A packed week of inspirational events for entrepreneurs was hosted by Startup Guernsey from 14-18th November attracting over 400 attendees to 10 events, talks and workshops at the Digital Greenhouse.
The week kicked off with Speed Networking on 14th November provided by the Busy Guernsey Bee which was a great opportunity for local businesses to connect. The host, Mark Smith explained how he believed that the two most important things to do as a new business are to quickly build your network and to offer great customer service so your new customers keep on coming back to you and bring their friends.
This event was followed by Startup Guernsey’s first Angel Pitch Event, sponsored by Barclays. The evening included pitches from 6 local companies including Civic Manor, SEE-ID, Allocation Accounting, Found, CYD.TAX and TAG TEAM. The judges selected Lance Plunkett with Found as the best pitch of the night. In addition to his £500 prize he will receive 1 year’s free business banking from Barclays. The student prize of £50 Amazon voucher for business books for the Grammar School library was won by the team from Civic Manor.
Action Coach hosted a seminar on growing your business. The term “6 Steps” is ActionCOACH shorthand for “The 6 Steps to Building a Business” – a proven and progressive, step-by-step approach that helps clarify company objectives and produces consistent profits over time.
Thrive Coaching gave a talk on how being motivated by avoidance creates a very different experience of life and work than being motivated by a powerful and compelling vision of what is possible. When we are motivated by inspiration and possibility, we push ourselves through life, rather than being pulled through it when we are motivated by avoidance.
Startup Guernsey hosted an event with a panel of Networking Experts from The Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, WDF, the GTA, the Digital Greenhouse and The Best of Guernsey. The session included some practical tips and advice on how businesses can get the most out of networking opportunities.
Womenpreneurs was focus of the Island Mums workshop featuring local businesswomen. The event host, Sasha Kazantseva discussed with the panel how women drop out of the corporate world, yet many go ahead to start a business, motivated by the determination to find a fair work-life-family balance, get more autonomy and reward at work.
Other events included a FinTech talk with visiting speaker James Sore, Chief Investment Officer at online investment platform, SyndicateRoom. James explained their equity crowd-funding model which is investor led and focuses on co-investing with Angels and Venture Capitalists.
On Thursday 17th November, Startup Guernsey hosted its first Christmas Fair at the Digital Greenhouse, sponsored by Grant Thornton. This showcased and celebrated creative talent in Guernsey and includes artists, printmakers, designers, jewelers and gift companies and proved a huge success.
The week of events also included an interactive social media management talk and workshop. The host, Stefanie Haigh from All Things Social spoke about how to identify the social media platforms, plus gave some hints and tips on how to create and schedule content to make your life easier. Afterwards, she was on hand to help put her advice into action as well as start setting up profiles and scheduling social media posts.
The last event of the week was a talk on marketing by Nichole Sweetsur, Director of Black Vanilla. She explained how a lack of time, skills and budget are the most common reasons why small and medium sized enterprises fail to market themselves effectively. The talk also included a discussion the importance of reputation, relationships and reach in modern marketing plans in order to develop a robust reputation.
Jennifer Strachan, CEO of Startup Guernsey explained:
“We hope that our week of events have encouraged those looking to start or grow a company to seek help from Startup Guernsey; we offer one to one free business advice for startups, entrepreneurs and SME’s at the Digital Greenhouse. In 2017, we will continue to offer a series of “Meet the Experts” talks and we also look forward to launching a regular series of practical workshops at the Digital Greenhouse called “Let’s Do”.