San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
THE O2 SMARTA 100 ALL DAY EVENT
Tuesday 9th September 2014
Smarta, in partnership with O2 Business, is extremely excited to unveil
An extravaganza, packed with some of the hottest, most talented and disruptive entrepreneurs and experts in the UK, all under one roof, sharing the strategies they've used to grow their award-winning businesses and live the lives they want... for ONE DAY ONLY.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller
Small businesses face more challenges to survive than ever before. Globalisation has made the marketplace more competitive in a world that is still feeling the effects of the global financial crises. Collaboration in working practices, in supplying goods and services and in securing investment is vital for small business to continue to succeed and flourish. We’ve brought together some of the best entrepreneurial talent in the UK to help bring you together with those who can help you disrupt and challenge.
Learn from entrepreneurs who have secured hundreds of thousands of pounds of investment through crowdfunding sources; from key individuals in multi-national companies who have collaborated with startups and have given them tools to allow them freedom to grow and from influential people with experience of supplying business-critical services.
Collaboration is key.
Smarta's All Day Event is aimed at delivering you MAXIMUM value in MINIMUM time.
It's about REAL business people delivering REAL business advice that you can ACT ON IMMEDIATELY.
Want to come to the Smarta 100 All Day Event just to be inspired? Don't. Come to be inspired AND start doing. To start building, to start growing.
They could be the words of Smarta founder Shaa Wasmund, author of best-seller 'Stop talking, start doing'. Shaa's set aside the entire day to pass on the tactics she developed under the wings of Sir James Dyson and has deployed to grow several of her own multi-million pound businesses, forge strategic partnerships with some of the UK's biggest brands, establish herself as one of the country's most prominent female entrepreneurs.
And she's bringing some of her friends too...
This event is restricted to just 70 PLACES
BOOK NOW TO AVOID MISSING THE MOST IMPORTANT DAY IN YOUR BUSINESS' YEAR!
Malcolm Bell founder of Mailcloud.com & Zaggora.com
Malcolm is a serial entrepreneur, best known for founding Zaggora.com in 2011 which he bootstrapped to over £20ml in sales within its first 18 months, after investing just £20,000. He won the National Business Award for E-Commerce Strategy in 2012 and just missed out on Entrepreneur of the Year for which he was nominated. Zaggora has been a featured Harvard Business School case study and Malcolm regularly speaks at events for Cranfield, Facebook, Barclays, London School of Economics and TED in New York. He is now onto his next startup, Mailcloud.com, to pioneer social commerce on the Internet.
Bret Akker founder of Love Space and Street Car
Bret Akker is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded Street Car, Bret is currently the co-founder and chairman of LoveSpace. Love Space provides storage by the box across the UK for businesses and consumers. The love Space staff collect things from your door, look after them for as long as you want, and then return them whenever and wherever you want them - the very next day. Love Space is like cloud storage, but for your physical things.
Paul Lawton General Manager SMB, O2
Paul has full P&L responsibility for the O2 Small Business team including marketing, sales, partner channels and the customer experience. He has over 20 years’ experience of working in the communications industry with a focus on business markets. Prior to joining O2, Paul was Managing Director at TalkTalk Business (formerly Opal Telecom), where he had direct responsibility for sales, marketing, operations, systems, product management and commercial areas. During this time he completed eight acquisitions and developed both direct and partner sales channels to serve key markets.
Cristina Riesen, General Manager Evernote EMEA
With more than 10 years of experience in international mass-media and communications, Cristina is an EMScom graduate (Executive Master of Science in Communications Management) and a certified Reputation Institute professional. During her studies at the University of Lugano in Switzerland and UCLA in Los Angeles, she has been completely immersed in the world of digital communications and involved in several social media and online community management projects for several international companies. In her current role of General Manager for Evernote in EMEA , she is hands on business development, marketing and communications. You can connect with Cristina on Twitter @cristinariesen
Ben Pugh Co-founder Farm Drop
FarmDrop was set up in 2012 and provides a platform for people to create their own local food communities, enabling everyone to buy the freshest seasonal food, at the right price, direct from local producers. FarmDrop opened a crowdfunding campaign to allow all the people who make up the food chain to be directly involved in its future shoppers, food producers and keepers and have already picked up a substantial number of pledges to invest of over £600,000
Co-Founder and Director CaféPod South African born Peter Grainger is a former projects analyst turned entrepreneur and one half of the team behind CaféPod. Grainger is now responsible for product and business development at CaféPod. He believes that Britons’ tastes for speciality coffee have reformed over the last few years, with the nation demanding more from their home coffee experience. After recruiting a specialised team and months of research, they travelled to Parma in Italy to commission a significant piece of specialised manufacturing machinery, and CaféPod was born
Rachel Clacher Co-founder Moneypenny
The company was set up in 2000 from a humble £10,000 start-up to become an award-winning employer and sector leader in both technology and service quality. Moneypenny is now the UK’s leading provider of telephone answering and outsourced switchboard services, annually handling in excess of 8.2m calls on behalf of more than 6,500 companies across the UK, from sole traders to multi-national corporations and has won numerous awards including being one of the youngest companies ever to be awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The company is also very proud to have been recognised as a Sunday Times Best Company to Work For in 2009/11/13.
