepreneurs would like to follow up from the event with the business leaders

13:00 Networking and LeanLunch

14:00 Finish

Where and what?

The event is being held at Walker Morris, 33 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4DL

Coffee on arrival

Lunch (please advise of any dietary needs) by LeanLunch

With thanks to our sponsors

Leeds City Council is committed to backing innovators and entrepreneurs as part of its Inclusive Growth Strategy. The council is a key partner in the two-year Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme (REAP) run by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston. The University of Leeds secured the place on the programme which aims to bring significant economic and social change in the region. A key issue is to find more mentors for entrepreneurs and innovators in the region to ensure the long-term success and growth of these businesses.

Walker Morris is the largest single site law firm outside London and has recently moved to a new award-winning office. The firm is a full service commercial law firm focussed on providing partner-led, high-quality advice for a wide range of clients nationally and internationally. Our clients, many of whom are blue chip, are drawn from a broad range of sectors which include manufacturing, real estate, construction, retail, corporate and finance, healthcare, private equity, technology and media, energy and renewables, infrastructure and healthcare.

NorthInvest is a not-for-profit organisation that helps tech and digital startups in the North of England raise angel investment and access crucial expert support to help them fulfil their potential. From day one we provide free to access help for entrepreneurs to develop their proposition to ensure investors have access to the highest-quality opportunities that the North has to offer.

Next-Up helps people to use their skills in unretirement. We support organisations with a range of services for employees/partners as well as individuals themselves. A key part of our role is to inspire people with ideas and contacts, beyond the traditional expectations of non-executive roles and simple volunteering.

Thanks also to our supporting partners

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Walker Morris

33 Wellington Street



United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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