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 Manchester 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 - Howard Simms, CEO, Apadmi Ventures
Educated at Leeds and Oxford University, Howard is the CEO of Apadmi Ventures, a formalisation of Apadmi's investment model - to invest and grow highly scalable technology companies.From the BBC iPlayer Radio app to the Guardian Witness, as a Co-Founder and Director at Apadmi (www.apadmi.com); the UK’s leading mobile developer that ranks within the top 10 mobile developers globally, Howard has overseen the quality and delivery of some of the most iconic and popular mobile solutions of recent times and works with companies such as the BBC, the X Factor, the Guardian, BT, EE, Lexus, Aviva, Range Rover and AstraZeneca to improve and broaden their respective technology portfolios.
Since Apadmi’s formation back in 2009, Howard has been pivotal in driving the company’s growth and has built a team of over 80 talented and proactive technologists across the group. Now focused on investment, the portfolio sees innovative technology being used in a variety of sectors. Of note: RealityMine (market research), Footclicks (retail), Nuggetz (football / loyalty), FiaFo (IoT in business and homes).
Leaning on his 18 years of technology experience, Howard looks to foster innovation in identifying industry entrepreneurs who are searching for a trusted technology partner. Keen to progress his professional development, Howard was selected to join the highly prestigious Goldman Sachs Ambassadors Programme; a programme for key individuals within the UK's fastest growing organisations. He is also a graduate of the LEAD leadership development initiative. Howard also sits on the advisory board of a division of the Manchester Growth Company.
Phillip Madden, Property Investor, NED, Associate Lecturer
Property investor with interests in care homes & supported living property, high quality professional multi-occupancy property (HMO's), hotels and residential new build.
Also, a board member of Equity Enterprises Ltd (the commercial arm of Equity Housing Group) and an associate lecturer in Entrepreneurship at MMU Business School.
Previously, co-founded Supported Homes Ltd, an 'excellent rated' care provider, which enabled people with a mental health or learning disability to lead more independent lives. Successfully exited to Sovereign Capital backed Eden Futures in October 2014.
About the Event
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 Manchester'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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