Phillip Dodson founder of @Work Hubs
Phillip is fully involved with the co-working & sharing economy community and as part of small team set up and ran International Collaboration Day. Close to 20 years experience in serviced and leasehold office space in the UK & Europe.
Philip has helped 100's of companies from small start-ups to large corporates and has worked in over 20 different countries.
James Knight founder of Keystone Law
James is an unusual blend of lawyer and entrepreneur. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1992 with London law firm Trowers & Hamlins, he practised as a commercial lawyer in Oman, Dubai and Hong Kong before returning to England in 1999. The following year James started his own legal consultancy for entrepreneurs and fast-growing companies who were looking for more flexible, hands-on type of legal service.
Strong demand for this service led to the establishment of Keystone Law in 2002 and the development of a highly sophisticated IT platform to promote mobile and flexible working. Since then Keystone has recruited over 150 lawyers to cope with the demand for Keystone’s special brand of service and value. James continues to focus on Keystone’s day to day operations, growth and international expansion.
Mel Patel Managing Director of Help 4 IT
With over fifteen years Management experience in Information Technology Products, Services and Support, Mel is primarily responsible for the strategic development of help4IT. Mel became Managing Director in 2003 since which time help4IT has accelerated growth in all aspects of the business. Mel, a founder member of help4IT has in depth knowledge of the IT trends and technologies that matter to start ups and small businesses.
Ian Pearson- Chairman Crowd BNK
CrowdBnk, is a leading equity crowdfunding platform in the UK.
Ian Pearson says, “The growth of the SME sector in this country is of critical importance to the growth of the UK economy. CrowdBnk’s ethos of providing quality investments to the widest range of appropriate investors offers real choice for small businesses seeking funding and I believe we have a key role to play in shaping the future of the crowdfunding industry”
David Jackson eebria.com
Eebria.com showcase small but brilliant and talented UK alcohol producers, who care about every little drop of their drinks.They scoured the land to find brilliant beers and ciders, then everything from gorgeous gins, to world-class wines. Eebria.com team is devoted to sourcing the finest craft alcohol producers the UK has to offer and getting you access to their fantastic products. Eebria.com crowd funding campaign raised £65,000
Patrick O'Flaherty Co-founder Volpit
Volpit is an online startup investment platform that streamlines the entire funding process and brings it online. Volpit aim to make investing in startups easy and simple.
Matthew Hammett Co-founder readbug.co.uk
Readbug is the Spotify or Netflix for magazines, delivering unlimited newsstand content for a low monthly subscription fee. Readbug will be available to download via app stores and will give users access to the whole newsstand - rich, premium content delivered straight to their tablet or mobile device, enabling them to read, share and archive magazines seamlessly and immediately all from one app. Readbug at present has raised £75,000 through crowd funding.
08.30: Registration and Breakfast
08.50: Introduction Shaa Wasmund
09.00: ‘Adapting to a changing workplace: how flexible working can improve your business’
As our business technology evolves, more and more small businesses are embracing flexible working. This helps them maintain employee work-life balance, reduce travel costs, be more responsive to customers and encourage broader collaboration. You'll learn how flexible working can make your business more efficient, and pick up top tips on the best tools to help you put flexible working solutions in place.
Panel - 40 Minutes
Q&A - 20 Minutes
Breakout session – 40 Minutes
10.40: Coffee Break
11.00: ‘How To Build Your Network’
Save money and time without cutting quality by understanding how to source the right customers, fans, partnerships, and suppliers to fast track your business.
Panel – 40 Minutes
Q&A – 20 Minutes
Speed Networking Session 1 – 40 Minutes
12.40: Lunch and Breakout Session Focused On Panel 2
13.40: ‘Kick-start Your Business with Crowdfunding’
Reward-based, Equity-based, Donation-based and Credit-based. Crowd funding gives you the chance to raise money, build an audience and create awareness while working on your project. it requires a sound strategy and solid execution.
Panel – 40 Minutes
Q&A – 20 Minutes
Breakout Session – 40 Minutes
15.20: Speed Networking Session Part 2
16.20: Key Note Speech
16.50: Post Event Drinks and Networking
When & Where
Smarta is the leading online small business resource in the UK. With a readership of 500,000 every month, Smarta aims to inform, guide and inspire entrepreneurs to aspire and achieve. Smarta recognises the best in British innovation, customer engagement and disruption with it's annual O2 Smarta 100 Awards which are now in their fifth year.