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Fri, 15 Sep 2017, 18:00 – Sat, 16 Sep 2017, 00:30 BST
Fridays will never be the same!
MBTN connect is an exclusive weekly social and professional networking event for high flying African, Caribbean and other diverse professionals based in London.
It is hosted at the Crowne Plaza London -The City, a stylish hotel located in London’s historic Square Mile, opposite Blackfriars station.
When you arrive at the event, you will be given a name badge, allowing you to be more targeted with your networking efforts. Each event attracts professionals from a wide range of industry backgrounds including: Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Media, Corporate Law, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and much more…
18:00: Arrival & Registration
19:00 – 21:00: Networking & Interactive Icebreaker Sessions
21:00 – Raffle Draw & Prize Giveaway
Once we start you’ll have the chance to:
Network with other professionals
Tell everyone about what you do and how you do it
Participate in our interactive icebreakers and networking games
Establish new professional connections
Win an amazing prize
Networking Games: Our icebreaker sessions will feature interactive and fun networking games which will be coordinated by a moderator. By successfully completing the icebreaker challenges, you will be automatically entered into a raffle draw, for the chance to win an amazing prize at the event. Yes! We will be giving away amazing prizes at the event every week.
Business Cards: You’ll need plenty of business cards. In the past we’ve had people turning up and running out so make sure you bring as many as you can, so when you meet an excellent contact, you can give them your card.
By Tube/ Overground: Blackfriars tube station on the District & Circle Line is directly opposite the hotel and St Paul's station on the Central Line is only a 10-minute walk away. Blackfriars mainline train station also offers direct connection to the Eurostar terminal at Kings Cross St Pancras International and London Gatwick Airport.
By Car: Nearest car park: Baynard House on Queen Victoria Street. EC4V 6DB
By Bus: From King’s Cross 63 or 45 to Blackfriars or 100 from Liverpool Street
By Air: London City -14KM
Dress code – Smart Casual. We welcome and encourage style, however, we kindly ask that guests refrain from wearing shorts, beachwear, flip flops and sportswear, including athletic trainers. Smart jeans are permitted. Our team will use the utmost of discretion when permitting entry into the event. Should a guest’s attire and overall presentation not adhere to our dress code, our team reserves the right to deny access to the event with NO REFUND of any monies already paid.
Jacket or Blazer
Cardigan or Jumper
Long Sleeved Shirt
Hard Soled Shoes
Flip flops or Sandals
Blazer or Cardigan
Cancellations and Refunds Policy
If you are unable to attend an event, please give at least 48 hours’ notice and we will be happy to refund 100% of your booking fee or book you on to a subsequent event to the same value. Cancellations received after this time will be non-transferable and non-refundable.
Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for MBTN events. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any MBTN promotional materials.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is MBTN Connect?
MBTN Connect is where every professional needs to go to boost their career prospects through professional networking, in a relaxed setting. It is an exclusive weekly social and professional networking event for high flying African, Caribbean and other diverse professionals based in London.
The event brings together professionals from a wide range of industry backgrounds including: Financial Services, Professional Services, Healthcare, Media, Corporate Law, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and much more…
During the event, we’ll provide plenty of opportunities for you to meet fellow professionals, and boost your chances of landing multiple business and social connections that will be valuable to your career.
Can I give MBTN Connect as a gift? I’m a professional, can I purchase a ticket for my colleague?
Absolutely! MBTN Connect is the perfect gift for the student, recent graduate, or young professional in your life. If you purchase MBTN Connect tickets in your name, you’ll be able to transfer it to a friend, family member or colleague, if you so wish to.
What do you mean by ‘Connect’?
We’re glad you asked. Connect means establishing new business and social relationships you can nurture over the long term to help you achieve your career and life goals.
What’s this MBTN Global thing I keep hearing about?
MBTN Global is a platform through which high flying African, Caribbean and other diverse professionals connect with career and investment opportunities across the world. We’re the largest platform for young professionals in the country, producing 200+ programs for 25,000+ members… and this is just the beginning. We produce awesome events, and we can’t wait to meet you at one of them.
Where is MBTN Connect?
MBTN Connect takes place every Friday at the iconic Crowne Plaza London – The City. (19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB), conveniently located opposite Blackfriars Tube station, or a 10 minute walk from St Pauls Station.
Who’s it for?
This event is for the young and hungry. If you’re an ambitious young professional, we want to see you there.
Can I arrive late?
For sure. While we strongly recommend you take advantage of every second of this opportunity, we understand that you might have a job or internship that takes up some of your time. Come when you can, and make the most of your time at MBTN Connect. However pay attention to your ticket type, as certain categories might reuire you to arrive before a certain time.
How big is the event?
Quite big! But also casual and actually fun. MBTN Connect has about 150+ attendees per event, representing some of the largest and most dynamic companies in the UK. That’s 150+ new connections and friends who can support and help you throughout your career.
What should I bring?
This is your chance to show off your credentials and get noticed. Bring your CV, business cards, a device to show off your personal website – anything that will give your new connections a better idea of what you bring to the table.
How frequent are the events?
Weekly. The events take place every Friday, at the iconic Crowne Plaza London – The City. (19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB).
I’m hiring and / or have something to promote. I want to show off my company at this event – how can I get involved?
We’d love to have you there! Contact us to learn more about connecting with ambitious professionals as an employer, sponsor, or both.
I’m looking for a job or internship – should I come to MBTN Connect?
Ofcourse! The people you meet at MBTN Connect could have an impact on your career now, in a year, in two years; you never know what could happen. Bring your CV and your game face.
I’m not looking for a job or internship – should I come to MBTN Connect?
MBTN Connect is the event every young professional needs to be at. Your network is your net worth. Attending MBTN Connect events will in the long run give you an edge in your career by helping you build a formidable professional contact list.
Are there networking games to help me meet new people?
Yes! At each event, we will run networking games and icebreaker challenges to get you meeting new people. The networking activities are fun and interactive, and will make you feel at ease, even for the shy ones amongst us.
Do you really give away prize at each event?
At every event, we will announce a winner of the ice breaker and networking challenges via a raffle system. So come prepared to win an amazing prize at each event.
Can I volunteer to help with MBTN Connect events?
Yes! We would love to have you volunteer with MBTN Connect events. Please get in touch with us to find out more here.
What makes MBTN Connect different from other networking events?
Beyond connecting you with young and ambitious professionals, we create value by helping you build relationships with attendees to show them why they’d love to buy your product or work for your company. We create custom content to promote your brand across social media channels. We’re also champions for diversity, making this a great opportunity to build towards your diversity initiatives as well.
What kind of professionals will I be meeting at MBTN Connect?
MBTN Connect attracts go-getters. Whether it’s being a high achieving professional, student leader, starting a side project, or launching awesome projects, our community has a history of going above and beyond to make their own experience.
What does participating look like for companies that want to recruit talent?
We offer a variety of packages that include benefits such as a space for your company and reps at the event (of course!), valuable social media engagement to promote your brand or company, a speaking slot, and more.
In addition to our preset packages, we love to create customized packages that integrate perks like MBTN Connect along with benefits that connect your brand to the MBTN Global community all year round.
Do you offer other opportunities to connect with diverse, ambitious young talent?
Yes! You can learn more about the different ways we work with employers through: MBTN Global
What does participating look like for companies that want to market to attendees?
From branded content to social media takeovers to experiential activations, we offer a wide varieties of opportunities for you to engage your brand with our community.
To learn more about how your brand can get involved, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07535409876.