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FoundHER Manchester

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The Town Hall,

Manchester City Council

Albert Square


M60 2LA

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AllBright, the first funding and support platform of its kind in the UK for female entrepreneurs, is hosting FoundHER Manchester from 3rd & 4th July.

The festival is a two-day event located at Manchester Town Hall aimed at founders, future founders, investors and anyone interested in entrepreneurship. FoundHER will provide a platform for inspiring stories and advice, covering all stages of the business life cycle, from start-up to global success.

Featuring speakers from Kids Allowed, Planet Organic, Co-op Digital, MediaCom North and many more.


3rd & 4th July


Manchester Town Hall


Monday 3rd July

9:30 - 10AM: Registration and Welcome

Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones, co-founders of AllBright, introduce FoundHER Manchester

10 - 10.45AM: Lightbulb Moments: Getting Started

Annabelle Tugby, founder of Tugby Architects, Kate Orr of Love Laura swimwear and Tarryn Gorre of Kafoodle speak with Debbie Wosskow about moving from idea to execution, how they got started on their founder journeys and what they've learned along the way.

11 - 11.30AM: In conversation with Marilyn Stowe

One of the country's most formidable divorce lawyers Marilyn Stowe speaks with Debbie Wosskow about founding Stowe Family Law in 1982, growing it into the largest family law firm in the UK and selling it for an eight figure sum earlier this year.

11.30 - 12.15PM: Getting Funded

Paul Breen of Manchester Growth Company, Erica Ingham of MediaCom North and Cheryl Latham of Brighter World Energy, discuss the ins and outs of getting your business funded. How do you know where to start? Who do you approach? And how much should you ask for?

12:15 - 1PM: Founder Stories: Starting a Business with a Mission

Renee Elliot, founder of health food chain, Planet Organic, delves into the story of her founder journey about having the courage and conviction to build on a new-to-market concept.

1 - 2PM: Lunch & Networking

2 - 2.45PM: Legal Essentials for Start-ups

This session features invaluable advice for entrepreneurs from our panel of legal experts, including Shoosmiths and Pannone Corporate. Covering IP, reputation protection, cyber security, employment and incentives, shareholder agreements and PE investment, our panel will also be available for a Q&A session to answer your personal legal questions.

2.45 - 3.30PM: Year One: What to Expect

Laura Baines of JobSquad, Jane Hallam of Esteem and Debbie Edwards of FDisruptors, share experiences from the first year of their respective businesses. This session will include the highs and lows of getting started, getting funded and becoming profitable, as well as the common hurdles that come with growth and change and insights into which skills need to stay the course.

4 - 5PM: The Fundamentals of PR

A panel of leading PR professionals and founders discuss best practice and techniques to develop your organisation's reputation, leverage social media, engage reporters and build your brand. Our panel will feature Sandy Lindsay, founder of Tangerine, Gem Griffiths, founder of The Crowd & I and Jo Leah, founder of Little Big Agency.

5 - 6PM: Day One Wrap Up

Debbie Wosskow OBE, Anna Jones and Lou Cordwell of AllBright will be joined by the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Joanne Roney, to discuss our latest research and what it tells us about female founders in the UK, and the North specifically, and how organisations can create a thriving ecosystem for female entrepreneurs.

Tuesday 4th July

9:00 - 9:30: Registration and welcome

Debbie Wosskow OBE and Anna Jones, co-founders of AllBright, are joined by Lou Cordwell to introduce the second day of FoundHER Manchester.

9.30 - 10.15AM: Planning for Growth and Exit

What is involved in selling your business? Experienced founders, including Rosie Moth of Telux HD and Gina Mula of Office Twelve, share their personal stories about exiting their companies and talk about what they learned along the way.

10.15 - 11.00PM: Why Manchester?

Lou Cordwell talks with a panel of fellow Northern female founders, including Emma Cheshire of DotForge and Futurelabs, Kate Goodman of Reserve Wines, and James Bedford of TechNorth, about the benefits of starting and growing a business in Manchester / the North.

11.15 - 12.00PM: In conversation with Claire Pearson

Award-winning entrepreneur, Carolyn Pearson, shares her personal story as well as her thoughts on the challenges she continues to face and top tip shortcuts for startups.

12:00 - 1PM: Planning for Pitfalls

Our panel for this session includes Rachel Haugh, co-founder of award winning SimpsonHaugh architects. We'll be talking about the kind of bumps in the road to expect along the way as well as words of wisdom and strategies for staying alive!

1 - 2PM: Lunch and Networking

2 - 2.45PM: Founder Stories: Funding and Beyond

A unique opportunity to hear from Jennie Johnson, founder of Kids Allowed, and to hear her personal story of raising funding and managing the challenges of an expanding business.

2.45 - 3.30PM: Creating your Personal Brand

In this session we are joined by Emer Coleman, newly adopted Mancunian (!), Digital Entrepreneur and founder of Transport API (amongst other ventures), to discuss how best to develop your personal brand.

4-5PM: Future Female Founders

In this session we are joined by some of the UK's youngest female entrepreneurs, including 16 year old Beau Jessup and members of the FDisruptors team, to talk about their achievements to date and what's in store for them next.

5-6PM: Networking/ Closing Session

To see the full programme for FoundHER Manchester, click here.

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