A packed week of inspirational events for entrepreneurs will be hosted by Startup Guernsey later this month.
This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, from 16 to 20 November, will have a “Made in Guernsey” theme. The objective is to inspire and inform local businessmen and women and those starting or thinking of starting their own businesses.
Launched in 2007, the Global Entrepreneurship Week is a world-wide celebration of entrepreneurs who bring ideas to life and is designed to motivate self-starters in local, national and global communities to do the same.
Last year’s event in Guernsey succeeded in attracting over 300 participants who attended six talks and workshops throughout the week. This year there will be 11 events, most of them free, which will allow attendees to network, be inspired by visiting speakers, learn new business skills, connect with potential mentors and even meet investors.
For those seeking more information about business funding, the week opens with Finance and Funding, a discussion of business investment for entrepreneurs, sponsored by Barclays, while understanding how the media works will be provided by Orchard PR who will be moderating a “Meet the Media” workshop with a panel of five Guernsey journalists. Premiering a newly-launched series of workshops, “Small Business essentials,” Startup Guernsey and Island Mums will host a taster session for women and parents who are looking to grow a small business.
Entrepreneurs looking for inspiration can join a series of talks and networking events, a free Speed Networking session by Busy Queen Bee and the launch of a monthly FinTech networking group curated by Jamie Vidamour.
In addition, the highly-rated Alex Crompton, programme director at Entrepreneur First, will be speaking as part of a visit to Guernsey with the Dandelion Project. Entrepreneur First is one of the world’s most innovative incubators and brings together Europe’s top tech talent to create some of the world’s most ambitious tech companies.
Women entrepreneurs will also be the focus of the Women’s Development Forum event featuring local businesswomen who have established financially successful businesses and asking them what it takes to stand out from the crowd.
There will also be the opportunity to attend tours of local manufacturing companies including Offshore Electronics and Intersurgical – and to learn more about these local home grown success stories.
Students at the Guernsey College of Further Education will have the opportunity to participate in an enterprise project workshop
The week’s events will cumulate in a “Made In Guernsey” food and drink networking finale, sponsored by EY. This will showcase local food and drink, including White Rock brewery, Haut Maison liqueurs and Aperitif will be christening a new Startup Guernsey cocktail made for the week.
Executive director of Startup Guernsey, Jennifer Strachan, said: “By offering a series of events over the week, Startup Guernsey aims to provide inspiration from on-island and off-island entrepreneurs as well as tackling some areas such as different ways to fund a business, how to handle your media relations, advice on how mums can start up a business that fits with their schedules as well as supporting our first cohort of business students from the College of FE.
“I would encourage anyone interested in entrepreneurialism to check out the range of activities on our website and look forward to a busy week of events ranging from networking for those interested in FinTech to those sampling the finest food and drink made in Guernsey and everything in between.
“Our goal is to encourage those looking to start a company to seek help from Startup Guernsey; we have the resources to help, inspire and educate those that are taking the plunge. All participants in Global Entrepreneurship Week will get to experience wonderful local companies that make Guernsey a fantastic place to work, live (and eat and drink!). We are grateful to Barclays Bank, EY and Orchard PR for their fantastic support, without which events such as these would not take place, as well as partners such as Women’s Development Forum, Island Mums, the Dandelion Project and Busy Queen Bee who are organising events for us.
“It is not just a week of activities for startups; it’s also aimed at people who have never before considered launching their own venture who can come along to take advice and be inspired.” Most events are free and places can be booked on the Startup Guernsey website http://bit.ly/1NvLQig