San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Opportunity Knocks is a collaborative event that brings together the best entrepreneurial talent, leading business experts and the wider eco-system. After successful events across the UK over the past two years, Opportunity Knocks is now set to tour the UK and London is its next stop!
The day will highlight key success stories of companies who have grown their business and know the challenges SMEs face providing insights on how to succeed.
Our Keynote Speakers
Arthur Kay - CEO Bio-bean LTD
Arthur studyied at London’s Bartlett School, he founded a green energy company, bio-bean, and set up a non-profit discussion forum. At the heart of his work is a desire to combine the practical with the idealistic, and to meet the challenges of the modern world in an innovative way.
He currently holds positions on a number of boards associated with social enterprise and green entrepreneurship. He is a Fellow of the RSA, WIRED and the IoD. In 2013, he was named by Shell as ‘the UK’s most Innovative Entrepreneur’, appointed as a ‘London Leader’ by Mayor Boris Johnson, a ‘New Radical’ by Nesta and was listed as one of the ’25 under 25 most influential Londoners’ by the
Evening Standard. In 2015 he was named ‘Sustainable Business Leader of the Year’ by the Guardian.
Colin Humphreys, CTO Cloud - Pivitol Inc
Companies with the Silicon Valley state of mind are pushing the boundaries of human behavior and how business gets done. They’re nimble, software-driven, and competitive.
Pivotal enables the leading companies in the world to transform with a modern approach focused on building—not buying—software. Together with our customers, we overcome challenges associated with lengthy enterprise IT cycles by accelerating application delivery. We develop better products, together, using a proven methodology and the most powerful continuous innovation platform.
Our cloud native platform is optimized for change so enterprises can move at start-up speeds and with greater business agility. Our methodology is about evolving, in both development and innovation, and our culture is empowering. Our team uses agile and lean approaches to teach next-generation developers to create and build new solutions.
Elizabetta Camilieri - Founder CEO Shopological (formerly SalesGossip)
Shopological is a digital space for brands and consumers to connect.
Shopological puts the customers at the centre of the retail maze. It’s one place curating the inside scoop with fashion & beauty news, tips, trends, offers and the occasional surprise from the brands we know you love.
Delegates will hear from inspirational speakers, see a live pitching competition, hear from a panel of experts and have the opportunity to attend a range of case study led educational seminars including Crowd funding, Pitching, and Growth Finance for early stage businesses.
This event will be of valuable experience to entrepreneurs, as they get the chance to learn from a wide range of experts and build a network that can help fuel their high-potential growth for years to come.
It will also be a great chance for individuals to meet entrepreneurs and potentially create mentoring links with those who catch their eye. Entrepreneurs from a wide range of exciting businesses in many different industries can learn from those who have been successful in growing businesses - there is bound to be an opportunity to get involved with these start-up and high growth businesses.
In addition to learning from our keynote speakers, delegates will have the opportunity to quiz a panel, influencers from the Scotland Business Eco System on all things business including finance, leadership and building teams.
As part of the programme, we also have an interactive pitching competition for 5 of London's best entrepreneurs, with a chance to win 'money can't buy prizes' donated by out corporate partners. The audience will become the judge for the day and decide their winner by text voting.
You will see the eco system in action in the exhibition and networking area over the breaks and lunch - you will have the opportunity to learn about the support available for start up and growing businesses as well as help entrepreneurs validate their products and services!
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