StartUp Spotlight is a series of guest speaker events featuring early stage entrepreneurs.
These informal events are designed to inspire and inform students, from all subject backgrounds, on aspects of starting a venture from the entrepreneur’s perspective. They involve a short presentation and Q&A followed by an opportunity to find out more about the ecosystem of support that is available at the University.
The format is turn up, get involved and enjoy – light refreshments are provided.
Tuesday 4th October, 18:00 - 19:00, Location: Room 2.3, Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street
Speaker: George Konstantakopoulos- Managing Director at Social Growth Lab and Founder of Manchester Social Entrepreneurs
Speaker Bio: George is a former MEnt student and social enterprise entrepreneur based in Manchester. George founded Manchester Social Entrepreneurs and is the MD of Social Growth Lab. He has 15 years experience with a diverse background ranging in the telecoms, sales, marketing and business development fields. He has worked in a variety of stage and size of enterprises, from start-ups to global organisations with a track record of successfully developing and achieving strategic objectives such as winning a New York City Council 'Call for Innovations'. During his MEnt degree he researched CSR and Social Entrepreneurship as an innovation driver through his PGR degree in MBS/MEC, and this is what drives his passion behind SocialGrowth and Manchester Social Entrepreneurs.
Company Bio: SocialGrowth is a consultancy, providing entrepreneurship, innovation & marketing strategies, helping businesses grow through innovation that leads to social and environmental impact. SocialGrowth is an agency using CSR as an innovation driver. Our vision is to merge the social and enterprise sector and in doing so make social entrepreneurship the norm.
Tuesday 25th October, 18:00 - 19:00, Location: Room 2.3, Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street
Speaker: Alex Epstein - Founder, Inventor & Creative Strategist - Concoction (ShampYou in the USA)
Speaker Bio: After graduating from AMBS in 2005 with a BSc(Hons) in Management, Alex took on a number of senior corporate communication roles, before becoming Head of Communications at Masternaut UK, one of the UK's fastest growing technology companies. Alex left Masternaut to compete in The Apprentice, where he faced Sir Alan Sugar in the boardroom six times before leaving the programme.
Since The Apprentice Alex has been putting his entrepreneurial nous to good use and launched his own range of hair care products – Concoction – which allows consumers to create their own bespoke couture 'hair cocktails' that perfectly care for their hair. The product has created a truly multi-channel business, combining retail, online sales and also international sales via selected distribution partners.
We are delighted that Alex will be joining us to share his story and provide further insight on his approach to business, how he manages his personal brand and his take on what it means to be an entrepreneur. The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in Alex’s story, has dreams of creating their own business or wants to take their enterprise to the next level. Alex’s presentation will be followed by a chance to ask questions to him and prior to the event there will be refreshments and an opportunity to network.
Tuesday 29th November, 18:00 - 19:00, Location: Room 2.3, Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street
Speaker: Tom Skiner- Co-founder and Managing Director of Go Up Ltd
Tuesday 7th February, 18:00 - 19:00, Location: Room 2.3, Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street
Speaker: Sachin Kukadia- Secret Sales
Tuesday 28th February, 18:00 - 19:00, Location: Room 2.3, Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street
Speaker: Google Workshop Special
Tuesday 25th April, 18:00 - 19:00, Location: Room 2.3, Roscoe Building, Brunswick Street
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Manchester Enterprise Centre
Based within Manchester Business School, we are recognised as a leader in enterprise education and aim to inspire, educate and develop enterprising individuals and enable them to positively impact the growth of dynamic organisations.
Through enterprise teaching, learning and business start-up support, our students can capitalise on these research outcomes - transferring knowledge from the classrooms and laboratories to market opportunities. Enterprise at Manchester can be the driving force to improve the world in which we live – we have the knowledge and we need to apply it for economic and social gain.
Why should you get involved in enterprise?
Enterprise isn't just about starting your own business. It's about identifying opportunities, creating ideas and putting them into practice.