Whether you want to be your own boss, have a business idea or simply want to improve your entrepreneurial skills, this is the event for you so book your ticket now!
It takes a village to raise a start-up.
That's why we're bringing together a community of entrepreneurs, business professionals and expert advisors to help you take the jump and start or grow your business.
The truth is that 2018 is the best time there has ever been to start your own business. You can start up faster than ever, more cheaply than ever with more support around you than ever before.
So we will spend the day focussing on how you can take advantage of this opportunity. We will be looking at everything from how to validate your idea, how to fund your business, how to attract customers and what steps you need to take before you hit launch.
Tickets cost just £10 including VAT or £8 to Vine Community members (subscribe below).
registration and networking
12:30pm - 13:30pm
Start the day right. Grab a coffee and introduce yourself to other aspiring founders, entrepreneurs and business professionals. Say hello to the Founderfest team and write on our start-up wall!
Izzy Obeng, Director of Foundervine opens the day and offers advice on how to make the most out of the festival. Followed by an introduction from our venue sponsor, KPMG Student Recruitment, who will be providing an insight into student and graduate careers at KPMG.
13:30pm - 13:45pm
welcome to founderfest 2018: Foundervine & KPMG
Are you finding it difficult to move from the dreaming phase into the doing phase? This session will kick start your social enterprise development and help you get things moving immediately. You'll learn how to become more productive and more focused than ever before. The question is, are you ready for it?
13:45pm - 14:15pm
Turning your passion into action
Founder, Do It Now Now
Whether you are telling friends or pitching to get VC/angel investors, you must keep in mind two things about your business pitch: keep your story simple and sweet. Speaker and serial entrepreneur, Junior Ogunyemi, will share his advice on how to perfect your business with style.
14:15pm - 14:45pm
Life’s a pitch: How to pitch your business idea with style
Jr Entrepreneur and Entrepower Academy
break + START uP soapbox 1
You’ve got an idea which you can’t stop thinking about, have sketched it down on paper and maybe even created a wireframe prototype. However you are now asking yourself ‘now, what?’. This is the beginning of the process. In this session, KPMG’s David Fisayo will guide you through the key steps to building a successful mobile app!
15:00pm - 15:35pm
The key ingredients to building a successful mobile app
Manager, Customer and Digital at KPMG
break + START up soapbox 2
Fundraising is a problem many entrepreneurs struggle with when starting out. Getting the right advice about fundraising is critical to the success of your company. Join our funding professionals and entrepreneurs for an insightful conversation on the best way to fund your new venture.
16:15pm - 16:50pm
Debt, equity or crowdfunding: Which method of raising funds is right for me?
Growth Director, Community Growth Ventures
Early stage investor at
Co-Founder, Suppa App
Business Relationship Director, Santander UK
Izzy Obeng (Host)
Building your brand on social media can be difficult. With so many users regularly publishing on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other socials, how do you make sure your own messages are heard? Join our panel of social media experts as we discuss how to position your brand for success online.
16:55pm - 17:30PM
How to build your brand online (without breaking the bank)
Editor & Founder of Simply Oloni
CEO & Founder,
Future Space Technologies
Marketing Manager, Foundervine
Freelance Brand Marketing Consultant
After founding her own PR agency, Ariatu Public Relations, nearly 14 years ago, Ronke Lawal has gone on to work with and for established businesses and brands all over the country. The award-winning PR consultant has become a respected name in the UK PR industry and will be sharing her journey and advice on growing your business in 2018.
17:45pm - 18:20PM
KEYNOTE: 'How I BUILt this', RONke Lawal
Founder, Ariatu PR
CEO, Hatch Enterprise
Student and media entrepreneur, Rice at Home Podcast
Marketing Manager at HSBC UK and Co-Author of Slay In Your Lane
Danielle McDonald (Host)
Founder, Brands of Colour
Diversity in the start-up community is not a pipeline problem. Join our panel of entrepreneurs, start-up community builders and advisors for the final session of Founderfest 2018 as they discuss what it means to build an inclusive start-up community for under-represented founders.
18:25pm - 19:05PM
Diversity in the start-up community: Challenges and opportunities
Founder, Urban Teacher and UKBlackTech
Close + Networking
School, universities and community groups
Foundervine’s goal is to build the entrepreneurial capability of young people from all backgrounds. We are keen to have as many young people at Founderfest as possible, so they have a chance to gain an learn, network and access targeted support. We have a number of discounted tickets available to school groups, and we would be happy to discuss this further with your school or university. Contact us using the link below.
We would love your support if you share our mission to make the enterprise sector a more inclusive, diverse space where young people from all backgrounds have the space to grow. Supporting our work is a great way to show your commitment to under-represented communities, and to gain access to a network of talented organisations, start ups and young people. For more information about sponsorship, contact us here.