Digital ThinkIn - Will the pandemic breed game-changing ideas?

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Can we innovate in a crisis? What must entrepreneurs do in this extraordinary situation to emerge stronger at the other side?

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It's foolish to suggest that C-19 is a relentlessly positive story for inventors and investors. The threats to small businesses are real and immediate. But crises force change and in turn, adaptation and invention accelerates. Extraordinary situations stimulate new ways of doing, thinking and leading. New customer behaviours create new opportunities. Where are they? Which sectors will thrive now, and later? And what must entrepreneurs do now to ride out the storm and emerge stronger at the other side?

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

This ThinkIn is being hosted in partnership with Founders Forum and Seedrs.

Our special guests include:

Paul Polman, Co-founder and Chair, IMAGINE; former CEO, Unilever

Jeff Lynn is Co-founder of Seedrs, the equity crowdfunding platform, and Chairman of Coadec

How does a digital ThinkIn work?

A digital ThinkIn is like a video conference, hosted by a Tortoise editor, that takes place at the advertised time of the event. Digital ThinkIns are new to Tortoise. Now that our newsroom has closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we feel it’s more important than ever that we ‘get together’ to talk about the world and what’s going on.

The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your free ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world.

If you have any questions or get stuck, please read our FAQs, or get in touch with us at

What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?

A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

How we work with partners

We want to be open about the business model of our journalism, too. At Tortoise, we don’t take ads. We don’t want to chase eyeballs or sell data. We don’t want to add to the clutter of life with ever more invasive ads. We think that ads force newsrooms to produce more and more stories, more and more quickly. We want to do less, better.

Our journalism is funded by our members and our partners. We are establishing Founding Partnerships with a small group of businesses willing to back a new form of journalism, enable the public debate, share their expertise and communicate their point of view. Those companies, of course, know that we are a journalistic enterprise. Our independence is non-negotiable. If we ever have to choose between the relationship and the story, we’ll always choose the story.

We value the support that those partners give us to deliver original reporting, patient investigations and considered analysis.

We believe in opening up journalism so we can examine issues and develop ideas for the 21st Century. We want to do this with our members and with our partners. We want to give everyone a seat at the table.

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